Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 3, Number 15 | September 26, 2007

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New Faculty Bring a Broad Range of Academic Expertise and Research Interests
UCR has recruited more than 50 scholars who, as they arrive on campus this year from national and international destinations, bring with them a wealth of knowledge in areas such as evolutionary genomics, African American history, bioinformatics, evolutionary genomics, and demography and public policy.
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Staff Climate Survey Recommendations Finalized
What if reclassifying an employee from one pay grade to the next took no more than one month? That goal is one of 15 concrete recommendations adopted by the campus after a yearlong “Climate Survey” process to figure out how to make working at UCR more satisfying.
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Music Department Starts the Year on a Positive Note
Innovative studios that focus on Mexican dance and music, sound research and digital music will debut in the Department of Music this year. At the same time, the department will enroll its first Ph.D. students, hire a world-class piper to direct the Scottish Highland pipe band and launch a concert series on the third-floor patio of the Humanities building.
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Phyllis A. Guze
Medical School Planning Executive Director Hired
Dr. Phyllis A. Guze has been named executive director, medical school planning, by Acting Chancellor Robert Grey. She is chair emeritus of the Department of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a longtime professor of medicine at UCLA.
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Direct Deposit Earnings Statements To Go Online
Conservation, better security are cited as the reason.
Beginning with the Oct. 1 paycheck, UCR employees with direct deposit will no longer receive paper earnings statements. Instead the statements will be available online at the At Your Service Online (AYSO) Web site, which is located at
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It’s Good News for the Campus
UCR celebrates the creation of the California Digital Newspaper Collection
Kevin Starr, former California state librarian, will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 19 conference celebrating the creation of the California Digital Newspaper Collection. The collection is a free digital resource containing more than a half-century of California newspapers compiled by the UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, and the California Newspaper Project.
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Film Chronicles Plight of Non-Traditional Students
The real life struggles of non-traditional students in the community college system are highlighted in the newly released documentary “The Costs of Education.” The film is a collaborative effort of John Levin, UCR professor of education and director of California Community College Collaborative; and filmmaker Jeremy Levin. The 14-minute piece is a byproduct of research conducted for Levin’s upcoming book “Non-traditional Students and Community Colleges: The Conflict of Justice and Neo-Liberalism.”
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Howard Friedman
UCR Psychology Professor Wins Award
Howard Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has won the prestigious James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science.
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Gaming is Good for the Community
Study finds that tribal gaming provides many benefits to the community and state.
Tribal gaming in California has significantly reduced poverty and improved employment, incomes and educational attainment in communities near the casinos, particularly in the poorest regions of the state, UCR researchers Mindy Marks and Kate Spilde Contreras have found.
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Exhibit Visit
Acting Chancellor Robert Grey recently paid a visit to a theatre organ exhibit at the Rivera Library. Grey, who has an interest in theatre organs, is pictured with Librarian Ruth Jackson and Reference Librarian Gwido Zlatkes. The exhibit was curated by Zlatkes and Music Librarian Caitlin St. John. It will be on display in the library lobby through September.
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AGSM’s New Dean Gets Down to Business
The first order of business for David Stewart, who became dean of the A. Gary Anderson School of Management (AGSM) in July, has been to appoint a senior management team.
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Miller Receives Awards
Tom Miller (right), a professor of entomology, received a plaque in Korea on Aug. 25, 2007, appointing him as “Advisor to the 2008 Hampyeong World Butterfly and Insect Expo,” an international event that aims to promote awareness of insects and related studies. Seok-Hyung Lee (left), the governor of Hampyeong County, Korea, presented Miller with the plaque. Two days later, Miller was named as an advisor to the Eco-friendly Bio-agricultural Research and Investigation Center at Chonnam National University, Korea.
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