Kenneth C. Janda, a chemistry professor at UCI since 1992, has been named dean of physical sciences. He researches experimental molecular physics and quantum mechanics, using molecular spectroscopy and quantum theory to understand how nonchemical interactions affect the structure and dynamics of chemical bonds in the gas phase, liquids and solids. Janda is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, contributes in numerous capacities to professional organizations of his discipline, and oversees a vibrant research program. He has served as the school's interim dean since last November, and before that, as associate dean since 2008.
Barbara Dosher, social sciences dean and professor of cognitive sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an honor considered one of the highest in scientific research. She's one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates being recognized by the prestigious academy this year for distinguished and continuing achievements in research. Also a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Association for Psychological Science, Dosher is known widely for her research on attention, perceptual learning and memory.
Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of urology, has received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which for more than 500 years has been dedicated to maintaining and promoting the highest standards of surgical practice. It's the top honor bestowed by the Scottish institute. Clayman founded UCI's Department of Urology in 2002 and is a prolific researcher and pioneer in minimally invasive techniques that have revolutionized kidney and upper urinary tract surgery and dramatically improved patient safety and outcomes.
A sophomore committed to interfaith dialogue and religious harmony has been awarded the 2011-12 XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, established at UCI in 2004 to recognize students dedicated to ethical leadership, peace and positive global relations. Armaan Rowther will receive a $10,000 scholarship plus $2,500 to support a series of events intended to create a kinship of faiths among the UCI community and encourage coalition building between students and community members of varied faiths. "In times of such rising divisiveness and polarization in our country, I believe that the UCI campus community has the responsibility to lead by example in combating ignorance and building bridges of cooperation among religious groups in our region," Rowther said.
J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Research Professor of comparative literature and professor emeritus of English, has been awarded the 2010-11 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. The honor is presented annually to one or more University of California distinguished emeriti for work of outstanding character in scholarship or other educational service. Miller's research interests include Victorian literature, modern English and American literature, comparative literature, and literary theory.
Christopher Tomlins, Chancellor's Professor of law, has won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Freedom Bound. The prize is awarded each year by Columbia University to authors of the best books on American history. Freedom Bound, also named one of The Atlantic's "20 Books of the Year," is a groundbreaking history of law and labor in early America, from its beginnings to the Civil War. Tomlins, a renowned legal historian, recently accepted the honor and delivered a lecture on "Republican Law, 1770-1830."
Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research recently announced its latest round of grants, totaling nearly $2.5 million, and among the recipients is Young Jik Kwon, UCI assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, chemical engineering & materials science, and biomedical engineering. Kwon's research focuses on developing effective, safe and versatile means of cancer diagnosis and therapy by combining chemistry, biology and nanotechnology tools.