Humanitarian and plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dennis Nigro ’69 has developed a bioabsorbable screw for use in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery that would replace traditional titanium screws. Nigro is the founder and chair of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit group that assists underprivileged children suffering from congenital birth defects or deformities. . . . The Dallas Morning News profiled Leo Linbeck III ’84, president and CEO of Houston-based NextStage Entertainment Corporation, which completed construction of a 6,350-seat live-performance hall in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grand Prairie. The article said Linbeck’s company hopes by 2015 to build a network of 20 to 30 such mid-size venues geared to artists and shows too large to fit into a typical theater but too small for an arena. . . . The American Lawyer described the work of attorney Francis James ’85 in Cambodia in the mid-1990s, when he launched two groups that provide legal aid to poor Cambodians. The local people he helped train went on to defend clients against illegal detention, coerced confession and convictions based on secret evidence. Both organizations are still operating, the publication said. . . . An article in the Albuquerque Journal noted that Atkinson & Kelsey in Albuquerque, headed by founding partner David H. Kelsey ’61J.D., is the oldest and largest family law firm in New Mexico and fifth-largest among family law firms in the United States. . . . After only three months in Belgrade, Michelle Mack ’99J.D., ’00LL.M. was transferred by the International Committee of the Red Cross to Jerusalem, where she was to facilitate efforts to bring food and other aid to the area. . . . Meg Penrose ’99LL.M., assistant professor of law at Oklahoma University, was voted “Most Outstanding” professor by the school’s students. She also received the Arkansas Traveler award from the governor of Arkansas for her work with police officers and school officials in the state. The efforts were part of her work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice. . . . Jack Simmerling ’57, Chicago artist and author renowned for his watercolor painting and pencil renditions of historic and contemporary American cities, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. . . . Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia promoted Melissa Koloszar ’89 to chief of his staff. . . . Mike Radford ’92, ’98J.D. received an award from the Arizona Bar Foundation as one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona. . . . Coquese Washington ’92, ’97J.D., assistant coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team and point guard for the WNBA’s Houston Comets, writes a Hoop Clinic column on women’s professional basketball for the bimonthly Women’s Basketball magazine. . . . Mark Frey ’01M.A. has traveled to the West Bank as a missionary for Christian Peacemaker Teams, a Mennonite organization that promotes nonviolent alternatives to war. . . . Michael C. Dugan, M.D., ’83 was appointed vice president and co-laboratory director of Specialty Laboratories Inc., a hospital-focused clinical reference laboratory.
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