Lin Tian of the University of California at Merced became the school's fourth professor in four years to receive the National Science Foundation's esteemed Faculty Early Career Development Award. Tian, who teaches physics, earned a $450,000 grant for her theoretical research into how quantum optics can be applied to understand the behavior of nanoscale devices with the ultimate goal of establishing a foundation to build a quantum computer.
Tian joined UC Merced in July 2008 and has established a theoretical research lab with one postdoctoral student, two Ph.D. students and one master's degree student. She plans to bring two more students to her lab with the grant.
Count Enochs High teacher Carol Schutt among the 90 educators chosen to participate in a study to establish achievement standards for the 2009 National Assess- ment of Educational Progress in science for grades four, eight and 12. Picked from a group of 700 nominees nationwide, Schutt and the other participants were chosen for their contributions to science instruction and to their communities.
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Schutt teaches forensic science at Enochs. The group met with staff from ACT Inc. and other science experts in January in San Antonio, Texas. The organization tests selected numbers of fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students in various academic subjects.
The Literacy Network of Stanislaus County honored six people during its annual awards luncheon Friday. Olivia Ramirez of Riverbank was honored for English as a Second Language. Stephanie Lee of Modesto received the award for literacy. Nicole Hamilton was honored as a General Education Development recipient. Adele Little received the Jean and Clyde Dunlap Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of literacy. And Maria Calderon and Jacqueline Jordan, instructional support assistants from Modesto Junior College, received service awards.
Modesto Junior College English instructor Adrienne Peek received the Hayward Award for excellence in education Tuesday in Sacramento. The award, created in 1985 in honor of former state Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward, recognizes community college faculty members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to their students, college and profession. Peek received a $1,250 cash award. She began teaching at MJC in 2002.
Peter Brown of Oakdale has been promoted to vice president commercial loan officer at Oak Valley Bank. He has been with the bank for two years and in banking for a decade.
Andrea Csech of Patterson has received a full-tuition scholarship through the University of Phoenix's 2009 Paying It Forward Scholarship program. As one of 30 students selected nationwide, Csech will have the opportunity to pursue her educational goals by completing a bachelor's degree of her choice either online or at her local campus. This scholarship will pay for the completion of the entire program.
Because her husband, Edward Csech, has been in the military, she has been unable to complete her degree. The couple has three children, including a set of twins, both of whom are autistic. The program will enable her to complete her schooling online.
The Modesto fire and police departments offered thanks to all of the individuals and agencies that contributed gifts, cash and services that enabled the department to help over 400 children and families during the holiday season. They delivered gifts to Sierra Vista Foster Children, the Nineveh Outreach, Orville Wright and Robertson Road schools.
California State University, Stanislaus has received the President's Higher Education Community Service Award for a fourth straight year.
The CSU Stanislaus Office of Service Learning works closely with faculty on more than 50 classes per academic year that support more than 2,000 students' learning experiences through community involvement. In addition, participants provide some 30,000 volunteer hours of service.
The award is co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Appointments by the Stanislaus County board of Supervisors:
Arleen Hernandez to the South Modesto Municipal Advisory Council
Dolleen Haskell to the Knights Ferry Municipal Advisory Council
Miguel Monteon to the Crows Landing Community Services District Board of Directors
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