Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 3, Number 16 | October 10, 2007

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“It’s a wonderful surprise to win this fellowship – not only for me but also for my collaborators and students,” said Associate Professor of Biology Cheryl Hayashi on winning the MacArthur Grant.
Spider Silk Expert Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant
The call from the MacArthur Foundation came so early on the morning of Sept. 19 that when Cheryl Hayashi answered the phone, she thought it was one of her parents with some unpleasant news. But to her surprise, the person at the other end of the line was Daniel Socolow, director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, who first asked if she was sitting down. Then, “Do you have a baby in your arms?”
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Room for Salary Increases at UC
There is good news for UC employees regarding salaries and benefits for the coming year. UC will have a 5 percent funding pool for employee salary increases and benefit cost increases – a little more than last year’s 4 percent pool – which will help take one more step toward making the University of California competitive on compensation. Individual salary increases will vary, of course, according to equity, merit, and the needs of the campus unit, and in line with labor agreements. The raises should take effect this month.
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Margarita Currás-Collazo, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience, recently spoke to a reporter from NBC 4 Los Angeles about her work. The media frequently contacts UCR in search of faculty who can share their expertise on a variety of sub
What to Do When the Media Comes a Calling
When a reporter calls, the immediate reaction can be panic. Here are a few rules to help get your message out
The phone rings and a reporter is on the other end. It could be just a quick question or a request for a longer interview. Agreeing to talk seems scary, but it is not much different than teaching a class.
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Palm Desert Holds Tech Transfer Conference
International delegates from academia, government and the private sector will gather at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center Oct. 24-26 for a conference on best practices in technology transfer and commercialization from universities, federal laboratories and firms. The conference theme is “Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.” The event is co-sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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Ivan Hinderaker
Retired Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker Dies
Ivan Hinderaker, UCR’s longest-serving chancellor, died Sept. 23 in Irvine. He was 91. Hinderaker, widely revered as a champion of students, the community and the arts, was named UCR’s third leader on July 1, 1964. He served until his retirement in 1979.
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