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Regents Faculty Fellowships Recipients 2014-2015

Regents’ Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Development Awards

The Committee on Research, Riverside Division of the Academic Senate is pleased to announce the recipients of the Regents’ Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Development Awards for 2014-2015.

Regents’ Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Development Awards provide funds from the Office of the President, University Opportunity Funds, and the Committee on Research to Assistant Professors for opportunities for educational enrichment through significant research, advanced or independent study, or improvement of teaching effectiveness.

These awards are intended to help junior faculty achieve the requirements necessary to earn tenure. Funds may be used for research-related travel, supplies and equipment; research assistance; conference travel; summer salary (for faculty paid on an academic year basis); and to supplement partial-salary sabbatical leave.

The Committee on Research anticipates that next year’s call for applications will be issued in late Winter or early Spring quarter.

Recipients of the Regents Faculty Fellowships


Adam Harmer, Assistant Professor, Philosophy - $9,000.00
Can Machines Think? 17th & 18th Century Perspectives

Ashaunta Anderson, Assistant Professor in Residence, Clinical Sciences - $9,000.00
Racial Socialization and Health: A Systematic Review

Crystal Baik, Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies - $6,000.00
Decolonial Sensorium: Critical Sensing & the Korean Demilitarized Archive (Book Manuscript)

John M. Franchak, Assistant Professor, Psychology - $6,000.00
Developmental changes in visual experiences over the first year of life

Sika Zheng, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences - $6,000.00
Genetic regulation of synaptogenesis by alternative pre-mRNA splicing

Nicole zur Nieden, Associate Professor, Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology - $9,000.00
Skeletal birth defects associated with tobacco exposure during pregnancy

Huinan Liu, Associate Professor, Bioengineering - $6,000.00
Engineering Novel Infection-Free Bioresorbable Urological Devices

Jin Nam, Associate Professor, Bioengineering - $6,000.00
A scaffolding system to enhance lineage-specific differentiation of pluripotent stem cells by on-demand mechano-modulation of the cell niche

Sandra Kirtland Turner, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences - $6,000.00
Exploring climate and biological pump variability in the early Eocene

Phillip Neil Christopher, Associate Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering - $6,000.00
A New Class of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Selective Chemical Production

Li Fan, Associate Professor, Biochemistry - $9,000.00
Investigating the molecular mechanism of DNA unwinding by XPB helicase

Megan L Robbins, Assistant Professor, Psychology - $6,000.00
Everyday Cancer Prevention through Real-Time Analysis of the Social and Health behaviors of Same- and Opposite-Sex Couples

Stephen Sohn, Professor, English - $6,000.00
Tactical Narrative Diversions: Queer Asian North American Formalisms

Kurt Evan Anderson, Associate Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology - $6,000.00
Spatial network structure and community stability

Naoki Yamanaka, Assistant Professor, Entomology - $4,000.00
Characterization of an Entire Neural Circuit Connecting Sensory Input to Hormonal Output

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