Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 20 | December 15, 2010

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Features & News

John Cook, UC Riverside’s new sustainability coordinator.
Sustainability Requires a Big Picture Thinker
UCR Sustainability Coordinator John Cook’s career path has taken him far. A Fulbright scholar who received his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University, he worked for more than a decade at the Bogaziçi and Koç universities in Istanbul, Turkey; Northwestern University; Ohio University; and Columbia College in Chicago. A few years ago, his career path took a turn for the green when he decided that his true calling was working in the world of sustainability.
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Three Honored for Teaching Excellence
The recipients of the annual award are nominated by students and fellow faculty.
Three CHASS faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching at the college’s annual fall welcome in November. They are: Thomas C. Patterson, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, Distinguished Lecturer Award; T.S. Harvey, assistant professor of anthropology, Junior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award; and Ellen Reese, associate professor of sociology, Senior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award.
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Parking Rates to Increase
Beginning Jan. 1 parking permit rates will increase. It the first such increase in more than six years.
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Stress Less
During the week of Nov. 29 the campus had several events designed to help ease the stress that students experience during finals. Events included, above, stress-release stops, which offered tips on how to improve study habits, making trail mix and finals survival kits, and, above right, a “Burn the Stress Away,” a campfire event that included S’Mores. Bottom right: The chancellor and his dog, Belle, took cookies to and visited students around campus.
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More Attention Needed to Increase Latinos in STEM
A recently released report co-written by an assistant professor of education argues that more attention needs to be placed on finances to increase the number of Latino students graduating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
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Hybrid tugboat Carolyn Dorothy.
Clean Tugboat Reduces Emissions
A new study by scientists at the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) of what is believed to be the world’s only hybrid electric tugboat found that the vessel is effective in reducing emissions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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Juicy Research
Two campus researchers focus on pomegranate juice, which boasts many health benefits.
You pick up a bottle of pomegranate juice at the store because you’ve learned that, although it costs more than most juices, it is replete with antioxidants that bring health benefits. But is the juice you’ve purchased really pomegranate juice? Or is the product label promising more than it delivers?
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Perceptual Training Can Improve Vision
Elderly adults can improve their vision with perceptual training, according to a study from UCR and Boston University that has implications for the health and mobility of senior citizens.
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