Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 17 | October 26, 2011

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Features & News

David Reznick during a signing ceremony for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Reznick Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
David N. Reznick, a professor of biology, was among 179 of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 1.
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Look Closely at that Nov. 1 Paycheck
Many staff and faculty members on campus will see a boost to paychecks on Nov. 1 because of a merit program approved systemwide by the UC Regents last November for employees who are unrepresented.
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Town Hall Meeting Gathers UCR Community
At a town hall meeting on Oct. 19 at the Highlander Union Building, Chancellor Timothy P. White said that fall enrollment is at nearly 21,000 this year, and the student population is coming in with higher GPAs and test scores.
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It’s Time for Open Enrollment
Open enrollment for UC-sponsored health plans and other benefits begins Oct. 31 and continues through Nov. 22. To help employees make decisions about their options, Human Resources will hold a series of workshops presented by UC-sponsored health plan providers.
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“Smooth Sailing” for Autistic Children
The researchers are seeking children who have been diagnosed with autism to help with the study.
A Graduate School of Education professor is recruiting children for a first-of-its-kind study that will assess how children with autism adapt to the early school years and identify predictors that will lead to a successful transition. The research, made possible by a nearly $1.2 million grant, is led by Jan Blacher, a professor and founding director of the SEARCH (Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope) family autism research center at UC Riverside.
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UCR Takes Part in the ShakeOut
The Department of Earth Sciences hosted an earthquake information fair at the bell tower on Oct. 20 as part of The Great California ShakeOut activities. The campus community was urged to “drop, cover, and hold on” at 10:20 a.m., to joining millions of Californians who participated in a statewide earthquake drill. Above, David Oglesby, an associate professor of geophysics and an organizer of the ShakeOut event on campus, discusses earthquake preparedness with a UCR student.
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Can You See the C?
Recently a group of students hauled up 1,000 pounds of cement to put a minus sign on the giant C on Box Springs to protest rising tuition costs. Another group of students decided to return the C to its original condition, which included putting on a new coat of gold paint. The tug of war is a little hard to see from the ground.
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Robert Rosenthal looks at the plaque honoring MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal.
Dance Studio Named for MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal
MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal’s lifelong love of the performing arts inspired her family and others with whom she shared her passion for tap dancing. Students at UC Riverside will benefit from that legacy of love in an Arts Building dance studio named in her honor and with endowed scholarships in music, dance and theater. Mrs. Rosenthal, known affectionately by her family as Potchie, died in October 2010 at the age of 79.
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Serkadis Krohm
UCR Senior Seeks Help in Bringing Sister from Ethiopia
Senior psychology major Serkadis Krohm’s life is similar to many of her peers here at UC Riverside. Set to graduate in the spring of 2012, she is carrying 12 units, working a part-time job, and volunteering in the community with the Child Leader Project. That’s where the similarities end, however. She also is working to get her injured older sister Selam from their native Ethiopia to the United States for treatment of injuries suffered in a bus accident in Turkey in August.
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