BCOE Faculty Members Designated Co-principal Investigators on GAANN Grant

Five members of the faculty in the Bourns College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering are co-principal investigators on a new Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will provide fellowships for five graduate students who will pursue research in sustainable energy and environmental development. The five-year $536,668 grant is being administered by Akua Asa-Awuku, Mark Matsumoto, Nosang Myung, Sharon Walker and Charles Wyman.

Beginning with their selection in the fall of 2013, the Sustainable Energy and Energy Development (SEED) fellows will work under the guidance of faculty and other engineers and scientists at UCR’s research centers, including the Bourns College of Engineering’s Winston Chung Global Energy Center and the Center for Environmental Research and Technology.

In addition to their academic work, the fellows will engage in a series of professional development programs to enhance oral, writing, teaching, entrepreneurship, and networking skills. The SEED fellows will partake in K-12 outreach activities to broaden teaching skills and continue to develop the next generation of engineers.

Physicists Recognized for Repairs on Pixel Detector at CERN

A team of UCR physicists recently received recognition for its work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) pixel detector, a particle tracker integral to the study of fundamental particle physics. Martina Malberti, Kira Burt, Manuel Olmedo and Mauro Dinardo make up part of the group responsible for repairing malfunctioning channels in the forward pixel detector.

The group has been working on a project called the CMS experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), part of the CERN complex in Switzerland. The project seeks to uncover new physics that will help to complete the Standard Model of physics, a comprehensive theory that explains the interactions between all fundamental elementary particles, accounting for most measurements to date.

Melissa Conway Teaches Course at the California Rare Books School in UCLA

Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections & Archives of UCR Libraries, co-taught an intensive, one-week course titled “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts” at the California Rare Books School at the Graduate School of Education and Information Science at UCLA in August.

Conway and her co-instructor, Lisa Fagin Davis, are the co-authors of “The Directory of Institutions in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings,” a survey of the almost 500 institutions — many of them public libraries — holding 45,000 pre-1600 manuscripts.

With so many libraries in possession of these documents, the chances are high that any librarian will have to take care of a manuscript or fragment during his or her career, Conway said.

The course gave an overview of the historical production of manuscripts, introducing students to the variety of manuscripts that survive in greatest numbers—Bibles and biblical commentaries, liturgical books, lay prayerbooks and historical documents. Class sessions included hands-on training in identifying the parts of a Book of Hours — lay prayerbooks, the best-sellers of the Middle Ages — and working with detached leaves from different countries and time periods.

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