Two  Professors to Receive Award for ‘Commitment to Graduate Diversity’

Ludwig Bartels

Ludwig Bartels

Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry and founding graduate advisor of UCR’s campus-wide Materials Science & Engineering program, and Carolyn Murray, a professor of psychology, have each been selected to receive the annual faculty award at UC Riverside for “Commitment to Graduate Diversity.”

Bartels was selected “for his extraordinary willingness to mentor students who might otherwise have been overlooked in the admission and funding process.”

The selection committee also was impressed with the record of achievement these students garnered under Bartels’s tutelage.

“It was clear to all that Dr. Bartels is extraordinarily committed to bringing out the best in his students, holding them to high standards as scholars and scientists, while also always encouraging them and providing them with opportunities to grow intellectually and professionally,” said Joseph Childers, the dean of the Graduate Division.

Carolyn Murray

Carolyn Murray

Murray was selected for her many years of dedication to increasing diversity among UCR’s graduate students.

“The committee also commented on Dr. Murray’s enthusiastic participation in campus-wide initiatives that are directed toward improving the success of our graduate student population, remarking especially on her work in the Graduate Student Mentorship Program, where she has provided direction and support for many graduate students over the past several years,” Childers said.

Along with the honorific, the Graduate Division will provide monetary support to one of Bartels’ graduate students and one of Murray’s graduate students.

History Professor Robert Patch Wins Bolton-Johnson Prize

Robert Patch

Robert Patch

Robert Patch, professor of history, won the 2015 Bolton-Johnson prize for his book “Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670-1810.” This award honors the best book on Latin America written in English, and published the previous year.

The Bolton Prize was started in 1956 in honor of Herbert E. Bolton, an American Historian who was famous for his research on Spanish American history. After a generous donation from Dr. John J. Johnson in 2000, it was renamed the Bolton Johnson Prize. According to their website, the award was established to recognize “sound scholarship, grace of style, and importance of the scholarly contribution” for a book published about “any significant aspect of Latin American History.” They establish a three-person committee, and 60 or more books are assigned to each committee member for review.

Professor Patch started research for his book in 1988, and steadily added to his knowledge concerning colonial influence on indigenous populations, especially in the political aspects.

UCR Executive Director of UCR Foundation and Donor Relations Wins the 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Patricia Kohlmeier

Patricia Kohlmeier

Patricia Kohlmeier, executive director of UCR Foundation and Donor Relations, is one of the two recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. The other recipient is Dr. James Lally, a strong community supporter of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.

Kohlmeier, a former board of education member with the Redlands Unified School District, was honored at the San Bernardino County School Boards Association’s spring meeting on April 30 at the Sierra Lakes Country Club in Fontana.

Established in 1998, the San Bernardino County Distinguished Service Award celebrates exceptional and distinguished service sustained over many years. The purpose of the award is to recognize dedication and leadership on behalf of public education in San Bernardino County.

Kohlmeier provided outstanding leadership and helped the district grow while overseeing programs and services that boosted academic achievement for all district students during her 20-year tenure with the school board. She was also an influential and effective board member for San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire, being elected to serve to the Delegate Assembly and Board of Directors with the California School Boards Association.

“Pat is a conscientious and accomplished public servant who brings a wide range of relevant skill and experience to everything she does,” wrote Redlands Superintendent Lori Rhodes in Kohlmeier’s nomination. “Her positive influence and impact has been felt across not only our district, but across the state.”

Prior to being a board member in Redlands, Kohlmeier served as a leader in the Parent Teacher Association and school site advisory committees. On the Redlands board, she was a strong proponent for providing quality education for all students, making sure that foster youth, homeless and those in juvenile courts and community schools had equal opportunities for academic success.

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