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LAURELS: Awards Pour In for Charlie Bamforth

By Dateline Staff on June 26, 2018 in University

Quick Summary

  • ‘Pope of Foam’ lauded by Brewers Association, Master Brewers and Institute of Brewing and Distilling
  • Physicist Jaroslav Trnka earns Young Scientist Prize in Particles and Fields
  • New fellow: Alexander Aue, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • Frank Zalom named editor-in-chief of ‘Journal of Economic Entomology’
  • Medical center CEO Ann Madden Rice is UCP Humanitarian of the Year
  • Katharine Burnett named Best Tea Health Advocate of 2018

UC Davis brewing legend Charlie Bamforth has been honored this year with not one but three of the most prestigious global awards in his field.

In May, the Brewers Association (small and independent craft brewers) presented its Recognition Award to Bamforth. The award is given each year to an individual whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement. Indeed, the association declared on its website, Bamforth has “trained a generation of brewers as an author, mentor, leader, teacher, professor (and) beer enthusiast.”

In August, the “Pope of Foam” will receive the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ Award of Honor, presented to a member who has delivered significant contributions to brewing science, technology and operations.

Finally, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London has selected Bamforth for the institute’s highest honor, the Horace Brown Medal, given “for eminent services on the scientific or technical side of the fermentation industries.” The award will be presented in London in September.

“I feel truly honored to be the recipient of these awards,” Bamforth said. “I would like to think that they recognize my readiness over my 40 years in the industry to do whatever I could internationally to contribute to the science of brewing, the education of brewers and the improved understanding of beer as a worthy component in society.”

Jaroslav Trnka, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded the Young Scientist Prize in Particles and Fields by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in recognition of his “creative and impactful contributions.”

The award cites Trnka’s discovery and exploration of new physical and mathematical principles underlying the dynamics of particle scattering amplitudes in a wide range of theories.

Trnka is a founding member of the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics at UC Davis. His research focuses on the development of new methods for calculating scattering amplitudes of elementary particles. 

Alexander Aue, professor of statistics in the College of Letters and Science, will be inducted next month as a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, after being nominated for his “significant contributions to time series, structural break analysis, and for dedicated professional service and mentoring.”

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Monday (July 2) during the institute’s annual meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the 12th International Vilnius (Lithuania) Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics.

The IMS has 3,500 active members throughout the world, of whom about 10 percent have earned the status of fellow.

Frank Zalom, integrated pest management specialist and distinguished professor of entomology, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology, published by the Entomological Society of America.

The journal presents research and other articles on the economic significance of insects and includes sections on apiculture and social insects, insecticides, biological control, household and structural insects, crop protection and forest entomology.

The society’s governing board approved Zalom’s appointment to a five-year term as editor. He succeeds UC Riverside Professor John Trumble, who is stepping down after 20 years in the post.

Economic Entomology is the largest of the Entomological Society of America’s family of journals, and, according to the society, the most-cited entomological journal.

United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California recently honored Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center, as UCP Humanitarian of the Year. The award presentation took place at gala that raised more than $250,000 for children with developmental disabilities including autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Katharine Burnett, a faculty member and founding director of the university’s Global Tea Initiative, recently won the title of Best Tea Health Advocate of 2018, among the World Tea Awards sponsored by and presented during the World Tea Expo, a trade show.

Burnett, an associate professor of art history, was among the featured speakers at this year’s expo. She addressed the topic, “Expanding the Understanding of Tea Through a Global Perspective.”

UC Davis established its Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science in 2016, during a symposium. Annual symposia have been held since then in 2017 and 2018.

The initiative is a global, transdisciplinary teaching, research and outreach effort for tea and tea-related studies in the humanities, arts, social sciences, agriculture and health. This year’s symposium included a talk titled, “Why Are Tea Drinkers So Healthy?” by Robert Hackman, a research scientist in nutrition at UC Davis.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or