Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 3, Issue 5 | March 14, 2007

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Features & News

Prue Talbot, interim director of the Stem Cell Biology Center, with graduate students Sabrina Lin and Vu Tran.
New Center Advances Stem Cell Research
With a Health Sciences Research Institute under its belt and preparations for a final proposal for a medical school in full swing, UCR has forged ahead and accomplished yet another feat: the establishment of the Stem Cell Biology Center for the study of stem cells – a topic that rouses both hopes and passions, especially when human embryonic stem cells are involved.
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UCR’s Bioengineering Graduate Program: It’s a Go
The University of California gives the okay to proceed with interdepartmental M.S. and Ph.D. bioengineering programs.
Capping a two-year effort, the University of California has given the go-ahead for UC Riverside to enroll masters and doctorate students into a newly created Interdepartmental Bioengineering Graduate Program. A February 2007 letter from Wyatt R. Hume, UC provost and executive vice president of academic and health affairs, affirmed the approval of the graduate bioengineering programs retroactive to December 2006.
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Scott Brooks, Tony Norman, Chancellor France Córdova and Carolyn Murray listen as Mark McGreevy, director of academic services in athletics, speaks during a halftime ceremony to honor Brooks and Murray.
Graduating Seniors Give Kudos to Two Faculty Members
The worlds of academics and athletics crossed paths during halftime at the UCR men’s basketball game on Saturday, March 3. Two graduating players, Dedrick Bates and Justin Bell, honored two UCR professors who have influenced their lives. Carolyn Murray, professor of psychology and Scott Brooks, assistant professor of sociology, were honored with a certificate and applause from the crowd, as well as kudos from Chancellor France A. Córdova, during a game in front of more than 1,000 fans at the Student Recreation Center.
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Journal Issue Devoted to UCR Historian Sterling Stuckey
The Journal of African American History devoted a special issue to the career of UCR Professor Emeritus Sterling Stuckey, who retired from the Department of History after a long and influential scholarly career. David Gomes of New York University and Robert Hill of UCLA, both prominent scholars in the field, wrote articles about Stuckey’s influence. Stuckey’s picture is on the cover, under the title: “P. Sterling Stuckey: In Praise of an Intellectual Legacy.” Inside pages include papers by UCR graduate students as well as a paper written by Stuckey.
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Construction Zone Roundup
Alumni and Visitors Center Who will use it: The Alumni and Visitors Center will serve as a "front door" to the campus. It is designed to be used by alumni, campus and community members, and prospective students and their families. It will also house staff from Alumni and Constituent Relations. Size: 14,000 gross square feet Cost: $6,000,000 funded through private donations. When will construction be completed? Late spring 2007
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New Name: The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
The faculty from plant pathology has voted to rename their department the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. The name change is intended to emphasize the existing strengths of the department and the creation of a new graduate program designed to meet the need for research, education and service in the areas of plant pathology and microbiology.
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UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova was honored at the State Capitol March 5 as a “Woman of the Year” for her lifetime of achievements in the scientific community and in higher education.
Córdova is 2007 Woman of the Year
UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova, pictured with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, left, and Asemblyman John J. Benoit (R-Bermuda Dunes), right, was honored at the State Capitol March 5 as a “Woman of the Year” for her lifetime of achievements in the scientific community and in higher education. The California State Assembly’s “Woman of the Year” program honors 80 dynamic women, one from each of California’s Assembly districts.
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