Perry Awarded Prize for Service to Philosophy and Philosophers

John Perry, distinguished professor of philosophy, has been awarded the 2013 Philip L. Quinn Prize by the American Philosophical Association (APA) for service to philosophy and philosophers. He is a former president of the APA’s Pacific Division.

Perry was the longtime chair of the philosophy department at Stanford University and director of the Center for the Study of Language and Information before joining UCR with a half-time appointment in conjunction with his phased retirement from Stanford. He co-hosts the popular radio program “Philosophy Talk,” which airs weekly on 100 radio stations in 30 states, Denmark and Australia.

In 2012 he published “The Art of Procrastination, A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing,” an entertaining, philosophical self-help book for procrastinators in which he articulates a strategy of “structured procrastination” that he says can convert procrastinators into effective human beings.

Hackel Book Named One of 2013’s Best

“Junipero Serra: California’s Founding Father” by UCR history professor Steven W. Hackel was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2013 by Zócalo Public Square, a project of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University.

The book “dispels the myths (both laudatory and demonizing) surrounding the man who founded missions up and down California in the 18th century,” project leaders said. “But it is far more than a corrective. It’s a tale of Spain, Mexico, and America; of faith, politics, and pioneering; and of a man who was neither wholly sinner nor saint.”

Zócalo Public Square, describes itself as a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism.

Joel Smith Dance Work Named Top Dance Performance

“O(h),” a new dance work by Joel Smith’s company casebolt and smith, was named one of the top 10 dance performances of 2013 by San Francisco Chronicle dance critic Allan Ulrich. Smith, assistant professor of dance, is co-artistic director of the company along with artistic partner Liz Casebolt.

Ulrich, one of the nation’s leading dance critics, said of the dance/theatrical work, “The usually parched summer dance diet was enlivened by a visit from this slick Los Angeles duo who prowl for the banalities of routine modern dance and skewer the pomposities with needles dipped in acid. Where have they been all our lives?”

casebolt and smith has performed all over the world. Dance Spirit Magazine has named Smith one of “LA’s Finest” contemporary male dancers.

UCR Volleyball Player Receives Southern California Sports Broadcasters Scholarship for 2014

UC Riverside junior volleyball player Megan Reza was named the recipient of the 2014 Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association scholarship. The $5,000 award is presented annually to a student attending any of Southern California’s four-year colleges who plans on pursuing a career in radio, television or internet broadcasting.

A media and cultural studies major, Reza began interning in the UC Riverside Athletics Media Relations Department in Jan. 2013 serving as a reporter for the Highlanders postgame highlight videos, interviewing coaches and student athletes for preseason previews and feature stories and updating the athletics department’s website at

The Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association  honored Reza on Jan. 27 at its annual award luncheon at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, California.

The Immortality Project Awards Third Essay Prize

The Immortality Project, a research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation at UCR, has awarded its third essay prize to Jesse Bering for “Life after death: The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?”

The essay, which discusses supposed evidence of life after death from paranormal phenomena, such as near-death experiences and communication with ghosts, was published in the Nov. 13, 2013, issue of Aeon Magazine.

A goal of The Immortality Project is to advance discussion of the project themes in popular venues by offering essay prizes. The three-year project is funded by a $5 million grant the John Templeton Foundation awarded in 2012. A majority of the grant will be awarded to scientists, theologians and philosophers conducting research related to immortality. Winners of the science funding competition will present preliminary results of their research during a conference June 20-21 at UCR.


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