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Caroline Davis

What do Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, and UT Arlington alumna Caroline Davis have in common? If you guessed alto saxophone, you are correct. But what is uncommon about this group is the fact that Caroline is a member of a very short list of female sax players. A double major in jazz and psychology, Caroline Davis has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as a number of other venues in Chicago, New York City, and throughout the U.S. Caroline currently lives in New York City where she performs and teaches saxophone.

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Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Mann-Salinas

Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Mann-Salinas, Ph.D., R.N., a summer 2011 doctoral graduate of the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing, is a nurse scientist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She has particular research interest in sepsis and improvement in the delivery of care systems. She received the annual Clinical Research Award from the American Burn Association for her doctoral dissertation research in 2012. She was honored as one of five new Distinguished Alumni during the School of Nursing’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2013.

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Kayla Klein

Kayla Klein's dedication to pediatric public health and advocacy has been recognized with a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. It is the third year in a row that a student or alumnus from UT Dallas has received a fellowship from the honor society. An alumna of the McDermott Scholars program, Kayla is currently pursuing her medical degree and Master’s degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health, respectively.

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Christine “Christy” Blanco

When Bloomberg Business News tackled the topic of how the medical industry is going to provide health care to 30 million U.S. citizens, it turned to Christy Blanco to illustrate the tug-of-war between doctors and nurses. Christy, who earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing from UT El Paso in 2003 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2010 from the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing, started her own clinic for low-income women in the border region. Serving on the Texas Nurse Practitioners Executive Committee, Christy worked toward state policies to allow patients’ broader access to care by advanced practice nurses. Now practicing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, she has a passion for preventive care with a holistic approach to wellness, as well as the medically underserved community and the care needs of the homebound. Christy is a member of the Distinguished Alumni of UTHealth School of Nursing.

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Amirali “Amir” Rajan

Amirali “Amir” Rajan, a 2006 software engineering graduate from UT Dallas, is a firm believer that sometimes you have to quit your job to get ahead. He did just that in 2013. Living on a diet of “ramen and four-cheese Hot Pockets” for a year, Amir spent his “off” time creating an app version of the popular video game “A Dark Room” for IOS devices. Reaching a deal with programmer Michael Townsend, who created the viral video game, Amir witnessed his app explode from only 30 downloads per day, to as many as 20,000 downloads per day within five months. The app moved to #1 in U.K. and U.S. App Stores, and has ranked as one of the top 10 games in 17 countries.

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Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan, a 2006 graduate of the College of Nursing at the University of Texas Arlington, works as a nurse in Africa. See how an education at UT Arlington gave her the chance to live her dream.

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Mark del Castillo

When filmmaker Robert Rodriguez wants music for his media productions – including “From Dusk Till Dawn” on El Rey Network – he often turns to Mark del Castillo, a 1994 graduate of UT Brownsville. Mark applied his music major to create the Latin rock band, Del Castillo, along with older brother Rick. A recipient of UT Brownsville's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010, Mark and the band continue to entertain U.S. and European audiences.

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Eduardo Irigoyen

After graduating from UT Brownsville in 2004, Eduardo Irigoyen parlayed his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics (with a concentration in mechanical engineering) into a Construction Manager position with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. In addition to designing and implementing dredging projects for navigation channels on the Texas Coast, Irigoyen also helps to prevent coastal erosion of Texas beaches. He was recently named the national Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

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Humberto Gerardo Mendoza

Humberto Gerardo Mendoza’s childhood dream was to be a firefighter or a doctor. His passion for science and medicine won out, and Mendoza enrolled at UT Brownsville to study biology. After graduating in 2009, he taught chemistry and physics in a local high school before enrolling at UT Medical Branch in Galveston. Mendoza expects to enter an internal medicine residency, seeking a fellowship in cardiology.

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Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora

While “the shark has pretty teeth, dear; and he shows them, pearly white,” UT Dallas Alumni Corey Egan (MBA 2010) and Swapnil Bora (MBA 2011) showed their inventive teeth during an episode of the popular ABC reality TV show “Shark Tank.” The two developed smartphone-controlled light bulbs for their company Ilumi. The lights can be programmed to “create a sunrise effect, romantic candlelight, or even a post Dallas Mavericks game celebration,” according to Egan. Entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban liked what he saw and ponied up a $350,000 investment.

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Austin Swafford

Austin Swafford, who graduated from UT Dallas with a BS in 2009, vows to carry his orange-and-green pride wherever he goes, never forgetting how UT Dallas helped support him. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, Swafford has dedicated his life to fighting the disease. His research has taken him around the world - from England, to the U.S., to Singapore.

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Dr. Jorge A. Alvarez

UT Health Science Center alumnus Dr. Jorge A. Alvarez used medical training to save lives and limbs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Alvarez, a San Antonio cardiologist, UT Health Science Center alumnus (2000), and avid runner, was a medical volunteer stationed near the finish line. His wife Rebecca was running the Marathon that day, and about 20 minutes after she passed the finish line, the terrorist bombs exploded. Dr. Alvarez went into action.

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Dr. Veronica Hargrove

Dr. Veronica Hargrove did her graduate study through the Forensic and Analytical Toxicology program at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. After graduation in 2007, she pursued and received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the Health Science Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2013. Today, Dr. Hargrove has the particular distinction of being the first woman to hold the position of chief toxicologist for the Medical Examiner’s Office. She runs a post-mortem lab and supervises some 2,500 cases per year in Bexar County. “Seeing an entire case and determining if and how a drug caused a death continues to intrigue me.”

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Pamela Camosy

Seasoned UT Health Science Center San Antonio alumni are willing and eager to assist the younger generation. “It is a family mentality,” says 1980 graduate Dr. Pamela Camosy. “Family members turn to each other when they have a need, or a story to share, or an event to celebrate.” Camosy’s daughter Caroline is attending the School of Medicine in her mother’s footsteps. She and other students appreciate mentoring from faculty, residents, and senior students to help them on their career path.

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Dr. Matthew Lewin

Wilderness physician, Doctor Matthew (Matt) Lewin, has dual passions for medicine and fossils, which have led him to become an exotic adventurer. He chose to attend The University of Texas Medical School at Houston because it offered full scholarships to medical students who completed a Ph.D. That was the jumping off point for Matt, who went on to practice emergency medicine and is now considered the go-to doctor for scientist worried about tropical diseases and exotic poisonous animals. Discover Magazine caught up with the red-headed doctor in April 2014.

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Sandra Gonzalez

To Sandra Gonzalez, being Mashable is a good thing. The 2009 graduate of UT Pan American parlayed her BA in journalism into a successful career on paper, online, and on television. Though Sandra served as a staff writer for Entertainment Weekly for several years, she landed a new position in May 2014 as Senior TV Writer for Mashable, a leading media company for the "Connected Generation."

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Ashley Dickens

AT UTSA, Ashley Dickens majored in biology. An Honors College student, she was required to take special courses involved with the humanities and societal issues. “That’s what really got me interested in working with people.” After graduation, Ashley worked as a secretary at a hospital, as well as volunteered as a patient sitter. Through the UTSA Health Professions Office, Ashley sent applications to medical school and was accepted by the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. Which one did she choose?

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