As Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Professor Wilson is spearheading new multidisciplinary research initiatives in the areas of water, aging and precision agriculture. She also serves as Director of UCR’s first Multidisciplinary Research Building. She is co-PI/Academic Champion for NSF I-Corps and Blackstone Launchpad grants which have brought prestigious NSF Innovation Corps Site status and more than $1M to fund new innovation and entrepreneurship programs for UCR faculty, postdocs and students at UC Riverside. She is co-leading “OASIS Innovations”, an industry attraction proposal to accelerate the validation, demonstration and commercialization of new technologies to solve today’s most pressing sustainability challenges in the fields of renewable energy, transportation, clean logistics, precision agriculture, air and water.
Professor Wilson joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy in 2007. She has previously served as Interim Deputy Director of the systemwide University of California Observatories, and as UCR’s Interim Divisional Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Chair of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Executive Committee. Professor Wilson’s research expertise is in observational cosmology and galaxy evolution. She has authored more than 90 refereed scientific publications. She is committed to public outreach and, especially, to attracting women and minorities into the STEM fields. Her outreach activities since 2015 have touched more than 40,000 people. In collaboration with the California School for the Deaf, Riverside she has created new workshops for students with hearing loss, and in collaboration with UCR’s Art, Music & Creative Writing departments she has developed new techniques for engaging non-scientists in astronomy.
Wilson is an Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research (CoR) Research Leader Fellow, selected nationally as a rising research leader.