LAURELS: CA&ES Lab wins first prize for safety



  • Laboratory Safety Award, six laureates from colleges and schools
  • UC Davis and Christian Baldini Symphony Orchestra
  • Franck Zalom, Department of Entomology and Nematology
  • Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, diversity award

Safety Services announced its 2021 Lab Safety Award winners, one for each college and school with lab operations, and, among the six winners, named the Slupsky Laboratory from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences became the big winner.

Carolyn Slupsky

The Slupsky lab works with biohazardous samples and hazardous chemicals to study how nutritional and environmental exposures influence the growth and development of children.

“Communication on laboratory safety is essential,” said Caroline Slupsky, professor in the Department of Nutrition and the Department of Food Science and Technology. “There is a lot of information related to laboratory safety that members of my laboratory need to acquire and apply to our research. “

Learn more about security in the Slupsky Lab.

The grand prize totaled $ 6,000, of which $ 5,000 came from Security Services and $ 1,000 from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Slupsky said she and her team hadn’t decided how to spend the money, “but maybe a new lab desktop computer to allow faster access to safety-related information.”

Here are the winning labs and their leaders from other colleges and schools (each link will take you to a Security Services article about the lab):

  • Gomes Laboratory – Aldrin Gomes, professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences. Main laboratory safety risks:
  • Advanced Composites Research, Engineering and Science, or ACRES Valérie La Saponara, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Pantique Laboratory Emilija Pantic, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Letters and Sciences
  • M&M Laboratory Manuel F. Navedo, teacher, and Madeline Nieves-Cintron, assistant professor, both in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine
  • Miller Laboratory Lisa Miller, Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine

Christian Baldini conducts all the music, including one of his own compositions, on the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s professional debut album.

The music site Sequenza21 gave a rave review to the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and its musical director and conductor, Christian baldini, for the orchestra’s first professional album.

“A coherent and precious program with beautiful interpretations of each work, this CD is one of our” Best of 21 “”, wrote the co-editor of Sequenza21 Christian Carey in his review for the “voluntary music community”.

“Plus, it puts UC Davis Symphony and Baldini on the map as contemporary concert music performers to watch out for.”

Varese, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Baldini (Centaur Records) presents four works by the composers mentioned in the title. The first three – “Americas” by Varese, Concerto for violin and orchestra by Ligeti and “String 2: Dialogue for violin and orchestra” by LutosÅ‚awski – are essential European modernist works, while BaldiniAccording to Carey, his play, “Elapsing Twilight Shades,” negotiates similar territory. UC Davis Symphony Orchestra performs the first three while the Munich Radio Orchestra performs Baldini’s composition.

Baldini has conducted the four in performances for the past 10 years, conducting the Munich Radio Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria, in 2012, and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Zalom

He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America, or ESA, for 47 years. He is a member of ESA and former president. Now Distinguished Professor Frank Zalom was named an Honorary Member – the highest honor bestowed by the society, awarded in recognition of his “long-term dedication and extraordinary contributions” to the global organization of 7,000 members.

Zalom, an integrated pest management specialist, is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, but still active on recall, continuing his work in integrated pest management with more than $ 1 million in funding. grants – from the United States Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture – which he has received since his retirement.

He is one of the five new honorary members of ESA appointed this year. A ceremony for them is planned as part of the annual meeting of the company, Entomology 2021, scheduled from October 31 to November 3 in Denver.

Read more about Zalom in the article by Kathy Keatley Garvey in Entomology and Nematology News.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing received a 2021 Award for Excellence in Higher Education of Health Professions in Diversity (HEED), one of 50 awarded through the United States by Insight Towards diversity magazine.

“We value cultural inclusion, new perspectives and non-traditional pathways and the diversity of our students advances that,” said Stephen Cavanagh, Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. “We must embrace the diversity of our voices, identities and experiences if we are to accomplish our mission of transforming health care through health education and research. “

Learn more in this UC Davis Health press release.

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