Federici, Raikhel Named Fellows
Entomologists Brian Federici and Alexander Raikhel were among 10 scientists inducted as fellows of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) at the society’s annual meeting held in December 2009.

The election as an ESA fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. Up to 10 members of the 6000-member organization are selected as fellows each year.

Federici, a distinguished professor of entomology, focuses his research on the basic and applied biology of pathogens of insects, with the overall aim of developing these and their products as biological, environmentally safe insecticides.

Raikhel, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is recognized internationally for his significant contributions to insect science and vector biology. His research has advanced scientific knowledge of critical genetic, biochemical, and physiological systems in mosquitoes.

Grad Student Gets Award
Wei Han, a graduate student working with Roland Kawakami, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, has received the Leo Falicov Award from the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

The award is based on research, publications and presentation at the AVS meeting, and is accompanied by a certificate and $1,000.

Now in the fourth year of his Ph.D., Han researches electron spin injection and transport in graphene. He expects to graduate in 2012.

Earlier this year, he received the Benjamin C. Shen Memorial Graduate Scholarship Award for outstanding graduate research by a third- or fourth-year graduate student.

The Leo Falicov Student Award is named in memory of the theoretical physicist Leopoldo Maximo Falicov, who helped define the theoretical foundations of surface magnetism.

Journal Names Research Paper Tops
PALAIOS, a monthly journal dedicated to emphasizing the impact of life on Earth history as recorded in the paleontological and sedimentological records, has named a research paper by Seth Finnegan and Mary Droser, chair of the Department of Earth Sciences, as the PALAIOS Best Paper for 2008.

Finnegan, who worked in Droser’s lab and is now at Caltech, received his Ph.D. from UCR. The paper, of which he is first author, is titled “Reworking Diversity: Effects of Storm Deposition on Evenness and Sampled Richness, Ordovician of the Basin and Range, Utah and Nevada, U.S.A.”