Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 10 | June 6, 2012

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Features & News

Last years’ graduates from the School of Business Administration enjoy the moment.
UCR Celebrates Students at Seven Commencement Ceremonies
More than 4,000 graduates will participate in commencement ceremonies; the students tell their stories.
Among the more than 4,000 students expected to walk in seven outdoor commencement ceremonies at UC Riverside between Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 this year are many who stand out from the crowd.
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Chancellor White — in Pete Weston’s mustache — at Walk the Track on May 25, part of UCR Community Week.
‘Undercover Boss’ Airs Again on Friday, June 8
In the spring of 2011, a man named Pete Weston walked onto campus, television cameras in tow, to learn what it was like to work at the University of California, Riverside. And UCR hasn’t been the same since. Because “Pete Weston” was really UCR Chancellor Timothy White and the cameras were filming for the CBS reality television show “Undercover Boss.” The episode, which was the season finale of the show’s second season, is scheduled to be rebroadcast on Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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Michael Pazzani
Pazzani Named Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Michael J. Pazzani of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is UCR’s new vice chancellor for research and economic development. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.
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Sikh gurdwaras are among the research interests of the UCR Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions.
UCR Launches Institute for Study of Immigrant Religions
Millions of immigrants representing every major world religion call Southern California home. The diversity of religious practice and the role of these spiritual communities in the acculturation of immigrants into American life prompted the establishment of the Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions at UCR this year.
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Parents experience greater happiness than people without children, UCR research shows.
Psychologists Find That Parents Are Happier People Than Nonparents
Contrary to recent scholarship and popular belief, parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning in life than people without children, according to researchers from UCR, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University. Parents also are happier during the day when they are caring for their children than during their other daily activities, the researchers found in a series of studies conducted in the United States and Canada.
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The batteries powering Winston Chung Hall.
Engineers Switch to Battery Power at Winston Chung Hall
Bank of rare earth lithium-ion batteries is one of the largest storage battery installations at a university in the world.
The first floor of Winston Chung Hall at Bourns College of Engineering is now being powered by a 1.1-megawatt hour bank of rare earth lithium-ion batteries, which is one of the largest storage battery installations at a university in the world.
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Geneticist to Discuss Gene Flow
Norman C. Ellstrand, a professor of genetics, will give the 60th Faculty Research Lecture at 3:30 p.m., June 8, 2012, in the Genomics Auditorium.
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