Maggie Kidd Payne ’01 was named Scientist of the Year by the National Cooperative Soil survey. Paine is a resource soil specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Massachusetts. * After graduating from a nine-week judge advocate staff officer course in Montgomery, Ala., Andrew Lizotte ’04 received the Lowry Award from the U.S. Air Force, for demonstrating the highest standards of leadership, academic excellence, esprit de corps, and service amongst all students. Lizotte is a first lieutenant with the New Hampshire Air National Guard. * Sheldon Stevenson ’05 was named system chief of emergency medicine for Central Maine Healthcare this spring. “Dr. Stevenson has built a reputation for steady and thoughtful leadership,” said Jason Krupp, president of the Central Maine Medical Group. “Our organization is lucky to have him in this critically important role.” * In the wake of the George Floyd murder and ensuing protests, Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06 wrote an essay for the Irish magazine Image, imploring parents to teach children about racism early and often. “Do not teach them to be colourblind, instead teach them to love and appreciate the whole range of shades we’re all made in and the people underneath, by talking about the differences and strengths and talents we all have,” wrote Westbrooks, who is raising two children of color with her husband, Michael ’07, in Dublin.