Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 9 | May 14, 2008

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Features & News

New Chancellor Comes To UCR Tomorrow
The regents are expected to vote the morning of May 15.
The campus can get its first in-person look at UCRís next chancellor during a welcome event at 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 15, at the University Theatre. The UC Board of Regents is expected to vote on a candidate tomorrow during a meeting at UCLA. The entire UCR campus community is invited to the event. The proceedings will be Webcast. Also tomorrow, the next chancellor will meet with student and campus leadership.
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Robert Rosenthal speaks during a panel and reception held in his honor on May 1.
Professor Robert Rosenthal ó a Scholarís Scholar
Robert Rosenthal is both a scholarís scholar and a gentleman, colleagues said during a panel discussion honoring the distinguished professor of psychology, whom the regents named a University Professor in January. The May 1 panel and reception, hosted by Acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey and CHASS Dean Stephen Cullenberg, included three UCR distinguished professors of psychology: Robert Funder, a colleague of Rosenthalís at Harvard University, and Robin DiMatteo and Howard Friedman, who were among Rosenthalís graduate students at Harvard.
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Looming State Budget Prompts Hiring Freeze
The budget outlook for the state of California is increasingly grim. In response, acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey has asked campus leadership to respond immediately with a hiring freeze on all positions funded on state general funds or registration fees.
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Don Caskey, associate vice chancellor of design and construction.
New Campus Architect Working on Building Bridges
Athletics Director Stan Morrison is excited about a newcomer to campus. Itís not a star athlete, but the new campus architect. His name is Don Caskey and he came to UCR in March from the corporate world of Orange Countyís Carter & Burgess, Inc., a 120-person office of a national architectural and engineering firm. That firm was recently acquired by the even larger Jacobs Engineering.
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Tailgate Party Celebrates 50 years of Baseball
Baseball is an American pasttime, but itís also a Highlander tradition. For half a century, UCR Highlander baseball has been a staple of the Riverside community, providing lasting memories for baseball fans of all ages and giving hundreds of players the opportunity to be a part of the game they loved, while earning an outstanding education at the same time.
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Perry Link
Sinologist Named to Prestigious Chancellorial Chair
An eminent specialist in 20th-century Chinese language, literature and cultural history has been named the Chancellorial Chair for Innovation in Teaching Across Disciplines, one of UCRís most prestigious positions. Perry Link, a professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University, was selected to occupy the newly endowed chair after a national search. Link will join UCRís Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages on July 1. At UCR, he will provide campuswide leadership to enhance the excellence of undergraduate and graduate education.
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Natasha Raikhel
Raikhel Delivers Faculty Research Lecture
Natasha Raikhel, a distinguished professor of botany and plant sciences who received the honor of Faculty Research Lecturer for the 2007-08 academic year from the UCR Academic Senate Committee, will give the 56th Faculty Research Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the University Theatre. Presented annually by the chancellor to only one campus individual, the Faculty Research Lecturer Award recognizes superior achievement in research and is the highest honor the Academic Senate bestows.
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Susan Straight
Straight Gets Prestigious Edgar Award
Susan Straight, professor of creative writing, has won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her short story, ďThe Golden Gopher.Ē The award was presented by the Mystery Writers of America at a banquet May 1 in New York City. ďThe Golden Gopher,Ē which was published in the anthology ďLos Angeles Noir,Ē was one of five works nominated in the category of Best Short Story. More than 2,000 entries were received in 12 categories.
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Heidi Schutz
Chancellorís Postdoctoral Fellow Named
Heidi Schutz, a graduate student working toward her doctorate in evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the winner of the second competition for the Chancellorís Postdoctoral Fellowship for Cultivating Diversity in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. Starting Oct. 1, Schutz will work with Ted Garland, a professor of biology. Her research will focus on the pelvis and how its morphology is affected by life history and selection.
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