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Newsmakers

On May 6, Ann Kim ’95 won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest. Kim is owner of and chef at Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza; all are in Minneapolis.

On April 30, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City announced the appointment of Alicia Guevara ’94 as its new CEO, effective June 10. Guevara is the nonprofit’s first female CEO.

Father of the Bride, the new album from Vampire Weekend, was released on May 3 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200. Ezra Koenig ’06, Chris Tomson ’06 and Chris Baio ’07 formed the band while they were College students (co-founder Rostam Batmanglij ’06 left in 2016, but appears on the album).

Playwright Terrence McNally ’60 was one of three Broadway luminaries honored for their lifetime achievements at this year’s Tony Awards on June 9.

George Liu ’17 and Jie Feng SEAS’17 took second place (and the $15,000 prize) in the 2019 Columbia Venture Competition’s Technology Challenge, sponsored by Columbia Engineering, for their startup, Serengeti, which “uses artificial intelligence to aggregate and share data.”

D.D. Guttenplan ’78 was named editor of The Nation, America’s oldest continually published weekly magazine; he started on June 15.

Roy Altman ’04 was confirmed as a federal judge on April 4 by the U.S. Senate; he serves the Southern District of Florida.