Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 11 | June 20, 2012

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Incoming Staff Assembly President Tim Willette (left), James Lin, Leandro Gomez, Rachell Enriquez, Lily Ramos, James Dixon, Robert Penman, Cathy Eckman, Linda Latendresse and outgoing President Steve Lerer
Eight Staffers Honored by UCR Staff Assembly
Outstanding Staff Awards recognize employees who make a difference; 48 employees receive nominations.
Eight UCR staff members were recognized at the 2012 Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony on June 5, at the residence of Chancellor Timothy White. The annual ceremony is sponsored by UCR Staff Assembly.
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The mantis shrimp has a fist-like club that can accelerate underwater faster than a 22-caliber bullet.
ĎArmored Caterpillarí Could Inspire Body Armor
Military body armor, and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm of a crustacean which looks like an armored caterpillar.
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At 19, Juliet Beni graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from UCR.
Getting an Early Start on Medical School
At 19, Juliet Beni is already a UCR veteran, with a corner office and a view.
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Anne Jones Named to State Board That Helps Teachers
Anne Jones, assistant dean for academic programs and student affairs in the Graduate School of Education, has been named to the board of a statewide association devoted to improving the education of soon-to-be and current teachers.
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Diversity Certificate Program Adds 18 Alumni
Now in its fourth year, Making Excellence Inclusive: A UCR Diversity Certificate Program completed its fifth program on May 18. Eighteen new graduates join more than 100 UCR staff and faculty who have completed the program since its inception in 2009.
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Open-fire Cooking May Affect Child Cognitive Development
Children exposed to open-fire cooking in developing countries experience difficulty with memory, problem-solving and social skills, according to researchers at UCR and Pitzer College in Claremont.
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Inaugural Chancellorís Research Fellowship Recipients Announced
Twelve UCR undergraduate students were named the inaugural recipients of the Chancellorís Research Fellowship, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Steven Brint announced early this month.
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Eyewitness Identification Reforms May Have Unintended Consequences
New research by a UCR psychologist raises serious questions about eyewitness identification procedures that are being adopted by police departments across the United States.
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Carl F. Cranor Named to Scientific Guidance Panel
Carl F. Cranor, a distinguished professor of philosophy at UCR and a longtime advocate of reforming policies for regulating exposure to toxic substances, has been appointed to the Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program.
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Alumnus Donates $100,000 to Earth Sciences
John Dunham, a graduate student alumnus of UCR, has donated $100,000 to his former department, Earth Sciences. The donation will help support field-based work of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the department.
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Academic Senate Award Recipients Announced
The Academic Senate named the recipients of their annual awards on May 29.
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