Dean Deborah Deas Awarded Pre-Medical Society’s Outstanding Service Award in Medicine

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Deborah Deas, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical AffairsMedicine

The College of Charleston Alumni Association has awarded Deborah Deas the Pre-Medical Society’s Outstanding Service Award in Medicine. The awarded was presented recently during the College of Charleston Alumni Awards program

Deborah Deas grew up in Adams Run, SC, where she saw the challenges in education, employment, and health care faced by underserved populations. She earned a degree in biology from the College of Charleston in 1978, a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 1979, and an M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989. Following a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at MUSC, she completed a fellowship in adolescent substance abuse research with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

She then joined the faculty of the MUSC College of Medicine, where she worked for over two decades. In 2001, she became the first African-American on faculty to be granted tenure.

In 2014, Deas served as interim dean of the College of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at MUSC before joining the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine as the Dean and CEO for Clinical Affairs in 2016. The school’s mission is to train a diverse physician workforce, and develop research and programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations – a cause for which she has advocated throughout her career.

Doctoral candidate awarded Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship

Fellow Daisy Vargas

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced awards to 21 exceptional scholars who make up this year’s class of Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows.The 2017 class of Fellows includes Daisy Vargas, a doctoral candidate in history

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The highly selective program provides each Fellow with a 12-month award of $25,000 to support the final year of dissertation work.

The Fellowship has supported just over 1,200 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields. The Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Ms. Vargas’ dissertation title is Mexican Religion on Trial: Race, Religion and the Law in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands.

Taj Ahmad Eldridge Mayor’s Innovation Honoree

Taj Ahmad Eldridge, director for the newly revamped ExCITE Accelerator, is being named the Mayor’s Innovation Honoree for 2017. The honoree program is designed to recog-

Taj Ahmad Eldridge serves as the Director for the ExCITE Accelerator under the Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP)

nize people or groups in the City of Riverside that exemplify the city’s motto as “a City of Arts and Innovation.”

Mayor William Russel Baily, III, has chosen Eldridge because of his passion for innovation and for his ability to evangelize the city’s commitment to entrepreneurship- a movement that has strengthened the technological ecosystem. Eldridge has been a mentor, adviser, and leader for young start-up companies in the region.

ExCITE was created two years ago as a partnership between local business leaders, the City of Riverside, Riverside County, and UCR. The program works with startup companies in the region to increase high-tech jobs in Riverside County and is the next stop for graduates of UCR’s new Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center, or EPIC, which is an entrepreneurial training program.

The award will be presented in front of the City Council on Dec 19 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 3900 Main St, Riverside CA, 92501. All our welcome.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announces Professor K. K. Ramakrishnan 2017 ACM Fellow

Dr. K. K. Ramakrishnan is a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 54 members ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including database theory, design automation, information retrieval, multimedia computing and network security. The accomplishments of the 2017 ACM Fellows lead to transformations in science and society. Their achievements play a crucial role in the global economy, as well as how we live and work every day.

Dr. K. K. Ramakrishnan was named a fellow for his contributions to congestion control, operating system support for networks and virtual private networks.

ACM will formally recognize its 2017 Fellows at the annual Awards Banquet in June 2018. Additional information about the 2017 ACM Fellows, the awards event, as well as previous ACM Fellows and award winners, is available at

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