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Academic Senate Awards and Research Grant Winners

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AND LECTURER AWARDS


The Academic Senate offers eight awards. Each provides the opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of a colleague by making her or his contributions known to the UC Merced community and society at large.


2017-2018 (Past Recipients)

Dr. Fred Spiess Award for Distinguished Senate Service                                         Anne Zanzucchi                                            SSHA
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching award (TIE)

Laura Beaster-Jones

Ashlie Martini

SNS

SOE

Distinguished Graduate Teaching/Mentorship award  Michael Cleary SNS
Distinguished Early Career Research award Christine Isborn SNS
Distinction in Research award Ajay Gopinathan SNS
Distinguished Scholarly Public Service award YangQuan Chen SOE
Excellence in Faculty Mentorship award Marcos Garcia-Ojeda SNS
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching for a Non-Senate Lecturer award Mufadhal M. Alkuhlani                       SNS  

RESEARCH GRANT RECIPIENTS

2017-2018 (Past Recipients)

Principal Investigator

Project Title

School(s)

Boaz Ilan

Computational modeling for nonimaging solar concentrators

SNS

Stephanie Woo

Investigating the role of sept9a in inflammatory bowel disease

SNS

Liang Shi,
Yanbao Ma

Accelerating Molecular Dynamics Simulation with Modified Short-Range Interactions

SNS, SOE

Chris Amemiya,
Linda Hirst, Joel Spencer

Vertebrate chitin and its underlying biology and biophysics

SNS, SOE

Patti LiWang

Reactivation of latent HIV reservoirs using Tat targeting

SNS

Christine Isborn,
Harish Bhat

Applying Deep Learning Methods to Develop New Models of Molecular Charge Transfer

SNS

Rudy Ortiz,
Anna Beaudin, Nestor Oviedo

Functional Effects of Cannabidiol in Diabetes

SNS

Jeffrey Jenkins,
Catherine Keske

Sense of Place in California National Parks – What is shaping it and how is it changing?

SOE

Ahmed Sabbir Arif

Miniature Predictive Keyboards to Enable Eyes-free Text Entry on/with Smartwatches

SOE

Valerie Leppert

Investigation of a Facile, Scalable Synthesis Route for Bismuth Oxyhalide 2D Structures for Photocatalytic Water Treatment

SOE

Chih-Wen Ni

The Role of STAB2 in Vascular Development in Response to Blood Flow

SOE

Jennifer Lu

Investigating polymer membrane for high selectivity and throughput

SOE

Wan Du, Dong Li

Online Training and Inference of Machine Learning Models on IoT Devices for Emerging IoT Applications

SOE

Arvind Gopinath, Clarissa Nobile

Biophysical Properties of Candida albicans Biofilms on Mucus

SOE, SNS

Shawn Newsam

Acquisition of low-cost particulate sensors to support various research efforts on monitoring air pollution and studying its public health effects

SOE

Sandie Ha

Prenatal and Early Life Exposures to Ambient Air Pollution and Childhood Development

SSHA

ShiPu Wang

The Brush of Swords: U.S. Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and Taiwan's Postcolonial Visuality

SSHA

Justin Cook

Mapping and Digitizing Historic Civilization Borders

SSHA

Andrew Johnston

Children of War: The Long-run Impact of War-time Deployments on Children

SSHA

Aditya Dasgupta

Book Conference for Manuscript “Why Parties Collapse”

SSHA

Maria DePrano

Craftsmen’s Possessions in Renaissance Florence

SSHA

Heather Bortfeld, Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Embodied Bilingualism

SSHA

Stephen Wooding

Amazonian agriculture: The origins of cassava, a cultural and nutritional icon

SSHA

Sarah Depaoli

How Alike are my Groups? Using Class Separation as a Post-hoc Measure of Model Assessment

SSHA

Nella Van Dyke, Irenee Beattie

Intersectional Queer Identities and College Student Experiences

SSHA

Whitney Pirtle

Living Black in a Field of Brown: A exploration of the role of a living and learning center in shaping black identities at a Hispanic Serving Institution

SSHA