Astronomer Gillian Wilson Named an ELATE Fellow

Astronomer Gillian Wilson at UC Riverside has been named a fellow of ELATE at Drexel®, an elite professional development program for senior women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

A professor of physics and astronomy, Wilson is one of only 26 fellows named this year from 23 institutions in the United States and Canada. The one-year, part-time program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness. Nominated by UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, Wilson will lead institutional research initiatives on campus as she expands her leadership skills during the course of the fellowship.

“I am delighted that my campus has given me this opportunity to learn from some of the most accomplished leaders in STEM in the country,” Wilson said. “ELATE will allow me to expand my professional network, and provide me with skills and training experiences that I would not otherwise have access to. Working with UCR’s Office of Research and Economic Development, I hope to help UCR continue to raise its research profile nationally, and also to inspire more women to take on scientific and academic leadership roles.”

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Physicist Named a 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

Nathaniel M. Gabor, an assistant professor of physics at UC Riverside, has been named an Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Gabor, an expert on bio-inspired solar energy, joins 14 other 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program funds and supports researchers within five years of their first academic appointment, helping them build research networks and develop leadership skills.

“I am very excited to be a part of the new cohort of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars,” Gabor said. “The interactions I had with many of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars have dramatically changed the way I think about so many important topics. I thank the Department of Physics and Astronomy for supporting the adventurous research I have conducted over the last four years, especially those colleagues who have been open to new ideas and have contributed their clear thought.”

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Stanley Advisor for Major New York Art Exhibition

Eric Stanley, an assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies, recently served as an advisor for a major exhibition at New York’s New Museum. On view through Jan. 21, 2018, the multimedia show “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” takes a sweeping look at gender’s ever-evolving place in contemporary art and culture.

Eric Stanley

The show features contributions from more than 40 artists, incorporating paintings, photographs, sculptures, film and video installations, performances, and crafts, among other pieces. Several works, such as a massive braided sculpture by the Brooklyn-based artist Diamond Stingily, were commissioned specifically for the exhibition.

Along with four co-advisors, Stanley was tasked with convening a series of three meetings where the advisory group discussed not only the works proposed to be exhibited in the show, but also the broader political landscapes in which the works are situated. “These conversations were edited into a through line of essays that appear in the show’s catalog,” Stanley said.

Stanley noted that although many of the works in the show were produced by artists who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, or queer, those identities should not be the only frameworks that guide viewers’ impressions of the exhibition.

“I think the show purposefully resists a clean narrative,” Stanley said, adding that viewers should approach the exhibition with “startling curiosity.”

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