John Freese Honored at Blue Mass

John Freese (left).

UCR Police Department Assistant Chief John Freese was presented the Patrick G. Crowe Public Servant Award at the 2017 Blue Mass event organized by the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino on Oct. 12.

After being nominated by a member of the local community, Freese was selected and recognized by the Blue Mass Committee as an exceptional member of law enforcement.

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– Karen Springer

UC LEADS Scholar Wins Award at STEM Conference

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) awarded 117 graduate and undergraduate underrepresented minority students for their research and presentation skills at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference.

Rosa M. McGuire received the award in ecology/evolutionary biology. McGuire is a 5th year biology major who is also obtaining a minor in entomology.

Rosa M. McGuire

The SACNAS awards recognize the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders for their accomplishments in science while bringing light to their work and college institution, as well as encouraging students to continue a career in science.

In 2011 McGuire moved to the United States from Peru. She spent two years at Victor Valley College before transferring to UCR. During summer 2015, McGuire was part of the Summer Bridge to Research Program and began her work in the Anderson Lab. As a UC LEADS Scholar, McGuire worked on a predator-prey model at UCR and on reproductive strategies of parasitoid wasps at UCLA. After McGuire graduates, she plans to obtain a Ph.D. in ecology, where she wants to combine her interests in ecological theory with a passion for insects. In the future, she hopes to become a professor at a research university.

– Samantha Stanfill

Global Climate Leadership Council Welcomes New Members

The University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) selected two new UCR members.

Michael Pazzani, vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Benjamin Sommerkorn, a graduate student, are now part of the organization. The council brings together faculty, staff, and students to work toward the UC’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and to disseminate campus best practices.

Pazzani, a professor of computer science, is also a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He will serve a two-year term with the UC Global Climate Leadership Council.

Sommerkorn was selected to serve a one-year term as a graduate student representative with the UC Global Climate Leadership Council. Last year, Sommerkorn was named climate neutrality fellow alongside fellow students and a professor. Their projects included: revising UCR’s Climate Action Plan; developing eco-leaders for labs in campus; preparing a feasibility study and model for capturing kinetic energy from water movement on campus; and creating a carbon footprint tracking network for campus.

– Samantha Stanfill

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