Steven Gould Axelrod Receives PAMLA Award

Steven Gould Axelrod

Steven Gould Axelrod

Steven Gould Axelrod, distinguished professor of English, received the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony Nov. 1. Axelrod has been instrumental in helping PAMLA to develop in the areas of American literature and poetry. Like the previous recipients of this award, he has spent thousands of hours working on behalf of PAMLA, encouraging hundreds of scholars to get involved in the organization’s annual conference and prestigious journal.

He is a former president of PAMLA and is a member of the advisory board of Pacific Coast Philology. At UCR he occupied the McCauley Chair in Teaching Excellence and currently serves in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is the author of “Robert Lowell: Life and Art” (Princeton, 1978); “Robert Lowell: A Reference Guide” (G. K. Hall, 1982); and “Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words” (Johns Hopkins 1990). He is co-editor of the New Anthology of American Poetry, Volumes 1-3 (Rutgers 2002, 2005, 2012). He is writing a new book, “Cold War Poetics,” and is co-editing “Robert Lowell’s Memoirs.”

Bryan Wong Wins R&D 100 Award

Bryan Wong

Bryan Wong

Bryan Wong, who started this fall as an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering, recently won an R&D 100 Award —recognized as the “Oscars of Invention” and bestowed by R&D Magazine—for his work on triplet-harvesting plastic scintillators.

The new cost-saving material, which Wong and others developed when he worked at Sandia National Laboratories, can be used in radiation detection devices that are designed to prevent the illicit movement of radiological and nuclear materials.

The quest for improved radiation detection scintillators has a long history dating back to the early 1900s, and suitable materials have remained of immense interest for identifying and differentiating fissionable nuclear materials from benign radioactive sources.

Graduate Student Wins EPA Fellowship

Jennifer Rae Eberwein, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been awarded a graduate fellowship of $84,000 for two years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Eberwein, who works with Darrel Jenerette, an associate professor of landscape ecology, is studying the effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition (from air pollution) on soil trace gas emissions of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide and nitrous oxide in the Colorado Desert.  The fellowship will support this research.

Zarinebaf Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Fariba Zarinebaf

Fariba Zarinebaf

Fariba Zarinebaf, associate professor of history and director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for 2013-2014 to study the political, commercial and legal interactions between European and Ottoman states in the port of Galata (the former Genoese port of Constantinople) during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Galata was home to many diverse ethnic and religious communities and largely functioned as a cosmopolitan port. More than 15 different languages were commonly spoken in Galata and nearly all of its residents were multilingual.

 “Ottoman ports functioned as spaces of connectivity as well as competition and conflict depending on the ebb and flow of trade, diplomacy and treaties of friendship and commerce (Capitulations) that were signed between the Ottoman and European states. The history of Galata has received very little attention from historians in part due to the richness of its layered history and the variety of sources one would need to study in different languages and archives,” Zarinebaf said.

For her project, “Ottoman- European Encounters in the Port of Galata: Capitulations, Commerce and Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire, 1750-1850,” Zarinebaf conducted her research in Istanbul, where she lived for ten months during her fellowship. While in Istanbul, Zarinebaf was able to understand Galata’s past through hundreds of archival documents that included commercial treaties, consular petitions, lawsuits, court records, tax records, maps, memoirs and reports by European ambassadors. She is planning to conduct her next phase of research in the archives of France (Paris, Marseilles and Nantes).

In addition to her archival research, Zarinebaf was also able to conduct field work, travel to other ports, give numerous talks and participate in a graduate seminar at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She plans to compile her research into a book and hopes her research provides a more layered understanding of the topic.

 “I think today we see the disappearance of cosmopolitanism that was once an important feature of port cities in the Middle East as a whole,” said Zarinebaf. “It is crucial to preserve and study the legacy of this past experience as something that was very unique and valuable.”

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