Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 12 | June 25, 2008

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Features & News

A recently unveiled new home page is designed to showcase the best of UCR.
A New Look on the Web: Inventing Your Future
The new site comes after months of teamwork, surveys and research about how to best showcase the campus’ virtual front door.
UCR has a new look on the Web with a focus on telling the campus’ story to the external world, including alumni, prospective students, parents, donors, government officials, and prospective faculty and staff.
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Honoring Staff Who Make a Difference
Eight UCR staff members were recognized for their effectiveness on the job and their dedication to the university last Monday at the Outstanding Staff and Staff Who make A Difference Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Alumni and Visitors Center.
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Thomas O. Baldwin
Newly Appointed CNAS Dean Takes Charge July 1
Thomas O. Baldwin, a biochemist well known for his studies on protein folding, has been named the dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), effective July 1.
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Timothy P. White
Start Date Set for Chancellor White
Even before the official first day, he has been consulting on budget and other substantive campus issues.
Timothy P. White will officially begin his term as chancellor at UC Riverside on Friday, July 18. He will be on campus part time until late August. “UC Riverside is an institution of great accomplishment and even greater opportunity,” said White, who has spent the past four years as president of the University of Idaho and was approved on May 15 by the UC Regents as the next chancellor of UCR. “I am eager to get started.”
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Above: Bob Grey was always a good sport on campus. Here he can be seen taking a swing at a piñata at an ASUCR-sponsored event.
Below: Kathleen Grey, a family development specialist at the Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of Californi
Scholarship Fund a Lasting Reminder of Bob and Kathleen Grey
UC Riverside must say goodbye to acting chancellor Robert Grey and his wife, Kathleen, but they are leaving a legacy behind. At a going-away party at the Alumni and Visitors Center on June 12, in front of about 150 invited guests, the campus found a way to create a more permanent connection.
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Staff Assembly Presents Service Awards
On June 9 the UCR Staff Assembly hosted a luncheon to honor staff members who from February though July 2008 worked at UCR for 30 years or more. The event was held at the UCR Alumni and Visitor’s Center.
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UCR Graduate School of Education Earns Five-Year Accreditation
A visiting committee determines that the UCR Teacher Education Program provides comprehensive and rigorous courses of study for all teacher candidates.
The UC Riverside Graduate School of Education (GSOE) and University Extension Department of Education (UNEX) have received a full five-year accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The accreditation was based on a thorough review of the institutional self-study; additional supporting documents available during the visit; interviews with administrators, faculty, candidates, graduates, and local school personnel; and education leaders in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, along with additional information requested from program leadership during the visit.
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Got Bugs? How about More than 3 Million of Them?
Insects from all over the world are housed at the Entomology Research
Most UCR students are accustomed to doing research in one of the campus’ four libraries to hunt through piles of books. But there’s another library of information many have never seen – and it’s full of bugs. The UCR Entomology Research Museum houses a library of more than 3 million insect specimens from around the world.
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Read This
Below are a list of recently published books by faculty authors.
“Jenatsch’s Axe, Social Boundaries, Identity, and Myth in the Era of the Thirty Years’ War” Randolph Head, professor of history University of Rochester Press June 2008
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Men, Women Have Similar Language Skills
Findings of a three-year study by researchers at UCR and the University of Florida, Gainesville run counter to the popular belief that women have better language skills than men. In a study of 200 university students, the researchers found that women and men performed similarly on tests of language and reading skills. Differences in brain organization between men and women may be driven by sex differences in brain size, they said.
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Supercomputer Available for Research Purposes
The bioinformatics facility of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology has acquired a supercomputer which will be made available to campus researchers, allowing computationally intensive research projects to be conducted on campus that previously could not be considered.
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Faculty Honored for Distinguished Teaching
UCR’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, which honors and rewards excellence in teaching, has selected this year’s Innovative Teaching Award winners. They are Victor Zordan and, a team award to Manuela Martins-Green and Eugene Nothnagel. The winners will be honored at a special meeting of the Scholarship of Teaching in the fall, where they will give a seminar on their methods and successes.
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Emily Nudge, on left, with Sharilyn Hunke, marketing director for the Service Plus Credit Union.
Above and Beyond
Big Sister Nudge Gets Kudos
Emily Nudge, upper division coordinator for the University Honors Program, was honored with the annual Service Plus Credit Union People Helping People Award on June 18 at the Staff Assembly Barbecue. Nudge began volunteering with the Big Brothers and Sisters school-based program four years ago.
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A Picnic in the Park for the University Club
In Ortega Park, hidden deep within UCR’s Agricultural Operations land, members of the University Club and their families held an end of the year barbecue June 7 with a food and games. This was the 55th annual event for a group with established traditions, but a very low profile.
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UCR Hosts Physical Electronics Conference
More than 100 scientists from around the world attended the 68th Physical Electronics Conference held on campus June 22-25. An annual forum for the discussion of new research results in the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces between materials, the conference emphasized fundamental surface science in materials systems, including metals, semiconductors, insulators and biomaterials.
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Commencement
Approximately 200 volunteers, including staff, faculty, parents and students, worked to make sure everything went smoothly for six commencement ceremonies between June 13 and 16. The Office of Event Management and Protocol, which is part of the Alumni office, leads the charge each year. UCR awarded 4,201 diplomas over the weekend This year one of the keynote speakers delivered his marriage proposal from the stage. Pedram Salimpour, a doctor who graduated from UCR in biology, asked Stacy Weiss to marry him. She said yes.
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College hosts UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium
Bourns College of Engineering held the 9th annual University of California Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium June 20-22, bringing together researchers and students to share new ideas and developments in the field.
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