UCR Entomologist Selected as Honorary Member

John Trumble

John Trumble

John Trumble, a distinguished professor of entomology, has been selected to be an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Trumble joins four other “2015 Honorary Members of the Society.” The ESA bestows this honor to only three to six people a year.

Honorary membership in the ESA acknowledges those who have served the society for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the society that has reached an extraordinary level. The 2015 Honorary Members will be honored at an awards ceremony at the ESA’s annual meeting this November.

Trumble joined ESA in 1975. Since then, he has served on the ESA Governing Board, and has been involved in buying computers and a building for the society, selecting executive directors, promoting electronic publishing, and serving as president of the ESA’s Pacific Branch. He has helped advance ESA by serving on more than 40 committees that handled finances, award selections, nominations, long-term planning, and managing the nuts and bolts of society operations. Since 2001 his primary role has been to serve as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Trumble also maintains an active mentorship program. In just the last four years, he has published six papers with undergraduate students as co-authors, thus motivating the next generation of scientists to become entomologists.

Founded in 1889, the ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.

UCR Wins Honorable Mention at UC’s 2015 Information Technology Awards

Ten teams representing multiple locations across the University of California won the 2015 Larry L. Sautter Award for using information technology to make university operations more effective and efficient, and to better serve faculty, staff, students and patients.

Systemwide Chief Information Officer Tom Andriola announced the winners on Aug. 17, 2015 at the UC Computing Services Conference in Riverside, CA.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages collaboration and solution sharing across the UC system.

An honorable mention was given to UC Riverside’s Security Data Analytics Platform. The platform provides a cost-efficient approach to conducting security data analytics across many campus systems, services and applications. It has successfully enhanced the campus’s pro-active response to security threats by allowing teams to analyze network, system and user account activity in real time.

UCR Music Professor Named 2015 Scholar-In-Residence for Bard Festival

Leonora Saavedra

Leonora Saavedra

Leonora Saavedra, associate professor of musicology in the Department of Music, was named the scholar-in-residence for the 2015 Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The festival is considered one of the most influential institutions in classical music. In its 26th year and for the first time, the festival turned to Latin American Music, highlighting Mexican composer Carlos Chávez.

As the scholar-in-residence Saavedra edited a book of essays by scholars from around the world which is published by Princeton University Press in a dedicated series. She was also heavily involved in the programming of not only Chávez’s music, but also music by his contemporaries. Because Chávez is relatively unknown even among such scholars as those on the Bard programming committee, according to Saavedra, she was more involved in the programming than the scholars of previous years.

“It was very exciting to be asked to be the scholar-in-residence because of the opportunity it represented to foster research on Carlos Chávez, to help translate research into actual concert-performing and concert-going, and to have the music performed in very interesting contexts by excellent musicians. The Bard festival is very prestigious, and it was nice for Mexican music and for my own research to be recognized,” she said.

Read more about the festival here

Veterinary Entomologist to be Honored for Distinguished Achievement

Alec C. Gerry

Alec C. Gerry

Alec C. Gerry, a professor of veterinary entomology and extension specialist has been selected to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). He will be presented with the award at the ESA’s annual meeting in November 2015.

Gerry received his bachelor’s degree in biology at UC Berkeley and his doctorate in medical and veterinary entomology at UC Riverside.

His research and extension program focuses on the biology, ecology, and management of pest arthropods and disease vectors associated with animal agriculture. He has published more than 100 scientific and extension articles, and given more than 170 scientific and extension presentations in the area of veterinary entomology. He is a member and current chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture S-1060 multistate research and extension project, in support of which he maintains a website and a database of state-registered pesticides for use against animal pests that can be accessed at this website.

Prior to his appointment at UCR in 2003, Gerry was a senior public health biologist for the California Department of Public Health, Vector-Borne Disease Section. He also is a recent retiree from the U.S. Army Medical Department following 26 years of combined active and reserve military service.

Microbiologist awarded two National Science Foundation grants to study biogeochemical processes

Emma Aronson

Emma Aronson

Emma Aronson, an assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology, has received two grants from the National Science Foundation for conducting research on projects aimed at generating a greater understanding of the microbial role in biogeochemical cycling.

“These projects will deepen an existing understanding of the role of microorganisms in regulating biogeochemical processes,” Aronson said.

The first project, for which Aronson received funding of $627,000 for two years, will allow for the collection of biogeochemistry and microbial ecology data across the Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs), and the use of “EarthCube” software to analyze that data in new and interesting ways.

“There is no scientific consensus on the best ways to integrate data on biogeochemical process rates with microbial community analysis,” Aronson said. “This project will test and improve various methods for data integration and analysis. We will contribute to improvements in EarthCube software, and will train young researchers to use these new tools, which will be freely available to scientists around the country and the globe.”

The second project, for which Aronson received funding of $92,000 for two years, will organize a group of microbial ecologists to analyze National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data, in conjunction with other data sources, and will make that data available to researchers around the country and the globe.

“There is a vast pool of untapped NEON soil microbial community data that has been generated by a multi-million dollar NSF investment, and we will be among the first to access this data and ascertain its significance,” Aronson said.

Aronson joined UCR in 2013. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, after which she was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine.

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