English Professor Wins Prestigious Prize

Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards, associate professor of English, has won the prestigious William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for an outstanding study of African-American literature or culture. The William Sanders Scarborough Prize is the top award in African-American studies and one of the most distinguished in literary and cultural study.

Edwards was recognized for her book, “Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership.” In awarding the 12th annual Scarborough Prize the selection committee described Edwards’s book as a deft critique of “the long-standing notion that a single charismatic male is requisite for leadership in African American politics.”

The award will be presented during the association’s annual convention in Chicago in January.

Chemistry Graduate Student Recognized for Research Presentation

Consuelo Beecher

Consuelo Beecher

Consuelo Beecher, a graduate student in analytical chemistry at UCR, was recognized with a 2013 SACNAS Student Presentation Award at the society’s annual meeting that took place in October in San Antonia, Texas.

Beecher’s research work on heparin a substance used to prevent blood clots from forming, was among a few that stood out for the judges at the three-day conference.

Beecher’s presentation at the 2013 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans National Conference was titled “Profiling Enoxaparin SEC fractions by probing for 3-O-sulfo oligosaccharide using [H-1, N-15] HSQC NMR.” On the project, she worked with Cynthia Larive, a professor of chemistry and a divisional dean in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Entomologist Recognized for Exceptional Service to California’s Vegetable Industry

John Trumble

John Trumble

John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Oscar Lorenz Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in research and/or extension education benefiting the California vegetable industry.

Trumble, whose research focuses on both basic and applied problems in agricultural and natural ecosystems, will receive the award at a meeting on the UC Davis campus, in early December, of the UC Vegetable Crops Workgroup. The award is accompanied by a check for $500.

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