Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 9 | May 23, 2012

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Features & News

UCR Sends 4,000-strong Message to Sacramento
UCR responded in a big way during the last call for letters to support state funding for public higher education. “Typically the advocacy alerts generate about 100 letters,” said Lars Walton, assistant vice chancellor for governmental and community relations. “This time the alert produced about 4,000 letters to Sacramento.”
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Chandra Varma Wins Bardeen Prize
Chandra Varma, a distinguished professor of physics at UCR, has been awarded the 2012 Bardeen Prize for his outstanding contributions to explaining the intriguing phenomenon of superconductivity. The Bardeen Prize is awarded triennially by the international superconductivity research community. Of the 13 previous winners of the prize, three have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
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Kathy Barton Named Staff Advisor-designate
Kathy Barton of UC Riverside has been selected as the 2012-2014 Staff Advisor-designate to the University of California Regents, UC President Mark G. Yudof announced last week. Barton joins Kevin Smith of UCLA, 2011-2013 staff advisor, after a months-long, systemwide search. Smith spent the current year as Staff Advisor-designate; he will become Staff Advisor in 2012-13. Together, Barton and Smith will work to advance communication between UC’s 120,000 staff and the Board of Regents.
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Masala Bhangra Class Held May 24
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Psychologist Who Defined Self-fulfilling Prophecy Research to Give Lecture
Renowned psychologist Robert Rosenthal, whose research into experimenter bias and other types of self-fulfilling prophecy led to an increased emphasis on the importance of double-blind studies in the social and biomedical sciences, will deliver the annual CHASS Distinguished Research Lecture on Wednesday, May 30, at 3 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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Why Some People Have Propensity to Disease
Frances Sladek, a professor of cell biology and toxicologist at UCR, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support a four-year research project that will allow Sladek to examine the effect single nucleotide changes or polymorphisms (SNPs) have on a special class of proteins called nuclear receptors that bind DNA and regulate the expression of many important genes in response to hormones, vitamins and drugs.
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2012 Alumni Award of Distinction Recipients
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