Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 2 | February 8, 2012

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Top: A number of citrus varieties were available for tasting on Citrus Day. Bottom: Participants learn about the citrus scion breeding program.
Campus Citrus Day Was a Sweet Success
When the announcement of “UC Riverside Citrus Day” went out a few weeks ago, the response the organizers received was so overwhelming that the 160 spaces they had reserved for citrus growers, citrus industry representatives and members of the general public were snapped up in just five days.
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UCR students volunteered more than 2.5 million hours in 2011.
UC Riverside Students Have Most Volunteer Service in the UC System
University of California, Riverside undergraduate students averaged 3.5 hours of volunteer or community service work per week, the most in the UC system, according to data drawn from the 2010 UC Undergraduate Experiences Survey (UCUES).
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Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Program Introduced
Encouraging and promoting undergraduate research and creative activity projects is the goal of the new Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (CRF) program at UCR. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education, the program will award as many as 12 fellowships to undergraduate students in amounts of as much as $5,000 for the 2012-13 academic year.
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Benjamin Bishin
Cuban Americans Not Turning to Democratic Party
Attitudes of Cuban Americans have undergone significant changes in the last 30 years, driven largely by an influx of immigrants since the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. But those changes are not reflected at the ballot box, nor are they likely to be soon, according to a study by Benjamin G. Bishin, associate professor of political science, and Casey A. Klofstad, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami.
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Top: A female Tamarixia radiata, highly magnified. The tiny parasitic wasp lays eggs in Asian citrus psyllid nymphs, eventually killing them. Bottom: Clear glass vials containing 10-20 parasitoids each were attached to citrus branches.
Scientists Release Natural Enemy of Asian Citrus Psyllid
Parasitic wasps, released for the first time in California, could help protect state’s citrus industry.
University of California, Riverside scientists released a natural enemy of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) on campus late in 2011 to help control the spread of the psyllid, an invasive pest that could devastate the state’s $1.1 billion citrus industry and citrus trees in home landscapes. This was the first time the psyllid’s natural enemy had been released in California.
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Wasp Found in New York Shows Up in California
In August 2010, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, Serguei Triapitsyn, discovered a tiny fairyfly wasp in upstate New York that had never been seen in the United States until then. Nearly exactly a year later, he discovered the wasp in Irvine, Calif., strongly suggesting that the wasp is well established in the country.
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Ken Simmons
Black History Month Has Special Significance at UCR This Year
Black History Month at the University of California, Riverside will have extra significance this year as the campus’ African Student Programs (ASP) office will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
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