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Name droppers: Howard named executive director of state board of corrections

By From page B3 | September 12, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Kathleen Howard, 49, of Davis, executive director of the California Board of State and Community Corrections effective Oct. 1. Howard has been vice chair of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2011.

She served in multiple positions at the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts from 1990 to 2011, including director, assistant director and legislative advocate in the Office of Governmental Affairs.

Howard earned a master of public policy degree from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the annual compensation is $135,000. Howard is a Democrat.


Stephanie Park of El Macero has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to South Korea for an English teaching assistantship. She is a 2009 graduate of Davis High School and earned her degree in humanities summa cum laude from Scripps College this spring. The daughter of Thomas and Jeanny Park of El Macero, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Park is one of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and many other fields. Forty-four Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.


Kaitryn Ronning, of Woodland, was one of six students from Susquehanna University who recently spent time in Russia as part of the university’s Global Opportunities program. Ronning is studying biology and music at Susquehanna, where she will be a junior in the fall. She is a 2011 graduate of Davis High School. The Golden Ring of Russia: Ecology and Culture gives students the opportunity to gain field experience in an ancient region of Russia that has endured significant human impact for more than 1,000 years and is now going through major social, economic and political changes. The majority of the trip is spent in Yaroslavl’, a 1,000-year-old provincial city 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow, straddling the Volga River. The main focus of the trip is on the ecology of the region as it relates to geomorphology, land usage and Russian culture. Students also go on excursions to surrounding regions of Russia such as Kharabikah, Kostroma, Rostov Veliki and Moscow. Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River.


Paul Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis, will be honored in December by the Genetics Policy Institute with one of its annual Stem Cell Action awards. Knoepfler, who is also an associate investigator at the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, will receive GPI’s National Advocacy Award at the organization’s World Stem Cell Summit, which takes place this fall in San Diego. He is well known for his stem cell blog — ipscell.com — which he uses as a platform to explain the complexities of stem cell science as well as advocate on behalf of those interested in stem cell treatments. Knoepfler is a cancer survivor whose research focuses on determining how stem cell behavior is controlled during normal embryonic development as well as during healing and regeneration. He studies how cellular control systems go awry in developmental disorders and cancer, and he is using leading-edge genomics technology to better understand why stem cells behave the way they do and trying determine how cell behavior can be directed for safe and effective clinical use.


Durham Ken Giles, professor in the department of biological and agricultural engineering at UC Davis, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Wesley W. Wallender is the recipient of the 2013 ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to irrigation engineering, hydrology, watershed management, and technical literature through research and education.

Wallender, a professor of hydrology and engineering, biological and agricultural engineering department, and land, air and water resources department at UC Davis, is highly respected worldwide for his expertise in irrigation engineering and the extent of his research program.

By linking spatially distributed hydrology models and economic models, Wallender was able to predict poverty in developed and developing countries. He developed a nanoscale-based model to predict saturated hydraulic conductivity as clay soils deform during groundwater pumping, and he quantified water requirements for human diets in Africa, France and the United States to demonstrate diets high in animal products require far more water than vegetal diets.


Emma Wils-Plotz of UC Davis is this year’s recipient of the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award at the 2013 Poultry Science Association meeting in San Diego.

A native of Illinois, Wils-Plotz became interested in animal nutrition while studying for her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University. In 2008, she received a grant through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Program to conduct a research study looking at the efficacy of mare milk in neonatal piglets.

After graduation in 2010, Wils-Plotz went on to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree where she intends to examine the effects of antioxidants and fatty acids on the immune system and disease spread in chickens in a flock setting.

The Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award is presented each year at the PSA conference and is bestowed upon a student for his or her presentation and publication as senior author of an outstanding research manuscript in Poultry Science or The Journal of Applied Poultry Research.


Daniel Pugh of Davis made the spring 2013 dean’s list at Northern Arizona University.


Byrony Bonning of UC Davis was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.
Bonning is one of only 10 Fellows elected this year in the 6,500-member association “for outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration.”


Habeeb Afrasyab, Natasha Alexander, Amy Chaudhry, Kenneth Chow, Kristin Gedda, Lisa Haag-Woodword, Marcia Isakari, Kyle McDermid, Norma Munoz, Sherri Olswang, Maria Perez, Stephanie Purewal, Taylor Roberts, Scott Roys, Sathish Sapkota and Kimberly Taniguchi, all of Woodland, are winners of 2013 Woodland Healthcare Foundation/Auxiliary scholarships.

More than $10,000 was awarded through seven different scholarship funds: Thomas A. Butler Memorial Scholarship, Woodland Healthcare Auxiliary Scholarship, Woodland Healthcare Foundation Scholarship, Louise M. Wong, M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Eyvind P. Faye Memorial Scholarship, L.C. Anderson Scholarship and the Janet Falvey Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded annually to Woodland Healthcare employees, physicians or auxiliary volunteers and their immediate family members who are studying, or advancing their degree, in a health-related field.


Charles E. Hess of Davis was inducted into the Horticulture Hall of Fame at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science on July 22 in Palm Desert.

His induction is the highest honor given by the American Society for Horticultural Science. Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science is the premier scientific society for horticultural science in the world.


Nicholas Kenyon of Sacramento is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the UC Davis Medical Center, who is recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges for building a collaborative training program with the UC Davis College of Engineering known as Capstone Senior Design Course.

The program fosters collaboration among medical and engineering students in the development of new devices to advance health. Since its inception, the program has involved 40 faculty mentors, more than 100 students and 25 projects.
Successful projects include an intensive care unit patient self-hydration unit, a mechanical walker for critically ill ICU patients, an endoscopic balloon drug delivery device, a low-cost pediatric treadmill for home use by disabled children and many other prototypes.

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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