Name Droppers

Name Droppers: Forbes re-elected to lead redistricting panel

By From page A5 | February 12, 2014

Stan Forbes of Esparto, a former member of the Davis Council and Davis Board of Education, has been re-elected as chairman of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Forbes was one of 14 commission members selected from 36,000 applicants in 2010 who were responsible for drawing the California’s Assembly, state Senate, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.


The UC Davis psychology department noted these recent honors for four of its professors:

Emilio Ferrer: 2014 Cattell Early Career Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. The society’s coordinating officer, Lesa Hoffman, said Ferrar “has made highly significant impact not only through his methodological works, but also in how he has integrated these contributions to inform the study of trajectories in cognitive abilities, dynamic processes and dyadic interactions.”

Phil Shaver: 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

Charan Ranganath: Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on brain systems that enable memory-guided behavior, and a visiting professorship grant from the Leverhulme Trust in support of his pending sabbatical at Cambridge University.

Dean Simonton: 2013 Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Media Psychology from Division 46 of the American Psychological Association; and 2013 Joseph B. Gittler Award for scholarly contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge, from the American Psychological Foundation.


Representatives of the Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 recently attended the State Convention of Cabrillo Clubs in San Diego at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Yolo club was named the best All-Around Club in the state and received first-place awards for All Sports, for fundraising for cancer-related organizations; Civic Affairs, for providing service hours and donations to other local nonprofit organizations; and publicity. The club also received a third-place award for meeting membership goals.

Club member Floyd Kemper was elected and installed as the state president for 2014. He will spend his one-year term traveling the state and meeting with the 12 Cabrillo clubs, fraternal Portuguese clubs and other nonprofit organizations.


Honey bee guru Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology, has seen and used many a smoker during his 38-year career. But this one is different.

In honor of his service, the California State Beekeepers’ Association recently presented him with a plaque decorated with a smoker “for 38 years of work and support.” Mussen will be retiring at the end of June,

He has given presentations to CSBA since joining the UCD faculty in 1976. He is also the organization’s apiculturist and parliamentarian and served as a delegate to the American Beekeeping Federation.

Mussen continues to tackle many new challenges regarding honey bee health and pollination concerns, including mites, diseases, pesticides, malnutrition, stress, Africanized honey bees and the successful pollination of California’s almond acreage.


Jasmine Marie Cordero of Davis received a bachelor’s degree in December from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science.


Erin Savoia and Xotchil Sarabia-Blanco, both of Davis, were listed on the 2013 fall semester dean’s list at University of Portland. Savoia is a senior studying Spanish and Sarabia-Blanco is a senior studying communication.


Dr. James A. Purdy has received the 2014 M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Distinguished Alumni Award. He gave a lecture in Houston on Jan. 16 titled “Medical Physics: The Road Ahead”.

He is a professor emeritus at UC Davis and Washington University in St. Louis.


Emma Ragland, a member of the class of 2016 at Connecticut College and a resident of Davis, was named to the dean’s honors list for the 2013 fall semester. The honors are for students who have earned a grade-point average of at least 3.65.


Alexandra Wagner Lough, a 2001 graduate of Davis High School, has received her Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. She grew up in Davis and attended Davis schools, including Birch Lane Elementary and Holmes Junior High.

Lough received her bachelor of arts in political science, with honors, from the University of the Pacific in Stockton in 2005.


Steven Sakurai, chief financial officer of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Yolo County, is one of three appointments to the Citizens Oversight Board created by Proposition 39 to ensure accountability for the expenditure of energy-efficiency funds allocated by the initiative.

Sakurai was appointed to the board by state treasurer Bill Lockyer.

He also is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State University, where he teaches a graduate course on sustainable development and green building.

Proposition 39, approved by voters in November, 2012, established the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund to finance energy-efficiency and clean energy projects at schools and other public facilities. The fund receives revenues generated by a change in law that increased income taxes on some corporations.

The state treasurer, attorney general and controller each appoint three members to the oversight board, which also includes ex-officio members designated by the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.


Bruce Hammock, who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology and the UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the recipient of the biennial Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism, sponsored by American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The award consists of a $2,000 honorarium and a commemorative medal. His work will be published in the journal Drug Metabolism and Disposition.

A member of the UCD faculty since 1980, Hammock will receive the award April 28 during the joint annual meeting of the ASPET and the Chinese Pharmacological Society in San Diego. He will present a keynote speech about his research.

The award recognizes Hammock’s outstanding original research contributions to the understanding of human drug metabolism and transport and the continued impact of his research in the area of drug discovery and development.

For more than 35 years, Hammock has worked on the mechanism of certain hydrolytic enzymes and their effect on human health. His work has helped identify new targets for the action of drugs and other compounds to improve health and predict risk from various environmental chemicals.

Hammock received his bachelor of science degree magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in entomology and chemistry and his doctorate from UC Berkeley in entomology and toxicology, working in xenobiotic metabolism.


Katherine Flores, 60, of Fresno, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission. She earned her medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Flores has been director of the UC San Francisco Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research since 1996, an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine’s department of family and community medicine since 1984 and a family physician in private practice since 1983.

She was assistant dean for UCSF’s Fresno Medical Education Program from 1993 to 1999 and principal investigator and project director at the California Area Health Education Center from 1993 to 1999. She also was at the California Health Education and Training Center from 1992 to 2007.

Flores chairs the National Hispanic Medical Association and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Flores is a Democrat.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name Droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617

Enterprise staff

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