Cardé Named Fellow of California Academy of Sciences

Ring Cardé, distinguished professor and Alfred M. Boyce Chair in Entomology, has been named a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Ring Cardé

As one of 16 fellows selected this year, Cardé will join more than 400 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, fellows remain members of the fellowship for life.

Cardé’s research investigates how insects navigate to odor sources. He has published over 250 scientific papers and edited eight books. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Entomological Society. He is a past president of the International Society of Chemical Ecology and in 2009 he was awarded the society’s Silver Medal. In 2016, Cardé received a Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Achievements at the XXV International Congress of Entomology.

– Sarah Nightingale

Weems Took a Leading Role in International Symposium

Jason Weems, associate professor of art history, took a lead role in the international symposium titled “Humanisms and Antihumanisms in the Arts of the United States,” held in Giverny, France by Terra Foundation for American Art.

Weems was a co-organizer, convener, and presenter at the colloquium, which took place Sept. 19-22. Funding for it was secured in part through a grant from the CHASS Dean’s office, Weems said.

International academics discussed the impact of the terminology “humanism” and “antihumanism,” two terms historically used to express the value of human life via works of art.

These descriptors have had a profound impact on all levels of American culture. The words are associated with political views, religion, and even environmental issues, the experts say.

Jason Weems (center) at the September colloquium in Giverny, France. jason weems

“A major, sometimes virulent debate over these positions has been going on for some time, but the discussion has been clouded by widespread uncertainty over the meanings of the key terms, and their respective implications for our understanding of culture and cultural criticism,” the co-organizers of the colloquium stated on the event’s website.

“The question of agency is among the foremost concerns of art historians,” said Weems, who recently completed a six-month Fulbright fellowship at the Instituto Franklin of the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain. “Are artworks primarily expressions of a self determining human subjectivity, or are they crystallizations of social forces bigger than any single person could encompass? We put this challenge to an international array of scholars, and the discussions that ensued exceeded every expectation.”

– Sandra Baltazar Martínez

Award-Winning Hack Day

UC Riverside has won two medals – “Best in Show” and “Most Whimsical Hack” – at the eighth annual “Science Hack Day: San Francisco,” the world’s premier science-themed hackathon. Hackathons are Silicon Valley-inspired challenges to rapidly prototype hardware and software. “Science Hack Day: San Francisco” took place Oct. 14-15, 2017. Designers, developers, scientists, and anyone excited about making things with science were welcome to attend.

The UCR team included undergraduates Peter Bautista, Kevin Bleich, Adam Christensen, and Syris Norelli; and graduate student Cliff Chen.

At Science Hack Day, Tanedo and Norelli, a Chancellor’s Research Fellow working with Tanedo on machine learning in high-energy physics, teamed up with Matt Bellis of Siena College in Albany, N.Y., to develop StarCat, a hack that used image processing algorithms to convert cat pictures into actual constellations in the night sky.

They took in astronomical datasets and worked on developing a “cat metric” to efficiently map stars onto a given image. Originally pitched as a simple idea, the team ended up digging into the mathematics of stereographic projections and drew upon techniques inspired by particle physics. The work took home the “Most Whimsical Hack” award, recognizing the fun as well as the underlying science. Read more about Hack Day.

– Iqbal Pittalwala

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