Schultz Among Top 100
Jerome Schultz, a distinguished professor of bioengineering, has been named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The list highlights advances in the profession during the years after World War II, as well as “the authors of groundbreaking books, industrial executives, astronauts and chemical engineers who achieved fame in other pursuits.”

A pioneer in the field of bioengineering, Schultz is the director of the Center for Bioengineering Research in the Bourns College of Engineering. His research has led to the development of techniques that could help millions of people, especially those living with diabetes. He is credited with developing a sensor that could eliminate the need for diabetics to use needles for blood glucose checks. He also is known for his work on biosensors, biomaterials, immobilized enzymes, hematopoietic cells, pharmacokinetics and tissue engineering.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has been recognized also by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Michigan, Iowa State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2003, when Schultz joined UCR om 2003.

Outstanding Faculty Mentors Named
Michael Marsella, an associate professor of chemistry and Steven Clark, a professor of psychology have received the Undergraduate Honors Program Upper Division Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Marsella and Clark were nominated for this award by their students.

CHASS Faculty Honored
Three CHASS faculty have been honored for excellence in teaching and as a distinguished lecturer.

The awards were announced last week by Dean Stephen Cullenberg and Thomas Patterson, chair of the CHASS executive committee.

Karl Taube, professor of anthropology and a leading Mesoamerican scholar, was named the 2008 CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer. Taube has published nine sole and co-authored books and monographs as well as 70 journal articles, with another five in press. His research spans the disciplines of archaeology, iconography, ethnography, art history, identity, performance and linguistics.

Taube also has served as a consultant for many enterprises, including the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, the Copan Maya Foundation, National Geographic and the BBC Natural History Unit. He is also a member of the editorial boards of important journals, and has been involved in consulting and creating many museum projects.

His 1993 book, “Aztec and Maya Myths,” has been translated into nine languages. His research has earned attention in both national and international media and he has held multiple international guest lecturer positions for the National Endowment for the Humanities Villahermosa, the National Endowment for the Humanities Mexico City, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.

Cullenberg and Patterson described Taube as a highly sought-after lecturer who has delivered more than 75 papers at professional conferences and 24 invited lectures in eight countries outside the United States over the last eight years.

“Although his research is not based on field or laboratory investigations that require large amounts of grant funding, he has been PI (principal investigator) or co-PI on more than a quarter of a million dollars in grant support from intramural and extramural funding sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research and the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies,” they said.

The McCauley-McSweeny Chair in Teaching Excellence for 2008-09 has been awarded to Larry Wright, professor of philosophy. The award includes a stipend of $5,000 and is given each year to a senior faculty member in CHASS.

Wright, who teaches Philosophy 007: Introduction to Critical Thinking, has developed a unique and sophisticated approach that makes this course superior to similar classes elsewhere, according to the CHASS Teaching Award Committee.

“He is considered one of the founders of the ‘critical thinking’ movement, a set of pedagogical concerns and values that has been widely adopted,” the committee wrote. “According to one of his colleagues, ‘Larry delves deep into the presuppositions of successful reasoning, including subtle aspects of the process of reading critically and of extracting, not just information, but arguments from what one reads.’”

Students who take the course regularly express a sense of transformation in their reasoning, reading, and writing skills, the committee said, noting this comment from a former student who now is an assistant professor of philosophy: “Through a perfect mix of passion and finely honed teaching skills, he can get a hundred students at a time to think better, to understand themselves and each other better, and to like it.”

Wright devotes great energy to mentoring students and for more than 20 years has hosted in his home a reading group on the writings of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Juliet McMullin, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Junior CHASS Teaching Award. This award comes with a stipend of $5,000.

The Teaching Award Committee described McMullin as an innovative teacher in the area of medical anthropology.

“Her teaching approach emphasizes problem solving and the importance of the experiential in teaching,” the committee wrote. “Her teaching evaluations are very positive and the comments of the students indicate that she is rigorous and demanding and, at the same time, that she is available, constructive, honest and compassionate.”

The committee cited a Ph.D. student who said McMullin “puts a great deal of energy into making classes both relevant and accessible to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her high standards encourage students to participate fully in the course, while her choice of reading materials is always level appropriate and relevant, as well as being interesting and timely.”

McMullin also provides students with opportunities to work on research projects, the graduate student wrote.

“Her approach to critical medical anthropology aims to connect the university with the communities around it,” the student said. “She creates a dialogue with the students and actively engages them to develop research outside the university.”

All three faculty will be recognized at a fall reception for new CHASS faculty.

Cocker Honored by Alumni Association
David Cocker, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering was chosen to receive the 2008 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

The award is given to alumni who are younger than 35 and who demonstrate a significant record of career and/or civic achievement and promise in their profession.

He was honored at the annual Alumni Awards of Distinction Banquet, which was held May 17 and the Alumni and Visitors Center.

After graduating, from UCR in 1996 with a majors in environmental engineering and chemistry, Cocker completed graduate studies at Caltech.

He received the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2005, and award that is given to early-career academics that show great promise of becoming leaders in their fields.

He is already recognized as an expert on aerosol formation in the atmosphere and teaches many of the same classes he once took as a student at UCR.

He also performs research at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) in the state-of-the-art atmospheric processes chamber, and in the Emissions and Fuels Research Laboratory alongside his wife Kathalena, whom he met in while they were students at UCR.