Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 19 | November 26, 2008

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David Fairris, vice provost for undergraduate education, and Patsy Oppenheim, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education, lead the Office of Undergraduate Education.
Student Success is the Top Priority
The Office of Undergraduate Education provides many ways for students to have a fulfilling and successful academic experience.
When the Office of Undergraduate Education was established four years ago, there were multiple efforts across the campus aimed at improving student success and retention, but no office charged with coordinating them. Today, the office has a budget that is larger than that of AGSM and coordinates more than a dozen programs, from Honors and first-year experience activities to summer session, study abroad, faculty-mentored undergraduate research and teaching innovation incentives.
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Diversity Certification Program Launches in January
A six-month program aimed at improving skills needed to work with UCR’s diverse student population will launch in January.The program is aimed at staff and academic administrators and is intended to expand knowledge and skills required to work successfully with UCR’s diverse community, said Gladys Brown, director of the Office of Faculty and Staff Affirmative Action.
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The psychology department moved into new quarters this Fall.
New Buildings Keep UCR on the Move
Faculty, staff and students affiliated with UCR’s Department of Psychology have settled into a new three-story home, a 52,000-square-foot building situated on part of Lot 6, very near Olmstead Hall. The new psychology building cost $34 million to construct and includes space for laboratories, offices and classrooms.
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Grant to Fund Continuity Study in Higher Ed
Steven Brint, associate dean of CHASS and professor of sociology, has received a three-year, $390,060 grant from the Spencer Foundation to expand and update the Colleges and Universities 2000 study, which investigates patterns of continuity and change in four-year higher education institutions in the United States.
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A Glimpse of UCR Research in the Field
During a visit to the at South Coast Winery in Temecula, Cooperative Extension Entomologist Nick Toscano (right) shows Chancellor Timothy White a poster depicting work being done on the glassy-winged sharpshooter and Pierce’s Disease in the region.
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Exequiel Ezcurra
UC MEXUS Names New Director
Exequiel Ezcurra, former director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias and provost of the San Diego Natural History Museum, has joined the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) as its fourth director, effective Nov. 3. Ezcurra will concurrently hold a position as professor of plant ecology in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.
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