Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 8 | May 9, 2012

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Campus Lands UC Center That Will Employ Up to 600
Shared resource will save millions in what will be a national model for public higher education.
On May 3, the University of California announced a move to save money by centralizing routine personnel services in Riverside. The city and UCR celebrated the news, which will result in the addition of up to 600 knowledge-sector jobs.
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Natasha V. Raikhel
Plant Biologist Tapped for National Academy
Natasha V. Raikhel, a distinguished professor of plant cell biology and one of the most highly cited researchers in plant science, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research.
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From left, Kawai Tam, advisor to team Sustain-a-Drain, and team members Elizabeth Horstman, Shanin Quazi, Sarah Bates and Thomas Alan Kwan.
UCR Team Wins Top Prize for Innovative Storm Drain Filter
A team of students from the Bourns College of Engineering won the top prize at an international environmental design competition in April for a reusable storm drain oil filter they designed out of 100 percent recycled materials.
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Cell Phones To Detect Harmful Airborne Substances?
Nosang Myung’s lab at the Bourns College of Engineering was named after Innovation Economy Corp. in April. The Riverside company plans to commercialize the chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering’s research, which focuses on using mobile devices such as cell phones to detect harmful airborne substances in realtime.
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It’s a Fruit: New Avocado Rootstocks are High-performing, Disease-tolerant
Avocado, a significant fruit crop grown in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, is threatened by Phytophthora root rot (PRR). The disease has already eliminated commercial avocado production in many areas in Latin America and crippled production in Australia and South Africa.
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UCR to Host Early Voting May 16 and 23
UCR students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the Riverside community, will have the opportunity to celebrate democracy a bit early this year as the campus hosts two rounds of early voting and voter registration on Wednesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 23, in advance of the June 5 presidential primary election.
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