Google Gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Gabriela Canalizo

Gabriela Canalizo

The University of California’s Lick Observatory, which has been making important discoveries while training generations of scientists for more than 100 years, has received $1 million from Google to bring hands-on astronomical experiences to students and the public. The unrestricted funds, spread over two years, will go toward general expenses.

“I am delighted to see a company like Google invest in the support of scientific discovery. Generous gifts like this will show others in the private sector the impact that they can have in furthering science, education, and public outreach,” said Gabriela Canalizo, a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside. Canalizo is the main Lick user at UCR and a member of the Lick Council.

Lick Observatory, managed by UC Santa Cruz, is located atop Mt. Hamilton east of San Jose. It was established in 1888 and currently houses seven telescopes.

“We at UC highly value Lick Observatory’s unique capabilities,” said Claire Max, interim director of the University of California Observatories (UCO), which operates Lick. “For example, Lick’s telescopes enable science projects that need lots of repeated observations during the course of a year or more; these can be done much more successfully at Lick than at the 8-10-meter telescopes, where observing time is extremely tight. Google’s very generous gift will make it possible for Lick to provide these opportunities and to continue to develop forefront tools such as adaptive optics, which removes image blurring caused by turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere.”

For more details, please see the UC Berkeley news release.

UCR Alumnus Selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Christopher Reinhard

Christopher Reinhard

Alumnus Christopher Reinhard has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Ocean Sciences. The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.

At UC Riverside, Reinhard worked with Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry. Reinhard received his doctoral degree in Earth sciences in 2012, after which he held a postdoctoral appointment at Caltech. He is now an assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“Chris stands out for his extraordinary creativity, productivity, integrity, and research breadth across numerical and analytical approaches that span rigorously across geology, biology, chemistry, and ocean sciences,” noted Lyons in nominating Reinhard for the prestigious fellowship. “He is one of a kind, one to watch, and an outstanding candidate for the Sloan … I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

Reinhard’s other honors include a UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, a Roland Blanchard Fellowship and an O. K. Earl Postdoctoral Fellowship. At Georgia Tech he researches the chemical evolution of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, the development and application of isotopic and trace element paleoproxies, biogeochemical dynamics in modern oxygen-deficient aqueous environments, and the emergence and long-term stability of planetary biosignatures.

Ariel Dinar Named 2015 AAEA Fellow

Ariel Dinar, professor of environmental economics and policy at the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the organization’s most prestigious honor.

Founded in 1910 as the American Farm Management Association, the AAEA is a professional organization of scholars and policy-makers who use economic tools to address agricultural, developmental, environmental, food and consumer, natural resource, regional, rural, and related economics and business issues. Members work for academic institutions, government agencies, nongovernmental agencies, think tanks, and the private sector.

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