Distinguished Community Service

Award Category


2021 Community Service Award Winner


Nominated for outstanding contributions to community service and/or development that increases the impact of LAWR beyond UC Davis.

Maximum Award Recipients

  • 1 Award (no restrictions)

Nomination/Application instructions:

This award is self-nomination or LAWR affiliated individuals can nominate eligible members of the LAWR community. Submit a nomination letter (1-page maximum, 0.5” margins, 12 pt. font, PDF) describing why you (self-nomination) or the nominee is deserving of the award. Include your (or the nominee’s) name and official title in the letter. Letters of reference cannot be provided by an individual who is receiving a letter of reference from the same individual for a different award (i.e., no quid pro quo). Eligibility: Limited to current LAWR members or those within six months of affiliation/appointment with the department.

Note: Submit all materials to awardsLAWR@ucdavis.edu by 5:00 pm (PST) on January 15, 2023. The awards committee reserves the right to nominate individuals for awards, withhold an award when no applications are received, and/or increase the number of awards when applications are equivalent in quality. Individuals can receive more than one award when eligible. Awards will be announced in Spring 2023.

Award Recipient 2021

David Riano The 2021 Community Service Award is awarded to David Riaño. He joined LAWR in 2003 as a Fulbright Postdoc and continued in the Project Scientist series. He studies the carbon budget, biogeochemical cycles and climate change from remote sensing. Despite having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since 2008, David is a world leader in the promotion of the inclusion of disabled researchers and citizens in science, pointing out the benefits of people driving wheelchairs to gather geo spatial data. In 2021, his inspirational road movie documentary “7 lives 7 lakes” raised awareness on full inclusion and made it to film festivals around the world and movie theaters in Spain..


Past Recipients

Katy Dynarsky The 2019 Distinguished Community Service Award is awarded to Dr. Katy Dynarski, Co-Founder of GOALS (Girls Outdoor Adventure Leadership in Science), a collaborative program between UC Davis and Sequioa Kings Canyon National Park. GOALS is a free, hands-on science educational program for high school girls from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM. Katy receives this award for her exceptional vison, leadership in service, and dedication to science education through the immersive GOALS program. Information on the program and crowdfunding their campaign can be found at https://girlsoutdoorscience.com.