The Ticker — May 2022

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May 2022

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“What might display a little spirit?” Crossword constructor Meredith Colton Hazy, ’13, MBA ’19, won’t give you the answer—that’s one of the clever clues in her debut New York Times puzzle. (We’ll tell you, though: It’s minibar.) 

Big on spirit is former Cardinal standout Vanessa Nygaard, ’97, who has been named head coach of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Her step up comes as Charli Turner Thorne, ’88, steps down from 25 seasons coaching Arizona State women’s basketball—the winningest coach in the team’s history.

And we can’t talk about having skin in the game without giving a shout-out to chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao, who won the inaugural VinFuture Prize for female innovators for her pioneering work on skin-like electronics.

Speaking of firsts, Patricia Guerrero, JD ’97, was confirmed in March as the first Latina to serve on the California Supreme Court. She joins associate justices Goodwin Liu, ’91, and Joshua Groban, ’95, and replaces Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, MA ’96, PhD ’01, who stepped down to become the president of the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace.

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