Veterinarian Mike Cranfield, co-director of Gorilla Doctors, based at UC Davis, recently received the Maryland Zoo’s Michael D. Hankin Award for Conservation.
The award is named after a former chairman of the Baltimore zoo’s board of trustees and honors people who epitomize his legacy of conservation, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Cranfield has been a Maryland Zoo veterinarian for 30 years (he has consultant status today). In 1998, he became executive director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, which provides direct, hands-on care to endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in Africa.
In partnership with UCD’s Wildlife Health Center, part of the School of Veterinary Medicine, since 2009, the project now goes by the name Gorilla Doctors, with Cranfield and Kirsten Gilardi as co-directors.
Forest Ridge, a girls school, is a member of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools spanning 150 countries and provides an international baccalaureate education and Women as Global Leaders Program.
As a Sacred Heart Scholar, Ali will be a member of student council, act as an ambassador of the Sacred Heart and work on the student admissions board, among other duties.
The scholarship, awarded by the Forest Ridge Committee, was based upon Ali’s leadership activities, including organizing Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at her school, volunteer work at Explorit Science Center, teacher recommendations and academic standing.
Ali is the daughter of Stephen Osgood and Andra Nicoli.
Five faculty members from the UC Davis department of entomology, known as the “Bee Team,” have received the coveted team award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, for their collaborative work specializing in honey bees, wild bees and pollination issues through research, education and outreach. Their service to UCD spans 116 years.
The “Bee Team” includes Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, systematist/hymenopterist Lynn Kimsey, native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, pollination ecologist Neal Williams and biologist/apiculturist Brian Johnson.
“The collaborative team exceptionally serves the university, the state, the nation and indeed the world, in research, education and public service,” wrote nominator Michael Parrella, professor and chair of UCD’s entomology department. “The Bee Team is really the ‘A’ team; no other university in the country has this one-of-a-kind expertise about managed bees, wild bees, pollination, bee health, bee identification and bee preservation.
“Honey bee health is especially crucial. Since 2006 when the colony collapse disorder surfaced, we as a nation have been losing one-third of our bees annually. Some beekeepers are reporting 50 to 100 percent winter losses. The importance of bees cannot be underestimated: One-third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees.”
The ChemComm journal editorial board has awarded its 2013 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship to Louise Berben, assistant professor in the UC Davis department of chemistry.
The lectureship comprises three talks over the next 12 months in three locations, including an international venue.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany, announced psychology professor Jeffrey W. Sherman of UC Davis as the recipient of one of the foundation’s Anneliese Maier Research Awards, each worth 250,000 euros, or $336,375.
The awards are going to seven humanities-social sciences scholars from around the world, to pay for them to work with colleagues in Germany during a five-year time frame.
The foundation describes Sherman as an internationally leading social psychologist who develops innovative mathematical models to measure and analyze prejudice and stereotyping that people are unwilling or unable to reveal. At the University of Freiburg, he will also be involved in training young graduate researchers.
Maier (1905-71), the awards’ namesake, was an internationally acclaimed German philosopher and historian of science.
Six physics professors at UC Davis are newly elected fellows of the American Physical Society, recognized by their peers for contributions to the physics enterprise. The new fellows and why they have been recognized:
* Nemanja Kaloper, for numerous and imaginative contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly for his pioneering work in the physics and cosmology of “braneworlds,” or theories involving extra dimensions of the universe. Kaloper also has made important contributions to theories of early universe inflation and dark energy.
* Lloyd Knox, for his work on studying the cosmic microwave background. Knox leads the U.S. team for the Planck observatory, a space telescope launched in 2009 to study microwave radiation that dates back to the beginning of the universe. He also works with the South Pole Telescope team measuring signals that he predicted over the past 15 years.
* Kai Liu, for his work on magnetic effects in nanomaterials, including contributions to the understanding of magnetoresistance effects, exchange bias and magnetization reversal in magnetic nanostructures.
* Sergej Savrasov, for his innovative design and implementation of electronic structure algorithms and software, and for his many contributions to a microscopic understanding of superconductors, magnetic materials and strongly correlated electron systems.
* Robert Svoboda, for his numerous contributions to the study of the neutrino and the development of technologies for neutrino detection. He was the first to observe neutrinos from the supernova SN1987A, and he contributed to the development of large underground neutrino detectors such as the Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven detector in the United States and the Super-Kamikande and Kamland experiments in Japan, which have resulted in the definitive discovery of neutrino oscillations.
* Gergely Zimanyi, for contributions to the theory of strongly correlated systems, vortices and magnetic hysteresis in materials.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announced that three of its highest honors this year will go to professors at UC Davis:
* R. Paul Singh, recipient of the Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal, for dedication to the spirit of learning and teaching in agricultural engineering. Singh is a Distinguished Professor of food engineering who holds a dual appointment in the department of biological and agricultural engineering, and the department of food science and technology.
His research today centers on gastric wall motility and fluid flow in the human stomach, with applications to the next generation of foods for health. He also has studied energy conservation, freezing preservation, post-harvest technology and mass transfer in food processing.
* Shrinivasa Upadhyaya, recipient of the John Deere Gold Medal, for the improved manipulation, use and conservation of soil-water resources, through engineering; and whose work has resulted in the application of new concepts, products, art or science that advanced agricultural development.
Upadhyaya is a soil dynamics expert in the department of biological and agricultural engineering. His research activities are focused today in the area of sensor and instrumentation development for precision agriculture, soil dynamics, mathematical modeling and surface irrigation management.
* Wesley Wallender, recipient of the ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, for contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design construction or management, or the development of materials.
Wallender, who holds a dual appointment in the department of biological and agricultural engineering and the department of land, air and water resources, conducts research on modeling and measurement of precipitation and irrigation-driven watersheds from meter to kilometer scales. His interests extend to water and energy conservation and to protection of the environment.
The society’s 2013 meeting is scheduled July 21-24 in Kansas City, Mo.