LAURELS: 3 Win Global Advising Awards

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IN THIS COLUMN

  • Colleen Bronner, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Honora Knopp, Undergraduate University Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Kayton Carter, Enrichment of academic advice, undergraduate education
  • Paul Griffin, Graduate School of Management
  • David Horton, Law School
  • Lisa Pruitt, Law School
  • Michèle Barbato, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • JP Delplanque, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Fabien Bombardelli, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Fadi Fathallah, Department of Biological and agricultural engineering
  • Jeffery Gibeling, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Maury Hull, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Deb Niemeier, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Roopali Kukreja, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • James Letts, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Aditya V. Thakur, Computer Science department
  • Camellia Hostinar, Department of Psychology

From left to right: Colleen Bronner, Honora Knopp and Kayton Carter.

A faculty member, academic advisor and board administrator recently won top honors from NACADA, “The Global Community for Academic Counseling”. Here are the UC Davis winners of the NACADA 2021 Global Awards:

  • Colleen Bronner, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Outstanding Consulting Award, Faculty Academic Council
  • Honora Knopp, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate University Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Outstanding Advisory Award, Senior Advisor role
  • Kayton Carter, Executive Director, Academic Advice Enrichment, Undergraduate Education – Exceptional Administrator Advisor

“These individuals have made extraordinary contributions to council on our campus and exemplify the transformative work that is taking place in college council at UC Davis,” said Helen Schurke Frasier, Assistant Vice-President, Undergraduate Studies.


Paul Griffin

Emeritus professor Paul Griffin, founding faculty member of the Graduate School of Management, has been appointed Honorary Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Otago, New Zealand. A leading international authority on accounting, financial reporting and disclosure, Griffin collaborates with researchers at the University of Otago and has presented his research there.


Honors for the Faculty of Law:

  • Association of American Law Schools Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution appointed professor David Horton as the recipient of the section’s best scholarly article award for 2022, for “Infinite arbitration clauses”, published in the January 2020 volume of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. the The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit cited “endless arbitration clauses” in a recent ruling asserting a district court’s denial of a car rental company’s petition to compel l ‘arbitration for customer disputes. Horton’s article “In Partial Defense of Probate: Evidence From Alameda County, California” won the association’s Scholarly Papers competition in 2015.
  • Lisa Pruitt, a professor Martin Luther King Jr., recently received the Rural Sociological Society Award for Research Excellence. The company’s awards and endowments committee hailed Pruitt’s contributions to rural research and scholarship as “truly unique,” noting that Pruitt has “drawn significant attention to rural legal issues.” Her recent work explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it influences dimensions of gender, race and ethnicity. It also considers the rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.

New Engineering Fellows:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Michèle Barbato, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers – JP Delplanque, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Vice-President and Dean, Graduate Studies.
  • Institute of Environment and Water Resources – Fabian Bombardelli, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Other engineering distinctions:

  • Fadi Fathallah, professor and chair, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering – Ergonomics, Safety and Health Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and SMV Technologies.
  • Jeffery Gibeling, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Interim College Dean – Oleg D. Sherby Prize of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, recognizing important contributions to understanding the behavior of materials at high temperatures.
  • Maury Hull, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Biomedical Engineering – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Robert M. Nerem Medal for Education and Mentoring.
  • Deb Niemeier, professor emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (who now holds the Clark Distinguished Chair in Sustainability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland) – Elected at the American Philosophical Society, to honour extraordinary achievements in all fields.

The Office of Science, Department of Energy, has announced its selection of three faculty members for the Early Career Research Program scholarships. The recipients and their projects:

  • Roopali Kukreja, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering – “Ultrafast and Coherent X-ray Scattering Studies of Quantum Materials”
  • James Letts, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology – “Characterization of Plant-Specific Characteristics of Mitochondrial Respiratory Complexes”
  • Aditya V. Thakur, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science – “AutoNeurify: Automatic Infusion of Learning in HPC Applications

Another early career research grant:

Camellia Hostinar, assistant professor, Department of Psychology; Director, Social Environment and Stress Lab, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain; and research affiliate, Center for Poverty and Inequality Research – Boyd McCandless Award of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association, in support of his research on the influence of poverty on child development.


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