Rosibel Ochoa, the associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships in the Office of Research and Economic Development, has been appointed to the governing council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (hereinafter referred to as the Technology Bank), an autonomous organ of the General Assembly of the United Nations, to accelerate the transfer of technology to support sustainable growth.

In the photo, Rosibel Ochoa, appears second from the right. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seen sixth from the right. They are joined by other members of the Council of the Technology Bank. ucr file

In the photo, Rosibel Ochoa, appears second from the right. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seen sixth from the right. They are joined by other members of the Council of the Technology Bank.
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Her appointment was made by Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations. The council, which serves as the governing body of the Technology Bank, has thirteen members who are experts in science, technology and innovation, as well as development cooperation matters.

Members are appointed for a term of office of three years, and can be reappointed. The Technology Bank is headquartered in Turkey.

At UC Riverside, Ochoa focuses on research advancement and the commercialization of faculty and student discoveries. She joined UCR earlier this year from the UC San Diego, where she was the executive director of the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center.

She is the co-founder of My Startup XX, a business accelerator funded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator Alliance, now Venture Well, to foster female scientist and engineer participation in entrepreneurship.

She also founded TekDome, LLC, a consulting company that provided expert advice on strategies for intellectual property development, commercialization and licensing support. Ochoa holds a master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville.

Chemistry Professor To Receive the Albert Cotton Award

The American Chemical Society recently announced that Pingyun Feng, a UC Riverside professor of chemistry, will receive a top award for her work in inorganic chemistry at the organization’s 253rd national meeting in April 2017 in San Francisco.

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Pingyun Feng
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Feng, who teaches inorganic chemistry/materials chemistry, will receive the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund.

She is being recognized for distinguished work in synthetic inorganic chemistry and will receive a $5,000 award.

Five-Year Grant To Help San Bernardino Students

The U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded a five-year, $1.4 million grant to the University of California, Riverside to help put low-income high school students from San Bernardino on the path to college.

The Educational Talent Search grant funding allows UCR to target 600 students annually, and strengthen its collaboration with five high schools in the San Bernardino City Unified School District: Arroyo Valley High, Indian Springs High, Pacific High, San Bernardino High, and San Gorgonio High.

Students will receive one-on-one academic advising, campus tours and the opportunity to experience “college life” by living in the UCR residence halls in the summer. Read more on this program. 

Gillian Wilson Named Chair the UC Observatories Advisory Committee

Gillian Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy, was recently named chair of the University of California Observatories Advisory Committee.

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Gillian Wilson
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This systemwide committee, with representatives from each campus, advises the director of the University of California Observatories on policy issues related to UC’s use of Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory and the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope Observatory.

The committee also evaluates new UC astronomy initiatives relevant to optical and infrared observational capabilities.

Wilson will serve a two-year term.

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