UCR Entomology Professor Selected for Distinguished Achievement Award

Alec Gerry

Alec Gerry

Alec Gerry, professor of entomology and cooperative extension specialist, has been selected for the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). He will be the branch nominee for the national ESA award of the same name.

Gerry, the vice president-elect of the medical, urban, veterinary entomology section of the ESA for 2015, joined the UCR faculty in 2003 following four years of service as a public health biologist with the California Department of Public Health. He is also a recently retired military entomologist (rank: lieutenant colonel) with 25 years of combined active and reserve military service.

He conducts research on pest and vector arthropods associated with animal agriculture, and with insects of human health and urban importance (e.g., canyon flies, mosquitoes). These arthropods may cause substantial economic losses for producers due to impacts on animal growth and productivity, or due to morbidity/mortality caused by the pathogens they carry. Gerry is particularly interested in the integrated management of dipteran pests of animals, including their associated disease agents (e.g. West Nile virus, bluetongue).

Timothy Lyons Selected for an Award by the Geological Society of America

Timothy Lyons

Timothy Lyons

Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences has been selected by the Geological Society of America (GSA) as one of its three awardees for the Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division’s Contributions Award.

Lyons’s primary research themes are astrobiology, marine geochemistry, geobiology, biogeochemical cycles through time, and Earth history and paleoclimatology. He is a leader of the new NASA Astrobiology Institute ‘Alternative Earths’ team at UCR.

The Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division brings together scientists working at the interface of biology and geology. The division will present Lyons with the award at the GSA’s annual luncheon scheduled for early November.

UCR Undergraduates Awarded Summer Research Fellowships

Recipients of the Semiconductor Research Corporation awards.

Recipients of the Semiconductor Research Corporation awards.

Four UCR undergraduates have been awarded highly-competitive summer research fellowships by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The fellowships will provide each recipient a stipend of $4,000 for 10 weeks to work this summer in science and technology fields related to the semiconductor computer industry. It also includes an invitation to TechCon, a national conference that brings together industry representatives, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to share cutting edge research related to the semiconductor industry.

This year’s recipients are Sahar Naghibi, Ingrid Liao, Dominic Martinez-Ta and William Coley. All four students work with Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry.

“Last year, my students’ TechCon submission was selected, with 59 others, out of 400 submissions for presentation and ranked in the top 10 of those, placing UCR undergraduate researchers in the top 3 percent nationwide in areas pertinent to the semiconductor industry,” Bartels said.

Last year’s recipients were Gretel von Son Palacio, Sahar Naghibi, Thomas Empante and I-Hsi (Daniel) Lu.

A Top Chef at UCR

Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson, chef at Aberdeen-Inverness Residential Restaurant, won third place and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Silver Medal for his Tandoori-style buffalo flank steak roulade at the National Association of College and University Food Services Conference in Santa Cruz.

It’s an annual competition where chefs are critiqued in a variety of categories including creativity, flavor, and presentation. This was Johnson’s first time competing.

Read more at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/28202

UCR Ecologist Receives 2015 Prigogine Gold Medal

Bai-Lian (Larry) Li

Bai-Lian (Larry) Li

The Prigogine Gold Medal is awarded annually to a leading scientist in the field of ecological systems. This year, Bai-Lian (Larry) Li, professor of ecology, has been selected to receive it.

Li is the director of three research centers: the International Center for Ecology and Sustainability, the International Center for Arid Land Ecology and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — China Joint Research Center for AgroEcology and Sustainability.

His research interests include quantitative plant ecology, ecological complexity and modeling, theoretical and mathematical ecology, systems ecology, landscape ecology, computational biology, and ecological informatics.

The 2015 Prigogine Gold Medal award ceremony will take place on June 3, at the Politecnic University of València, Spain. Li is scheduled to give the Prigogine Lecture at the event. His lecture is titled “Towards an energetically and thermodynamically-sounded approach to ecological complexity, modeling and sustainability.”

Read more at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/27935

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