The University Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this years sustainability awards in the ACES competition:
- ACES Undergraduate Sustainability Award: Ruben Tovar, “Chemosensory Prey Preference in Neotropical Gastropod-eating Snakes”
- ACES Graduate Sustainability Award: Mohamm Moghadam, “Infrared Imaging Detection of Oil Slick Heat Signature Patterns”
Douglas Klahr, ACES Sustainability Judging Coordinator and a member of the USC’s Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Working Group, commented:
Both of these awards were given for excellent poster presentations that featured not only top-notch graphics, but also text that was accessible to a well-educated general audience while still including disciplinary-specific language when it was absolutely essential to successfully convey the research. Ruben Tovar’s poster explicitly brought in biodiversity as an underlying component of the research, leading one judge to write: ‘Very articulate presentation, clear data. Fits quite well into sustainability.’ Mohamm Moghadam’s poster not only was closely tied to the issue of oil spills but also extremely timely, considering the BP fiasco of last year. One judge wrote: ‘Nice presentation, good preliminary data. Very relevant for sustainability.’ In addition to top-quality posters, both students also were dynamic and engaging presenters, which is part of the judging process, since poster entrants have to be available for 1.5 hours to explain their posters to judge who inquires.