Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 14 | August 13, 2008

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UCR medical school enrollment projections
Regents Say Yes, Medical School Moves Forward
UCR’s plan to build California’s first new public medical school in more than four decades moves into a new phase with the recent action by the University of California Board of Regents to approve its establishment. “This is a proud day for UCR, one that will be celebrated on campus and in the community for many years to come,” former UCR Acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey said following the regents’ vote on July 17. “We are deeply gratified by the Board of Regents action. It means that UCR is now in a position to respond to the health care crisis that is facing Inland Southern California and we are committed to building a medical school in which the entire state of California will take great pride.”
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Library Preservation Team Comes to the Rescue
When a major waterline burst and flooded the Arts building basement in June, campus librarians moved quickly to salvage hundreds of CDs and musical scores damaged in the Music Library. In the weeks since the flood, staff from the preservation services department of the UCR Libraries has dried more than 800 discs. They continue efforts to save paper programs accompanying those CDs and musical scores that were submerged in the flood.
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Finding Your Way on the New Web Site
Some people on campus find themselves struggling to find what they are looking for on the newly redesigned UCR Web pages. But according to the Web site designers in Strategic Communications, there are a few tricks that make things easier.
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Lindon Barrett
Colleagues to Remember Barrett During Fall Services
A fall memorial service will celebrate the life of English Professor Lindon Barrett, who died in July. Details of the service will be announced later. Barrett, 46, was found dead in his Long Beach apartment on Sunday, July 13. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his death.
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Physics Chair Goes to Washington
Harry Tom (far right), chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, seen with physics department chairs of other universities. The chairs went to Washington, D.C., in June to lobby for a supplemental science bill which asks for more money for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
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High School Physics Teachers Become Students this Summer
Summer Academy gives teachers tools to make physics more interesting to their students.
Secondary-school physics teachers from throughout the Inland Empire participated in a two-week workshop at UC Riverside this summer in an ambitious effort to help increase the number of physicists and engineers in California. The Summer Physics Academy for High School Teachers was held from July 28 to Aug. 8. Each day, seven teachers from Inland Empire schools attended morning lectures,and took part in afternoon laboratory exercises designed to illustrate the concepts taught in the lectures. The goal was to increase their students’ interest in physics.
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Quake Lecture Really Rocks
UCR program emphasizing hands-on science activities received assistance from nature as 5.4 quake rocked campus.
Students attending a lecture by UC Riverside’s David Oglesby on earthquakes got more than they expected from the lesson on ground waves when a 5.4 magnitude earthquake rumbled through the campus at 11:42 a.m. July 29. The Community College Internship program, sponsored by the UCR Graduate School of Education’s Copernicus Project, was in full swing when the quake hit near Chino Hills, about 30 miles west of Riverside.
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UCR Computing and Communications has established a YouTube page designed to provide timely information regarding IT issues affecting computer users, with a focus on the UCR campus community.
Campus Webmail Users Asked to Beware of Phishy E-mails
Recent rash of fraudulent e-mails to Webmail users seek personal identifying information.
UCR’s Webmail system is a vital means of communication for many staff, faculty and students. But it’s also become a tool for phishers, the name for people who use fake e-mails to lure users into providing personal information. To address the growing number of fraudulent e-mails that are making their way into UCR Webmail inboxes, Computing and Communications (C&C) has made user education about these fraudulent e-mails a primary focus.
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Susan Harlow to leave UCR
Search begins for new vice chancellor for advancement
Acting Vice Chancellor for Advancement Susan Harlow is leaving UCR to become vice president for development at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. She came to UCR in May 2005 as associate vice chancellor for development and has been acting vice chancellor since the departure of William Boldt a year ago.
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Gluck Program Gets Grant to Continue through 2010
A $1 million grant ensures that the program will continue to bring the arts to those who might not otherwise have access.
The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts has received a $1 million grant from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation to continue funding the arts outreach program through June 30, 2010. That brings to nearly $6 million the total amount of funding provided by the Gluck Foundation for the UCR program. During the 2007-08 academic year, 116 Gluck graduate, undergraduate and faculty fellows from eight departments brought the arts to thousands of students, teachers, elders and other community members through performances and presentations.
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CHASS Connect Program Gets Additional Funding
CHASS Connect, a program for freshmen that improves academic success and the time required to complete a degree, is the recipient of a $514,875 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and evaluate the effort. The four-year grant will enable the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) program, which was created in 2002, to double from 240 students per year to 480 beginning in fall 2008. The grant, initiated by the Office of Undergraduate Education, also will fund outreach efforts to encourage other universities to establish similar programs for entering freshmen.
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UCR Receives Sautter Award for Technology Innovation
UCR was presented with two silver awards and two honorable mentions for the 2008 Larry L. Sautter Awards on July 21 at the UC Computing Services Conference in Santa Barbara. The campus received silver awards for achievement in university computing for both the Academic Personnel eFile System and the California Digital Newspaper Collection.
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New Ph.D. Program in Ethnic Studies
UCR will become only the third university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in ethnic studies when the doctoral program launches in fall 2009. The Department of Ethnic Studies will begin accepting applications for the Ph.D. program on Sept. 1. The program will allow students to focus on one or more of three distinct areas of specialization: theories of race and power, cultural politics and production, and the state, law and social transformation.
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Workers replace drywall in the Arts Building, which was flooded when a waterline broke last month.
Work on Water Damaged Buildings Ahead of Schedule
Workers are ahead of schedule in restoring the heavily damaged Arts Building basement and on target to finish by Labor Day. “Our goal is to be back in business by the first day of the fall quarter as if there had not been an incident,” said Steven La Shier, director of risk management.
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The new psychology building, which will be ready for occupancy next month, is a three-story building that will house open class laboratories, research laboratories, support space, academic and departmental offices, and a campus animal research facility.
Campus Forum Provides Construction Update
UCR administrators addressed several issues, including campus safety and parking lot lighting during a campus forum Aug. 6 in Hinderaker Hall. Held the first Wednesday of every month, the forums are designed to inform and solicit input from the campus community on activities planned in the near term that are of general interest.
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Program to Provide Support to Emancipated Youth
Youth who have aged out of the foster-care system face numerous obstacles to earning a college degree, not the least of which are the lack of a family support system and the need for year-round housing. UCR is hoping to ease the transition for qualifying students with the launch this fall of UCR Guardian Scholars, a nationwide program that provides scholarships, life coaching, mentors, housing and personalized attention to emancipated youth.
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Mark Your Calendar – The Eaton Science Fiction Conference Coming Back to UCR
Organizers are currently seeking paper submission for the conference, which attracts science fiction fans from around the world.
Long before the invention of aircraft, automobiles and submarines, 19th century author Jules Verne described those modes of transportation in dozens of novels and short stories. The author of those tales of extraordinary voyages will be the focus of the 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Conference, scheduled May 1-3 at UCR. “Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond” will be presented by the UCR Libraries’ Eaton Science Fiction Collection in coordination with the North American Jules Verne Society.
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Glenn Hicks (left), academic coordinator for the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, discusses the newly acquired Genome Analyzer II with David Fang (right), a specialist at the institute.
New Genome Analyzer II Provides Cutting-Edge Sequencing
To maintain its excellence in the fields of genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology, as well as to recruit additional high-caliber faculty to UCR, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology has acquired, for approximately $500,000, a new cutting-edge sequencing technology from Illumina, a company headquartered in San Diego.
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