School of Medicine Faculty Member Honored by American Physiological Society

Declan McCole

Declan McCole

Declan McCole, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the UCR School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2014 S&R Foundation Ryuji Ueno Award for ion channels or barrier function research, an early career profession award administered by the American Physiological Society.

The award recognizes an individual demonstrating outstanding promise based on his or her research in wound healing, tissue remodeling, or organ regeneration. Dr. McCole’s research focused on the intestinal epithelium, a single layer of cells that plays a critical role in human health.

The S&R Foundation Ryuji Ueno Award includes $30,000 in funding to support Dr. McCole’s research. Dr. McCole will be recognized by the American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego in April.


UCR Athlete to Serve as Keynote Speaker at UCR’s 99 For Title IX Celebration

Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez

UC Riverside Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Wooldridge announced on Jan. 31 that UCR graduate and three-time All-American Brenda Martinez will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s 99 For Title IX fundraiser. Martinez is the first U.S. woman to medal in the 800m at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The event is being held at the home of Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Diane Del Buono on Feb. 26. The cost to attend the event is a minimum donation of $99, which will include an evening of food and fellowship and a number of live auction items such as a four-course gourmet dinner, golf lessons from Jen Dolph, PGA Head Golf Professional at Canyon Crest Country Club, and a wine-tasting party for up to 20 at Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes.

Video by UC Riverside Lab Receives Honorable Mention in International Competition

A video produced by the lab of Zhenbiao Yang, professor of cell biology, received an honorable mention in the highly acclaimed International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The award was presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science.

The competition was conducted in 2013. The winning entries are included in five categories: Photography, Illustration, Informational Poster and Graphics, Games and Apps, and Video.

Yang was joined by UCR’s Geoffrey J. Harlow, Shou Li, Albert C. Cruz and Jisheng Chen in producing the video.

UCR Medical School Official Awarded National Faculty Scholar Award

Michael N. Nduati, M.D., associate dean for clinical affairs in the UCR School of Medicine, is one of seven recipients nationally of the 2014 New Faculty Scholar Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership potential in the area of family medicine education and supports Nduati’s participation in the 2014 spring conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, in May. The society has a membership of nearly 5,000, including medical school faculty, residency program faculty and directors, and physician preceptors involved in family medicine education. Family medicine physicians provide primary medical care to people of all ages.

Nduati, in addition to helping develop the clinical arm of the UCR School of Medicine, is director of the school’s Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE), an innovative three-year component of the medical school curriculum that provides students a longitudinal “practice” embedded within the primary care clinics of the school’s affiliated health care partners.

LACE is designed to give medical students a “continuity-of-care” experience with a panel of patients while at the same time developing skills in research and evidence-based medical practice. UCR medical students are paired with physicians at several Riverside County family care centers, Riverside Medical Clinic, Kaiser Permanente sites in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Riverside Physicians Network.

“We are proud of Dr. Nduati’s leadership in developing this innovative curriculum feature of the UCR medical school and so pleased that he is being recognized nationally for his work in medical education,” said G. Richard Olds, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs at UCR and dean of the medical school.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Nduati, also an assistant professor of family medicine in the UCR medical school. “This is validation that, in medical education, we can create new and innovative programs to prepare the physicians of the future and provide health care best suited to the post-Affordable Care Act world.”

Nduati joined the UCR School of Medicine in 2011. He earned his M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed residency training at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. He also holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

GSOE Members Recognized

Three members of the Graduate School of Education will receive a national award for a journal article called “Effects of cognitive strategy interventions and cognitive moderators on word problems solving in children at risk for problem solving difficulties.”

Professor Lee Swanson, Assistant Professor Michael Orosco and Catherine Lussier, an academic coordinator at the Graduate School of Education, will receive the Kirk award, which recognizes excellence in professional journal articles that have been published in Learning Disabilities Research & Practice.

They will be honored at annual Council for Exceptional Children conference from April 9 to 12 in Philadelphia.

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