Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 17 | October 22, 2008

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Chancellor White Addresses State Budget Concerns
In response to concerns about further cuts in the state budget, UCR Chancellor Timothy White issued the following message: All of us are acutely aware of the serious financial situation impacting the state, nation, and world. Indeed, we are in unprecedented and uncharted economic whitewater, worldwide, and even the most optimistic among us believe this shrinking and volatile economy is likely to be a multiyear issue.
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Tony Norman
Academic Senate Chair Norman Sets Priorities
Tony Norman brings more than four years of experience to the job.
When he learned he had been elected chair of the UCR Academic Senate, Tony Norman was pleased even though the new position would require him to accommodate more meetings into an already busy schedule. Still he considers it an honor to be chosen by his colleagues.
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Tonya Talavera and Cesar Pla during a recent inspection at the Stonehaven Student 
Fire Inspectors Hot on Campus Safety
Three new inspectors work to keep UCR safe from fire danger.
Space heaters pressing against papers piled under desks. File cabinets hiding fire-alarm pulls. Ceiling decorations blocking the spray of fire sprinklers. UCR fire inspectors hope they will find fewer of those safety hazards in campus residence halls, offices and laboratories as they continue a vigorous inspection and education program launched during the summer.
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Daniel G. Aldrich III
Interim Vice Chancellor for Advancement Named
A native Riversider, Daniel Aldrich III returns to the campus where he spent his childhood.
UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy White recently announced that Daniel G. Aldrich III, will serve as vice chancellor for University Advancement starting Oct. 27. Aldrich is currently a senior development associate in institutional advancement in the Office of the UC President, as well as statewide director of the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a program that serves advanced high school students. It is the largest program of its type in the nation.
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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 30 with Few Changes
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Center for Ideas and Society Puts Out Call for Applications
The Center for Ideas and Society has begun accepting applications for the Faculty Resident Fellowships for the 2009-10 academic year. Each quarter, four faculty members are awarded a fellowship to support their research during a leave of absence. Fellows are provided with an office at the Center for Ideas and Society and attend weekly seminars.
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Grant to Help Disadvantaged Youth
UCR’s Early Academic Development Programs office has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), which is designed to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
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Survey Finds Asian Americans Crucial in California Vote
Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, is one of four researchers who conducted a groundbreaking, national survey of Asian-American voters released in early October. The 2008 National Asian American Survey found that 41 percent of Asian-American voters are likely to favor Barack Obama, while 24 percent support John McCain. In battleground states, where either candidate could win on Election Day, Obama leads among Asian-American voters 43 percent to 22 percent for McCain. However, a sizable number – 34 percent – remains undecided.
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Riverside Medical Clinic Pledge Establishes Endowed Fund
Riverside Medical Clinic, a multispecialty medical practice group long associated with the medical education program at UC Riverside, has pledged a flagship private gift of $1 million toward development of the medical school.
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