Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 3 | February 11, 2009

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The Half-Court Shot Seen ‘Round the World
A UCR staff member makes an incredible basketball shot and the video goes viral.
UC Riverside Director of Basketball Operations John Smallwood has been shooting backwards half-court shots since he was a student manager at Kansas State in the early 2000s, but never in front of more than a small collection of coaches, players and support staff.
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Campus Prepares for a Budget Storm
In an effort to keep the campus informed, Chancellor White speaks to a standing room only crowd during a town hall meeting.
In a recent campus forum, Chancellor Timothy White delivered some hard truths about California’s budget crisis while maintaining a hopeful tone. “We must be strategic in our short-term decisions, and our long-term decisions,” White said inside a packed room in the student commons. “We have to be innovative. We have to have courage. We have to sacrifice. We have to be collaborative.”
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START Program One Option for Campus to Save Money
In speaking to the campus community during the recent town hall meeting, Chancellor White encouraged supervisors to allow their staffs to take advantage of the Staff and Academic Reduction in Time (START) program as a way to save money for the university. Through the program, UC employees may request to cut back their work hours by 10 to 50 percent. START participants continue to accrue sick leave, vacation and retirement plan service credit at the same level they did prior to joining the program.
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Prevention is the Goal of Training Program
UCR is working to make sure that all the necessary people have completed required training on how to prevent sexual harassment. California law AB 1825 requires that all supervisors take two hours of training every two years. For the University of California system, this law applies to all staff supervisors and most academic employees, including all faculty.
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Homecoming Activities Provide Opportunity to Show Spirit
Last week UCR celebrated homecoming with a series of events that began Feb. 4 at the UCR Bell Tower. Activities included UCR dance groups and a spirit rally. Other events, held throughout the week, included concerts, a bonfire, tailgate, the basketball Homecoming game against UC Davis. Alumni events included a political science reunion and tribute to Ron Loveridge, an alumni baseball game and hike to the “C.”
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Elizabeth Lord will retire after three decades at UCR.
Lord to Retire, Leaving VP for Academic Personnel Position Open
Faculty are encouraged to apply for the full-time, two-year position.
After serving for four years as vice provost for academic personnel, under the executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP), Elizabeth Lord has announced that she will step down from that position at the end of this academic year. Lord, a professor of botany and developmental biology, said she will retire from UCR after working here for three decades.
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Squid Research Project Provides Gripping Results
A chance encounter with a Humboldt squid on a fishing trip left quite an impression on James Weaver, a research associate at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering. In fact, the lasting impression also provided the impetus for further research conducted by an interdisciplinary team from several institutions and headed by Professor Henrik Birkedal of the Department of Chemistry and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Professor David Kisailus of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering.
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$10 Million Gift to Develop Sustainable Energy
Winston Chung, a Chinese battery technology scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, has expressed his intent to give $10 million to support clean battery power, solar energy and sustainable transportation research at the Bourns College of Engineering.
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