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News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 5 | March 21, 2012

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Budget Cuts Harmful, Says Chancellor
Four years of severe budget cuts are impacting the learning environment, despite “heroic efforts” by faculty and staff, Chancellor Timothy P. White told the UCR community in a Town Hall meeting March 6.
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Chancellor Timothy P. White meets with UCR students who are studying in London. They are, from left: Eugene Youm, Sahana Sankar, Kunali Shah and Violet Del Toro. (Fiona Hanson/AP Images for University of California, Riverside)
Chancellor White Visits UCR Students in London, Gives Speech
University of California, Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White visited London earlier this month and was a keynote speaker for the British Council’s “Going Global” conference on Internationalizing Higher Education. He spoke about how the UCR campus, the most ethnically diverse in the UC system, is expanding its international student contingent.
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Grad Students Hold Brain Awareness Day
On March 15, neuroscience graduate students and faculty educated the community about current brain research in the courtyard of Spieth Hall, with posters, games and discussions. It was the second year for the event.
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The “C”: It’s an Emoticon
The “C” received an unexpected makeover on Monday, March 12. Speculation on the meaning of the display varied, but by late afternoon a group of students had come forward, anonymously, to explain that the work was actually a giant “smiley face” emoticon made of painted tarps staked into the ground and was a project for an art class. The students substantiated their claim with photos.
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UC Riverside Graduates Among Top Earners at State Schools
The University of California, Riverside is among the top 30 state universities for salary potential for graduates, according to a recent survey.
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Piping & Drumming Alert: Competition in Riverside March 24
The UCR Pipe Band will host the third annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping & Drumming Competition on March 24 at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.
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Kevin De León
Presser Scholar a Student of Music and Psychology
Kevin De León, an aspiring film composer and senior at the University of California, Riverside, has won a prestigious Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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Joseph Childers, the dean of the Graduate Division, has fun with some of the competitors at the Inland Empire Regional Science Olympiad. (Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications)
Popular Science Competition Attracts Hundreds of Visitors to Campus
Hundreds of local middle school and high school students came to the University of California, Riverside campus on March 3 to take part in the Inland Empire Regional Science Olympiad. The regional competition had teams of enthusiastic students compete in various categories that tested their knowledge in science facts, applications and concepts.
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Top: Young Hoon Oh nearly reached the summit of Mount Everest during a 2006 expedition. Bottom: Young Hoon Oh began mountaineering while an undergraduate at Seoul National University.
Next Stop, Mount Everest
In 2006, Young Hoon Oh staggered down the treacherous slopes of Mount Everest toward base camp at 28,000 feet, his body starving for oxygen after an equipment failure near the summit. Recalling that expedition, the UC Riverside Ph.D. candidate said he felt no pain or fear. “I was really dying at the time, but it didn’t register that I was dying,” he said.
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Read Across America Day
Jessica Darin, executive assistant to the UCR chancellor, was one of dozens of UCR volunteers reading books to elementary school students March 2. She read “Red Fish, Blue Fish” to first- and second-graders at Hyatt Elementary.
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