Notable and Quotable

Maker Film Makes It Onscreen

  Making Sense, a film by Alex Schein ’00 about the rising maker culture and micro-manufacturing movement in Philadelphia, was accepted for the 2014 DOC NYC documentary film festival and was screened in New York in November. Schein directed, filmed, and edited the 13-minute documentary while working toward a master’s in media studies at The New School for Public Engagement in New York. His undergraduate major was religion. The film was inspired in part by his late grandfather, a New York crane operator who told Schein how rewarding it was to point to a building with the ability to say, “I made that.” The documentary was filmed on location in Philadelphia, once known as the “Workshop of the World.”   … [Read more...]

Lifetime Achievement in Financial Law

Anne P. Fortney ’66 has received the Senator William Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Fortney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the Hudson Cook law firm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other consumer financial privacy laws. She provides legal assistance on the areas of regulatory compliance, legislative developments, and litigation, and has testified as an invited expert before Congress. She is the immediate past chair of the Conference on Consumer Financial Services Law and has held a number of leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center after completing pre-foreign service studies at Mary Washington. Fortney’s award includes a $3,000 donation to an organization that promotes the public interest in the area of consumer financial services. She named … [Read more...]

From Chemistry Major to Dental School Dean

Dr. Isabel Garcia ’76 has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Garcia’s career spans 34 years in public health, clinical practice, research, teaching, and administration. Most recently she was deputy director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a part of the National Institutes of Health. Garcia earned a doctor of dental surgery degree in 1980 from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in 1988. She completed a residency in dental public health at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in primary care policy from the U.S. Public Health Service. She studied chemistry at Mary Washington. “Dr. Garcia brings a great depth of leadership experience to all the core activities of the UF College of Dentistry and UF Health, from education to public health to research and technology transfer,” said UF President Bernie Machen. A fellow of the American College … [Read more...]