Evedene Russell Bennett B.A. became fascinated by the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis during the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After researching the topic, she wrote three articles focused on different aspects of Lewis’ purported suicide. Her research led to General James Wilkinson, who had the motive and means to commit murder. One of her articles, titled “Heal My Wounds,” was published in Private Investigator as a “cold case” on the bicentennial of Lewis’ death.
Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011
Robert Ringo J.D. of Corvallis was selected Veteran of the Year by the Veterans Commemoration Association in Albany. Ringo served with distinction as a bombardier during World War II. After returning home, he launched a successful law practice and volunteered many hours for his community.
Robert E. Jones J.D. was honored by the Federal Bar Association for volunteer mentoring. He is a senior U.S. district court judge for the District of Oregon in Portland.
Winifred Mercer B.M. and Robert “Bob” Mercer B.S., J.D. ’57 have retired and are enjoying life on the Oregon Coast. Winifred taught K-8 music and private piano lessons for 57 years. Bob practiced law for almost 50 years.
Dan Johnson B.S. has retired from his dental practice. Since 2003, he has spent most Wednesdays teaching fifth and sixth-grade science courses at the Sauvie Island School. He also worked as a volunteer dentist in the Marshall Islands for a year and spent a challenging 49 days at sea sailing home to Astoria. Johnson has served for more than three years as a “member of the public” on many fee arbitration cases. The Oregon State Bar’s Fee Arbitration Program recently asked him to be on its board.
Arthur Spencer B.A. has moved to Terwilliger Plaza in Portland. He worked many decades as a librarian-archivist-researcher, and still works part time at the Multnomah County Elections Division as a ballots processor. He enjoys volunteering at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Northwest Portland Ministries, and Loaves & Fishes Centers.
Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011
Mary Bell B.A. has released Triumphs, an anthology of poems and short stories, through Xlibris. 1962 Garry Kahn J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Professionalism Award.
Garry Kahn J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Professionalism Award.
Roger Ferland B.A., a partner in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, was named an Arizona Green Pioneer by the Phoenix Business Journal. He is board chair of Audubon Arizona and cochairs the Audubon Science and Policy Committee. Ferland received the first Michael J. Brophy Distinguished Service Award presented by the State Bar of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources Section. He received his law degree, with distinction, from Duke University School of Law.
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Genevieve Hyslop Williams B.A. and David Williams B.S. moved to Portland in 2009 to be near their son and his family.
Dan Chun B.S. has been the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu since 1994. He received his M.A. in cinema production from USC’s School of Performing Arts, and his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and wife, Pam, have three children. The couple founded Hawaiian Islands Ministries in 1983.
Allen Reel J.D. spent nine days walking over mountainous terrain in Honduras on a trip with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Reel sponsors a child living in Bolivia through the organization. He practices law in Beaverton.
Judy Straalsund B.A. directed and produced 1945 Christmas From Home for the Tapestry Theatre Company. The play was performed at Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus and on Lewis & Clark’s Main Stage. Fellow Lewis & Clark alumna Jodi Eichelberger B.A. ’93 starred in the production.
Niels Marquardt B.A., formerly the U.S. ambassador to Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros, moved to Sydney, Australia, in August 2010, to assume his duties as the U.S. consul general. Marquardt is responsible for U.S. relations with and activities in New South Wales and Queensland. He is there with his wife of 30 years, Judi, and the youngest of their four daughters, Yannika, a senior in high school. “Lewis & Clark is at the top of her list of colleges for life after Sydney,” says Niels.
Matthew Murray J.D. is the 2010–11 president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. A shareholder in the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, he is the managing partner of the Charlottesville, Virginia, office. He teaches at the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy and has earned numerous professional honors.
Janel Wire Pratt B.A. has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. She currently works for Travel Guard, a Chartis Insurance brand. Pratt reports that she’s lived in Australia “off and on for over 20 years” and now spends two out of every eight weeks in Malaysia for work. Her 21-year-old son attends Bond University on Australia’s Gold Coast, and she visits her mother and sister in California several times a year.
Jan Wyers J.D. opened a new law office in the Oregon Pioneer Building in downtown Portland. His practice focuses on mediation and arbitration. He closed his 23-year-old private practice in 1999 and served seven years as a circuit court judge in Multnomah County. Wyers then served four years as senior judge, handling hearings and trials in 15 Oregon counties.
James Johnson B.A., M.A.T. ’79 was a native Minnesotan when he toured the campus in February 1972. “I remember seeing a robin appear on the lawn in front of the Manor House,” he says. “It was the first time I’d seen a robin in the winter.” After graduating, he taught in Oregon (Troutdale), Minnesota, Iowa, and Oklahoma, where he has lived since 1984. “Whenever I see a robin, I think of my first impression of Lewis & Clark, and I give thanks to my alma mater for the nurturing and challenging times I spent there.”
Bill Martin B.M., M.M. ’82 recently traveled to Sierra Leone to instruct teachers and students at the Ballanta Academy of Music in Freetown.
Evans Van Buren J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Pro Bono Award.
Tabitha Whitefoot B.A., M.A.T. ’89 is the board chair of Healthy Native Communities Partnership, based in Shiprock, New Mexico.
Thomas Gerken J.D. was a science and technology fellow in 2009 with the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center, a national program designed to prepare judges to preside over cases involving complex scientific issues. He has been a common pleas judge for more than 22 years and has also served as a visiting judge on the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus.
James Robertson B.A. reports that he’s worked as “a Presbyterian minister, an insurance salesman (not the same thing), and an English teacher.” In 1995, he “morphed into a corporate lawyer in the Los Angeles office of a large international law firm.” From 2000 to 2005, Robertson, his wife, and two daughters lived in Tokyo. He is now an in-house lawyer for Chevron Energy Solutions Company. His older daughter is graduating in May from Lewis & Clark, and his younger daughter is at Boston University.
Kent Stucky J.D. is vice president for alumni and development at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.
In the attic of historic Arlington House, located in Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery, Chrissy Curran B.A. ’87 looked up in awe as her tour guide pointed out the name and date carved in a ceiling beam. A carpenter who’d helped build the house in the late 1700s had signed his work.
Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011
Paul Cosgrove J.D. is chair of the national board of directors for State Law Resources, an international referral network of independent law firms. He is of counsel with the law firm Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler.
Juan Lizama J.D. has been appointed to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents by Benigno Fitial, governor of the commonwealth. If confirmed by the senate, Lizama will represent Saipan on the board through fall 2013.
James Martin J.D. was selected by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator for Region 8 in Denver.
Timothy Lim B.S., professor of political science at California State University at Los Angeles, is the author of Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005).
Kathryn Yule B.A. traveled to Australia with Hugo Award– winning science fiction author David Levine, her husband. His retirement in 2007 has freed them to travel to science fiction conventions and square dance events. “Hanging out with him has taken me to Thailand, Japan, a shuttle launch, the U.S. Transuranium Registry, and innumerable hotel function rooms across this great land,” says Yule.
Turid Owren J.D. was in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America 2011. She established Tonkon Torp’s Immigration Practice Group in 1999 and has earned top-tier rankings by Chambers USA and the U.S. News Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms report.
Curt Lane Borg J.D. was inducted into the Watsonville High School Alumni Hall of Fame in Santa Cruz County, California. Previously, he served as a pro tem judge, founded a law firm, and taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. In 2008, he became the executive director of Metropolitan Public Defender, Oregon’s largest public defender’s office.
Steve Hedberg J.D. was honored by the Federal Bar Association for volunteer mentoring. He is a partner with Perkins Coie in Portland.
Joanna Fiske McCully B.A. and Timothy McCully B.A. were married in 1989 while living in Brooklyn. Daughter Kate is a sophomore at Reed College and daughter Sarah is an 11th-grade International Baccalaureate student. Timothy received his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 1989. He is vice president for international programs at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore. Joanna works at home (“primarily as a mom”), at a PR firm, and as a dog walker in Silver Springs, Maryland. They live a few miles from Kim Perkins B.A., a fellow Alderite.
William Monahan J.D. is city manager for Milwaukie, Oregon.
Stuart Cohen J.D. is a partner with Landye Bennett Blumstein. He is chair of the Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation.
Roxane White B.A. is chief of staff for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. She was previously his mayoral chief of staff.
Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011
Cam Groner J.D. is chair of the board of trustees for Trillium Family Services, a community organization that provides mental and behavioral health care for more than 5,000 children and families in Oregon each year. Groner is senior vice president and chief legal officer for Legacy Health.
Martha Hodgkinson J.D. was elected to a three-year term as a new board director for the Multnomah County Bar Association. She is executive partner for the law firm Hodgkinson Street, where she focuses on civil litigation. A presenter at Multnomah Bar Association CLE seminars, Hodgkinson has also chaired both the Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening and Court Liaison committees. She is also a past president of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.
Larry Blake J.D. is the new municipal court judge in Newberg. He is now the municipal court judge for five cities and city prosecutor for two more. He teaches part time at Mount Hood Community College and has a law practice in Portland.
Teresa Pacelli B.S. is having a wonderful time eating and sharing Xocai Healthy Chocolate for a living. She also consults for the insurance industry on health and wellness for prevention of injury.
As the high school drawing students take out their sketch pads, teacher Janice Packard M.A.T. ’ 94 pulls out the art journal she compiled in college. The book is flagged with Post-it notes, marking examples of how her journal entries—her personal thoughts, observations, and sketches—grew into ideas that became pieces of art.
David Craig B.A., associate professor of biology at Willamette University, coauthored a study published in Animal Behaviour supporting anecdotal claims that birds recognize and remember people they consider to be a threat. His research was featured on “A Murder of Crows,” an episode in PBS’ Nature series. “Using a collection of Halloween masks, we were able to show that crows can recognize individual human faces,” says Craig. “I know raven about oneself is nothing to crow over, but I’m a birdbrain.”
Scott Nielson J.D. is a member of the Vancouver city planning commission.
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Jennifer Van Houten B.A. is senior vice president with U.S. Bank in Portland, where she manages a commercial banking team. She is active in the Mazamas, a local mountaineering education organization.
Shannon Couvillon George B.A. lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Chris. After working for five years in the gaming industry as an information technology manager, she has returned to her dot-com roots by joining Zappos.com as a project manager. George adds that she enjoyed meeting area alums at a recent alumni event.
Jason Stanford B.A. celebrated his one-year anniversary to Sonia Van Meter in November. Stanford, who lives in Austin, Texas, runs a national political consulting company. During the 2010 election cycle, his clients included 2 U.S. Senate candidates, 9 gubernatorial hopefuls, and 15 congressional candidates. He is once again serving on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni.
Andrew Davis J.D. is a board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington. A partner in the Stoel Rives law firm, he has more than 22 years of professional experience in commercial real estate. In addition to being a member of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use sections, Davis is chair of the Government Outreach Program Subcommittee of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Jodi Eichelberger B.A. recently appeared in Tapestry Theatre Company’s 1945 Christmas From Home, directed and produced by fellow Lewis & Clark alumna Judy Straalsund B.A. ’74. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Eichelberger appeared in the Tony Award– winning musical Avenue Q during its first year on Broadway. Later, he was a puppeteer and voice for “Stingy,” a character on Nickelodeon’s Lazytown, for three seasons. He recently performed in It’s a Big Big World for PBS Kids and was part of the workshop cast for Stuffed and Unstrung at the Union Square Theatre in New York.
James Hillas J.D. has started a solo practice in Portland, where he focuses on business law. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and Washington as well as numerous arbitration and mediation forums.
Elena Byther B.A. works for a cancer research hospital in Italy.
Silja Bara Omarsdottir B.A. was elected to Iceland’s Constitutional Assembly. She was one of 25 citizens chosen from a field of more than 500. For the first time in the country’s history, the people of Iceland are reviewing and revising their constitution. Omarsdottir says she looks forward to rewriting her country’s social contract.
Akane Suzuki B.A. is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, one of 71 members in the state of Washington. She is an owner with the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle.
Eric Swenson M.P.A. is assistant superintendent for the Silver Falls School District.
Brian Costello B.A. spent last summer writing about soccer and the World Cup for Portland Monthly. He is now director of digital media/ editor-in-chief for the Portland Timbers, a major league soccer team. He writes stories, oversees content, and spearheads the online team narrative and all digital initiatives.
Adina Kobayashi Cunningham J.D. is the town attorney for Friday Harbor, Washington. She was previously the deputy county administrator in San Juan County. She also served as deputy attorney general of Hawaii.
Thomas Gibson J.D. is general counsel for California’s Department of Fish and Game in Sacramento. He was the department’s acting general counsel in 2010 and was assistant chief counsel from 2008 to 2010.
Sirgoo Lee J.D. is chief executive officer for NHN USA, which provides a leading portal for hardcore online gaming. Previously, he worked as in-house counsel for IBM Korea and as an associate attorney for the Portland law firm of Weiss, Jensen, Ellis & Howard.
Lisa Nordstrom J.D. was honored by the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners with the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award for performing exceptional volunteer legal work. Glenn Perlow J.D. is senior assistant attorney general at the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
Anne Clark B.A. has joined the Collins Group, a Northwest fundraising consulting firm. She has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis & Clark.
Kim McGair J.D. has joined the board of directors for the Classroom Law Project, which promotes public understanding of the law and legal process for elementary and secondary students. She is a shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt in Portland.
Nancy Hales M.P.A. manages a new program, First Stop Portland, within Portland State University’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Staff of this tour-based program provide logistical support for visiting delegations interested in learning about Portland’s sustainability practices.
Eric Holmes M.P.A. became the city manager of Vancouver, Washington, in October. He holds a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy, and management from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis & Clark.
After graduating, Chris Killmer B.A. ’07 joined the nonprofit Catholic Charities of Oregon. The staff includes attorney Samantha Dashiel J.D. ’09, who helps clients with immigration issues, and bilingual case manager Meagan Kent B.A. ’03, who handles day-to-day client case management. They not only serve people in need, but also support each other in work they say is frequently “daunting and overwhelming.”
Sarah Griffith B.A completed her Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a visiting assistant professor at Willamette University, where she teaches courses in Asian American history, modern China, and Pacific Rim history.
Román Hernández J.D. joined the board of directors of the Oregon Community Foundation for a four-year term. He is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.
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Jacqueline Jacobson J.D. is an administrative law judge with the Workers’ Compensation Board in Portland. She was most recently a sole practitioner representing injured workers.
Erik Knight B.A. is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. After training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, he will be sent on his first assignment abroad this year. He would love to keep in touch with any ’01 grads.
Matthew Kristofco J.D. has formed the Kristofco Law Firm, in Golden, Colorado. Recognized as one of the best young attorneys in Colorado, he was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in civil litigation.
Allison Machlis Meyer B.A. earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. She is now an assistant professor of English literature at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature.
Micah Risher B.A. is based in Islamabad and doing “some cool public diplomacy stuff with the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.” He assists socio-economically disadvantaged youth find meaningful jobs or gain entry into universities so that they can eventually become decision makers in their communities. Risher is also expanding the U.S. Mission’s teacher training outreach across Pakistan.
John Villavicencio B.A., a Berkeley (California) High School faculty member, was recently featured in a school newspaper story about staff who participated in athletics while in college. “It was a chance to direct a little love toward L&C football and track.” Click here to view the article. This summer, Villavicencio will serve as the team leader for a Habitat for Humanity project in Hawaii. By participating in Habitat for Humanity projects in Argentina, Guatemala, and Alaska, he feels he has gained a new understanding of what it takes to build and maintain a home.
Kristin Larson J.D. started a law firm, Hansen-Larson, in Bend with fellow graduate Kelly Hansen J.D. ’06.
David Penoyer J.D. opened a law practice in Lake Oswego.
Shawna Peterson J.D. is executive director of physician integration at Saint Alphonsus Health System in Ontario, Oregon.
Alexis James J.D. opened the law office of Alexis D. James, specializing in plaintiff’s employment issues. She and her husband, Adam James, and sons, Zachary and Noah, live in West Hills, California.
Kathleen Kapla J.D. established her solo practice, Kapla Law, in Seattle, focusing on renewable energy project development and real estate.
Jonas Lerman B.A. married Kristin Mjolsnes last summer in Bolinas, California. They met in 2002 while studying abroad in Siena, Italy. Lerman graduated in 2010 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was editor in chief of the Law Review. The couple now live in New York City, where Mjolsnes works as an architect and Lerman clerks for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Joshua Ross J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit.
Donald Altman M.A. is a psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, and adjunct instructor at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling and Portland State University. He is the author of a new book, The Mindfulness Code (see also Bookshelf, p. 31).
Kimberly Griffith J.D. is the new director of the Multnomah County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Griffith is a commercial litigator with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester and was previously a judicial clerk for Judge Malcolm F. Marsh of the U.S District Court for the District of Oregon.
Yi-Kang Hu J.D. opened the Spectra Law Group in Beaverton.
Whitney Yazzolino J.D. opened her own firm, the Law Office of Whitney Yazzolino. She is secretary of the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section executive committee.
Marlene Yesquen J.D. was appointed to an empty seat on the seven-member Medford School Board. An attorney with Black Chapman Webber & Stevens in Medford, she will serve through June 30, when she may seek election to the seat. She is the only Hispanic serving on the school board, which sets policy for the largest district in southern Oregon, about 12,300 students, a quarter of whom are Hispanic.
Sharl Azar B.A. is in his first year of internal medicine residency after graduating from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in June 2010. He plans to pursue a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology with an additional fellowship in palliative care. Editor’s note: In our winter 2011 issue, we inadvertently referred to Mr. Azar as female rather than male. We regret the error and extend our sincere apology.
Abelyn Broughton B.A., a former member of Lewis & Clark’s varsity crew team and a Rogers Scholar—along with her rowing partner, Ursula Grobler, a former triathlete from South Africa—hope to win a gold medal in women’s lightweight double-scull rowing in the 2012 Olympics. If they win the gold, it would be a first for the United States in this event. Broughton won a silver medal with her team in the lightweight quadruple scull at the FISA World Rowing Championships in New Zealand last fall.
Travis Harper B.A. lives in Seattle and is enrolled in the secondary teacher education program at the University of Washington. He’s on track to become a certified Japanese teacher this year and aspires to earn his M.A.T. in 2012.
Sierra Jenkins B.A. is the Los Angeles–area communications director for the California Charter School Association. She also supports the growth of the association’s parent advocacy organization, Families That Can. Jenkins previously worked as a field representative for state Senator Gloria Romero, chair of the education committee.
Karl Lukhaup B.A. is lead carpenter at the historic restoration firm Wanamaker Restoration in Burlington, Vermont. This spring, he began a master’s degree program in historic preservation at the University of Vermont.
Collin McKean J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit.
Anna Brones B.A. is a writer and new media strategist. She cofounded Under Solen Media, where she develops new media marketing strategies to “positively align brands, causes, and adventurers.”
Elisa Dozono J.D., an attorney with Miller Nash, was selected chair of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission. As chair, she will head the group that has operational oversight of the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and the Portland Expo Center. She has served on the commission since 2007.
Kelly Hansen J.D. started a law firm, Hansen-Larson, in Bend with fellow alumna Kristin Larson J.D. ’02. Hansen is an experienced divorce attorney and trial lawyer.
Joanne Ko J.D. started the Ko Law Firm in Seattle. Her practice focuses on immigration advice, naturalization, and estate law. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Joseph Petroni B.A. has brought a partner to Causeit, the coaching, consulting, and branding firm he started shortly after graduation. He also owns Fliptography, a firm that has made 35,000 flipbooks and employs 15 people. In his “spare time,” he organizes multiday LGBTQ spiritual gatherings, studies cyborg anthropology, and generally makes “a well-intentioned doofus of myself in the game of life.” He’s about to celebrate his fourth year of partnership with Michael Reed. They live and work in southeast Portland.
Jennifer Bragar J.D. coauthored “The Augean Stables: Measure 49 and the Herculean Task of Correcting an Improvident Initiative Measure in Oregon” in the spring 2010 issue of the Willamette Law Review.
Gillian Kindel B.A. moved to Chicago last summer and is working at an advertising agency. After graduation, she worked at a small ad agency in New York. During the first half of 2010, Kindel and her boyfriend traveled throughout southeast Asia and southwest China.
Jennifer Woodhouse J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2010 Young Lawyers Section Rookie of the Year Award.
Brad Elkins B.A. is both special assistant to the CEO and development associate at the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership institute.
Emily Nelson B.A. served as the National Symphony Orchestra intern in the Kennedy Center’s education department during the last four months of 2010. Before interning at the Kennedy Center, she presented her undergraduate senior thesis, “ ‘Music Isn’t About Anything’: Issues of Program in Leonard Bernstein’s Second Symphony The Age of Anxiety,” at the American Musicological Society Chapter Meeting in Calgary, Canada.
Aron Steinke M.A.T. is the author of The Super Crazy Cat Dance (Blue Apple Books, 2010), a children’s comic about a cat. He has also written Neptune (Sparkplug Comic Books, 2010), a comic for third- through eighth-graders.
Aaron Upsal B.A. is part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program “helping to teach English in the boonies of Nara prefecture.” He says “the kids are awesome, and the people are incredibly nice.” He thanks the professors and staff at Lewis & Clark for their help and support.