Laila Lalami’s Book One of NYT’s Best of 2014

Creative Writing Professor Laila Lalami’s book, “The Moor’s Account” (Pantheon), made it to the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2014. The list of the year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Estebanico, the first black explorer of America, narrates this fictional memoir.

Three UCR Students Awarded UC Global Food Initiative Fellowships

Three UCR students have been awarded UC Global Food Initiative fellowships that fund student-generated research, related projects or internships focusing on food issues.  They are among 54 UC students who have been awarded the $2,500 fellowships.

The UC Riverside students are:

  • Dietlinde Heilmayr, a second-year psychology graduate student, will work on a project involving community gardens.
  • Darrin Lin, a Web design intern, will work on developing the website for the UCR California Agriculture and Food Enterprise.
  • Undergraduate Daniel Lopez will work on a project that focuses on the on-campus food pantry.

“These are outstanding students who are passionate about this important global topic and will be able to make valuable contributions to this initiative through these fellowships,” UC President Janet Napolitano said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results of their projects.”

Napolitano, together with UC’s 10 chancellors, launched the Global Food Initiative in July.

The bulk of the fellowship funding comes from the UC President’s Initiative Fund, with several campuses augmenting the funding to support additional student fellowships.

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