UCR Alumnus Wins Unique Short Film Competition

UCR alumnus Jared Nelson’s short film “Chucked” has been named one of five grand prize winners in the “Project Imagina10n” film festival, sponsored by Canon and judged by director Ron Howard and actress/director Bryce Dallas Howard.

Nelson, a 2013 UCR graduate with a bachelor’s degree in theater and sub-track in film making, won $5,000 and will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet in the New York premiere of the winning short films under the title “A Ron Howard Presentation” in October.

“Chucked” is about a robot statue at a book store that falls in love with a girl. As part of the challenge, Nelson’s film had to incorporate images and themes inspired by 10 crowdsourced images that were submitted. In addition, the film had to be made using a Canon camera and needed to cost less than $400. The cast included UCR grad Devon Wilczynski as Chuck’s love interest, and current student Allison Molnaa as “new girl.” It was filmed in just one day at the Downtowne Bookstore in Riverside.

“Chucked” is about a robot statue at a book store that falls in love with a girl. As part of the challenge, Nelson’s film had to incorporate images and themes inspired by 10 crowdsourced images that were submitted. In addition, the film had to be made using a Canon camera and needed to cost less than $400. The cast included UCR grad Devon Wilczynski as Chuck’s love interest, and current student Allison Molnaa as “new girl.” It was filmed in just one day at the Downtowne Bookstore in Riverside.

Professor Wins Medal for Graphene Research

Alexander A. Balandin will receive the 2013 MRS Medal for his work on graphene.

Alexander A. Balandin will receive the 2013 MRS Medal for his work on graphene.

A UCR electrical engineering professor will receive the 2013 Materials Research Society Medal for his work on thermal properties of graphene and development of a new materials characterization technique.

Alexander A. Balandin, who is also the founding chair of the materials science and engineering program at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering, will receive the MRS Medal on Dec. 4 at the 2013 Fall Meeting in Boston. The MRS Medal is awarded annually by the Materials Research Society for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field. It is one of the highest recognitions a materials scientist can receive.

UCR Graduate Student Wins National Book-collecting Competition

UCR graduate Elias Serna's book collection wins first prize.

UCR graduate Elias Serna’s book collection wins first prize.

UCR graduate student Elias Serna’s collection of rare or hard-to-find pamphlets, art catalogs and films that document the history of the Chicano Movement has won first prize in the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. He will receive the $2,500 prize in an awards ceremony on Oct. 18 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. UCR Libraries will receive a $1,000 prize.

Serna, a Ph.D. candidate in English, is the first UCR student to win the national contest.

 

Six Faculty Members Named to UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Six faculty members at UCR have been appointed to the campus’ Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Steven Brint announced this week.

The newcomers are all past recipients of major campus teaching awards and were selected by the current members of the academy. Joining the 10-member academy are Professors Wendy Ashmore (anthropology), Steven Gould Axelrod (English), Bradley Hyman (biology), Goldberry Long (creative writing), Michael Marsella (chemistry), and Timothy D. Paine (entomology).

Returning members are Professors Victor Zordan (computer science chair), Subir Ghosh (statistics), Jodie Holt (botany and plant sciences), and Susan Straight (creative writing).

The academy serves as an advisory group to the provost on teaching excellence and provides institutional leadership and guidance. Members serve as teaching mentors for new faculty and by organizing and taking part in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching excellence. The academy designs and produces the Scholarship of Teaching seminars in partnership with the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. It also reviews teaching-related initiatives and grant proposals from members of the campus community.

CUC Fall Event Kicks Off

CUC Fall 2013 Honorees

From left to right: campus supporter Wally Rice; current student and Gabbert Endowed Scholarship winner Allie SteinerLund; and Dr. G. Richard Olds, founding dean of the School of Medicine.

The Fall Kickoff of the Citizens University Committee (CUC) gathered campus supporters from the community to honor three people: Dr. G. Richard Olds, founding dean of the School of Medicine; campus supporter Wally Rice; and current student and Gabbert Endowed Scholarship winner Allie SteinerLund.

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