Susan M. Kauzlarich, UC Davis Professor of Chemistry, received the 2013 Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society for “distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.”
The annual award was established by Francis Garvan and Mabel Brady Garvan in 1936 in honor of their daughter and is currently sponsored by the Olin Corporation. It was initially an essay contest, that ran for seven years, as a memorial to their daughter (the American Chemical Society’s Prize Essay Contest). It was solely funded by the Francis P. Garvan Medal Endowment from its establishment in 1936 until 1979. W. R. Grace & Co. assumed co-sponsorship of the award from 1979 to 1983. In 1984, Olin Corporation assumed co-sponsorship.
University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi received the National Academy of Engineering Simon Ramo Founders Award for her “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession” and “leadership in engineering research and education.” Katehi is the first woman to receive the Founders Award, which was presented during NAE’s 2015 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4.
Diane M. Barrett, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been selected as a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The fellow designation is an honor bestowed by IFT peers, recognizing exemplary professionalism in the field of food science. In a given year, no more than 0.3 percent of the professional membership is eligible, and even fewer than that will earn this honor.
Congratulations to Lynne A. Isbell for winning the prestigious 2014 W.W. Howells Book Prize from the Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association, for her volume The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well.
Congratulations to Linda Bisson for winning this year’s prestigious Charles P. Nash Prize.
The Charles P. Nash Prize, funded by the campus community and the Nash family and friends, is awarded by the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, the UC Davis Academic Federation, the Davis Faculty Association and the Nash Family to acknowledge achievement in and commitment to promoting shared governance in keeping with Charlie Nash’s exceptional efforts in promoting and advocating for faculty interests and welfare. The prize is awarded to an individual who clearly represents advocacy, achievement and dedication within a body of service that exemplifies Charlie’s legacy.
Professor Katherine Ferrara, whose research has pioneered using ultrasound to image cancer and heart disease and who played a leadership role in establishing the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional recognition for an engineer.
Louise Kellogg, UC Davis professor of geology, has been elected to the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“Election to the academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz, announcing the new slate of members. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”
Jodi Nunnari is this year’s recipient of the UC Davis Faculty Research Lecture Award. This award is the most prestigious research award at UC Davis. It recognizes a single Academic Senate member for outstanding scholarly research and recognized leadership in their respective discipline, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Nunnari is the first woman from the College of Biological Sciences to receive this award and she is only the third women faculty member in a STEM field to receive the award since it inception in 1942.
Wendy Brown, a UC Davis graduate student in biomedical engineering, and Professor Jonathan Eisen at the UC Davis Genome Center, were winners in the International Space Station Research Competition. Winners were announced in November 2012. They will send microbes to the space station to study their growth.
Barbara Linke, an assistant professor with the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received one of seven awards for the 2013 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Enrique Lavernia, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for an engineer. Lavernia was elected for “contributions to novel processing of metals and alloys, and for leadership in engineering education.”
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah has been recognized as an ACM 2012 Distinguished Scientist based on her innovative research contribution and singular impacts on the dynamic computing field, specifically, in network design and routing. In 2012, ACM has identified 41 distinguished members from over 100,000 members worldwide.
The Brady lab studies the root of the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, which is ideally suited to understand the molecular processes that underlie how and when cells determine their identity. These features in combination with various genomic tools are used to map the network of interactions that turn on or off gene expression in individual tissues.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.