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LAURIERS: winegrowers name Oberholster “leader of the year”


  • Anita Oberholster, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Satya Dandekar, Medicine School
  • Leticia Saucedo, Law School
  • Joanna Regulska, Global Affairs
  • Jason Lowe Power, College of Engineering
  • Archana Venkatesan, college of letters and sciences
  • Karrigan Bork, Law School

The California Association of Winegrape Growers recently awarded its Leader of the Year award to Anita Oberholster, associate specialist in cooperative extension, department of viticulture and oenology.S

Since 2017, Oberholster has studied smoke exposure in wine grapes, studying the uptake of volatile phenols on the grapes and its effect on wine composition and quality.

The association described Oberholster as “a leading voice as an educator and expert on the complex issues surrounding wildfire smoke and wine grapes.

“Her relentless willingness to help by sharing her expertise and her frequent communications have been incredibly beneficial to grape growers and grape growers, and CAWG appreciates all that she has done for California grape growers.”

Satya Dandekar, left, and Leticia Saucedo

The following honor societies have named UC Davis faculty members as new scholars:

  • American Academy of Microbiology, an honorary leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology – Satya Dandekar, professor and president, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, for his scientific achievements and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective peer review process. Dandekar’s pioneering research on HIV/AIDS revealed the direct and devastating impact of the virus on the gut very early in infection. Within days to weeks, the virus damages the epithelial lining of the intestine and alters the lymphoid tissue of the gastrointestinal lining. Both are essential in generating the body’s immune response to defend against infections. His findings supported changes in HIV treatment protocols, including starting HIV treatment early in infection to achieve better clinical outcomes. Learn more in this UC Davis Health press release.
  • American Bar Foundation, a worldwide honorary society of lawyers, judges, law professors and jurists – Leticia Saucedo, law professor, an expert in employment, labor and immigration law. The foundation says its fellows demonstrate “outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the well-being of their communities.” Membership is limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and selected by the Foundation Board.

Archana Venkatesan

Professor Archana Venkatesan received another award for endless songhis English translation of the 9th-century Tamil opus Tiruvāymoḻiin which the poet Nammāḻvār sings of his ecstatic devotion to God.

The Asian Studies Association awarded him its latest award, the AK Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation (South Asia).

Venkatesan has a dual appointment in the departments of Religious Studies and Comparative Literature.

Learn more about endless song as part of the award she received from the American Literary Translators Association: “Archana Venkatesan wins the award for making the Tamil opus sing in translation.”

Joanna Regulska

Joanna Regulska, Vice-Rector and Dean of Global Affairs, was named the recipient of the 2022 award Charles Klasek Award for Distinguished Service to International Higher Educationdonated by the Association of International Education Administrators, or IAEA.

The award is named after the late “Chuck” Klasek of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a founding member of the IAEA and third president of the association.

Regulska has over 30 years of experience in higher education and international education. She has led global affairs at UC Davis since 2015, coming to Rutgers University, where she created the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. His work in both schools contributed to each receiving the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization, awarded by NAFSA: Association of International Educators (UC Davis in 2020, Rutgers in 2014).

In 2021, she was named an inaugural member of the National Academy for International Education. And in 2019, she received the first Senior International Officer Award from the Institute of International Education.

Karrigan Bork

The School of Law announced Professor Karrigan Bork, an academic and teacher of environmental law and policy, as the recipient of the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2022. The award, supported by Bill and Sally Rutter, honors law professors who give outstanding performance in the classroom.

According to a announcement on the school website. He joined the law school in 2019.

Listen to Professor Bork on the Law School Podcast, Definition of justice: scholars of the lawdiscussing”Constitutional right to fish in California.”

Jason Lowe Power

Jason Lowe Power, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Here is his project:

“Architecture of a hardware-software co-designed data management system for computers with heterogeneous memory”, to improve the efficiency and performance of a wide variety of applications, including artificial intelligence/machine learning, which increasingly depend on both high memory performance and large memory capacities. To broaden the impact, the techniques developed in this project will be realized in software, hardware-software codedesign and hardened logic. Additionally, software models, systems, and hardware prototypes will be released as open source as they are developed. This CAREER project will also lay the foundation for a sustainable undergraduate research internship program at UC Davis.

CAREER is shorthand for the Faculty Early Career Development Programwhich describes the rewards like NSF’s most prestigious to support faculty members who are beginning their independent careers and “who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to advance the mission of their department or organization.”

“The activities pursued by early-career faculty should provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership in the integration of education and research,” the program description reads.

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