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Awards and Honors

by: Mike Quinn   (August 2002)

Catherine Allgor, an assistant professor of history, is a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University.

Named for Mary Bunting, a long-time president of Radcliffe University, the Bunting Fellowship since 1960 has offered an opportunity for scholars focusing on women to gather to share work.

“Originally, it was to counteract the climate of un-expectation for women,” said Allgor, who arrived at UCR in July 2000. “It is multi-disciplinary, so there are astrophysicists and theater artists and poets and filmmakers. Alice Walker got a Bunting.”

Allgor will be using the 2002-2003 academic year at the Radcliffe Institute to work on a new book, “The Last of the Founders: Dolley Madison and the Making of the American Nation,” which will be published by Henry Holt in 2005. That book follows a successful first book, “Parlor Politics: In Which The Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government,” which was published by the University of Virginia Press.

“I hope to grow as a scholar,” Allgor said of her time at Harvard. “It is so rare in the academy to meet anyone outside of our own disciplines. It is really a great opportunity.”

Concha Rivera, widow of former UCRiverside Chancellor Tomás Rivera, announced the establishment of the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair to honor his life as a writer, poet, and academic leader of exceptional distinction.

The chair will be a senior faculty appointment in Creative Writing and English with an emphasis on Chicano/Latino literature. The interdisciplinary position may embrace many areas of research on the issues that were central to Rivera's life.

Tomás Rivera served as Chancellor from 1979 until his death in 1984. His wife Concha continues his legacy of community involvement through her many activities. For the last 15 years, she has coordinated the annual Tomás Rivera Conference that has provided an international forum for thoughtful reflection on the contributions of Chicanos and Latinos in the worlds of art, music, literature, culture, business, medicine and education. Funds from the chair will be used to continue the conference and to support other community outreach efforts.

Concha continues to serve the community and the university. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

“France, the United States, and the Algerian War,” a book by Irwin M. Wall, professor emeritus of history, has won both the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations. Both honors come with stipends of $1,000.

The book, published in July 2001 by the University of California Press, unravels the intertwining threads of the protracted agony of France's war with Algeria, including America’s influence, the long shadow of Charles de Gaulle, and the decisive postwar power of the United States.

During his research, Wall made extensive use of previously unexamined documents from the Department of State, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and previously classified files of the Archives of the French Army at Vincennes and the Colonial Ministry at Aix-en-Provence.

Wall, who received his Ph.D. at Columbia University and has written extensively on French post-WWII politics and international relations, has been a faculty member since 1970. His book, “The United States and the Making of Postwar France, 1945-1954,” also won the coveted Chinard Prize in 1992.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, associate professor of psychology, is the second place winner of the 2002 Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, one of the field’s largest monetary prizes, for her work on developing a ‘science of human happiness.’

The $50,000 award is divided as a cash prize of $15,000 to be used as Lyubomirsky chooses and a grant of $35,000 to support her research in the positive psychology field. She accepted the prize during a ceremony in May in Philadelphia.

Her research shows that exceptionally happy people construe themselves, their peers and life events in ways that seem to maintain their happiness, such as reacting to life circumstances in relatively more positive and more adaptive ways than unhappy people. Several investigations have revealed that unhappy individuals are more likely than happy ones to dwell on negative or ambiguous events. Such ‘dwelling,’ or rumination, may make things worse, rather than better, she said.

The American Psychological Association, with underwriting support from the John Templeton Foundation, created the awards program. Now in its third year, the prizes are intended to encourage scientists to devote their best efforts to positive psychology topics, such as optimism, moral identity, self-control, goal-focused living, thrift, courage and future-mindedness. The APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with 155,000 members.

Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, director of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Bureau and professor of anthropology, has won the 2003 Bronislaw Malinowski Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology.

The Malinowski Award is presented each year by the Society to an outstanding social scientist dedicated to the goal of solving human problems through the application of concepts and tools from the social sciences.

Vélez-Ibáñez will receive the award on March 21, 2003, at the 63rd annual meeting of the society in Portland, Oregon. At that time, he will deliver the Malinowski Address, which is the featured presentation of the annual meeting.

He directs the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center, which carries out applied research projects and programs that improve the physical and mental health of women, the learning and educational success of Latina/o people, the formation of healthy communities and strongly supports programs that close the digital divide among underserved populations.

“It serves as a real research and applied bridge between the university and the community,” Vélez-Ibáñez said.

Current projects include the Community Digital Initiative, a computer lab in the Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside, and the Community Health Worker Program for Improving Quality of Health Care for Latinos, which will match bilingual promotoras (health promoters) with residents of trailer parks in the Coachella Valley to improve access to quality health care.

Richard Sutch, a distinguished professor of economics, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Sutch, who studies the economic and demographic consequences of immigration and the economic history of American slavery, is one of a dozen distinguished scholars selected to make two-day visits to Phi Beta Kappa institutions, participating in classroom lectures and more formal academic presentations.

He came to UCR in 1998 after a 30-year career at UC Berkeley, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He serves as the U.S. representative to the Executive Committee of the International Economic History Association. He is also the director of UCR’s Policy Studies Institute.

Sutch is co-author of “Reckoning with Slavery; One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation; Economics and the Historian; and Economic and Social Impacts of Computing and Telecommunications.”

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level, was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. The Visiting Scholar program was founded in 1956 and has named 466 Visiting Scholars since that time.

Robert Rosenthal, a distinguished professor of psychology, has spent his career finding out what comes of expectations.

“When you expect more of a person, you are likely to talk in a different tone of voice. This and your body movement, facial expressions and posture are powerful communicators of expectations,” Rosenthal said.

Those expectations actually influence the outcome in the classroom, in the lab and in the courthouse. That fascinating fact has come to be called “The Rosenthal Effect.” In 37 years as a professor at Harvard University and in three years at UCR, Rosenthal has built a name and reputation as one of the giants of modern psychology.

He now adds another honor: the 2002 Distinguished Scientific Award for Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He said this latest award is especially exciting because it comes from his colleagues. “These are people I admire and respect,” he said. “It’s very exciting that your colleagues think well of you.” The 2002 Distinguished Scientific Award is the highest honor possible from the APA.

Jonathan H. Turner, distinguished professor of sociology, won the Pacific Sociological Association's 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award in April.

“He’s just so widely respected,” said Charles Powers, professor of sociology at Santa Clara University and one of the 16 current and former students who wrote nomination letters.

“Jon won because he has had a transforming presence in his teaching, through exemplary commitment to what happens in the classroom and exemplary success in sustaining long-term mentoring relationships with students and former students, and through widely used textbooks.”

“He is an unparalleled teacher and mentor of graduate students, and a life-long friend and colleague to those students with whom he develops working relationships,” Powers said.

Turner has written several successful textbooks, including “The Structure of Sociological Theory; American Ethnicity” (with Aguirre), “Sociology: Concepts and Uses” and “The Emergence of Sociological Theory” (with Beeghley and Powers).

Turner joined the faculty in 1969 after earning his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is the current editor of “Sociological Theory,” the most widely read journal in his field.

Christopher Chase-Dunn, a distinguished professor of sociology, organized a successful conference in May that brought political scientists, historians, anthropologists, economists and geographers together to examine the place of the United States in the global system of power.

The Political Economy of World-Systems 2002 Conference, sponsored by the Institute for Research on World Systems, included a keynote address in the University Theatre by Yale University’s Immanuel Wallerstein called, “The United States in Decline?”

Wallerstein is considered by many to be the most influential social scientist of his generation. “His conceptual approach to world history has informed the scholarly debate about globalization,” said Chase-Dunn. “No other sociologist in the late 20th- early 21st centuries has had such a wide and deep impact in both social sciences and the humanities.”

Anthony Ginter, professor emeritus of music, is the editor of “Pierre Gavinies: Six Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo, opus 3.”

It is part of a series called “Recent Researches in the music of the Classical Era” from A-R Editions, Inc. Ginter has long been interested in Gavinies, a composer who gained his reputation in 18th century Paris.

Ginter studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, Indiana University and Ohio State University before coming to UC Riverside in 1977.

Harry Green II, professor of earth sciences, is the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Research Lecturer award. Each year, the Academic Senate chooses a renowned scholar for the prestigious award.

Green came to UCRiverside in 1993 as professor of geology and geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). Green served as director of the IGPP (1993-1995) and as Vice Chancellor for Research
(1995-2000). Since 1999, he has been distinguished professor of geology and geophysics. During his tenure at UCR, Green has made significant contributions to the study of how earth materials behave under varying conditions of pressure, temperature, and stress within the paradigm of plate tectonics.

A new summer research program will bring two Croatian medical students to UCR labs this year.

The International Scholars Program (ISP) introduced by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is hosting Vedran Radojcic and Vice Sunjara, both upper-level students at the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, as they conduct eight-week summer research internships. Radojcic will work in the lab of Associate Professor of Cell Biology Frances Sladek, while Sunjara will join the research team of Dr. Vladmir Parpura, assistant professor of neuroscience and the director of the ISP.

“The benefit to them is that they are exposed to much better science here. We have much better labs and equipment than they have in Croatia,” said Parpura. “The benefit to us is that they might come back as graduate students.”

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