Kawai Tam Receives Outstanding Engineering Educator Award

Kawai Tam

Kawai Tam

Kawai Tam, a lecturer at the Bourns College of Engineering, received on Feb. 28 the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council.

The award is given to educators who are committed to professional engineering activities beyond the normal scope of the teaching profession.

In addition teaching, Tam provides opportunities for students to develop their engineering skills from design concept to prototype manufacture. Since 2005, her mentorship of more than 165 students has brought recognition to UC Riverside and her students with 37 awards and grants exceeding $310,000.

UCR Professor of Learning Disabilities Receives 2015 Jeanette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award

Rollanda O’Connor

Rollanda O’Connor

Rollanda O’Connor, a professor and the Eady/Hendrick Chair in Learning Disabilities in the Graduate School of Education, will receive the 2015 Jeanette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award from the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) to recognize her lifelong contributions to the field of learning disabilities.

The award honors those who have advanced the field of learning disabilities through direct services, policy development, community service, research or organizational leadership throughout their career.

The award will be given at the DLD business meeting on April 9 at the CEC Convention in San Diego.

UCR Doctoral Students from GSOE Attended the UC Collaborative Research on Special Education, Disabilities and Developmental Risk Conference

On January 23 and 24, doctoral students in special education and educational psychology from the Graduate School of Education joined students and professors across the UC system for the 9th annual student-run conference at UC Santa Barbara.

The conference is one of several activities of the University of California Collaborative for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR), which links faculty and doctoral students with shared research interests across the UC system. The collaborative was founded in 2005 by UC San Barbara Professor Michael Gerber and UC Riverside Professors Lee Swanson and Rollanda O’Connor.

At the January conference, participating UC Riverside students included Yasmine Bolourian, Olivia Chan, Jennifer Kong, Christy Liao, Sarana Roberts, Harpreet Uppal, and Sasha Zeedyk (the current Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Committee), and post-doctoral scholar Leigh Ann Tipton. The students were supported through the endowment of the Eady/Hendrick fund to the GSOE.

Theater Professor a 2015 Latina of Influence

Tiffany Ana López

Tiffany Ana López

UCR Professor of Theatre Tiffany Ana López has been named a 2015 Latina of Influence by “Hispanic Lifestyle,” an independently produced television program that reaches more than 16 million households on PBS and independent TV stations in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas.

López, who holds the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, is one of 30 Latinas honored this year for their contributions in business, community service, entertainment and education. Honorees will be introduced at Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2015 Latinas of Influence conference on April 2 at the Ontario Airport Hotel.

Read more at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/27596

Grant to Support Leadership Training of Women in War-torn Nations

Yolanda T. Moses

Yolanda T. Moses

The Ford Foundation has awarded Yolanda T. Moses, professor of anthropology, a $346,500, three-year grant to address issues in emerging democracies and regions of conflict and post-conflict. The grant will fund a meeting at UCR in April to plan a 10-day international institute that will be held in Riverside in late 2016, and some costs associated with the conference. Additional funds will be sought to fund the conference in its entirety and to create an international research and educational network aimed at developing new and inclusive strategic models of leadership in higher education on a global level.

“The focus of this initiative is on the role higher education can play as an honest broker in rebuilding civil society, and building inclusive leadership at universities in countries emerging from years of war, civil conflict and displacement,” said Moses, associate vice chancellor for diversity, excellence and equity and the principal investigator on the grant.

Read more at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/27526

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