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Regents Faculty Fellowships Recipients 2015-2016

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 2015-2016.

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


Meng Chen, Associate Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences - $5,000.00
Gene positioning in plants

Ian J. Dicke, Associate Professor, Music - $5,000.00
Interactive Graphic Scores

Jessica Purcell, Assistant Professor, Entomology - $5,000.00
Integrating the ecological and genetic underpinnings of social organization in ants

Huiwang Ai, Associate Professor, Chemistry - $7,500.00
Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Biosensors for Serotonin

Ian Wheeldon, Associate Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering - $5,000.00
A synthetic biology approach to understanding and engineering ester production in the yeast K. marxianus

Qi Zhu, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering - $7,500.00
Extensibility-Driven Software Synthesis for Time-Critical Cyber-Physical Systems

Naveen Reddy, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy - $5,000.00
Understanding the Contribution of Galaxies to the Reionization of the Universe

Yulong Xing, Associate Professor, Mathematics - $5,000.00
High order structure-preserving numerical methods for some water wave equations and their applications in computational hydrology

Roya Bahreini, Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences - $5,000.00
Air Quality at Salton Sea

Weifeng Gu, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology - $5,000.00
The molecular mechanism of cap-snatching using small non-coding RNAs by influenza A virus

Amy Litt, Associate Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences - $5,000.00
Survival in extremes: How mangroves adapt to the hostile intertidal environment

Covadonga Lamar-Prieto, Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies - $7,500.00
Archives, Spanish Language the Linguistic History of Nineteenth-Century California

Adler Dillman, Assistant Professor, Nematology - $5,000.00
Functional Characterization of Lethal Venom Secreted by Parasitic Nematodes

Vanesa Estrada Correa, Assistant Professor, Sociology - $5,000.00
The Color of the American Dream: Racial Inequality and the Housing Boom and Bust

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