Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 3, Issue 1 | January 10, 2007

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CHASS Theme Showcases Immigrant Stories
The yearlong effort includes reading, dance, music, film and speakers.
New surroundings. Unfamiliar neighbors. A whole new lifestyle. Those are just a few of the experiences shared by new immigrants - and college freshmen. With these connections in mind, the College of Humanities and Social Science has selected the topic of immigration for the inaugural motif of the CHASS theme program.
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Summer Sessions Program Gets Boost
Its not too early to start thinking about summer sessions and the benefits the program brings to UCR
Since becoming a state-funded program two years ago, Summer Sessions at UC Riverside has not only enjoyed increased enrollment but also improved its academic strength and prestige. "Some people remain more aware than others, but certainly the university has benefited," said Richard Thompson, director of UCR's Office of Summer Sessions and Special Academic Programs. "The campus benefits financially and academically. As the program expands and more faculty participate, we anticipate even more advantages."
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Crash, Bang, Boom: Its All in the Name of Art
On Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, the Wurms building stood its last moments as part of the Riverside landscape. But the building will live on as part of Riverside's history thanks to artist Jason Middlebrook's Live Building project. Over the course of a two-week period, Middlebrook gutted the building of it's reusable materials that were made into furniture.
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New Signage Program Featured at Open Forum
The next Capital Program Forum will be held at 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Engineering Building Unit 2 room 205/206. Presentations will include UCR's proposed lighting and signage programs. The entire UCR campus community is encouraged to attend.
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SMI: Filling a Desperate Need for Teachers
UCR is honing the highly qualified mathematics and science teachers needed for California's future in a global workplace.
American business and education leaders examining the nation's educational system found that it isn't living up to the standards of the 21st century global workplace. That is one of the hard facts the National Center on Education and Economy's New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce issued in its December report. "We recruit a disproportionate number of our teachers from among the less able of the high school students who go to college, said the report.
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The Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts
Construction Zone Notes
Located in the historic Rouse building, the Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts, along with the UCR/California Museum of Photography and the Sweeney Art Gallery is part of UCR ARTSblock, an integrated complex located on a single block of the downtown Riverside pedestrian mall. The ARTSblock will bring art exhibitions, live performances and special events to the community.
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Bug Talk
A South Korean team of scientists visited campus Dec. 13 to coordinate with Thomas A. Miller, professor of entomology, (pictured above with Kyung Yeol Lee and UCR associate professor of biology Cheryl Hayashi) the 2007 meeting of the International Congress of Insect Biotechnology and Industry.
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Lecture Series Begins with Nobel Laureate
Nobel Laureate, writer, playwright and poet Wole Soyinka will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the University Theatre as part of the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series. Born in 1934 in Nigeria, Soyinka, was the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. The author of almost 40 published works, including 20 plays; he has studied in Africa and Europe, which has allowed him to merge European theatrics with traditional African theater.
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