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Spring 2010 Newsmakers

ELENA DELLE DONNE, who plays basketball at the University of Delaware, leads the country in scoring, averaging almost 27 points a game. In February, the 20-year-old athlete, who stands 6' 5", was voted the Colonial Athletic Association's "Player of the Year" and "Rookie of the Year." No men's player has ever won both awards in the same season.

MICHAEL GIACCHINO, who has composed scores for movies, television series and movies, recently received an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 82nd annual Academy Awards in March. It was heard in Up, an animated full-length cartoon. The 42-year old composer from New Jersey also has scored Lost, Mission Impossible III and The Incredibles.

NICK MILETI has written an expose of the art world's most infamous cheats. The Unscrupulous: Scams, Cons, Fakes and Fruads that Poison the Fine Arts has a strong Italian content that reveals how Italians successfully regained their artistic patrimony from museums and collectors. ($20.00; 314 pages; Bordighera Press.)

ANNE PAOLUCCI, PHD, the noted literary critic and Pirandello scholar, has published a critical study of the American playwright Edward Albee (Edward Albee: The Later Plays). She recently received a personal letter from Albee commending her research and interpretation of his work.

FELICE QUINTO, an Italian photographer who may have been the model for "Paparazzo," the celebrity photographer in Fellini's classic 1960 film, La Dolce Vita, died of pneumonia in Maryland on Jan. 17. He was 80 years old. Dubbed "the king of the paparazzi," Quinto was among the first "gotcha" photographers, now called "paparazzi" after the Fellini character.

JOE ROLLINO, a famed strongman who once lifted 3,200 pounds, died last January after being hit by a van in Brooklyn, NY. He was 104 years old. A lifetime vegetarian who never drank or smoked, he was still bending quarters with his fingers and exercising daily when he was killed.

MARY TINETTI, M.D., who directs Yale University's Aging Program, is a pioneer in the study of accidents and death among the elderly that are caused by falls. Dr. Tinetti has challenged the prevailing opinion that falls are unavoidable in old age. Her work demonstrated for the first time that the frequency and severity of falls can be reduced significantly by addressing certain risk factors, including living conditions, chronic ailments and medication.