Tim Labor Wins the 3rd Annual Composer’s Night Competition

Tim Labor, associate professor of music, won the 3rd Annual Composer’s Night competition sponsored by the Reno Pops Orchestra for his composition “Olivia.”
Labor said “Olivia” is inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and dramatizes an imaginary moment between characters Olivia and Orsino in which Olivia deflects Orsino’s misplaced love. The Reno Pops will perform the composition in a program titled “The Storyteller” on May 18.

Virunya Bhat Receives the 2013 Perry J Gehring Award

Virunya Bhat is is the recipient of the 2013 Perry J Gehring award.

Virunya Bhat is the recipient of the 2013 Perry J Gehring award.

Virunya Bhat, a Ph.D. candidate in the environmental toxicology graduate program, is the recipient of the 2013 Perry J. Gehring award for the best graduate student abstract in risk assessment.

The award was presented to her by the Risk Assessment Specialty Section at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) held in San Antonio, Texas, last month, and is made possible through the Perry J. Gehring Student Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.

Bhat’s abstract was also selected as one of the “Top Ten” abstracts in risk assessment being presented at the conference.

Under the direction of her graduate advisor, David Eastmond, a professor of cell biology and the chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Bhat’s dissertation project is a collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and deals with incorporating newer data types, such as toxicogenomic data, into the chemical risk assessment process to make it more efficient and less reliant on long-term animal testing.

“Current approaches to assessing potential human health risks resulting from exposure to environmental chemicals are time- and resource-intensive,” she said. “My project also involves grouping related chemicals and conducting chemical class-based risk assessment, which is more efficient than traditional chemical-by-chemical risk assessment.”

UCR Graduate Student Receives Award in Social Justice from Women’s Resource Center

Graduate student Robyn Dahl has won the Graduate Award in Social Justice from the Women's Resource Center on campus.

Graduate student Robyn Dahl has won the Graduate Award in Social Justice from the Women’s Resource Center on campus.

For her work on climate change education in Riverside’s underserved communities, Robyn Dahl, a graduate student working with Mary Droser, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, has won the Graduate Award in Social Justice from the Women’s Resource Center on campus.

Dahl, a member of the Climate Working Group of the Chancellor’s Committee for Sustainability, studies the role that the environment and ecology played in the evolution of Ordovician gastropods (470 million-year-old marine snails).

“Gastropods are one of the most diverse groups in modern ocean ecosystems, and have an unusually slow and steady evolutionary trajectory,” she said. “So I am examining the ecology of the earliest gastropods to determine if there were specific adaptations that influenced extinction and survivorship throughout the Ordovician period.”

UC Riverside Undergraduate Awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Angullo is awarded a $30,000 stipend toward graduate school from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Angullo is awarded a $30,000 stipend toward graduate school from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Brenda Angullo, an undergraduate in liberal studies, has been awarded a 2013 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color (WW-RBF).

Each of the nine 2013 WW-RBF fellows is awarded a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education. The fellows prepare to teach in high-need public schools, receiving guidance toward teaching certification and ongoing support throughout a three-year teaching commitment. The fellowship is intended to help address a national shortage of teachers of color.

Angullo will attend UCR’s Graduate School of Education and was recently admitted into the MED Graduate Program in Education for General Education with Teaching Emphasis for the fall 2013 term. She plans to become a first-grade bilingual teacher and hopes to use the award to further her career. “I am very humbled and honored,” Angullo said about the award. “Being a Woodrow-Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow has already opened so many doors for me and I cannot wait for what lies ahead.”

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