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July 23, 2012

Only months after collecting a National Medal of Science from Pres. Barack Obama, University of Utah organic chemist PETER J. STANG has won the highest honor from the world’s largest scientific group: the 2013 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society. The medal – basically a lifetime achievement award for chemists – “recognizes Stang’s cutting-edge research that has had far-reaching implications for many areas of science, including drug development and more efficient ways to produce gasoline and home heating oil,” the 164,000-member society said in announcing the honor.

“I am truly delighted and honored to receive this most prestigious American Chemical Society Award,” says Stang, 70, a distinguished professor of chemistry whose family fled Hungary when he was a teenager after the Communist takeover in 1956. “It is humbling to be listed among the distinguished previous recipients.”

Jones Waldo’s veteran litigator, LORI W. NELSON was sworn in as the Utah State Bar’s 80th president on July 19 at its annual convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. Of the 79 preceding presidents, only three were women – the last of whom was president nearly a decade ago. Nelson, an Idaho native, has been a member of the Utah State Bar for almost 20 years, and has practiced domestic law with Jones Waldo for the last six, holding leadership positions both on the board of directors and in the domestic practice group.

Dr. SANDRA L. PENNINGTON was named Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Pennington is a highly recognized scholar in nursing and healthcare, having contributed numerous articles and co-authored several textbooks. She has been involved in clinical, educational and legal consulting and frequently lectures on topics related to women’s health and evidence-based practice. She is a past Salzburg (Austria) seminar fellow and Mellon Grant recipient and has taught nursing at the Baccalaureate and Doctoral levels.

Gov. GARY R. HERBERT was selected Sunday as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee for the 2012-2013 year. “I am honored and excited for this opportunity to serve with my fellow governors,” Herbert said. “This leadership role offers Utah a unique voice at the table as we discuss the most critical issues that affect states.”

D’ANN JOHNSON, of West Jordan, received the 2012 CBF Designation of Excellence Award from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). NACM’s Designation of Excellence Awards honor those designation holders who strive for excellence in all aspects of their professional development. Based on her noteworthy record of accomplishments and service, Johnson was chosen as this year’s outstanding CBF designee. She is a credit manager with Roofers Supply in Salt Lake City and a member of local NACM affiliate NACM Business Credit Services - Salt Lake City.

Physician Group of Utah named LAURA WALSH director of marketing. Walsh has more than 20 years experience in healthcare marketing, communications and public relations. She earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Nebraska, as well as accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America. For many years, Walsh owned a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and marketing services for medical practices. She has also served as the director of marketing for the largest cardiovascular medical practice in central Texas. Walsh’s responsibilities at Physician Group of Utah include strategic marketing, physician and community relations and public relations.

STEPHANIE WILKINS PUGSLEY, Of Counsel with the law firm Kirton McConkie, and her father, retired Utah Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Wilkins are now part of exceptional panel of neutrals with Mediation Services. Recently, they successfully co-mediated resolution of a multi-million dollar claim against a municipality by a real estate developer and others. Both have significant experience in commercial, contractual, construction, and other business disputes.

VIVINT received the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) Central Station of the Year award at the annual Excellence Awards ceremony at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX). Vivint employee AMY BECHT earned top honors for Central Station Manager of the Year, with KATE BRICKNER receiving honorable mention for Central Station Support Staff of the Year. The awards recognized overall excellence for hiring and training staff, creative employee compensation and rewards programs, excellent leadership and day-to-day management of the central station.

ROSS MCCLINTOCK joined NAI WEST as a vice president and land specialist. MIKE TATE is a maintenance technician with NAI WEST Facility Services. NAI WEST Property Management employee NATALIE LEVIE has recently been promoted to property manager.

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