Curras-Collazo Receives Teaching Award

Margarita Curras-Collazo, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience, has been selected by the American Physiology Society (APS) to receive one of their teaching awards for her “outstanding dedication to the teaching of undergraduate students.”

Curras-Collazo will receive the 2013 ADInstruments Macknight Progressive Educator Award on April 23 at the 2013 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston, Mass.

The APS Education Committee, which selected Curras-Collazo for the award, noted that it was “extremely impressed” with Curras-Collazo’s application, a course she developed (“Educational Training in Neuroscience Outreach”) to empower senior neuroscience majors at UCR with teaching skills, and her use of various types of technology in the classroom.

The ADInstruments Macknight Progressive Educator Award honors an APS member who demonstrates the greatest potential for incorporating innovative teaching techniques and effectively utilizing technology resources in engaging undergraduate students in physiology education.

The award includes a $1500 travel grant to Curras-Collazo to attend the Experimental Biology meeting and an institutional grant that provides UCR with a PowerLab PTB4152 Physiology Teaching Bundle or equivalent.

Trumble Wins Texas A&M Award for Collaboration

A research team that includes John Trumble, a distinguished professor of entomology, has won the 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Partnership Collaboration from Texas A&M AgriLife of The Texas A&M University System.  The award was presented to the team — the Zebra Chip Research Team — at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference on Jan. 8.  The award is the highest employee award given by Texas A&M AgriLife.

By the time the team formed in 2008, a new pathogen had devastated the potato industry by spreading zebra chip disease, causing losses in the millions of dollars annually. The Zebra Chip Research Team developed new techniques to identify the pathogen, allowing researchers to document local, regional, and national movements of the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) spreading zebra chip disease. The researchers determined both within-plant and within-field movements of the psyllid and the zebra chip pathogen, and developed special sampling programs that enabled potato growers to choose the level of risk they were willing to accept.

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