Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 18 | November 9, 2011

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Features & News

Attendees at the Chancellorís Dinner on Oct. 29 stood up and took part in an impromptu dance, led by honoree Nakul Dev Mahajan who was named Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Bollywood Flair Evident at Annual Dinner
One alumni award winner, Nakul Dev Mahajan, had attendees dancing in the aisles.
More than 300 UC Riverside friends, alumni, students and community members came together to support UCRís best and brightest scholars, artists, leaders and volunteers at the Chancellorís Dinner held on Saturday, Oct. 29. And they did it with a Bollywood flair.
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Forecasters Predict Upturn in Economy
A new economic forecast focused on the United States, California, and the Riverside/San Bernardino region says the economy is not headed for another downturn, and that nationwide, growth will begin to accelerate and will continue through 2012.
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Itís Official: Engineering Building II is now Winston Chung Hall
A Chinese battery inventor and clean energy pioneer who donated $10 million to the Bourns College of Engineering is now the namesake for Winston Chung Hall. Chungís son, Zhifan Zhong, will represent his father at the ceremony, which includes the announcement of an additional $3.1 million in support.
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UCR Student Tests Positive for Active TB
Campus Health Center offers testing to those who may have been exposed.
The Campus Health Center is providing tuberculosis skin tests to about 1,500 students and a few members of the staff and faculty in response to a confirmed case of tuberculosis found in one student.
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Catastrophic Leave Program Running Low
The UCR Catastrophic Leave Program permits temporary salary and benefit continuation for staff or fiscal-year academic employees who accrue vacation but have exhausted all paid-leave credits as a result of a catastrophic illness or injury.
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Six Graduate Students Get Stipend to Pursue STEM Fields
UCR has awarded six first-year graduate students an annual stipend of $30,000 for two years to increase underrepresented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the doctoral level. The stipend covers the studentsí living expenses. Each studentís full graduate tuition and fees are covered by an additional $10,500 per year.
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Graduate Student Gets Recognized for Her Book Collection
Graduate student Sarah McCormick placed third in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for her collection of 32 books and other published materials about the Coachella Valley, where she was raised. Third place carries a $500 prize plus a $250 award for the UCR Libraries.
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Images represent some of the proposed displays for the Olympic Museum of Athens, designed by Haibo Yu, professor of theatre.
Athens Olympics Museum Features Work of Theatre Professor
Haibo Yu is asked to create a design that reflects the ďspirit of Athens.Ē
When officials in Greece began assembling a team to create a museum dedicated to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, they knew whom they wanted to design the project: Haibo Yu, professor of theatre and an internationally known set designer.
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Asian Americans High Achieving, But Overlooked By Politicians
Asian Americans currently number more than 15 million, and achieve higher levels of education and income than any other U.S. racial group. Yet the U.S. political system continues to overlook them as a growing political constituency, according to Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, who has co-authored a book about Asian American political behavior.
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