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CORNELL CLUB MEMBER PROFILES

Would you like to be featured?  We plan to have a new profile of a Cornell graduate on our Home Page every week, and maybe it will be you.  All you have to do is answer the questions at the bottom of this article  and send those answers, along with a picture, to Nancy Mills at NLM5@cornell.edu.  All profiles can be accessed here:  http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html  

 

daniel-silverman

Daniel Silverman '81

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I came here after medical school for internship/residency/fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.  Upon completion of my training, I was offered dual appointments in the Department/Division of Internal Medicine/Digestive Disease, and of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology/ Nuclear Medicine.

...and, I continue today working as a physician-scientist and faculty member of the School of Medicine at UCLA, with a clinical specialty focused on Nuclear Medicine, and a research specialty focused on brain imaging -- especially as it elucidates evaluation of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, or cancer/chemotherapy effects on neuropsychological function.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Professionally... first serious research training (especially in the context of my Honor's thesis in Biochemistry), which led to my graduate studies in the Biological Chemistry PhD program at Harvard University.

Personally... discovered that musical and theatrical engagement didn't need to be left behind in high school, in the course of pursuing a medical/scientific career path... the activities didn't need to compete with each other, but rather could enrich and facilitate each other.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

My "favorite memory" actually occurred every day I was there -- four times an hour (plus three more extended periods of time on most days) -- listening to the Cornell Chimes ringing out across the center of campus from the McGraw Tower/Uris Libe complex... I suppose, a minor example of appreciating the enriching effects of music amidst meeting the day-to-day challenges of the pre-med curricula

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

(That favorite memory would be, I imagine, too X-rated for this forum.)

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

 Identify attractive potential mentors, get in touch with them, extern/intern with whichever of them you can... and if you can't get them to hire you, at least get them to write you strong letters of recommendation to someone who will.

 

Richard Stearns '79stearns-utube

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

My parents went to Cornell and I spent many occasions there as a kid, growing up in Binghamton, an hour away. It was always an amazingly special place to be, both as a young kid and as a student. I enjoyed the physical awesomeness of the campus and the greater Ithaca area. My friends from Cornell shaped my life, both personally and professionally and also set the stage to meet and marry the love of my life.  I was working at a job in NYC in 1984 and responded to a blind ad in the Wall Street Journal. It led to a job offering at Mattel in Los Angeles so I took it and we moved!

​How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Cornell provided me with life-long relationships and connections. It instilled a confidence and joy in me that has helped me navigate many aspects of my life.​

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

We went up to the apple orchards on Halloween night. There was an old pickup truck with no floor and empty baskets in the back. The key was in the ignition. We took the truck and drove through the orchards and filled the baskets with different kinds of apples. We then drove the truck into Collegetown and brought apples to every house and apartment on the street. We left the truck in front of the Straight and went on our merry way.​

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

My friend John Dowd lived in San Diego. We would visit each other frequently. One weekend it was his birthday and he had a party. We told him we had an emergency and could not make it. He was furious. This was early on in the cellular world and he yelled at us for 2 hours until we finally pulled into his driveway in San Diego and surprised him. ​

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

In real estate, it is all about contacts and connections. You either have them or you make them. If you do not have an angle on making good connections in short order with people who will use or refer you to others, find another business.​

TO BE FEATURED IN MEMBER PROFILES, PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND SEND THEM TO NANCY MILLS AT bartandnancy@verizon.net 

 

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

 

ALL MEMBER PROFILES CAN BE VIEWED HERE:

 http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html