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Summer 2014 Newsmakers

PETER ARCIDIACONO, a researcher at Duke University, recently led a study that found a possible reason why women are less likely to be highly paid professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. His study indicates that high grades rather than less aptitude might be the reason. Women college students tend to aim for straight As and drop out of disciplines where they get Bs or lower. However, the college majors that tend to lead to high income jobs are less likely to award As. Apparently, male students are not as afraid of getting Bs as women are, and are rewarded for this later in life.

DORIAN DeSANTIS was honored recently by the Washington DC Police Foundation for his heroism during last year’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. DeSantis, a DC police officer, fired the shots that killed the gunman, Aaron Alexis September 16, 2013 after he murdered 12 people. Another officer, Michael Abate flew the victims by helicopter to hospitals.

DAVID GALLO, is an experienced hunter of plane wrecks at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was among the experts consulted after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March. In 2011, Gallo led the team that found the black boxes from an Air France jet two years after it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.  

LUCA MAESTRI will take over the reins as Apple’s chief financial officer in September. He was born in Rome and spent 20 years at General Motors before joining Apple in 2013. As Apple CFO, he will handle the finances of the world’s largest tech company

NIC PIZZOLATTO, novelist, screenwriter and producer, created the HBO hit, “True Detectives,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The 8-part series was so successful that a second season of filming is underway.