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Awards and Honors

(January 2003)

Thirteen faculty members at were named as 2002 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the highest number of fellows a single institution has received this year.

Thirteen fellows is also the new record for UC Riverside. The university's previous record was 12 AAAS Fellows in 1997.

The AAAS, founded in 1848, is the world's largest, general scientific organization. It represents more than 138,000 members and 272 affiliated societies in the world, and conducts programs in science policy, education and international scientific cooperation. It publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science.

A total of 291 scientists in the world became AAAS Fellows this year. In 2001, UC Riverside employed 593 full-time-equivalent professors. With this year's 13 fellows, a total of 102 UC Riverside faculty are now elected to AAAS fellowship, or 17.2% of the faculty.

This is the eighth year in a row that UC Riverside has been in first or second position with the greatest number of new AAAS Fellows. Among the UC campuses, UC Berkeley ranked next this year with six AAAS Fellows.
The 13 new AAAS Fellows at UC Riverside are:

Michael E. Adams, professor of entomology. His research interests span molecular and cellular physiology of chemical signaling, pharmacology of ion channels and peptides and behavior. Citation: For pioneering contributions to our knowledge of the biological chemistry and actions of ion channel-specific toxins from venoms and discovery of ecdysis-triggering hormones in insects.

Janet Arey, professor of atmospheric chemistry. Her research includes gas-phase atmospheric chemistry and air pollution. Citation: For research identifying the products of atmospheric reactions of volatile organic compounds and particularly of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Mary Ann Baker, professor of biomedical sciences. She researches neural and hormonal factors controlling body temperature in mammals. Citation: For research in the physiology of mammalian thermoregulation and for excellence in teaching.

Laxmi N. Bhuyan, professor of computer science. His research addresses computer architecture, interconnection networks, Internet routers, performance evaluation and parallel and distributed computing. Citation: For research in high-performance computer architecture and parallel processing.

Alexander Raikhel, professor of entomology. His research includes molecular endocrinology, molecular immunology, transcriptional control, biomedical research and molecular biology of insect disease vectors. Citation: In recognition of pioneering research that defined the hormonal and molecular genetic pathways for mosquito vitellogenesis and led to generation of the first transgenic mosquitoes refractory to plasmodium transmissions.

Derek A. Roff, professor of biology. He is an evolutionary population ecologist with wide-ranging interests in population and quantitative genetics, life history, and the biology and ecology of dispersal and migration. Citation: For contributions to evolutionary biology in the area of life history evolution and quantitative genetics, especially with regard to advancing theory by empirical tests.

John T. Rotenberry, professor of biology. He studies community ecology and conservation biology, particularly how environmental factors interact to determine species diversity and community composition and how the relative importance of those factors varies. Citation: For research on how spatial and temporal patterns of environmental heterogeneity affect the distribution and abundance of birds and for service in ornithology and conservation.

Michael K. Rust, professor of entomology. He studies insects and arthropods associated with people in cities. He explores the basic biology of pests that attack stored foods, museum objects, fiber, structures, and pets and develops integrated pest management strategies. Citation: In recognition of seminal contributions to our understanding of the biology and control of major fleas, and for outstanding administrative service.

Prudence Talbot, professor of cell biology. She studies reproductive biology using mammalian systems, including hamsters, mice and humans. Citation: For research in the field of reproductive biology and the effects of environmental toxicants on reproduction.

S. Nelson Thompson, professor of entomology. He specializes in biochemistry and nutrition of parasites and also the interactions of parasites with their hosts. Citation: For pioneering research on the nutrition and nutritional biochemistry of parasites and parasite-invertebrate host interactions involving parasitic Hymenoptera, insect parasitic nematods and schistosomes.

Lung-Wen Tsai, professor of mechanical engineering. His research interests include kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms, machine design, design theory and design automation, automotive engineering, robot manipulators, micro-mechanical-systems and other intelligent servomechanisms. Citation: For research in mechanisms and machine theory and robotics and automotive engineering and electromechanical systems.

Mark S. Springer, professor of biology, focuses on molecular evolution and molecular systematics, with an emphasis on the use of molecules to unravel mammalian evolutionary history. Citation: For fundamental studies of mammalian evolution, particularly for molecular phylogenetic studies that reveal the major groups of placental mammals and their historical biography.

Kambiz Vafai, professor of mechanical engineering. His current research interests include transport through porous media, multiphase transport, natural convection in complex configurations, analysis of porous insulations, heat flux applications, free surface flows, unconventional heat pipes and power electronics. Citation: For pioneering work for phenomenological description, modeling and analysis for single and multiphase transport through porous media and original, in-depth analysis of buoyancy induced flows.

The UCR/California Museum of Photography has received a grant of $500,000 to provide state-of-the-art seismic isolation and storage system for its extensive Keystone-Mast collection of stereographs.

The 250,000 glass-plate negatives and related prints constitutes one of the most fabled collections in the history of photography, showing in 3D the world as it existed from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century. While UCR/CMP has carefully maintained the collection, made it widely accessible, and has begun to catalog and digitize its images, in its current storage units it remains vulnerable to great damage as it sits at the center of three of the most active earthquake faults in America.

The half-million-dollar grant is one of 80 projects in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that will receive funding for critically needed repairs and restoration efforts for some of the nation's most threatened historic places, archives, and artifacts.


UC Riverside's Distinguished Professor Guy Bertrand was elected to the Academia Europaea. Membership to the academy is by invitation only, following a peer review selection process, and is considered a high honor. The Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an academy. Its members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research.

Bertrand is an internationally renowned scientist who emigrated in July 2001 from France's national research agency, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He is the director of the UCR-CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory, a partnership that allows chemists from France to make UC Riverside their permanent home while maintaining their CNRS affiliation. It is the first permanent French science laboratory in the United States.

Baseball Coach Jack Smitheran received the Spirit of The Dove Award for his involvement with the youth of the community. The award comes from ARC Riverside, a private, nonprofit organization that, for the last 50 years, has provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and to their families in western Riverside County. “Recognition from a group like ARC is a tremendous honor, mostly because of the wonderful work they do for the disabled and their families,” Smitheran said.

Distinguished Professor of Botany and University Professor Arturo Gómez-Pompa received two honors: the “Honorary Researcher Award” from the Institute of Ecology in Veracruz, the largest institute in Mexico devoted to the study of ecology, and the “Gold Medal Merit Award” from the University of Veracruz, Mexico, one of the most prestigious state universities in the country.

At the awards ceremonies, Gómez-Pompa, who has been as UC Riverside for 17 years and has collaborated over the years with numerous colleagues in Mexico, was also recognized for his recent work in connection with the Maya region in that country and for his efforts in establishing a research program at El Eden Ecological Reserve in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

El Eden protected area was created as a reserve that will be managed to protect, restore and enrich its existing biodiversity by manipulation of its ecosystems. Established in 1990, El Eden is the first privately own protected area dedicated to research in biological conservation in Mexico. The area was founded by a group of scientists and conservationists led by Gómez-Pompa. The group is interested in the conservation and management of the biodiversity of this northeast portion of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.


Richard Chabrán, who was appointed at UC Riverside to narrow “the digital divide” between those with computer access and those without, has earned a 2003 “Scholar Award” by The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Chabrán is director of Communities for Virtual Research, part of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center. He is the founder of the Chicano Periodical Index, now the Chicano Database. He also contributed to the development of the Chicano Studies libraries at UC Berkeley and UCLA. Among his applied research projects is the Community Digital Initiative, a computer lab in Riverside available to young people who otherwise would have limited access to a computer.

Both Chabrán and a co-winner, Patricia Zavella, a professor at UC Santa Cruz in the department of Latin American and Latino Studies, will be recognized officially during the annual meeting of NACCS at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles in April.

The library will receive one of 27 prestigious National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The grant will help improve the INFOMINE search engine, which was created at UC Riverside.

The library will receive a $249,581 federal grant, which the campus will match, according to UC Riverside officials and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that supports the nations libraries and museums.
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The UC Riverside Library developed INFOMINE in 1994. Its growth has been a collaborative effort with librarians at other UC campuses, the California State University, Wake Forest University, the University of Detroit, and others. INFOMINE contains over 40,000 links to academically valuable resources worldwide.

Robert Graham, professor of soil mineralogy in the department of environmental sciences at UC Riverside, was elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society at the national meeting of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Fellows are active society members who have been nominated because of their superior achievement in research, education, public service, personal achievement, recognition and a minimum of 10 years of society membership.

Graham received his Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University in 1986. His other awards include the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, UC Riverside, 1995, and the Outstanding Publication of the Year, USDA-Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, 1995. His research interests are weathering and behavior of soil minerals, natural soil processes, and soils and weathered bedrock in wildland ecosystems.


Cynthia Giorgio, assistant dean of Programs and Development for the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, was chosen as a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Previous participants have included a California secretary of state, a congressman, an assemblyman, the first woman dean at Cal Poly, several agribusiness owners, and the president of an international commodity-marketing group.

The program, sponsored by the non-profit Agricultural Education Foundation since 1970, offers a two-year educational and personal development program consisting of seven seminars a year, meetings with business and government leaders and an annual trip. The program aims to create more effective leaders in agriculture by expanding awareness of global economic and social issues. Only 30 people a year are invited to join a class, and they dedicate 70 to 80 days over a 24-month period to their participation.

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