Economics Ph.D. Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Pallavi Panda

Pallavi Panda

Pallavi Panda, a Ph.D. candidate in economics, has won a Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development to further her analysis of the effects of trade on infant mortality in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hewlett/IIE fellowship provides up to $20,000 per year for two years and will support Panda’s dissertation research, which examines whether a country’s gains in trade also translate into improved health for its citizens, specifically, if it results in the deaths of fewer infants younger than 1 year of age.

Panda’s adviser, Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and dean of the new School of Public Policy, said, “Pallavi’s award is a great honor not only for her but for UCR, as the Hewlett/IIE fellowship is one of the most competitive fellowships in the area of population and development economics.”

UC Riverside Police Officers Honored by MADD for DUI Arrests

UCR Police Corporal Wade Stern and Officer Jonathan El Khoury were among several Riverside-area law enforcement officers recognized on March 12 for their efforts to eradicate drunk driving.

The duo were honored by MADD California, the California Office of Traffic Safety, and the AVOID THE 30 Campaign at the Annual Riverside County Law Enforcement Recognition and DUI Training Seminar at the Riverside Convention Center. Stern had 37 drunk driving arrests during the past year, while El Khoury had 24.


Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Wins Award for Book

Deborah R. Vargas, associate professor of ethnic studies, has won the Woody Guthrie Award for Outstanding Book on Popular Music for “Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda” (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). The award was presented by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music—U.S. Branch at the organization’s annual conference March 15 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Awards committee member Robert Fink said “Dissonant Divas” is “really a spectacular book, with a distinctive and powerful voice, and it fills a lacuna in popular music studies.”

“Dissonant Divas” also was named the Best Book in Chicano Studies by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and received an honorable mention for Best Book in Latino Studies from the Latin American Studies Association.

The book assembles a unique archive of Chicana singers based on oral histories, ethnography, and archival research to explore what Vargas refers to as the musical dissonance of singers in relationship to canonical musical texts. She examines Rosita Fernandez’s musical inseparability with the Alamo; Tejano corrido folklore and its musical antithesis in Chelo Silva; the female accordion-playing bodies of Ventura Alonzo and Eva Ybarra as incompatible with the masculinist instrumental labor of Tex Mex conjunto music; geographic genre borders and the ways national music scales were negotiated by Eva Garza; and Selena’s cumbia performances of Black diasporic sound or what Vargas theorizes as “brown soul.”


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