LAURELS: Carvajal-Carmona selected for the Presidential Leadership Academy



  • Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  • Jesús Velázquez, Department of Chemistry
  • Caitlin Patler, Department of sociology
  • Erin Hamilton, Department of sociology
  • Robin Savinar, Department of sociology
  • Jason Smucny, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Center for Neuroscience
  • Angel Desai, Department of Internal Medicine and World Migration Center

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona

Professor Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona of UC Davis Health was selected by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for its Presidential Leadership Academy, or La Academia de Liderazgo, a one-year program designed to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for leadership positions and high level in higher education.

Carvajal-Carmona is the Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine; and is associate director for basic science at the Complete cancer center and co-director of the community engagement program at the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

He is the founder and director of Latinos United for Health Against Cancer Advancement, or LUCHA, an initiative that aims to increase the participation of Latinos in cancer screenings, research studies and clinical trials. LUCHA’s ultimate goal is to improve cancer health outcomes in Latinos using respectful and community-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches.

He is the third UC Davis faculty member to be chosen for the 3-year academy, following law professor Raquel Aldana in 2019 and history professor. Lorena Oropeza in 2020. Oropeza is also Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Diversity, a position previously held by Aldana.

The academy seeks to increase the number of talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions in Hispanic Institutions (HSI) and emerging HSIs, such as UC Davis. Over a dozen nationally recognized current and emeritus presidents and senior administrators sit on the faculty. Mentoring with a university president is key, as well as developing a special project designed to impact the scholar’s current establishment.

– Lisa Howard, Senior Public Information Officer, UC Davis Health

Jesús Velázquez

Assistant professor Jesús Velázquez was appointed to The 12 talents of Chemical & Engineering News, class of 2021. The Talented 12 program highlights early career chemical scientists tackling difficult global issues.

“C & EN’s Talented 12 is an annual opportunity to take a look at young visionaries and entrepreneurs who are taking the chemical sciences in new and innovative directions,” said Bibiana Campos Seijo, Editor-in-Chief and Vice-President of C&EN Media Group , in a statement.

Velázquez has been recognized for his research into the design of solid state materials for use in renewable energy and environmental remediation applications. Each of the 12 talented will provide insight into their life and research at a free virtual symposium on September 27-28. Register for the event on the C&EN website.

Velázquez joined the Department of Chemistry in 2016. His other early career accolades include a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation and recognition as an emerging researcher from the Royal Society of Chemistry; a research company for scientific advancement Scialog Fellow; a Cottrell Fellow; and academic researcher at the UC Davis Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS).

– Becky Oskin, Content Strategist, College of Letters and Science

From left to right: Caitlin Patler, Erin Hamilton and Robin Savinar.

Two faculty members and a doctoral student in sociology recently received the award for best publication 2021 from the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association.

Assistant professor Caitlin Patler, Associate Professor Erin Hamilton and Ph.D. student Robin savinar won the award for “Limits on Obtaining Rights While Remaining Marginalized: The Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the psychological well-being of undocumented Latin American youth ”, which is to be published in the September edition of Social Forces.

The three winners are affiliated with the UC Davis Global Migration Center. In addition, Patler and Hamilton are affiliated with the Center for Poverty and Inequality Research, while Patler is also affiliated with the Human Rights Program and Hamilton with the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

– Karen Nikos-Rose, Senior Public Information Officer, Press and Media Relations

Jason smucny

Jason smucny of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Center for Neuroscience recently received a Mentee Investigator Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

In his research, Smucny uses computational psychiatry – combining different types of data – to identify ways to improve understanding and treatment of mental illness.

The NIH Prize provides support for intensive supervised career development in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Smucny will participate in a multi-year training and mentoring program in machine learning and deep learning skills, including studies with computer science professor Ian Davidson, an expert in machine learning and exploration algorithm development. of data.

Smucny said he will use the data from the ABCD study to look for biomarkers that may be able to predict the longitudinal trajectory of psychotic experiences in children, as these may be risk factors for mental illness in children. adulthood (while also suggesting the need for early treatment). ABCD is the larger long-term study brain development and child health in the United States.

Another area where deep learning can help people with psychosis is in medication. Currently, there is no biomarker that can predict how a patient with schizophrenia will respond to a particular drug.

– Lisa Howard, Senior Public Information Officer, UC Davis Health

Angel Desai

Angel Desai, an adult infectious disease specialist at UC Davis Health and an affiliate of the university’s Global Migration Center, was elected to the independent and non-partisan Foreign Relations Council as a term member of Stephen M. Kellen.

Desai is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, with expertise in emerging infectious diseases, epidemics, special pathogens, infection prevention and control, and tropical medicine.

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations is a membership organization of more than 5,000 US citizens, including senior government officials, renowned academics, and leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors.

The Kellen Term Member Program, which aims to educate the next generation of foreign policy leaders, “encourages promising young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in a sustained conversation about international affairs and US foreign policy.” Applicants must be between the ages of 30 and 36 as of January 1 of the year of application.

The council installs a new class of appointed members each year. The terms of office run for five years.

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