Conway Appointed to the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections and Archives at UCR Libraries, has been appointed to the planning committee of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. The committee comprises 12 international manuscript scholars and IT specialists charged with transforming the database into a community-built, universal finding aid for pre-1600 manuscript books worldwide.  The first meeting of the committee took place April 23–25 in Philadelphia, Penn.

Conway also was invited to present a paper May 11 at the 48th International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts-sponsored session “ ‘The Greatest Sport’: Histories of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts.” Conway and co-author Lisa Fagin Davis of the California Rare Book School presented the paper, “Manuscripts Lost, Manuscripts Found: Using the Schoenberg Database to Track the Movement of Manuscripts in North America.”

UC Riverside Medical School Official Craig Byus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Craig V. Byus, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education Award

Craig V. Byus, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education Award

Craig V. Byus, Ph.D., senior associate dean of academic affairs and research in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, received the Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on May 22.

Dr. Alan Robinson, associate vice chancellor and senior associate dean at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, presented the award to Byus at the UCR School of Medicine’s annual clinical faculty recognition and student awards ceremony in downtown Riverside.

Byus is only the third recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in its 18-year existence. In addition to his exemplary career in teaching and service, the award recognizes his leadership in the complete redesign of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, which resulted in a program geared toward diversifying the physician workforce and training physicians who would serve the underserved populations within Inland Southern California.

Grant to Fund Research on Wage Theft, Health Care

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside has been awarded a $13,700 grant by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) to examine wage theft and health care access among warehouse workers in Southern California.

The project will train warehouse workers to recruit respondents and administer a survey in English and Spanish to at least 300 workers. Investigators, collaborators and student researchers will conduct detailed follow-up interviews and collect legal testimonies on incidences of wage theft and lack of health care access in the logistics industry.

“This project seeks to identify and examine the human cost of global trade by extending the investigators’ partnership with Warehouse Workers United and other organizations to mitigate the negative impacts of the logistics industry on individuals working in Inland Southern California,” said Juliann Emmons Allison, UCR associate professor of political science, associate director of CSSD and principal investigator for the project. Ellen Reese, UCR associate professor of sociology, is a co-principal investigator for the project.

The one-year project will begin Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, 2014.

UCR Alumnus Akhil Rao Named as Coro Fellow

Akhil Rao, a UCR graduate, has been selected as a Coro Fellow for 2013-14.  Photo by Ross French

Akhil Rao, a UCR graduate, has been selected as a Coro Fellow for 2013–14.Photo by Ross French

For the second year in a row, a University of California, Riverside alumnus has been named to the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Akhil Rao, who graduated with honors in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in economics, was named as one of 64 fellows for 2013–14 in February.

The Coro is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that teaches effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena, providing participants with great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

“I’m hoping that the program will give me an opportunity to learn about and connect with the diverse actors in the public affairs arena. I’m interested in policy-oriented research, and I’m hoping that that ‘on the ground’ knowledge will inform my work and make it better,” Rao said.

Pazzani Appointed to CENIC

Michael Pazzani, UCR’s vice chancellor for research and economic development, was named as one of the three UC-appointed directors for the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. President Mark Yudof made the appointment on June 5; Pazzani serve a two-year term, from July 1 to June 30, 2014.

Jun Li and Xinping Cui Elected to International Statistical Institute

Jun Li and Xinping Cui, both associate professors of statistics, have been elected as members of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).  Elected membership in ISI carries the prestige of a successful formal committee review of an applicant’s credentials and implies having reached a high bar of scholarly productivity.

The ISI has an extensive global reach among statisticians and those interested in the field of statistics. The institute is also an association that links national statistical societies, with special focus on societies in the developing regions of the world. A majority of the world’s central bureaus of statistics are represented within the ISI network.

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