Preparing Teachers of Students with Disabilities
A $1.2 million grant will allow Rollanda O’Connor, a professor in the Graduate School of Education, to fund doctoral students conducting research and preparing teachers of students with disabilities in Riverside and San Bernardino schools.

O’Connor, whose research focuses on reading development for children with disabilities, started work in January on the five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The doctoral students, who will start in September 2012, will develop expertise through courses, training in university-level teaching and research in low-income public schools.

Their training will be multidisciplinary and draw on faculty across the University of California system. They will also work with other Graduate School of Education faculty whose research focuses on special education, including Lee Swanson, Jan Blacher and Michael Orosco.

Writing on Multiple Ancestries
Eliud Martinez, professor emeritus of creative writing and comparative literature, published “A Writer’s Perspectives on Multiple Ancestries: An Essay on Race and Ethnicity,” in the Polish Journal for American Studies: Yearbook of the Polish Association for American Studies.

Intended to address adverse criticism of ethnic and multicultural studies, the essay included autobiographical thoughts on race, ethnicity and multiple ancestries.

Keeping Electronics Cool
Alexander Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering, and other researchers have made a breakthrough discovery with graphene, a material that could be critical in keeping laptops and other electronic devices from overheating.

Balandin and researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Dallas and Xiamen University in China have shown that the thermal properties of isotyopically engineered graphene are far superior to those of graphene in its natural state. Their paper on this discovery was published online Jan. 8 in Nature Materials and will later appear in the print publication.

The results bring graphene – a single atom-thick carbon crystal with unique properties, including superior electrical and heat conductivity, mechanical strength and optical absorption – one step closer to being used as a thermal conductor managing heat dissipation.

Business Residency Program Locates in India
The School of Business Administration has added Mumbai, India as its third global residency program destination. “The Indian Economy and the Epicenter of Globalization” was the theme of a one-week residency in January for UC Riverside undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.

The program joins similar one-week residency programs in Oxford, England, and Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China. Plans call for adding programs in the future in Russia and Brazil.

The global programs combine lectures by faculty at local host universities and visits to cultural, academic and business centers.

Sean Jasso, a lecturer of management who organizes the trips, said: “Our goal is to bring the whole world in a portfolio to our students, who need to see these places to enhance their competitiveness.”

The India trip included visits to Tata Consultancy Service; global IT services and solutions provider L & T Infotech; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the National Stock Exchange; and the Gateway of India, which is one of the city’s notable monuments.