Creative Writing Professor Katie Ford Judges National Book Award in Poetry

Creative writing professor and poet Katie Ford served as one of five judges for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry, an experience she described as “unforgettable.”

Katie Ford

Katie Ford

Ford, who joined the UCR faculty in 2014, was invited to judge the competition by the sponsoring National Book Foundation. She also directs UCR’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

“I was surprised I got the call from the foundation’s executive director,” she said. “I have judged chapbook competitions, but nothing like this.”

The invitation to judge in the prestigious National Book Award competition reflects Ford’s growing prominence in American poetry, said Andrew Winer, chair of the Department of Creative Writing.

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Distinguished Professor Reza Abbaschian Named Honorary AIME Member

Reza Abbaschian on stairwell

Distinguished Professor Reza Abbaschian

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), with approval from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineering (AIME) Board, has selected Bourns College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Reza Abbaschian as an honorary member of AIME.

The recognition is the highest honor AIME can bestow upon an individual.

Abbaschian was selected “for pioneering contributions in solidification processing, materials education, and leadership in materials science and engineering worldwide,” BCOE indicated on their home website announcement. Abbaschian will be presented with a ceremonial medallion, shadow box, and pin at TMS’ reception in Feb. 2017 in Nashville, Tenn.


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