The Alliance for Work-Life Progress has presented a seal of distinction to UC Davis, for the second year in a row, honoring the university for its fostering of work-life balance. The seal came with additional honors: top ratings in the categories of health and wellness, and medium-sized companies.
Work-life programs on the Davis campus are part of Human Resources’ WorkLife and Wellness, which provides information on resources, programs and services in the areas of breastfeeding support, child and dependent care, health and wellness, and workplace flexibility.
Susan Gilbert, associate vice chancellor of human resources, said work-life balance is a key driver of employee engagement, with research consistently showing that work-life policies and programs reduce absenteeism, enhance health and well being, and increase productivity.
The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to award a Boyd Professorship to LSU history professor Suzanne Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in the field of German history.
A designation as Boyd Professor is the LSU system’s highest and most prestigious academic rank, and is only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements.
Marchand received her bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkley in 1984, and a master’s degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1992, both from the University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in 1991 as an instructor at the University of Chicago. She worked as an assistant professor and then associate professor at Princeton University, before coming to LSU in 1999.
She is the daughter of Betsy Marchand of Davis.
Sacramento native Gurleen Roberts has been named the quality assurance and accreditation coordinator for the North Central Health District in Macon, Georgia. This position was recently created to support the district’s efforts of pursuing public health accreditation. This is a lengthy process that focuses partly on quality assurance and improvement.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science in 2010 from UC Davis and moved to Georgia in 2012 when her husband was relocated there with the military.
Roberts graduated at the top of her class with her master of public health degree on May 2 from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. During graduate school, she interned for the North Central Health District’s Epidemiology Unit, assisting partially with accreditation activities.
The Society for Range Management recently presented the W.R. Chapline Stewardship Award to Melvin George, University of California Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus, affiliated with the department of plant dciences at UC Davis.
The award recognizes his work in significantly improving extension education programs and science-based technical advice to ranchers, public agencies and industry associations during his 37-year career.
George was noted for establishing education and outreach programs that evaluated scientific information relevant to targeted problems, contributed new scientific knowledge to environmental issues, extended information to engage the ranching constituency in problem solving, and supplied the tools and knowledge to implement solutions to environmental problems.
During his career, George developed and implemented a water quality research and education short course for rangeland owners — helping more than 1,000 ranchers develop and implement water quality plans on privately owned rangeland. State and federal agencies adopted the process as a model for voluntary clean water programs. This approach improved grazing management, protected water quality, and led to enhanced stewardship on expansive public and private rangelands and watersheds in the western United States.
Morgana Yahnke, UC Davis fire marshal, recently received the Charles H. Gray Memorial Award, given by the California Fire Prevention Officers Section of the California Fire Chiefs Association.
This award recognizes a fire prevention officer who has exemplified the goals of promoting, recognizing and fostering dedicated service in the field of fire prevention.
UC Davis scientists were honored for their work in the field of weeds and pests.
* Robert Norris, professor emeritus of plant sciences, has been named a fellow of the Western Society of Weed Science. He joined the UCD faculty in 1967 and was one of the founding members of the UC Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, program.
He is a leading proponent of the zero tolerance philosophy of weed management, with research often focused on soil seed banks and their impacts. In 2003, Norris was the lead author of an IPM textbook that is used for undergraduate teaching in the United States.
* Two societies recently recognized the work of Brad Hanson, Cooperative Extension specialist in the department of plant sciences. The Weed Science Society of America named him “outstanding early career weed scientist” and the California Weed Science Society gave him its Award of Excellence, for being at the forefront of many new discoveries within weed science and for research in herbicide resistance management.
* The Association of Applied IPM Ecologists recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Doug Gubler, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the department of plant pathology, in recognition of his contributions to integrated pest management and applied ecology in grapevine disease research.
Gubler’s work in disease epidemiology and pathogen biology over the past 30 years has led to fewer fungicide applications used in California vineyards.
The American Society for Nutrition recently served up honors to two professors at UC Davis:
* Kathryn Dewey was selected to receive the E.V. McCollum International Lectureship in Nutrition Award. Dewey’s research focuses on community and international nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition.
She is the director of the International Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Project, a collaboration devoted to preventing malnutrition in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Malawi.
* Carl Keen, selected to receive the 2014 McCormick Science Institute Research Award, in recognition of his research contributions that have advanced the understanding of the potential health benefits of culinary herbs and spices. His research program has included studies of the influence of diet on age-related chronic disease, especially vascular disease.
He and his laboratory colleagues are particularly interested in potential benefits for cardiovascular health of diets that are rich in plant foods.
Golden 1 Credit Union awarded scholarships to Joseph Wang of Davis and Nicole Nordstrom of Woodland. Ranging in amount from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, these scholarships are awarded to full-time students who plan to attend accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities in California.
Applicants were required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be involved in community service and extracurricular activities. In addition, the student or the student’s parent or guardian must have been a Golden 1 member for at least one year at the time of application.
Justin Hyer of Winters graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in political science on May 3, joining nearly 1,500 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.
Sterling Melcher and Laurel Skoog, both of Davis, were among more than 1000 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 2. Melcher is a theater major and Skoog is undeclared.
Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The convocation also recognizes students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright scholars, Goldwater scholars and senior members of leadership and academic honor societies.
The ceremony was followed by a reception for students, parents, friends of the college, faculty and staff.