In October Dana Leigh Immertreu, AM’09 (History), joined Promet Source, a technology agency specializing in interactive development and continual support and maintenance, as a front-end developer. Previously Immertreu was a freelance designer who created customized Drupal themes based on department graphic identities and architectures for new department websites, including some at the University of Chicago.

Stephen J. Spurr, AM’82, PhD’86 (Economics), presented the fourth annual Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture at Lawrence Technological University in November, discussing US wages and income mobility after the 2008 financial crisis. Spurr is chair of Wayne State’s Department of Economics, where his primary research interests are labor economics and the economic analysis of law.

Mitchell Weiss, AM’66 (Social Sciences), received the 24th annual Donald Riegle Community Service Award in October for his commitment to community service. The award was presented to Weiss by the Flint Jewish Federation, in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts, at a ceremony in Flint, Michigan. Weiss taught political science at Flint’s Charles Stewart Mott Community College from 1972 to 2007 and has served on the Flint Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors since the 1980s.

Charles Brooks, AM’81 (International Relations), served as a judge for Government Security News’s Homeland Security Awards program, which highlights the most noteworthy projects from vendors of IT security solutions. Brooks is vice president and client executive of Xerox and is the first director of legislative affairs for the Science and Technology Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security.

Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD'83 (Sociology), won a 2013 San Jose State University Annual Book Award for coediting the Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology(Springer, 2013), a road map for sociologists and psychologists to apply theory and research methods as expert witnesses and consultants in the fields of civil, criminal, immigration, and military law. Morewitz is the author of more than 100 publications and a lecturer in the California State University, East Bay, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.

In January David Altshuler, AM’94, PhD’01 (Anthropology), joined StepStone Group, a global private markets firm, where he is a partner and co-head of real assets. Altshuler had been senior vice president and infrastructure practice leader at Meketa Investment Group, and worked with the California Public Employees Retirement System to overcome impediments to pension-fund investments in infrastructure, transportation, water, and energy.

Thomas Michels, AM’05 (International Relations), joined BlueWater Strategies, a Washington, DC, energy consulting firm, in February. There he offers “a lot of strategic advice to companies in the energy realm,” he told National Journal. Previously he was a lobbyist with Shell Oil as senior adviser for government relations.