LAURELS: DEI Champions, National Academy of Inventors, EduAdAwards

Faculty and staff from UC Davis are earning accolades around the region, among their peers and beyond. Dateline UC Davis this week is sharing news of a wide variety of honors.

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Champions for DEI

Renetta Garrison Tull
Renetta Garrison Tull
Hendry Ton
Hendry Ton

The Sacramento Business Journal has named two from UC Davis as Champions for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Hendry Ton, associate vice chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, were among the six people and seven organizations the publication honored.

“Now in its third year, the Sacramento Business Journal's Champions for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards honor some of the most exceptional organizations and individuals making a difference in DEI in the Sacramento region,” Associate Editor Lindsay Oxford wrote.

National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, has conferred senior membership to Soheil Ghiasi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, as part of its 2024 class of emerging innovators.

Soheil Ghiasi
Soheil Ghiasi

Senior memberships recognize active faculty, scientists and administrators at partner institutions like UC Davis who have achieved success in the patenting, licensing and commercialization of technologies with real-world impacts or that promise positive change to the welfare of society. 

Ghiasi's research focuses on embedded computing technologies, which are computer systems designed to complete one function under specific constraints. One example of Ghiasi's innovative work in this area is his transabdominal fetal oximetry technology, a non-invasive monitor for directly measuring the blood oxygen saturation levels of a baby during labor and delivery.


Assistant Professor of Computer Science Isaac Kim has received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or NSF CAREER, Award.  

Isaac Kim
Isaac Kim

The CAREER Award is offered to early-career faculty who demonstrate the potential to act as academic role models in research and education by performing innovative research at the forefront of their field and through their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.   

Kim's research focuses on how easy or hard it is to simulate and predict properties of quantum mechanical systems. By leveraging the insights from quantum computation and information theory, Kim aims to develop novel methods that can accurately predict the properties of strongly entangled quantum mechanical systems. 

—  Jessica Heath


Graphic reads: 39th annual EduAdAwards gold winner

Communications and marketing staff members from UC Davis have earned 11 accolades in this year’s Educational Advertising Awards, or EduAdAwards. Organizers say the competition, now in its 39th year, is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. It drew 2,000 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from the U.S. and abroad.

The projects honored this year, all produced by the Office of Strategic Communications, were:





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Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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