Harrison C. “Hap” Dunning has received a lifetime achievement award from The Bay Institute recognizing his 40-plus years of environmental advocacy. The Bay Institute works for the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Dunning is professor emeritus of law at UC Davis.
Dunning, who helped establish King Hall’s environmental law program, has been a member of the nonprofit institute’s board of directors since 1983; he was chair in 1984-85 and has chaired the policy committee in recent years. He also serves on the board of the Tuolumne River Trust.
Dunning’s scholarly work contributed to the establishment of the Public Trust Doctrine as a key principle in California environmental law, and helped provide the legal basis for the restoration of Mono Lake and portions of the San Joaquin River.
Steven Schuler of Woodland participated in the 2013-15 Rice Leadership Development Program class second session, which concluded June 28.
While visiting Arkansas, the class participated in workshops on business etiquette, protocol, media communication skills, public speaking, and presentation skills.
The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere, RiceTec and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and managed by the USA Rice Federation.
Edwin Lewis, professor and vice chair of the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology, has been named editor-in-chief of the prestigious Biological Control journal, effective July 1. The journal specializes in research promoting natural means to eradicate pests.
Lewis is a member of the Entomological Society of America, Society of Invertebrate Pathology and the Society of Nematologists. His professional service includes subject editor of the Journal of Nematology and North American editor of Biopesticides International. He is a former chair of USDA Regional Project 1024.
Lewis received his bachelor of science degree in natural resources from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; his master’s degree in entomology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.; and his doctorate in entomology from Auburn (Ala.) University.
After receiving his doctorate, Lewis served as a post-doctoral research associate and then assistant research professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. He worked as a research associate in the department of entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and as an assistant professor, department of entomology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, before joining the UCD faculty as an associate professor of nematology and entomology in 2004. He was promoted to professor in 2008.
Derek Nelson of Davis has been named to North Central College’s dean’s list of scholars for the 2013 spring term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.
North Central College is in Naperville, Ill.
Randall Goodwin, 56, of Davis, has been appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. Goodwin has served in multiple positions for the city of West Sacramento since 2000, including city architect and building official. He was design department manager and architect at the Ridge Builders Group from 1997 to 2000 and an architect and general contractor at Goodwin Kain Designers and Builders from 1991 to 1997.
Goodwin is treasurer-secretary and board member at the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials, a member of the American Institute of Architects and an accredited LEED professional.
This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Goodwin is a Democrat.
Lindsay Brandt of Davis has received a National Merit Carleton College Scholarship. Brandt is planning on focusing on environmental science. Carleton College is 35 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Northfield, with 1,800 resident students and more than 140 full-time faculty.
Ala Moshiri of UC Davis Health System’s Eye Center has received a $250,000 career development award. Moshiri is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of electrophysiology services at the Eye Center.
Moshiri is a specialist in all diseases of the retina, the complex tissue in the back of the eye that contains specialized photoreceptor cells called rods and cones. These photoreceptors connect to a network of nerve cells for processing visual information that is decoded by the brain into visual images.
The Research to Prevent Blindness established the career development award in 1990 to attract young physicians and basic scientists to eye research. To date, 171 vision research scientists at universities nationwide have received the awards.
Alexis Flores, Rudolfo Ponce and Thomas Burke, all of UC Davis, have graduated from the Bravo Company Leader’s Training Course.
Graduation marks the completion of the 29 days of training for the company. During their time at LTC, the cadets were tested physically and mentally, learning to face their fears and motivate one another to do the same. The course also focuses on promoting leadership, teamwork and military values.
The cadets took part in multiple training exercises including physical training, a 55-foot rappel tower, waterborne training, rifle marksmanship and a climbing and ropes course. With the completion of LTC, the graduating cadets qualify for entry as third-year students in their college or university’s ROTC program and are on their way to becoming officers in the Army.