Times Festival of Books Honors Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate and professor of creative writing emeritus , will receive the 2015 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement during the 21st Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

The award will be presented April 9.

“We are delighted to honor Juan Felipe Herrera’s remarkable 45-year career as a writer, teacher and activist,” Kenneth Turan, Times film critic and director of the Times Book Prizes, said in the Times’ announcement on Feb. 23. “His literary contributions include poetry, prose, young adult novels and children’s literature, and his work in all artistic forms highlights a life dedicated to giving voice to those who are not always heard.”

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Alumnus Selected as a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Ocean Sciences

Alumnus Noah Planavsky has been selected as a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Ocean Sciences. The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.

At UC Riverside, Planavsky worked with Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry. Planavsky received his doctoral degree in earth sciences in 2012, after which he held a postdoctoral appointment at Caltech. He is now an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University.

In supporting Planavsky’s application, Lyons wrote: “He is, in no uncertain terms, one of the most creative, ambitious, and productive scientists you will ever meet—at any level. He has my highest level of support for the honor and opportunity that come with the Sloan Fellowship. Our views of the ancient ocean and its life are bound for extraordinary change in the coming years under Noah’s watch.”

At Yale, he studies the connections between the evolution of Earth-system processes, biological innovation, and ecosystem change—foremost in Earth’s early history. His research integrates field, petrographic and geochemical work.

Last year, Christopher Reinhard, who also worked with Lyons and earned his Ph.D. in 2012, received the same fellowship. He is now an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Laila Lalami Now a Columnist for The Nation

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami, professor of creative writing, has joined The Nation as a monthly columnist focusing on human rights, global migration, foreign policy, race, religion, and faith. Her first column, “Donald Trump’s Campaign Has Turned Into One Long Hate-In,” published Feb. 18.

The Nation, founded in 1865, describes itself as America’s leading weekly magazine of progressive politics and culture.

“We are proud that Laila Lalami, a longtime contributor to the magazine, is joining The Nation as a columnist at this moment of peril and possibility,” editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel said in announcing Lalami’s monthly column. “Laila’s inimitable voice and perspective and her lyrical writing will bring needed clarity to the controversies roiling the world.”

Lalami began writing for The Nation on fiction, film and the politics of identify more than 10 years ago. She is the author of the historical novel “The Moor’s Account,” which has won numerous awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the novels “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits” and “Secret Son.” Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Guardian.

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