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US Army Captain Bradley P. O'Brien (BA '85) was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal, given in recognition of his work as a Registered Nurse in the Army Nurse Corps. Upon completion of the army medical department's officer basic course, CPT O'Brien was assigned to the Brooke Army Medical Center, located at San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston. The text of the citation stated that the award was presented for: "Meritorious service as a clinical staff nurse on the cardiothoracic and progressive care (stepdown) unit. His distinguished performance characterized by superior expertise, positive attitude and dedication, reflects great credit upon him, Brooke Army Medical Center, the Army Medical Department and the United States Army. (Permanent Order 028-1)." Captain O’Brien is currently assigned to the Battalion Aid Station on Forward Operations Base Warhorse, located in Diyala Province.
Kelley Gray (BA '00), founder of Trophy Fitness, was recently featured in the August 2, 2007 edition of the Dallas Morning News because of the success of his chain of fitness clubs, including Trophy Fitness Club in Uptown and the new Pulse in downtown Dallas. Kelley says that he knows who his market is and he goes where they are, helping his first club to break even in the first month. He now owns four clubs, which cater to young singles and busy professionals and feature top-of-the-line fitness equipment.
Julie H. Smith (BA '00, MS '03) is currently a doctoral student in the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Cognition & Neuroscience program. She participates in a joint program between UT Dallas, where she completed most of her coursework, and UT Southwestern, where her laboratory training has been in functional brain imaging research. In April 2007, she received a pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging (NIA) for her dissertation research in Alzheimer's Disease. In July 2007, her abstract for her pre-dissertation research in depression was accepted for presentation at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual conference, Neuroscience 2007. Then, in August 2007 the Society for Neuroscience Public Education and Communication Committee selected her abstract, one of 700 selected out of 16,000 submitted abstracts, for a Neuroscience 2007 Press Book submission.
Nicole Tucker (BA '04) was a proud sponsor of this year's Rock the Campus for the Cure, an annual fundraising concert for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), held on September 15. The event was started in 2005 by the UT Dallas chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in remembrance of their brother, Brad Monks, who passed away from lymphoma. Nicole has been a volunteer and fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for many years. Every fall she walks in one of the area Light the Night walks in memory of her mother, who died from leukemia in 1990. She says that, "as a local businesswoman, a UTD grad and a fellow LLS donor, I am proud to be a sponsor!"
Dr. David Hanson (Ph.D '07) founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, received the Technology Innovator Award from
The Metroplex Technology Business Council at the Tech Titans awards dinner on Saturday, September 29.