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Ruth V. Dippell, BA ’43 Zoology, PhD ’50 Zoology, was awarded the IU Bicentennial Medal on her 100th birthday this summer in honor of her scientific efforts and in recognition of her distinguished service to Indiana University. Read more about Dr. Dippell in the "Alum Profile" in this issue of BioNews.





A partner in the Chicago law firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, Pamela L. Cox, BS ’95 Biology, has been elected to the executive committee of the University Club of Chicago Board of Directors. The University Club of Chicago is a membership-based organization for college graduates. Cox, an intellectual property lawyer, has been recognized on numerous occasions by Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, as well as Illinois Super Lawyers. She lives in Burr Ridge, IL.

Jeffrey E. Kirchner, BS ’92 Microbiology, OD ’99, of West Lafayette, IN, is president-elect of the Indiana Optometric Association for 2020–21. He is an optometrist at SureFocus Family Eye Care in West Lafayette. Kirchner is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tecumseh Optometric Society. He is a former secretary of the Indiana Optometric Association. Kirchner and his wife, Kris, have three daughters.

William F. “Will” Stephens, BA ’99 Biology, Mathematics, Germanic Studies, of Washington, D.C., left his law firm of 15 years in the fall of 2019 to take a position at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General as assistant deputy attorney general for the Public Interest Division. He writes that he organized a visit to Bangkok, Thailand, for a combo of Washington, D.C.-based jazz musicians called the D.C. Jazz Collective, as part of a jazz exchange project under the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ “Sister Cities” arts grant program. The quartet performed at the Thailand International Jazz Conference and at various venues in Bangkok and gave a talk at Mahidol University College of Music on fostering jazz and arts communities.

Shortly after graduating from the IU School of Optometry, James S. Stickel, BS ’99 Microbiology, MS ’00 Biology (IUPUI), OD ’04, joined David L. Cripe, OD ’79, and Bryan Stephens, BS ’90, OD ’92, at their private practice in Goshen, IN. Today the practice is named Goshen Eye Care and Stickel is a co-owner. He is the 2020–21 secretary of the Indiana Optometric Association and previously served as president of the North Central Optometric Society. In 2014, Stickel was named IOA’s Young Optometrist of the Year.


Jeremy S. Gard, BS ’07 Biology, OD ’11, is the 2020–21 northeastern trustee of the Indiana Optometric Association. He is an optometrist at Family Vision Care in Muncie, IN, and resides in Albany, IN.

Nicholas J. Garn, BS ’00 Biology/Cert ’00 Business Foundations, OD ’06, serves as the central trustee of the Indiana Optometric Association through April 2021. He is an optometrist and co-owner of Zionsville Eyecare in Zionsville, IN. During his career, Garn has received the Meritorious Service Award and Young Optometrist of the Year from Indiana Optometric Association. He and his wife, Laura, live in Zionsville with their two children.

Kristine (Reynolds) Jones, BS ’08 Biology, OD ’12, owns and practices at Dr. Kristine Jones Eyecare, where she began a South Bend, IN, location in 2012 and a Goshen, IN, location in 2017. Jones is a member of the American Optometric Association, Indiana Optometric Association, and the American Association of Corporate Optometrists. She lives in Granger, IN, with her husband and two daughters.

Mitchell L. Keel, BS ’08 Biology, practices internal medicine in Batesville, Ark., where he lives.

As an optometry student at IU, Jennifer (Moses) Kohn, BS ’04 Biology, OD ’08, served on the student association committee and advocated for student and optometric rights in Washington, D.C. Currently an optometrist at Moses EyeCare in Merrillville, IN, she continues to advocate for legislative rights for optometry. Kohn is the 2020–21 northwestern trustee of the Indiana Optometric Association and is a board member for Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, which provides eye care to underserved communities around the world. Kohn co-founded the Young Optometrist Leadership Organization in Indiana to encourage membership and engagement at the society, state, and national levels. In 2018, she was honored with the IOA’s Young Optometrist Award. Kohn lives in Chicago with her husband, Andrew Kohn, OD ’10.

Britt L. Koskella, PhD '08 Evolution, Ecology & Behavior, is an assistant professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She returned to IU Biology on December 16 to give a seminar entitled, “Friends, Foes, and Phages in the Phyllosphere.” Koskella is married to Mike Boots, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley.