Entomology Professor to Receive National Teaching Award

Timothy Paine

Timothy Paine

Timothy Paine, professor of entomology, will receive the College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

He will receive the award at the 128th APLU Annual Meeting, which is currently taking place in Indianapolis, Ind. Paine will also receive $2,000 to be used to improve teaching. He is one of nine recipients of awards in that category.

During his 28-year career at the UC Riverside, Paine has taught lecture classes ranging in size from five students in specialized graduate courses to 527 students in core introductory classes. “The impact that educators have on their students can last a lifetime and these awardees have helped their students realize their aspirations and serve as an inspirations to fellow educators,” said Ian Maw, vice president of food, agriculture and natural resources at APLU.

Read more about Paine and his award here.

Composition Professor Premiering his Music in Moscow

Paulo Chagas

Paulo Chagas

Paulo C. Chagas, professor of composition at UCR, has been a guest lecturer at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia since Nov. 9. He was to present two lectures and premiere a new commissioned composition titled “Mirror of Madness” before he leaves on Nov. 19.

His two lectures will be given at the Electroacoustic Music Studio in the Moscow Conservatory. The talks will focus on audiovisual and multimedia composition, and on the integration of new sound and image technologies that can be processed into acoustic chamber music.

Chagas’ new composition “Mirror of Madness” premiered on Nov. 13 at the International Music Festival Moscow Autumn. The work was commissioned by the Festival Moscow Autumn and will be performed by an ensemble of distinguished Russian musicians belonging to the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, he explained.

Read more about his work here.

UC Riverside Cited for Success with Pell Grant Students

A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy includes UC Riverside among universities doing the most  to accept and graduate low-income college students.

The report, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is called “Serving Their Share: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students.” It was issued Oct. 29.

For more information, read more here.

National Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship Awarded to UCR Medical School Student

Jaire Saunders, a third-year medical student at UCR’s School of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship, presented annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

“When Dr. Emma Simmons told me that I had been selected, it didn’t quite register and it took me a couple of seconds to realize that I wasn’t just a finalist, but a recipient,” Saunders said. “My immediate emotion was pure elation.”

The $5,000 scholarship is presented annually to five third-year medical students who have “shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.”

“What makes this award so special to me is that I am honored to be associated with such great company,” he said. “My colleagues who were selected this year, as well as those selected previously, all have amazing stories of leadership, determination and overcoming great obstacles. It’s truly humbling to be one of those five selected nationwide.”

For more information about Saunders visit here.



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