Alix Levintow Howell continues to do research in HIV/AIDS at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction, Vt. She recently received a four-year VA grant to continue her work, which now involves the novel approach of genome engineering called CRISPR/Cas. In addition, she received a regional VA “I Care” award in recognition of her 27-year research career at the VA and for her cutting-edge work. On the personal front, she lives in Lyme, N.H., with her husband, Peter, two dogs, and three cats, and looked forward to a long, warm summer to kayak, work in her vegetable garden, and hike the small hills around her home. * Deb Cohen retired after 23 years teaching at Slippery Rock University. She’s finishing up a B.A. in theater design/tech in preparation for her next career as a freelance scenic and lighting designer. This summer she’ll be at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, as lighting designer for the SRU theatre department show. Aside from work, she spends time with her mom, who lives nearby, and plans future travels. “There are many countries I have not yet visited—and I plan to spend more time in Costa Rica, especially during the winter.” * Janet Peel Thompson lives in northeastern Minnesota and teaches freshman biology labs at Concordia College in Moorhead. “I have to say I LOVE what I do and the R word isn’t even on the horizon yet.” In May she accompanied 19 students to Tanzania for a month-long ecology of East Africa course. They started climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but had to turn back when four of the students became ill (two with altitude sickness). The rest of the field course included “encounters with elephants, cheetahs, lions, and a leopard or two, along with seeing some of the most incredible birds ever!” The team worked with Maasai high school students and did some research on the savannah beside vervet monkeys and curious elephants. Janet says that she and Genevieve Smith Thompson, who lives nearby, plan to revisit Central America. “Anyone care to join us?” * Mark Richardson notes that our next class reunion (our 40th, believe it or not!) will take place June 1-4, 2017. Details will be on the way soon, but mark your calendar now so we can have a great turnout—and an even better time reconnecting.