Inventor Michael Pirrung Honored

Michael Pirrung, a distinguished professor of chemistry at UC Riverside, has been named one of the new 175 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Michael Pirrung writing on a see-through board

Michael Pirrung, a distinguished professor of chemistry

Pirrung is an organic chemist with research in the areas of chemical biology, synthesis, and nucleic acids. He is a pioneer in the field of microarrays, which have important biological applications in genomics and helped usher in public genetic testing technologies.

He holds 41 U.S. and many international patents, most of which are assigned to the company Affymetrix. He was one of the original scientists involved in the start-up Affymax, from which Affymetrix was spun off.

His most significant patent is Large Scale Photolithographic Solid Phase Synthesis of Polypeptides and Receptor Binding Screening Thereof, which first described the concept of fabricating arrays of biopolymers using photolithography.

The patent family based on this 1992 patent was in the top 10 most cited patent families from 1999 to 2004. His invention kick-started the microarray technology industry, which was a $3.9 billion market worldwide in 2013.

Read the full story.

Salzman Appointed to the American Academy in Rome Board of Trustees

Michele Renee Salzman, professor of history at UC Riverside, has been appointed to serve on the American Academy in Rome’s (AAR) Board of Trustees. Her nomination was approved at the November 2016 meeting of the board.

Michele Renee Salzman

Michele Renee Salzman

Salzman is the first University of California scholar to serve on the board.

“The American Academy of Rome is the leading cultural institution in Rome,” Salzman  said. “I care deeply about this institution. It is one of the few institutions where you have meaningful cross-disciplinary actions that produce a real fermentation of the humanities and arts. It is a place that works to connect the humanities to the contemporary world. To support this mission as a representative of the Advisory Council is thrilling.”

Read the full story.

Phyllis A. Guze to Receive National Award from the American College of Physicians

Phyllis A. Guze, MD, MACP, has been awarded the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. The award will be presented at ACP’s Convocation Ceremony on March 30 at the San Diego Convention Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference.

Photo shows Dr. Phyllis Guze.

Phyllis A. Guze, M.D.Courtesy of UCR School of Medicine

The award established in 1947, honors a person for exceptional contributions to the aims and purposes of the College, as well as the recipient’s outstanding influence in maintaining and advancing the best standards of medical education, medical practice and clinical research.

A resident of Los Angeles, Guze is a founding member of UCR’s School of Medicine. She joined the school in 2008 as acting vice chancellor of Medical Sciences and dean.  Guze has provided leadership in all planning aspects for the school, including accreditation, administrative appointments, curriculum development and facilities development.

She has served as a professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine since 1985, was the dean for education from 1991 to 1995, and the executive vice chair for affiliated programs from 1986 to 2005. She was chair-emeritus at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Department of Medicine. Guze was chair of ACP’s Board of Regents in 2012-13. Most recently, she led the search committee for ACP’s new executive vice president/CEO.

Scholar is a Standout at SACNAS

Work by Joselyn Soto, an undergraduate student working in the lab of Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, a professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine at UC Riverside, was judged a standout among student presentations at the 2016 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference, which took place in October 2016 in Long Beach.  Soto was selected to receive a 2016 SACNAS Student Presentation Award.

SACNAS, an acronym for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Soto is majoring in biology.  Her presentation at 2016 SACNAS was titled “Morphological and Functional Consequences of Hippocampal Demyelination and Remyelination-Induced Recovery.”

“I am extremely happy and proud that Joselyn got recognized with this award,” Tiwari-Woodruff said. “Joselyn has worked extremely hard on this project that deals with understanding the potential causes of demyelination-induced cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis. She is a pleasure to have in the lab.”

Top of Page