Staff Member Wins Scholarship to Rare Book School

Zayda Delgado will take a course called “A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty.”

Zayda Delgado, public service assistant at the UCR library, has received a scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities-Global Book Histories Initiative (NEH-GBHI) to attend Rare Book School at Amherst College this summer.

Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent institute housed at the University of Virginia that provides continuing education and community-building opportunities through hands-on, seminar-style classes taught by distinguished faculty.

At the school, Delgado will take a course called “A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty.”

Delgado applied to the program for personal and professional development, but also with the purpose of sharing her knowledge at UCR. “We have a significant collection of Native American books, particularly on California’s first people,” she explained.

“This award presents an opportunity for Zayda to develop her skill sets in culturally diverse book collections,” said Tiffany Moxham, assistant university librarian for collections. “It also ties into our initiatives to support the documentation and research support of our local communities, which are manifested in such initiatives as Inland Empire Memories.”

This will be Delgado’s second time attending Rare Book School. She first received a fellowship in 2016, along with a group of 20 fellows. That year, she took the course “History of the Book 200-2000,” which was taught jointly by John Buchtel, director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University and Mark Dimunation, the chief of Rare Books at the Library of Congress. “He gave us a behind-the-scenes tour,” Delgado said. “I got to hold the rarest and most precious materials that they have at the Library of Congress.”

“It’s just so fun, the opportunity to go back to RBS. It’s like a summer camp for people who really love books,” Delgado explained. “From the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night, you’re learning something new every minute. It’s really exciting for me, so I’m really looking forward to that.”

-Courtesy of UCR Library

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Expert in Theoretical Condensed Matter Named Outstanding Referee by American Physical Society

Leonid Pryadko, professor of physics and astronomy.

Leonid Pryadko, a professor of physics and astronomy, has been selected by the American Physical Society (APS) as one of 147 outstanding referees for 2018 who “have demonstrated exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals.”

Instituted in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes with this lifetime award approximately 150 of the currently active referees for their work. The selection this year was made from 30 years of records on more than 67,000 referees who were called upon to review manuscripts, including more than 40,000 that were submitted in 2017.

The basis for the Outstanding Referees selection takes into account the quality, number and timeliness of a referee’s reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research. The 2018 honorees come from 29 different countries.

Pryadko will receive a lapel pin and a certificate to commemorate his achievement.

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization representing 54,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

– Iqbal Pittalwala

LIGO’s Director to Give a Talk at UCR on Gravitational Waves

David H. Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory.

David H. Reitze, executive director of the of the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and a research professor of physics, will give a talk on campus Thursday, April 12, on “The Gravitational Wave Astronomical Revolution.”

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is at 3:40 p.m. in Room 138, Winston Chung Hall.

Gravitational waves provide unique information about the most energetic astrophysical events, revealing insights into the nature of gravity, matter, space, and time.

In the talk, Reitze will cover gravitational waves and what makes them so difficult to detect and at the same time such powerful and unique probes of the universe.

“We are witnessing a revolution in astrophysics brought about by the first direct detections of gravitational waves by LIGO and Virgo,” Reitze said.  “Twenty years ago, many wondered when or even if gravitational waves could be detected on Earth; today observations of binary black hole mergers detected through their gravitational wave emissions are becoming routine. The first observation of two colliding neutron stars in August 2017 captured both in gravitational waves and in light, has given us new insights into gamma ray bursts, kilo novae, the formation of heavy elements, and even gravity itself.”

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– Iqbal Pittalwala

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