Tamica Smith Jones Honored by Leadership Groups

Women Leaders in College Sports and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Action Network recently announced recognition awards for UC Riverside Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones.

Tamica Smith Jones

Women Leaders gave her the 2017 Division I Administrator of the Year Award during an Oct. 10 ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

“It’s humbling and such an honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Smith Jones. “You don’t get these recognitions without a lot of good people surrounding you and believing in your visionary leadership. With that, this award is also a recognition of the great work that our entire team does on behalf of UC Riverside student athletes.” Read the full story.

On Nov. 9, the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Action Network (founded by Rev. Al Sharpton), in conjunction with Lord, Bush & Randolph, LLC., will also grant Jones recognition as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in Los Angeles in the category of extraordinary leaders.

The Network will honor academics, artists, civic organizations, and various leaders during the event at the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles.

Celebrating UCR’s Patent Success

Nearly 100 faculty members, students, entrepreneurs and regional leaders gathered Oct. 11 to celebrate UC Riverside’s success in securing patents over the last year.

The event was organized by the Office of Technology Partnerships to recognize faculty and student inventors for their patents, as well as to celebrate the first anniversary of the Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC), which was formed last year to provide resources for training, mentors, and connections to investors and partners.

Tina Nova

“We’re recognizing innovation … commercialization and entrepreneurship,” said Brian Suh, director of technology commercialization within the Office of Technology Partnerships, addressing the crowd assembled at the Riverside County Administration building.

Suh was talking about the “impact” the university has on society, when research is taken from this level and applied to the commercial world. “It’s not just research for research’s sake,” he said.

According to Suh, UCR has seen a 50 percent surge in terms of the number of patents awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the last fiscal year. Twenty-seven patents were issued in fiscal year 2017.

Tina Nova, president and CEO of San Diego-based Molecular Stethoscope, presented the keynote address at the ceremony. Nova, who earned her doctorate from UCR, encouraged members of the audience to find an untapped niche in the marketplace.

“We have the opportunity at this level to really make a difference in the world,” Nova said. “That’s really powerful.”

MPP Student Wins at WaterSmart Innovations Conference

Refat Amin, a student in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at UC Riverside, recently won the award for Best Poster at the 2017 WaterSmart Innovations Conference. Incorporating text and graphics, Amin’s entry, titled “Investigating the Role of Drought and Water Conservation Efforts on the Reuse of Treated Municipal Wastewater,” took an in-depth look at the unintended effects of state mandates initially developed to reduce water scarcity.

Refat Amin

“During the conference, I got to meet with several experts from different water agencies all over U.S., but almost all the ones from California mentioned that they were facing reductions in flow, and therefore it has become harder for them to meet their water quality standards and increasing demands for recycled water,” Amin said. “Wastewater agencies are crucial actors in a more integrated water management system; my poster focused on this topic to show a clear picture of what’s happening and why our research is important.”

Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental economics and policy in UCR’s School of Public Policy, noted that the annual event, held this year in Las Vegas from Oct. 4 through 7, is the largest urban water conference in the world.

“It’s so satisfying to see recognition for our high-quality graduate students at UCR, and recognition for our interdisciplinary research that integrates elements of policy, economics, and engineering,” Schwabe added.

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