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July 24, 2004

Professor Richard Malkin Receives Prestigious Kettering Award

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by Steve Birndorf

BERKELEY—Professor Richard Malkin received the Charles F. Kettering Award for research in photosynthesis. This award is granted every even year for excellence in the field of photosynthesis and is presented to an outstanding researcher. The recipient is selected by a committee of peers at the American Society of Plant Biologists.

In addition to his accomplishments as a researcher, Malkin has given back to the College of Natural Resources and to the students of Berkeley. Malkin received the College's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999, and for more than 14 years, he has been an instructor in Biology 1A. He also has taught upper-level and graduate courses in plant biochemistry. Malkin molded and served as the first chairman of the Department of Plant Biology from 1988 to 1992, was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College, and has twice served as interim Dean of the College.

"Dick is a top notch researcher and academic, and it is wonderful to see his work recognized," said Lew Feldman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College. "This is a great honor for Dick and for the College."

Charles Kettering, who endowed this award, was an inventor, and was co-holder of over 140 patents and 30 honorary doctorates. He invented many everyday items, which resulted in considerable personal wealth. Some of his more famous inventions include the automatic transmission, the spark plug, leaded gasoline, safety glass, and synthetic aviation fuel. Mr. Kettering’s name is most readily recognized from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, which he endowed with Alfred Sloan.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Kettering's interest in photosynthesis resulted in the founding of The Charles F. Kettering Research Facility adjacent to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where research in photosynthesis was carried out for 30 years. While an undergraduate chemistry major at Antioch College in 1957, Professor Malkin often saw Mr. Kettering wandering around campus. "I remember Charles Kettering coming to the cafeteria and having lunch among the students," said Malkin. Little did Malkin know that nearly 50 years later he would win the award that Kettering had established.

Professor Malkin received the award at a ceremony on July 24th in Orlando, Florida.

July 21, 2004

CNR Alum Honored with Koshland Civic Unity Award

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by Katherine Chouteau
RICHMOND, CA -- Richmond native and environmentalist Sharon Fuller was honored with The San Francisco Foundation's 2004 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award during a recent awards ceremony at the Richmond Convention Center. The Koshland Civic Unity Program recognizes Bay Area grassroots social innovators in a target community--this year's focus being Richmond's Iron Triangle--who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Fuller was praised by The San Francisco Foundation for her "Outstanding efforts in the vibrant and diverse Iron Triangle neighborhood."

Fuller received this special commendation due to her ongoing youth advocacy in the Iron Triangle neighborhood as the founder and director of the Ma’at Youth Academy (MYA). MYA is a community-based environmental organization in Richmond dedicated to a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for youth, which ultimately seeks to build capacity in both low-income and ethnically diverse communities, to significantly reduce public exposure to environmental hazards. Currently under Fuller’s direction, local high school interns are conducting the Fish Consumption Study for Women and Children designed to investigate the health effects of consuming San Francisco Bay fish contaminated with elevated levels of methlymercury.

The recent awards ceremony launched a $300,000, five-year initiative in the Iron Triangle to enhance civic unity by promoting mutual respect and collaboration among diverse communities to address neighborhood concerns. As one of twelve 2004 Koshland awardees, Fuller received a personal award, as well as $5,000 to grant to the neighborhood non-profit organization of her choice. In years two through five of the initiative, Fuller will join her fellow award recipients in spearheading a community planning process that will determine the distribution of $60,000 per year. The money will be used to fund efforts that promote civic unity and improve the quality of life in the Iron Triangle neighborhood.

In response to the honor Fuller remarked, "As a lifelong Richmond resident, the environmental education and advocacy work I perform in the Iron Triangle is both a personal and professional passion. As such, I am truly honored to be a 2004 award recipient, and look forward to collaborating with fellow community activists and continuing my efforts towards further enriching this culturally bountiful neighborhood."

Established by Fuller in 1994, MYA helps empower communities by actively involving youth and residents in local investigations and community workshops, developing and disseminating culturally relevant educational material, and partnering with school districts, universities, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and residents. This nationally recognized Academy brings curricula that focus on urban ecology and environmental health to public schools in communities of color and low-income areas throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. As part of its mission, MYA links urban high school students to hands-on environmental education and community action.

Fuller holds a B.S. degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley and a M.S. degree in Environmental Education from CSU Hayward. She is a Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commissioner and a member of the Point Molate Restoration Advisory Board. In addition to receiving the 2004 Koshland Civic Unity Award, Fuller is also a 2004 recipient of California's 14th Assembly District's "Woman of the Year" award.

As with her last award, Fuller is dedicating it to the memory of her mother Dolores S. Jackson, a retiree from the West Contra Costa Unified School District, who devoted her life to ensuring all children have access to quality education.


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