Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 7 | April 9, 2008

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Bus driver Benny Iverson stands next to UCR’s Trolley Express line. The bus, which runs on biofuel made from soy beans, is part of the campus’ ongoing sustainability efforts.
Campus Plans Activities to Mark Earth Day
Photo contest, alternative fuel and transportation raise awareness of the need to be green.
Vehicles that burn fuels other than gasoline and public transportation options and recycling activities will be featured in Earth Week activities organized by students beginning April 21 for the annual celebration of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day is April 22.
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Spring Lecture Series Encourages Dialogue About Diversity
UCR is offering a free, public lecture series to explore the importance of diversity in politics, in science in higher education, in local police work and the arts. All the talks will be in room 355 of the new Commons building. This series launches at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, with a talk called “Critical Diversity: Obama, Colorblindness, and the Cleaning of African American Funkiness.”
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Rising Cost of Journal Subscriptions Generates Discussion
In a time of shrinking university budgets, scholars and library administrators are struggling with the issue of how best to provide “open access” to research findings, despite the rising subscription costs for research journals. For instance, the UC System is currently paying nearly $8 million per year to one publisher for access to fewer than 900 journals. Subscription costs have been rising much faster than the rate of inflation.
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Charles W. Coggins, a professor emeritus of plant physiology.
Scholarship Named in Honor of Plant Physiologist
Charles W. Coggins is credited with extending the growing seasons of navel and Valencia oranges.
Charles W. Coggins, a professor emeritus of plant physiology whose research on citrus considerably extended the market season for fresh fruit, has been honored by California Citrus Mutual with the establishment of a scholarship named after him. Each year, the California Citrus Mutual Scholarship Foundation will award the $2,000 scholarship to an upper division student in agriculture.
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Assistant Professor Victor Zordan with students Sean Mahoney, Miguel Ziranhua, Joseph Chin, Roby Atadero and Suphasit Patthanakuha.
Joining Forces to Create Computer Games
With advances in physical simulation and motion capture, engineering is increasingly a part of the entertainment industry – in movies, games and digital music. On March 20 students in Victor Zordan’s video game creation and design course spotlighted projects that they designed with collaboration from graduate students in UCR’s music and English departments.
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Traveling Exhibit Receives Additional Funding
The Ford Foundation has awarded a $450,000 grant to the American Anthropological Association’s “RACE: Are We So Different?” project, a traveling museum exhibit. Yolanda Moses, associate vice chancellor for diversity, excellence and equity, is one of the project’s curators.
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Listen Carefully Before Crossing the Street
Hybrid cars are so quiet when operating only with their electric motors that they may pose a risk to blind and some other pedestrians, research by Lawrence Rosenblum, professor of psychology, suggests.
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