On the Job January 11, 2013

ACADEMICS

Robert J. Wilson, professor at CSU, has been selected to help lead the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment—an international science collaboration—for the next two years. Wilson and Milind Diwan of Brookhaven National Laboratory will act as spokesmen and representatives of the international collaboration of 340 scientists and engineers from 62 institutions (including five U.S. national laboratories) in five countries.

CONSTRUCTION

Fort Collins’ Brinkman Partners announced the addition of 13 new team members in the past five months. These include: John Baker, preconstruction manager; Mat Bashaw, superintendent; Rachel Carlberg, leasing manager; Jennifer Choury, asset manager; Brent Fankhauser, superintendent; Matt Johnson, superintendent; Tim Johnson, project manager; Dayna Lewis, project coordination support; Ron O’Brien, superintendent; Mike Rice, superintendent; Jeremy Roepka, superintendent; Ron Svoboda, superintendent; and Jason Vaughn, project engineer.

HEALTH CARE

Two registered nurses from McKee Medical Center in Loveland have completed requirements for the Clinical Expert Registered Nurse designation from Banner Health. Amy Kahler, a nurse in the float pool, and Shawna Snodgrass, a nurse researcher, were recognized at the McKee leadership meeting in December and both received a $1,500 award for the accomplishment. To receive the CERN designation, the applicant must be nationally certified in a specialty and demonstrate significant contributions to the community and profession. Candidates must implement an evidence-based project and be able to present the research conducted and how the results have changed practice at their facility and how the project could be used to improve practice, quality and safety in the system.

INSURANCE

Brown & Brown announced two new hires to the Fort Collins office. Shanna Jamsay, account executive, has joined the commercial insurance team and will help drive the commercial accounts in Northern Colorado. Wes Gillean, accounting leader, will be responsible for the financial operations of the Fort Collins office.

Unified Title Co. of Northern Colorado promoted Christy Harras as its new operations manager. Harras has been with Unified Title for four years, and has more than 35 years of experience in the title insurance industry in Colorado. She will be fulfilling Robin Nash’s responsibilities.

MISCELLANEOUS

Dick Monfort, scion of a prominent cattle-business family, will be honored by CSU’s department of animal sciences as 2012 Livestock Leader for his role as a champion of the nationwide beef industry and for high-impact philanthropy that benefits agriculture. Monfort, owner/chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise, worked for 25 years in the cattle industry and headed his family’s beef business, Greeley-based Monfort of Colorado Inc. His company helped cement Colorado’s role in U.S. beef-cattle feeding and meatpacking. The Livestock Leader Award will be presented during a reception at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Scientists at CSU have helped test the first new tuberculosis drug approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 40 years. Johnson & Johnson recently announced that the drug bedaquiline had obtained initial approval for the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis – a rapidly growing strain of tuberculosis that now afflicts more than 650,000 people around the world. In 2007, a research team led by Anne Lenaerts and Ian Orme at CSU published a paper with collaborators at J&J revealing that the drug showed effective treatment of the disease.

If you have an item to share about a promotion, job change or career news of note, e-mail it to Maggie Shafer at mshafer@ncbr.com, or mail it to On The Job at NCBR, 1550 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

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