Astrella's books for the beach
Matt Astrella, books department manager at The UCI Bookstore and a lifelong bibliophile, loves exposing people to new literature. Now that summer's here, he has recommended reading for fun in the sun:
- Aimee Bender — an alumna of UCI's highly regarded graduate program in writing — has a new book out called The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,which is written in her signature magical prose accenting the weirdness of ordinary people and lives. This book is slightly different from her other books but equally wonderful.
- Paolo Giordano's The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a brilliantly conceived and written book about two teenage misfits who find each other. A painful yet hopeful coming-of-age tale, it won Italy's most prestigious award, the Premio Strega, and has sold about 1 million copies internationally. Though not always pleasant, it's a strangely beautiful and melancholy read.
- My co-worker Janice Bailey, general books assistant, is a voracious reader. She loved The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. A warm and inviting, poignant novel, it's set in Jackson, Miss., in the 1960s and told from the points of view of a prosperous, young white woman and two African-American domestic workers.
- Finally, I suggest anything and everything from Stieg Larsson, the Swedish writer who found fame and notoriety with the posthumous publication of the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fireand The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Larsson created a protagonist in Lisbeth Salander who's brilliant, troubled and absolutely mesmerizing. People are wild about her and the series. Every time we recommend one of these books to customers, they run back for the others.
Loftus wins award for memory studies
Elizabeth Loftus,Distinguished Professor of psychology & social behavior, cognitive sciences and criminology, law & society, has received the 2010 Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists. Also a law professor, she was honored for her significant contributions to the understanding of human memory, especially its fragility and vulnerability to distortion. Loftus accepted the award in May at the society's annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Parham honored for mentoring & scholarship
Thomas Parham, assistant vice chancellor for counseling & health services, has received the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring & Scholarship from Columbia University's Teachers College. The award was granted at the college's 2010 Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology & Education, where Parham gave a lecture entitled "What Is It About a Mountaintop: An Activist Legacy of Mentoring & Scholarships."
Szabo elected to Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Sandor Szabo
Pathology and pharmacology professor Dr. Sandor Szabo has been elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious learned societies. A Hungarian national, he was made an international member of the medical sciences section. In a career of more than 30 years, Szabo has made key research discoveries on gastrointestinal ulcers and methods to heal them, and he helped create the first animal models for the study of small-intestine ulcers.