Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 14 | August 18, 2010

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Features & News

Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of the LGBT Recource Center, shows off the 3-inch heels she wore to raise money for student scholarships.
A Dress (and Heels, Jewelry and a Little Makeup) for Success
It was an off-hand comment taken seriously. That is how Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center, ended up doing something she had not done in decades — wearing a dress. The aptly named event, “Nancy Wears a Dress,” featured Tubbs in a — well — in a dress in an effort to raise money for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Student Leadership Scholarship for undergraduates.
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UCR Changes the Location for the EH&S Facility
UCR will build a new Environmental Health and Safety facility on a 2.7-acre site along Watkins Drive, next to the corporation yard — a different location than originally announced.
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Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner Named University Professor
Jonathan Turner, distinguished professor of sociology, has been named a University Professor by the University of California Regents. He becomes the 37th scholar in the UC system to be so honored since 1960. The title of University Professor is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are also recognized as scholars and teachers of exceptional ability. University Professors visit other UC campuses to give seminars and presentations.
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Innovative Technology Gets Noticed
Computing and Communications received three Larry L. Sautter Awards for Innovation in Information Technology, on July 19 at the UC Computing Services Conference in Los Angeles.
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John Levin
Levin Settles into New Position as Interim Dean
Less than two months into his tenure as interim dean of the Graduate School of Education, John Levin already has a list of priorities: raise the school’s national profile through research, recruit more graduate students and increase the school’s community presence. Levin was named interim dean in April and took over July 1. He replaces Steven Bossert, who, after six years as dean, is returning to full-time research and teaching.
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Give, Give, Give: Is it Really a Good Thing?
Is generosity contagious? How does generosity inspire others? Is it really better to give than to receive? These are among the questions psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky and graduate student Joseph Chancellor will explore in a two-year study, “Ripples of Generosity: Triggers, Social Propagation, and Outcomes,” funded by a $150,000 grant from the Science of Generosity initiative at the University of Notre Dame. The UCR proposal was one of nine funded out of 327 submitted.
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A Baby, Skype and Water Research Partnership
A year ago, Sharon Walker, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering, flew to Israel with support from a Fulbright fellowship to study water quality and sustainability issues in a similarly arid environment. She returned in June with a deep familiarity with Skype, a baby daughter and a grant to develop a collaborative program on water sustainability with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
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Childhood Traits Stick with Us for Life
Personality traits observed in childhood are a strong predictor of adult behavior, a study by researchers at UCR, the Oregon Research Institute and University of Oregon suggests.
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