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July 27, 2012

CHRISTOPHER HACON, a distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Utah, was selected as a Simons Foundation Investigator in this inaugural year of the program. The Simons Investigator appointment is a five-year award with an anticipated renewal for five years, contingent on a formal review. Hacon will receive $100,000 per year, while each year the Department of Mathematics and the university will receive $10,000 and $22,000, respectively. Thus, the total could reach $1.32 million. Hacon studies algebraic geometry.  In 2007, Hacon was honored with a Clay Research Award, given by the Clay Mathematics Institute for “major breakthroughs in mathematics research.” Hacon received the 2009 American Mathematical Society’s Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra for groundbreaking work on the minimal model program in algebraic geometry. In 2011, Hacon received the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize in Mathematics, Mechanics and Applications, Italy’s most distinguished prize for mathematics. This prize was awarded by the National Lincean Academy, which was founded in 1603 and included Galileo Galilei among its members.

GAYNELL INSTEFJORD, an agent in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Jordan Commons office in Sandy, ranked among the top 1,000 Realtors in the U.S. for home sales last year in a new report by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. The prestigious annual ranking listed the top 250 agents and teams in four separate categories: individual sales volume, individual transaction sides, team sales volume and team transaction sides. Instefjord ranked 184th among the top 250 Realtors for the number of transactions completed.

Black Diamond, Inc. promoted MARK RITCHIE to its newly created position of chief operating officer. Ritchie joins CEO Peter Metcalf and CFO Robert Peay as one of three senior executive officers of the Company. Additionally, Black Diamond promoted ZACH POSNER to vice president of information technology. In less than two years, Posner has transformed Black Diamond's IT functions to better serve the global organization. WIM DE JAGER has been promoted to managing director of Black Diamond Equipment Asia. Formerly Director of Operations at Black Diamond Equipment Asia, de Jager will now lead all manufacturing and distribution activities at Black Diamond's subsidiary in Zhuhai, China. Other promotions include: LAURI HAWKINS, director of sourcing development for apparel; DOUG HEINRICH, director of line planning; and KASEY JARVIS, director of design. Black Diamond also welcomes new hires LAURA DEUSER, JOE MOAK and SVEN MOSTOEGL to several newly created positions.

MultiLing appointed LYLE BALL as chief operating officer. With nearly 20 years of experience managing or consulting high-tech and clean-energy companies, Ball has spent the past six months strategically advising MultiLing on high-growth strategies related to its market shift to IP translations. As chief operating officer, Ball will be responsible for more than 200 employees in seven country offices and more than 1,000 highly skilled contractors across more than 80 languages. He is responsible to ensure client satisfaction that exceeds the stringent quality requirements of multi-national enterprises such as Dell, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, TYCO, Münchener Rück, LSI Corporation and Promise Technology.

Alliance Health Networks added SUSAN INGEBRETSON, director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton, and Christine Miserandino, award-winning writer and lupus patient advocate, as new patient advocates on the Fibromyalgia Connect and Lupus Connect networks, respectively. Fibromyalgia Connect and Lupus Connect are part of Alliance Health’s growing portfolio of social health networks currently serving more than 1.5 million registered users across some 50 condition-specific sites. Fibromyalgia Connect and Lupus Connect aim to empower people to more actively manage their health through personal connections, powerful tools and deeper insights.

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