Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 15 | September 24, 2008

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Features & News

UCR Named Top "School to Watch"
Chancellor White gives credit to “those who worked hard in the past to get the university to where it is today.”
UCR’s growing reputation for research excellence, diversity and programs that enhance student success has earned the university a ninth place ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Schools to Watch.”
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School of Public Policy Approved
The UC Board of Regents unanimously approved the establishment of a UCR School of Public Policy at its Sept. 17 meeting, citing the campus’ location in the fast-growing Inland Empire as a unique opportunity to educate future policy-makers and conduct research in issues related to immigration, population growth and environmental policy.
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Alberto Hauffen, Lisa Rawleigh and Myriam Grajales-Hall make up the team in the News and Information Outreach in Spanish office.
Spanish-speaking Radio Makes Waves about Healthy Lifestyles
Tucked away behind Highlander Hall sits a small office with a mighty voice – it’s the office of News and Information Outreach in Spanish (NOS). A unit of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, NOS produces a monthly radio news service, Radio Noticias, which is distributed to more than 100 Spanish-language radio stations and national networks. Although the offices may be small, the amount of resources provided by the three-person operation is impressive. In addition to the monthly radio news service, NOS also prepares and disseminates information to print media. That includes news releases, feature stories, media advisories, news briefs and media kits.
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Non-Senate Awards go to Biomed, CE-CERT, Nematology
The Non-Senate Distinguished Awards for 2007-2008 have been announced. Stewart Shankel, who has a long and distinguished career as a medical educator and practicing physician in the Inland Empire community, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award.
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A Solid Set of Pipes
UCR’s Pipe Band bags first place at a Northern California competition.
The UC Riverside Pipe Band won first place at the 143rd annual Scottish Highland Games in Pleasanton in Northern California over Labor Day weekend. The band is on track to win first place for Grade 4 bagpipe bands in the annual Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA) competition season, based on points won at events throughout the year. That award will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas in November.
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Remembering Lindon Barrett
A memorial service honoring the life of English Professor Lindon Barrett will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Alumni and Visitors Center. 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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New Faculty Arrive This Fall
Approximately 60 new faculty members will arrive on campus this fall with specialties in areas including Hispanic studies; Latin, African and Iberian music; neuroscience; and supply chain management.
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Encouraging Diversity in Science
To promote participation by underrepresented students in STEM fields, the Department of Chemistry and the Graduate Division are sponsoring a series of lectures during the fall quarter dedicated to supporting diversity. These lectures will be presented by scholars widely regarded for their scientific contributions as well as their national leadership in promoting diversity.
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Graduate Center Holds Indian Conference
Luiseno performance artist James Luna will highlight the 23rd annual California Indian Conference Oct. 3-4 at the Palm Desert Graduate Center. The event is sponsored by UCR’s California Center for Native Nations and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
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Director Charles Evered (front row, from left) and actors Peter Coyote, Bebe Neuwirth and Ethan Peck pose for a photo with producer Kim Waltrip (second row, left) and other members of the production crew after the premiere of “Adopt a Sailor.” Photo by Be
Movie Written by Assistant Professor Evered Premieres In the Desert
Cast members, the production crew and scores of invited guests watched the premiere of “Adopt a Sailor,” a feature film based on a play by UCR playwright Charles Evered, at the Palm Desert Graduate Center on Aug. 28. The film is an official selection at the 2008 Williamstown Film Festival in Williamstown, Mass., held in October.
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