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Rahmah Abdulaleem (PGSS 1992)

posted Jan 17, 2021, 7:00 AM by Janet Hurwitz

Many thanks to Rahmah Abdulaleem (PGSS 1992) for a wonderful talk during our PGSS 2020 Virtual Speaker Series. As with some of our alumni, while she loved the PGSS experience and the people she met there, she found science was not what she was going to do with her life. But then what? She promised our govie attendees that "It's ok if you don't know what you want to do now. You're not locked in. Your life can go in so many different directions." Rahmah found her direction in law but it took her 20 more years to land her dream job at Karamah!

Our Original Year Had a Year-End Virtual Reunion

posted Dec 30, 2020, 1:51 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Members of the original PGSS class (PSS in 1982) held their second Zoom meeting of 2020 to catch up, share their experiences through this unprecedented year, and discuss this year's and next year's PGSS programs. From top to bottom, left to right: Alberto Cangahuala, Karen Van Dusen, Stephen Engel, Steve Sisak, Mark Ettinger, Tom Liu, and Joel Bader. A fun Zoom call with which to end the year! Thanks to PGSS Campaign Board Member Al Cangahuala for hosting the virtual reunion.

PGSS 1984 Virtual Reunion

posted Nov 21, 2020, 6:04 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Nov 21, 2020, 6:05 PM ]

Thanks to Jen Lloyd (PGSS 1984) for hosting a Virtual Reunion. PGSS Class of 1984 met for an impromptu reunion on Saturday Nov 21st. Class agents Jen Lloyd and Heidi Wald were joined by Tim Chinowsky,  Matt Goda, Trevor Feldman and Elizabeth Hofmeister, along with Andrew McGuier from the Class of 2004. (Andrew Denker, our 3rd class agent, was not able to make it and Lisa Valentovich also sent apologies). Andrew gave us an update on the 2020 program, fundraising and other ways that we can all participate in PGSS going forward.  We had fun talking about our careers (we have 2 MDs, and several PhDs just in this crew alone!) and where we live (none of the above are still living in PA!).   We did some photo sharing (yes by holding old 3x5 photos up to the web cams!) and we now have a plan to scan and share from a Google folder. Trevor Feldman seems to have a wealth of mementos including our very own "face book". We also plan to share a document for all classmates to provide an update.  And finally, we did some reminiscing about PGSS - classes we had (largely similar to the current program), projects, where we ate, what we ate, where we worked and played, and so on.  We all remembered the fun and games in the common area (of what we believe was Hamerschlag Hall ....). Overall we had fun reconnecting and hope more will join us next year!

PGSS 1998 Virtual Reunion

posted Nov 15, 2020, 2:00 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Nov 15, 2020, 4:11 PM ]

Thank you to Erin McLaughlin who hosted a PGSS 1998 Virtual Reunion on November 14. Erin says it was a lovely time. Alfred Schnabel, a board member, gave lots of terrific information on how the program went this summer, as well as an update on the fundraising campaign going on now. We went around the Zoom room and gave updates on what we've all been up to in the past 22 years, laughed about old memories and jokes from that summer, and had some very productive discussion about diversity and inclusion initiatives for the program. Erin promises to hold another virtual reunion before the next 22 years; in fact, they're looking at mid-winter 2021.

PGSS 2007 Virtual Reunion

posted Nov 9, 2020, 6:50 AM by Janet Hurwitz

Thanks to Zeb Kessler and Nancy Paul Hupin (both PGSS 2007) for organizing a virtual PGSS 2007 reunion. TA's and govies were there. Nancy sent in this review, "The PGSS '07 govies were thrilled to get to catch up on Saturday, and managed to find a common time for everyone across 9 time zones ! Govies called in from the West Coast, the East Coast, and the other side of the Atlantic to reminisce surely, but also to talk about the here and now, and how everyone is faring with telecommuting, the pandemic, kids, and generally trying to thrive in these crazy times. It was a much needed laugh, a breather, a reminder of all the wonderful people in the PGSS community, and how we are together, in our little corners of the world, using science and technology to make the world a little brighter."

PGSS 1989 Virtual Reunion

posted Nov 4, 2020, 7:08 AM by Janet Hurwitz

Thanks to Bryan Kane (PGSS 1989, Class Agent 2017-present) who organized a Virtual PGSS 1989 Reunion) and sent this summary: "There were about 12 of us, including one of our TAs. We caught up on life since PGSS....playing a lot of "Where are you now". Several physicians, and the remainder were all involved in the sciences. Multiple attendees now had administrative responsibilities, and another core group was involved in academia at some point. With an attendee from France, we went international, and had participants from New England, PA, Washington DC, Illinois, the Carolinas and California." They are planning another reunion in about six months.

PGSS 1990 Virtual Reunion

posted Oct 19, 2020, 1:19 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Many thanks to Al Sommar (PGSS 1990, Class Agent 2017-present) for organizing a Virtual PGSS 1990 reunion. He wrote, "The hairstyles (or in some cases lack of hair) changed, but the camaraderie was just as it was during the summer of 1990. The PGSS 1990 virtual reunion held October 18th was for many the first time they had seen their fellow govies in 30 years. Memories of PGSS were shared along with life updates." The picture includes many of the govies who attended. Let us know if you'd like to organize a virtual reunion for your year!

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Timothy Friel (PGSS 1985)

posted Oct 17, 2020, 1:22 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Many, many thanks to Dr. Timothy Friel (PGSS 1985), our first speaker in the PGSS 2020 Speaker Series for PGSS 2018-2020 govies. Dr. Friel is an Infectious Disease Specialist, is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network, is on the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. His topic was "Reflections from the Frontline: Perspectives about COVID-19, Science and Leadership from an Infectious Disease Physician". Tim talked about his experience prior to COVID and during COVID and then answered the many questions that our govies had for him. Even after these especially exhausting months, he was incredibly generous with with his time and expertise. This is a doctor, and a person, who cares.

PGSS 2001 Virtual Reunion

posted Aug 30, 2020, 8:28 AM by Janet Hurwitz

Thanks to Josh Albert and Amy Blank for organizing a PGSS 2001 virtual reunion. They had a lovely gathering and will be trying it again when more people are available to attend.
Top Row: Scott Plesack, Josh Albert, John Norwood
Bottom Row: Lynn (Reis) Bell, Kim (Clemens) Payne, Amy Blank

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