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News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 1 | January 12, 2011

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Regents Approve Changes to Health and Pension Plans
The UC Board of Regents voted at a special meeting on Dec. 13 to change some of UC’s retiree health and pension programs. President Mark G. Yudof recommended the changes after consulting with faculty, staff and retirees about how the University should approach the problem of a $21 billion unfunded liability for its retirement benefits.
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Rain Causes Power to be Out in 10 Campus Buildings
On Dec. 22, just before the holiday break, UCR electricians shut off power to 10 buildings — about a quarter of the campus — because heavy rains caused the water to rise in an underground electrical vault. Power was restored about five hours later, but by that time employees working in those buildings had headed home.
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Philip Levine will be the keynote speaker at the annual Writers Week.
Journalists, Poets, Authors of All Types Part of Writers Week
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning writers will be featured during UC Riverside’s annual Writers Week, which will be held Feb. 8-11, 2011.
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Staff Assembly Seeks Scholarship Applicants
UCR’s Staff Assembly is accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded for the winter 2011 quarter. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14.
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Get Fit in the New Year
If the New Year tugs at the conscience, keep in mind that UCR’s Student Recreation Center is not just for students.
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Alexander S. Raikhel
Top Science Journal Profiles Work, Life of Raikhel
The Dec. 28 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences features a three-page profile of Alexander S. Raikhel, a distinguished professor of entomology and a 2009 National Academy of Sciences member. The article discusses how his interest in mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit developed over the years. The profile tracks his career, which, in the United States, began in 1979 at the University of Georgia.
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Bahman Anvari, Jay A. Farrell, Ann Heinson, Robert I. Krieger, Manuela Martins-Green, Thomas A. Miller, Allen Paine Mills Jr., Aman Ullah. Albert Z.H. Wang and Laosheng Wu.
Ten Faculty Named AAAS Fellows
Ten researchers at UCR have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
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Oxygen’s Challenge to Early Life
The conventional view of the history of the Earth is that the oceans became oxygen-rich to approximately the degree they are today in the Late Ediacaran Period (about 600 million years ago) after staying relatively oxygen-poor for the preceding 4 billion years. But Timothy Lyons’s lab has found evidence that shows that the ocean went back to being “anoxic” or oxygen-poor around 499 million years ago, soon after the first appearance of animals on the planet, and remained anoxic for 2-4 million years.
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Building Renovation First Step in Preparing for New Dynamic Genome Program
The first floor of the University Laboratory Building on campus is being renovated to include a lecture hall, teaching lab and office space.
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Graduate student Steve Duncan emerges from underground New York City.
Going Underground
Steve Duncan, a graduate student in public history, was featured in a lengthy article in the New York Times on Jan. 2 and in NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Jan. 3. Duncan led what the Times described as an urban expedition of New York City’s subsurface infrastructure — sewers, storm drains, train tunnels and basement boiler rooms.
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