Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 11 | June 8, 2011

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Features & News

Budget Cuts Will Reshape the Campus
Two campus talks last week — one from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein and one from Chancellor Timothy P. White — made it clear they will read from the same playbook as they make decisions that will reshape the campus.
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White Gets Inaugural Outstanding Leader Award
It was to a standing ovation that Chancellor Timothy P. White accepted an award that recognized him for being a strong supporter and advocate for staff during a recent meeting of UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly.
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UC Retirement Plan Contributions to Increase
Faculty, staff and UC will contribute more to the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) beginning July 1. Rates for most faculty and staff will rise to 3.5 percent of pay, up from roughly 2 percent for most employees. The university will pay 7 percent, up from 4 percent. The amount will increase again in July 2012, with employees contributing 5 percent and UC 10 percent.
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Staff Assembly Announces New Executive Board
UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly recently held its annual elections for the 2011-12 executive board.
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Undercover Boss: Lessons Learned and the Keys to Campus
The May 1 episode of the CBS show “Undercover Boss” showed UCR to the world as Chancellor Timothy P. White hid in plain sight disguised as “Pete Weston.” It was the result of weeks of advance work and required something not often called for in a public university — secrecy. Campus media relations director Kris Lovekin shares a few of the lessons learned from the “Undercover Boss” adventure.
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Grant of $1 Million to Establish UCR Hellman Program
UC Riverside received a $1 million gift in January from the Hellman Fellows Fund to initiate the UCR Hellman Fellows program. Established by Warren and Chris Hellman in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows program is to support the research of promising assistant professors.
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Grant Aids Recruitment of African American Ph.D. Students
The University of California-Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative has awarded UCR a $156,417 grant to mentor and encourage more African American undergraduates to enroll in UC graduate programs.
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Promise in the Fight Against Mosquito-borne Diseases
To find human hosts to bite and spread disease, mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide as a vital cue. Anandasankar Ray, an assistant professor of entomology, and colleagues report in the June 2 issue of Nature that they have identified odor molecules that can severely impair, if not completely disrupt, the mosquitoes’ carbon dioxide detection machinery.
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Program Paves a Path for Future Teachers
The second annual UCR Noyce Scholarship Program celebration took place May 21 on campus. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Since the program began in 2009, 33 UCR students have been awarded scholarships of $10,000 each.
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Grants to Fund Research on E-cigarettes, Heart Disease
Prue Talbot, the director of the Stem Cell Center and a professor of cell biology and neuroscience, has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) that will support research on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Distributed worldwide, e-cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices consisting of a battery, atomizer, and a cartridge containing nicotine and a humectant, such as propylene glycol.
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Science Lecture Explores How “Size Matters”
Size Matters: Nanotechnology and Other Wonders in Carbon Flatland" was the fourth and last of the spring Science Lecture Series sponsored by CNAS and the Science Circle. This year’s theme was “Science and Society: Major Issues of the 21st Century.”
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