Professor Honored for Distinguished Achievement

Alec Gerry

Alec Gerry

Alec Gerry, a cooperative extension specialist and professor of entomology, received the Entomological Society of America’s Distinguished Achievement in Extension award at the society’s 63rd annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. from Nov. 15 to 18. Gerry’s research and extension program focuses on the biology, ecology, and management of pest arthropods and disease vectors associated with animal agriculture. This annual award, consisting of $500 and an inscribed plaque, recognizes outstanding contributions to extension entomology.

 

Undergraduate Named Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Connor Richards

Connor Richards

Fourth-year physics undergraduate Connor Richards became the first UCR student in more than a decade to be named a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic honors in the nation.

Every year, the scholarship provides fewer than 40 American students with the opportunity to attend the United Kingdom university of their choice for two years.

If selected for the scholarship, Richards plans to pursue a Masters of Advanced Study (MASt) in applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in quantum fields and fundamental forces at Imperial College the following year. Richards currently works with physics professor Owen Long on detecting dark matter.

Read more about Richards here.

 

Plant Pathologist Named to Science Council

Hailing Jin

Hailing Jin

Hailing Jin, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This year, AAAS elected 347 members as fellows. Jin was named a fellow in the biological sciences section for her research on cross-Kingdom RNAi in plant pathogen interaction, which help elucidate the mechanisms of plant immune responses against pathogens as well as pathogen virulence for infecting plants.

She will be recognized at the AAAS Annual Meeting Feb. 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Scientists and engineers may be elected a fellow if they have been AAS members for at least four continuous years and made efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Nominees may make made significant contributions in research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public.

 

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