Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 16 | October 12, 2011

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A view from the top of the carillon tower.
UCR Has $1.4 Billion National Economic Impact
UC Riverside annually generates $1.4 billion in economic activity in the nation, according to a new economic impact report. The total impact of $1.4 billion is created by direct spending by the university as well as direct, indirect, and induced impacts of spending by the campus’ students, visitors and retirees. Overall, the direct and induced impacts of UCR spending support 16,335 jobs annually — most of them located within Inland Southern California.
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School of Medicine Gets Five-Year Grant
The UCR School of Medicine will receive a grant of $5 million over five years from the Desert Healthcare District, which promotes a variety of healthy community initiatives through its grant-making program.
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James Dixon
Volunteer Work Pays Off in Rescue of Autistic Boy
A UCR employee volunteers with the San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue Team. This time he found a lost child.
James Dixon, a groundskeeper, was the talk of the annual fall picnic at UCR. He volunteers with the San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue Team and in September he was on the four-man team that found 8-year-old Joshua Robb in the forest near Lake Arrowhead.
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The Arroyo Vista Cafe has closed to make room for mid-sized conferences.
Good News, Bad News: Arroyo Vista Cafe Closes, But the Campus has More Conference Space
You might call it “diner Darwinism.” Or maybe “eatery evolution.” But whatever you call it, don’t think that the decision to close the Arroyo Vista Cafe in the Alumni and Visitor Center was made impulsively. Rather, it was simply a matter of the need for mid-sized meeting and conference space outweighing the need for a lunch-only eating venue.
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Yunzeng Wang
Wang Named Interim Dean of SOBA
Yunzeng Wang has been appointed interim dean of the School of Business Administration (SoBA) through June 30, 2013.
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Awards and Honors Part of Annual Chancellor’s Dinner on Oct. 29
UCR friends, alumni, students and community members will come together in support of our best and brightest scholars, artists, leaders and volunteers at the Chancellor’s Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Highlander Union Building.
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Above: University students view the traveling exhibit “Send Silence Packing. Below: A backpack is dedicated to a young student who took his life when he was 17.
“Send Silence Packing” Traveling Exhibit Comes to UCR
Today 1,100 backpacks will be scattered across the lawn at UC Riverside. The goal: to bring awareness to the mental health issues in young people that can lead to suicide. It’s part of a nationwide traveling exhibit called “Send Silence Packing,” which will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the bell tower.
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Search for New Athletics Logo Continues at Midnight Madness
The UCR Athletics logo is getting a new look, and UCR’s student body will have the final say in choosing the new logo. The three finalists for the logo will be unveiled at the annual Midnight Madness festivities on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Student Recreation Center.
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UCR’s Kent Johnson (center) with “MythBusters” hosts Jamie Hyneman (left) and Adam Savage (right).
MythBusters Ask UCR to Help Bust a Myth
Which is more green: a motorcycle or a car? The car, according to a segment on the Discovery Channel series “MythBusters,” which had its season premiere on Sept. 28. Kent Johnson, an assistant research engineer at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology in the Bourns College of Engineering, oversaw the analysis of the data that showed harmful pollutants from the tested motorcycles exceeded those from the cars tested.
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Sci Fi Fun Featured in Wired Magazine
What is the second-best destination in the world for geeks on a road trip? It’s UCR’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, according to Wired magazine.
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Diversity Program Still Accepting Applications
There’s still time for staff to sign up for UCR’s groundbreaking Making Excellence Inclusive: A Diversity Certificate Program. The certificate program, a foundational part of the Chancellor’s Diversity Education Program, is kicking off its fourth year on campus. The deadline has been extended to Oct. 14. Successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 24.
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Findings Could Lead to Better Understanding the Brain’s Regions
A team of researchers from the Department of Psychology has, for the first time, mapped the development over time of the neocortex in mouse brains, a critical step in understanding the development of sensory and motor regions of the human brain.
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Introducing the New Faculty for 2011-12
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UCR Websites Receive High Marks in Accessibility
Seven UC Riverside websites were ranked as the most accessible in the UC system in a survey conducted by the UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team (EALT). UCR scored 98.67 percent, which means that the seven surveyed sites satisfied almost all of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 — the current standard for website accessibility.
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UC Riverside Top 20 Military Friendly School
UC Riverside has been named to the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to assist America’s military service members and veterans as students.
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Cuban American Support for GOP Remains Strong
Cuban American voters are not shifting their support away from the Republican Party as quickly as pundits have expected, according to political scientists Ben Bishin from UCR and Casey Klofstad from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Using polling data from across the country and from Miami-Dade County, Fla., the political scientists found that the Cuban American community as a whole is becoming more moderate, especially in its views on U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba.
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