Elaine Wong to Participate in MSI Aspiring Leaders Program

Elaine Wong, associate professor of management and associate dean for the School of Business undergraduate program, will be participating in the MSI Aspiring Leaders mentoring program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

MSI Aspiring Leaders is a three-day forum and mentoring program developed by the CMSI that will create a space for prominent Minority Serving Institutions’ (MSI) leaders to engage with mid-career aspiring leaders from the education, non-profit, and business sectors in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents.

Supported by $765,000 in grants from the ECMC Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Penn Executive Doctorate program, MSI Aspiring Leaders includes both a leadership forum and a mentorship program.

Learn more about MSI Aspiring Leaders.

Assistant Professor Receives Early Career Award

Kerry Mauk (right)

Kerry Mauck, assistant professor of entomology, has been awarded the 2017 Early Career Award by the International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE).

The annual award recognizes cutting-edge research in chemical ecology performed by a researcher that has completed their Ph.D. within the past eight years. The award includes an opportunity to deliver a lecture at the annual ISCE conference, and covers travel, accommodation, and conference fees. Mauck was selected by the council and executive board of the ISCE.

Mauck, who joined UCR in 2016, is studying the biochemical mechanisms mediating plant pathogen transmission in complex ecological settings. The chemical ecology of pathogen transmission by vectors is poorly understood, despite clear significance for agriculture, ecology, and human health. More information about this important area of research can be found in Mauck’s recent reviews in Current Opinion in Plant Biology and Current Opinion in Virology.

Venkatesh Receives the SFN Trainee Professional Development Award

Anu Venkatesh, a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program, has been awarded the Society for Neuroscience’s (SFN) Trainee Professional Development Award.

Anu Venkatesh

Recipients receive complimentary registration to attend the SFN’s annual meeting and an award of $1,000. At the meeting, which will be held in November in Washington D.C., Venkatesh will present an abstract at a poster session, meet peers and network with senior scientists, and participate in learning opportunities.

The title of her research is: “Hippocampal gray matter integrity declines in healthy aging and relates to mnemonic discrimination.” Venkatesh’s supervisor is Ilana Bennett, an assistant professor of psychology, who leads the Laboratory of Aging and Neurocognitive Imaging.

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