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UCR Recognizes Innovative Teaching

UCR Recognizes Innovative Teaching

Professors Mobasher and Larive recognized for teaching excellence

(April 20, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Today the Academy of Distinguished Teachers hosts this year’s winners of the UCR Innovative Teaching Award, Professor Bahram Mobasher (Astronomy) and Professor Cynthia Larive (Chemistry).

Professor Mobasher and Larive will receive the awards and give lectures on their teaching methods today in Engineering II, 3:30-5:00 pm. A reception follows.

Professor Mobasher’s lecture is on "The Amazing Art of Astronomy." He finds that while the sciences, the arts and the humanities are seemingly far apart, astronomy is a bridge that spans them. He will describe how he uses use the latest discoveries in the field of astronomy to get scientists interested in humanities and artists interested in science. Professor Mobasher discusses how the journey of discovery through astronomy is fundamentally about where we fit in the grand cosmic picture.

Professor Larive’s lecture is on "Open-Access Active Learning Resources For Analytical Chemistry." While most chemistry courses are still taught from textbooks, Professor Larive will discuss how digital resources are having a tremendous impact on teaching and learning, including in her field of analytical chemistry. Her presentation will show how a tool like the Analytical Sciences

Digital Library (, which is a collection of peer-reviewed, web-based resources on chemical measurements and instrumentation, can do much to serve an interactive and engaged community of users.
Professor Cynthia Larive works with one of her Chemistry students at UCREnlarge

Professor Cynthia Larive works with one of her Chemistry students at UCR

Professor Bahram Mobasher teaches astronomy at UCREnlarge

Professor Bahram Mobasher teaches astronomy at UCR

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