Thursday, April 24, 2014

Name droppers: UCD researcher to write about West Nile virus

Bill Reisen. Courtesy photo

UC Davis research entomologist William Reisen, described as one of the world’s leading experts on West Nile virus, is among 22 scientists selected to contribute to an American Academy of Microbiology free online publication about the disease.

A new online publication, “FAQ: West Nile Virus” tells why the mosquito-borne disease is on the rise and why the summer of 2012 was the worst national outbreak since 2002.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 2,873 cases in 2012, including 286 deaths. The disease is now “established” in the United States and is here to stay, according to the CDC.


Rachel M. Perlman of Davis has received a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a minor in German from Bates College. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Perlman, and a 2009 Davis High School graduate.

During her time at Bates, Perlman’s undergraduate activities included spending a year abroad in Freiburg, Germany, as well as working as a yoga instructor at Bates Yoga kula. She is currently living in Montañita, Ecuador, where she is teaching English to non-English speakers.


Sarah E. Seider was named to the dean’s list at Virginia Tech for the spring 2013 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade-point average during the semester.


Glenn Young and Cary Trexler of UC Davis have received a U.S. Faculty Scholar grant from the Vietnam Education Foundation, funded by the U.S. government. Both are associate professors — Young in the department of food science and technology, and Trexler in the School of Education.

The one-year grant will support the establishment of a participatory research class in Vietnam, for Vietnamese undergraduates, to guide them through projects related to preharvest, postharvest, food science, crop science and food safety.


Lisa Thompson of UC Davis is the recipient of the Best Research-Oriented Paper Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for work published in the society’s Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

Thompson accepted the 2013 award during the World Environmental and Resources Congress in Cincinnati.


Plant scientist Michael Barbour of UC Davis will receive an honorary degree, a doctor honoris causa, from Complutense University in Madrid on Jan. 28.

The degree, the university’s highest academic distinction, recognizes Barbour for his 15-year research and teaching collaboration with Complutense Professor Daniel Sánchez-Mata, an internationally recognized botanist and plant ecologist.


Ciara Brown of Davis has been awarded a fellowship from The Wandering Scholar to research discrimination in Guatemala and how people from different backgrounds are perceived. The trip marks Brown’s first time traveling outside the United States.

TWS is a nonprofit organization in its fourth summer of operation; its goal is to promote global citizenship. Through its flagship global skills fellowship program, TWS provides full financial support, pair scholars with travel mentors and offers a curriculum that guides participants from pre-departure planning to post-trip reintegration and the completion of individualized digital documentation projects.


Selina Kathleen Eadie of Davis has received a master of public affairs from University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jonathan Schaefer of Davis has been awarded a place on the dean’s honors list for 2012 for excellence in academic achievement in the second year of the degree course, doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The son of Drs. Saul and Sylvia Schaefer of Davis, he is looking forward to an academic career in medicine with a focus on small animal internal and emergency care. He graduates in December 2014.


Kevin Proveaux of UC Davis has graduated from the Delta Company Leader’s Training Course.

Graduation marks the completion of the 29 days of training for the company. During their time at LTC, the 190 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. The aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program.


The Ecological Society of America announced fellowship honors for two faculty members in the department of environmental science and policy at UC Davis:

* Susan Harrison, professor, is among 17 members of the society newly elected as fellows, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field. She has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1991.

Her fields of interest include plant ecology, diversity and conservation. Her major area of emphasis is spatial ecology, which examines the influence of heterogeneous environments on populations, communities and patterns of diversity.

* Marissa Baskett, assistant professor, also is being recognized for outstanding contributions. She has been named one of six early career fellows of the society, who have typically received their doctorates no more than eight years earlier.

Baskett’s lab focuses on theoretical population, community and evolutionary ecology applied to conservation biology, particularly in marine systems. Baskett completed her doctoral studies at Princeton University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 2008.


Sandra Carlson of the UC Davis department of geology has been elected to a two-year term as leader of the Paleontological Society, an international organization devoted to advancing the science of paleontology.


Robert Bayley of the UC Davis department of linguistics is president-elect of the American Dialect Society. He will advance to the top office in January 2015.


Louise Berben, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis, has been awarded the Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator Lectureship by the journal Chemical Communications, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The lectureship, recognizing scientists in the early stages of their careers, includes three talks over the next year in three different locations.


The Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected plant sciences professor Paul Gepts of UC Davis to give the B.Y. Morrison Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Gepts’ topic for the July 23 lecture: “Opportunities in Plant Breeding: From the Integration of Genomics to the Participation of Farmers,” about scientific developments “that promise to increase the impact of plant breeding, especially in light of rapidly gathering challenges such as climate instability and population increase.”

His research and teaching program focuses on crop biodiversity and genetic resources. He combines field and laboratory approaches to the evolutionary processes that shape the diversity of crops and their wild progenitors, with a focus on beans and cowpea, as well as Mesoamerican domesticates.


Jonna Mazet, professor of epidemiology and disease ecology in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is a newly appointed member of the Morris Animal Foundation’s board of trustees. The Denver-based foundation is a global leader in supporting science to advance veterinary medicine for companion animals and wildlife.

Mazet is director of the school’s Wildlife Health Center. She is the principal investigator and co-director of the UC Davis-based PREDICT, a global early-warning system for diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people. In addition, she founded California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which jumps into action to help birds and mammals caught in oil spills. The Wildlife Health Center administers the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.


Xiaomei Chen, professor and chair of the department of East Asian languages and cultures at UC Davis, says she will work on a project titled “Staging Chinese Revolutions,” during her 2013-14 fellowship with the International Research Center, connected to Freie Universität Berlin. Founded in August 2008, the International Research Center investigates the interweaving of cultures in performance.


Kelly Wilkerson, a teacher at Davis High School, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.

The workshop, titled “One Place, One Time: Jackson, Mississippi, 1963,” was held on the campus of Millsaps College and was jointly sponsored by Millsaps and the Eudora Welty Foundation. The workshop coincides with the 50th anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers, a native Mississippian and NAACP field secretary.

During the weeklong workshop, participants met with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers’ widow and the former national board chairman of the NAACP; with the Rev. Edwin King, a veteran of the Jackson movement and the recipient of a Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum; with Jery Mitchell, the investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger whose work helped bring Evers’ assassin to justice; and with Michael Williams, Evers’ biographer.


Nancy E. Lane, endowed professor of internal medicine and rheumatology, has been named by The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research as this year’s recipient of its Paula Stern Achievement Award. The prestigious honor recognizes a woman in the field of bone and mineral metabolism who has made significant scientific achievements and has promoted the professional development and advancement of women in the field.

Lane, who also serves as director of the UC Davis Center for Musculoskeletal Health and directs the university’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, is an accomplished clinical care specialist and research scientist. Her research has focuses on both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and she leads a translational research team that has been instrumental in defining the role of glucocorticoids in bone fragility.

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