Thomas Cogswell Named 2012 Collaborative Research Fellow
Historian Thomas Cogswell has been named a recipient of a 2012 Collaborative Research Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. The program brings together groups of two or three fellows to collaborate intensively on a single project. This year, 15 scholars were awarded fellowships.

Cogswell will be in a team along with historian Alastair Bellany of Rutgers University- New Brunswick, N.J. Their project is to reignite the debate on the causes of the English Revolution of 1640-60 by employing interdisciplinary methods that place histories of media, image-manufacture and popular perception at the core of the analysis.

The council is a nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations and is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social science.

International Prize for Leebaw Book
Bronwyn Leebaw’s book “Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change” (Cambridge University Press, 2011) has won the International Studies Association International Ethics Section Book Prize for 2011.

The prize is awarded annually to a book that “excels in originality, significance and rigor in the broadly defined field of international ethics,” according to the association.

Leebaw, associate professor of political science, suggests a new way of considering the legacies of the Nuremberg Trials and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, arguing that “transitional justice requires political judgment and strategies for investigating various forms of complicity and resistance,” according to the publisher.

“Whereas the Nuremberg Trials exemplify the promise of legalism and international criminal justice, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission promoted restorative justice and truth commissions.”

Galaxy Quest Via Data Mining
Bahram Mosbasher, professor of physics and astronomy, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from NASA to compile into a data-bank all the imaging observations of the galaxy surveys that the Hubble Space Telescope has performed since 2002, when a powerful imaging instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys, was installed on the telescope.

The final product will be enormously useful for astronomers worldwide, Mobasher said.

Mobasher and his team will provide comprehensive, multi-waveband catalogs and measured physical parameters for all the galaxies detected in the Hubble galaxy surveys. The catalogs are essential for studying the formation and evolution of galaxies and their clustering, and for searching for new generation of galaxies, Mobasher said.

Templeton Foundation Award to Agnieszka Jaworska
Three professors of philosophy, including UCR’s Agnieszka Jaworska, have received a $640,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation as part of a research project, “Love and Human Agency: An Interdisciplinary Investigation.”

The other two professors are Bennett Helm of Franklin & Marshall College and Jeffrey Seidman of Vassar College.

They are part of an international team of philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, legal theorists, business administrators and economists that will support the project. It is anticipated that the project will result in two or more books, dozens of peer-reviewed academic articles and presentations at national and international conferences.

“Given recent progress in the neuroscience of the emotions, we think the time is ripe to tackle the complex concepts of love and caring in an interdisciplinary way,” Jaworska said.

The John Templeton Foundation is a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries related to human purpose and ultimate reality.

UCR School of Medicine Building Certified LEED Gold
The new School of Medicine Research Building on campus has received LEED Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council, which recognizes measurable green-building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The building is the first on the UCR campus to receive any level of LEED certification.

The building is a three-story, 58,000-square-foot structure that features highly flexible biomedical and population health research facilities. It was originally designed by SRG Partnership Inc. to meet LEED Silver requirements, but the university took its environmental efforts to the next level.

Chemistry Graduate Students Honored for Their Research
Ph.D. graduate students Zhenda Lu and Qiao Zhang won Silver Awards given out by the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction.”

Lu and Zhang received the awards on April 11 during the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

Lu developed a number of general self-assembly processes for the synthesis of multifunctional nanoscale composites which show superior performance in various applications such as bioseparation, catalysis and energy harvesting.

Zhang’s research was focused on the development of highly efficient titanium dioxide (TiO2)-based nanostructured materials for harvesting solar energy.