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Andrea Silvestri Memorial Award

In July this summer Ian Parker will be participating in the Badwater Ultramarathon, the "World's toughest footrace", attempting a tenth finish. He is dedicating his efforts toward raising funds to support an award in memory of Andrea Silvestri, who tragically passed away on May 19th, 2011.

Andrea was a researcher in the Physics Department at the University of California Irvine, and played a major role in establishing the NSF neutrino telescope at the South Pole. He was the beloved husband of Melanie Matheu, a loyal member of Ian's Badwater support crew over the past six years. Andrea would have joined Melanie on Ian's Badwater crew in 2011.

Melanie has established an award in memory of Andrea, which is administered by the Physics Department at UCI, and is dedicated to promoting undergraduate researcher participation in physics laboratories on the UCI campus.


Donations may be made electronically through the UCI e-giving website for the UCI School of Physical Sciences. In the "Area" box, please select School of Physical Sciences, then Department of Physics and Astonomy general fund under "Designation"; and in the 'Tribute Information box, specify that your donation is in memory of Andrea Silvestri.


Alternatively, you may send a check payable to;

"University of California, Irvine" ; including "Andrea Silvestri Memorial Award" in the memo line,

and addressed to;

Anne Reese
School of Physical Sciences
180 Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92625-4675



Link to Ian Parker's Ultrarunning page

Link to Ian's Evanescent Light photo galleries