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

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Features & News

State Budget Approved, Questions Remain
The recently approved state budget will mean a larger-than-anticipated shortfall for the University of California and UCR, said Chancellor Timothy P. White in a recent message to the campus. The exact amount of the shortfall still depends on several factors. ďFirst, and as you know, the campus has already implemented a one-time reduction of $8 million for the current fiscal year of 2008-09. At one time we thought this number may go as high as $13 million, but we believe this is no longer the case.
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Mediation, Conflict Resolution Promoted with Lectures, Interns
Conflict is part of everyday life, but resolving disagreements doesnít come easily to many people. Multiple efforts on campus, some of which began last year, aim to teach mediation skills, and promote studies in nonviolence and conflict resolution.
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UCRís RíSpace team included from left to right: Eric Martin, Phyllis Bruce, Nasser Salomon, Charles Rowley, David Gracey, Amber Jones
RíSpace: You Can Get There from Here
The new portal offers access to frequently used applications and serves as a communication tool.
After 18 months of development, UCR has unveiled RíSpace, an administrative portal designed to be a virtual workplace front door for the type of tools and information that faculty and staff most commonly need. The development of the new portal was overseen by the Financial Systems Steering Committee (FSSC), chaired by Vice Chancellor Gretchen Bolar.
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From left to right, A.J. Rogers, Craig Byus, E.M. Abdulmumin and Ernest Levister.
NAACP Honors Byus for Helping Disadvantaged Students
Craig V. Byus, dean and program director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences at UCR, has received the Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP-Riverside Branch. Byus, one of 12 honorees at the organizationís 59th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner in February, was recognized for his leadership in restructuring UCRís medical education program to emphasize preparing physicians to serve the health care needs of underserved, Inland Southern California and rural populations.
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Staff Assembly Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Staff, Scholarships
Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and the Staff Who Make a Difference awards are being accepted through Friday, March 20. The annual program recognizes and honors UCR staff in four major categories of job classifications Ė professional, technical, service and administrative Support Ė for exceptional campus and community service.
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Nominations Sought for Teaching Award
Nominations for the 2009 UCR Innovative Teaching Award are being solicited by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The award recognizes Academic Senate faculty members who exemplify excellence in their use of new technology, teaching methods and dedication to students.
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Research at New Water Center is Fluid
A newly formed Water Science and Policy Center in the Department of Environmental Sciences aims to address issues related to the interactions between water policy, water quality and water scarcity. Ariel Dinar, who until recently served as a lead economist at the World Bankís Development Economics Research Group, has been appointed to serve as the director of the center.
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A student studies in the Rivera Library
Pilot Program to Keep Library Open 24/7 During Finals
Students will be able to study for finals around the clock in the Science and Rivera libraries during finals weeks in the winter and spring quarters, March 16-21 and June 8-12. The 24-hour operation is a pilot program, said Ruth Jackson, university librarian. Reference librarian and circulation services will not be available after midnight, but study rooms, copiers and computer work stations will be accessible.
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