Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 16 | October 8, 2008

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Campus Prepares to Weather Tight State Budget
Managing through California’s current budget shortfall will be difficult, but UCR’s financial planners say the campus is prepared. “Other agencies were cut, we maintained our position,” said Matthew Hull, UCR’s assistant vice chancellor for resource management and analysis. “Does it meet all of our needs? Absolutely not. But we should be able to manage through this downturn.”
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Show Your UCR Spirit: Wednesday is R’Day
Staff, faculty, students and the community are being encouraged to show their spirit by wearing blue and gold on Wednesday.
Quick, what are you wearing? If you have blue or gold on today you are participating in “R’Day: Blue and Gold Wednesdays,” a new initiative on campus that sets one day each week as a time to show UCR’s colors.
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Staff and Faculty Pack Forum to Hear Chancellor White
About 300 people packed a large room in the student Commons building to hear from new Chancellor Timothy P. White on Oct. 1 during a campus forum. With humor, and a communication style that is direct, White noted with pride the record-breaking student population of about 18,000, and the recently released rankings in U.S. News and World Report.
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Great Southern California ShakeOut
UCR To Take Part in “ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill
The event will kickoff on Oct. 21 with a lecture.
At 10 a.m. on Nov. 13, UCR will participate in the Great Southern California ShakeOut, an earthquake drill involving emergency managers, fire departments, police, and governmental and non-governmental organizations from the federal level down to individual households. The largest-scale earthquake drill in the history of the country, the exercise will simulate the response to a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.
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Lindon Barrett
Lindon Barrett: “He Had a Tremendous Impact Here”
Friends, family and colleagues of Lindon Barrett, 46, a popular UCR English professor who was murdered in Long Beach in July, gathered for a memorial service Oct. 1 at the Alumni and Visitors Center. They mourned not only for the loss of a friend, but also the loss of his nearly completed next book, for the loss of his impact in the growth of the department and the college, and for the way he modeled how to be black, gay and brilliant in the world of a traditional research university.
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Get to Know Your Campus Services
Staff and faculty are invited to find out just how much UCR and the Riverside community have to offer at the ninth annual Service Providers Day. More than 30 campus departments and 25 commercial vendors will be at the event to showcase the services they offer, including the UCR Statistical Consulting Collaboratory, Office Max and Fisher Scientific. Many of the vendors will award prizes such as a photo scanner, a student recreation center membership for winter quarter and UCR gear.
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Schools Not Likely to Meet NCLB Standards
How well students and schools – from kindergarten through high school – succeed in mastering a curriculum that includes English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, and the social and natural sciences, strongly influences how well the students fare in higher education. In California, student mastery in ELA and mathematics is measured with the California Standards Tests (CST). To determine how the challenge of mastery is being met, a research team led by Richard Cardullo, chair of the Department of Biology, examined several years of CST data.
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New Program Prepares Scientists to be Business Leaders
David Stewart, dean of the Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Natasha Raikhel, the director of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, have teamed up on developing a business component to graduate programs in the biological sciences in order to better prepare students for entrepreneurial and commercial career options related to their scientific education and training.
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Professor of Creative Writing Tom Lutz and Ligia Amada Melo, secretary of higher education for the Dominican Republic, sign an agreement to make UCR scholarships available to Dominican writing students.
Agreement Opens Doors for Dominican Students of Writing
UCR and the government of the Dominican Republic have signed an agreement to make scholarships available to Dominican students who want to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing and writing for the performing arts at UCR’s Palm Desert Graduate Center. Funding of full tuition and living expenses will be provided by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. The Palm Desert M.F.A. program will contribute professional-level language instruction. Scholarships would be available to Dominican students beginning in spring 2009.
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