UCR Celebrates First Undergraduate Microbiology Grad

Christian Carrera is the first person to graduate with an undergraduate degree in microbiology at UCR.

Cristian Carrera

The undergraduate microbiology major, which was launched in fall 2011, has its first graduate: Cristian Carrera, who received his bachelor of arts degree last June. Carrera, who grew up in Chino, is interested in pursuing a career in microbiology.

“I want to learn more about bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms,” he said. “I am also interested in immunology.”

The first person in his family to graduate from college, Carrera wasn’t expecting to make UCR history.

“I am proud to be the first graduate in the microbiology major,” he said. “I didn’t know I had this honor until only very recently.”

Carrera plans to become a professor in microbiology.  He is interested, too, in teaching at a high school for a few years.

“I used to run cross-country and play soccer,” he said.  “Teaching at a high school will give me a chance to coach.”

The steering committee for the microbiology major — James Borneman, Katherine Borkovich and Marylynn Yates — presented Carrera with a plaque to commemorate the milestone the microbiology major has reached.

“I had the pleasure of having Cristian as one of my students in my new research-based course ‘Experimental Microbiology’ during the Spring 2013 quarter,” Borkovich said.  “Cristian was an excellent student and will be a great representative for both UCR and the new microbiology major out in the larger community.  I wish him well as he embarks on the next stage of his career.”

Currently, 42 students are microbiology majors.

 Students to Study Smog-Eating Tile

A group of former engineering students received a $15,000 grant from the EPA to study roofing tiles in an effort to improve air quality

Recent graduates of the Bourns College of Engineering received a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a testing protocol for smog eating roof tiles.

The former students are William Lichtenberg, Duc Nguyen, Carlos, Espinoza, Calvin Cao and Vincent Chen. They all graduated in June.

They were advised by David Cocker, a professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and Kawai Tam, a lecturer at the Bourns College of Engineering.

The research, which will be carried on by a new group of students, will focus on promoting air pollution control alternatives and strategies by using ceramic roof titles coated with titanium dioxide.

The grant comes from the EPA’s P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) completion.

Books by UCR Researchers Tackle Global Environmental Issues

In 2000, Ariel Dinar, now the director of the Water Science and Policy Center at UCR was invited to teach a class at Johns Hopkins University on the management of international water.  When he found, to his surprise, that no textbook on the subject was available, it inspired him to compile, with several co-authors, a textbook, “Bridges over Water” (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2007).

Now, given the increased interest in management of international water, a second edition of the book — “Bridges over Water” (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2013) — has been prepared.

“Bridges over Water” places the study of transboundary water conflicts, negotiation, and cooperation in the context of various disciplines, such as international relations, international law, international negotiations, and economics. It demonstrates their application, using various quantitative approaches. The book also considers case-studies of particular transboundary river basins, lakes, and aquifers.

Dinar’s co-authors on the book are Shlomi Dinar at Florida International University; Stephen McCaffrey at the University of the Pacific, Calif.; and Daene McKinney at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dinar and Amnon Rapoport, a distinguished professor of management in UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, are co-editors of a recently published book — “Analyzing Global Environmental Issues” (Routledge, 2013) — that resulted from a 2011 conference on game theory practice in Riverside.  The book, which deliberately keeps mathematical equations to a minimum, attempts to illustrate the usefulness of game theory and experimental economics in policy-making at multiple levels and for various aspects related to global issues.

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