Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 8, Number 13 | August 15, 2012

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John Martin Fischer
UCR Philosopher Awarded $5 Million Grant
Professor John Fischer’s research on immortality, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, includes near-death experiences and the influence of belief in an afterlife on human behavior
For millennia, humans have pondered their mortality and whether death is the end of existence or a gateway to an afterlife. Millions of Americans have reported near-death or out-of-body experiences. And adherents of the world’s major religions believe in an afterlife, from reincarnation to resurrection and immortality.
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New Center to Focus on Nanomaterials
UCR has a new center devoted to nanoscale research. Called the Center of Nano-scale Electronics, Phenomena, and Technology (CONSEPT), the center focuses on exploring novel electronic, optical, thermal, and mechanical phenomena that emerge in nanoscale systems, and exploiting these phenomena for next-generation devices and systems.
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Eamonn Keogh
Help Wanted: Insect Classifiers Needed
Filled with tables, chairs and computers, Eamonn Keogh’s lab at the Bourns College of Engineering looks like many computer science labs. That changes when the closet door is opened. Inside are more than a dozen shoebox-size plastic containers. Each one is filled with up to 100 insects and connected to a laser that shines through the container to an optical sensor on the opposite side. When the insect passes through the laser, the sensor collects a short snippet of the sound it makes.
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From left, Michael Haselhuhn, Elaine Wong, Rosemary Kim, Elodie Goodman and Ye Li.
Business School Adds Five New Faculty
The School of Business Administration has hired five faculty members who will start in the fall. Yunzeng Wang, interim dean of the business school, said, “These five individuals come with impressive backgrounds and bring great promise. I am excited about the impact that their teaching and research contributions will undoubtedly make.”
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South Campus Drive to Close for Construction
The replacement of a small portion of the campus’ heating and cooling system will force the intermittent closure of South Campus Drive near A. Gary Anderson Hall through Friday, Aug. 24.
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UCR Botanic Gardens
Twilight Walk in the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
The Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens are holding a twilight tour at 7 p.m., Aug. 24.
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Adriana Cruz (left) and Remie Rahman are co-coordinators for the Student of Color Conference.
UCR to Host 24th Annual Student of Color Conference
More than 1,000 expected to attend the three-day event seeking to promote change
More than 1,000 students from across the UC system as well as high school students from the local Riverside community are expected to participate in the 24th annual Student of Color Conference (SOCC) at UCR Nov. 9-11.
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History Research Grants on the Rise
Graduate students in the Department of History have won more than $100,000 in prestigious fellowships to help fund dissertation research in the last two years, a significant increase over previous years and a reflection of the department’s efforts to make its graduates more competitive, said Thomas Cogswell, a professor of history who recently completed a term as department chair.
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