NEH Fellowship to Anthropology Professor
Christina Schwenkel, associate professor of anthropology, has won a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to continue research on her book, “Revitalizing the City: Socialist Architecture, Postwar Memory, and Urban Renewal in Vietnam.“

Schwenkel’s research concentrates on the city of Vinh in north-central Vietnam, which was virtually destroyed during the Vietnam War, and on the East German-built socialist tenement known as Quang Trung.

More than half of the Quang Trung residents moved in during the 1970s when the structures were new. Contrary to what preliminary research led her to believe, Schwenkel found that the community originally disliked the five-story buildings and saw them as something foreign to their space and culture. Over the past 30 years, however, the close quarters of Quang Trung have fostered a public space of community and support that residents now struggle to protect against privatization and impending demolition.

Nicole Davis Named to Environmental Center Post
Nicole Davis, a Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) alumna, has returned to CE-CERT as its new deputy director, succeeding Dennis Fitz. Davis received her master’s degree in chemical and environmental engineering at UCR in 2001, and then served as a research engineer at CE-CERT until 2004.

From 2004 to 2011, Davis served simultaneously as the vice president for the International Sustainable Systems Research Center and as a consultant to the Air Quality Research Program at the California Energy Commission.

Much of her research has focused on understanding sources of pollution and developing tools for accelerating the movement to a sustainable, environmentally responsible world. In her return to CE-CERT, Davis will be focusing her efforts on the day-to-day operation of the center and to fulfilling its mission as a creative source of new technology.

Albert Wang is President-elect of IEEE’s Devices Society
Professor of Electrical Engineering Albert Wang has been elected president of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS). His two-year term as president will begin January 2014.

One of the technical societies and councils of IEEE, EDS began in 1952 as a committee of the Institute of Radio Engineers. In 1963, when that institute merged with another, the American Institute of Radio Engineers, EDS became a technical group under the newly formed IEEE. Thirteen years later, EDS became a society of IEEE.

EDS has about 11,000 members in chapters worldwide. It sponsors technical periodicals, provides support for meetings and has its own business office.

Wang joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2007 and is director of the Laboratory for Integrated Circuits and Systems and the Center for Ubiquitous Communication by Light.

L.A. Review of Books Lauded
The Los Angeles Review of Books was named to KPCC’s Top Ten list of books for 2011 by the station’s book correspondent, David Kipen. The review is edited by creative writing professor Tom Lutz. Among those who provided seed funding for the project were the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, and the UC Humanities Research Initiative.

Toby Miller to Speak About Television
Toby Miller , professor of media and cultural studies, will be a featured speaker at a conference at the University of Oregon in March. The conference, “What is Television? A conference exploring the past, present and future of television,” will feature video and TV professionals, media scholars, government and community officials, students and the public discussing the changing nature of television.

Miller contributes regularly to CST Online, which is associated with Critical Studies in Television, a journal published by Manchester University Press. CST Online is sponsored by Royal Holloway University of
London.