Award for Research on Beetle that Damages Avocado, Landscape Trees

Akif Eskalen, an extension plant pathologist at UC Riverside, received the Award of Arboricultural Research at the Western Chapter International Society of Arboricultural Research at the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture conference on May 4 in Anaheim. The award was for his research focused on a beetle that is causing severe damage to avocado and landscape trees in Southern California.

The beetle, the polyphagous shot hole borer, has a symbiotic relationship with a fungus. To infect the trees with the fungus, the polyphagous shot hole borer burrows deep inside the tree, crippling the water-transporting mechanism and blocking the transport of water and nutrients from the roots to the rest of the tree.

Alumnus is Finalist for Ernst & Young 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year

UC Riverside alumnus Darin Anderson is an Ernst & Young 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist. Anderson is chairman and CEO of Salas O’Brien, the leading specialty facilities planning, engineering, design, commissioning, and construction management firm with a maniacal focus on quality delivery.

Anderson earned a bachelor’s in business administration from UC Riverside in 1989 as well as an MBA at the university’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. He has stayed highly involved with the School of Business, where he currently serves as the chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also on the Board of the UCR Alumni Association and in July will chair the Foundation Board of Trustees.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Winners of the Ernst & Young Award will be announced at a special gala event on June 17th at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

UCR Anthropologist and Art Historian Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

A University of California, Riverside anthropologist known internationally for her work on diversity and cultural competence in higher education and an art historian whose research on visual culture spans the Americas have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for 2016-17.

Yolanda Moses, professor of anthropology, will engage with scholars at the University of Sydney in Australia, which is developing strategies that place the well-being and success of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students, staff and faculty at the center of institutional life.

Jason Weems, associate professor of art history, will pursue research at the Instituto Franklin of the Universidad de Alcala in Madrid, Spain, to develop an intellectual and historical framework for understanding American art through the lens of the Americas.

The Fulbright Program is the leading international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries, according to the program’s website. The program, which awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually, was established in 1946 under legislation by Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It operates in more than 150 countries. Read more about Moses and Weems.

Reza Aslan to Receive James Joyce Award

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and best-selling author, has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary & Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society.

The James Joyce Award is given to those who have excelled in a field of human endeavor and have made a profound impact on the world around them. Recipients in recent years have included Salman Rushdie, Alan Rickman, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky. The award will be presented in the 2016-17 academic year.

Aslan is an internationally renowned author and scholar of religions. His books include the New York imes Bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and international bestseller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.” His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post, and he appears frequently on TV and radio shows as a religion and political analyst. He also is the host and executive producer of Ovation’s “Rough Draft with Reza Aslan,” and CNN’s upcoming documentary series, “Believer.” Read more on his award.

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