Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 7 | April 15, 2009

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Earth Week Events Showcase Sustainable UCR
Recycled aluminum, plastic, wood, oil, cardboard, white paper, newspaper, concrete, wiring, food, refrigerators, freezers, furniture, batteries, drywall, cement, wooden palettes, vegetable cooking oil, batteries. Phone books, catalogs … It’s all part of UCR’s extensive and ongoing efforts to green-up the campus, said Bob Slater, assistant superintendent of building maintenance and operations.
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“He was a friend and mentor to so many on this campus ...,” said Katherine Kinney, chair of the Department of English.
Remembering Emory Elliott, Distinguished Professor
Emory Elliott, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a University Professor in the UC system, died of a heart attack March 31 in his Riverside home, leaving the campus in shock. He was 66.
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Difficult Economic Times Call for Creative Planning
People on campus responsible for state general fund budgets have done some heavy lifting recently. They are participating in a sobering process that will lead to differential budget reduction targets across campus. “These are difficult economic times in California,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White, as he issued a letter to campus this week that included an opportunity at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in Highlader Union Building for a staff brown bag meeting to discuss the budget.
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Incident Reporting System Provides Single-Point Online Database
If a tree falls in a UCR parking lot when no people or cars are around, is it a reportable incident? Until now, the answer was “No.” On April 1, UCR began testing the new UC-wide Incident Reporting System that will record all safety-related occurrences – injury and non-injury accidents, exposures to potentially hazardous substances, and near misses – in an online database.
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Campus Program Gains AAHRPP Accreditation
UCR has received full accreditation for its Human Research Protection Program, a campus-wide program that promotes high quality, ethical research and assists researchers in complying with federal, state and university policies regarding experimentation involving human subjects.
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Robert Clare, professor of physics, works with San Jacinto High School students.
High School Students Get Personal with Physics
For the second time in as many years, the Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted a physics “master class,” an interactive exercise that offered 22 students from San Jacinto High School an opportunity to get hands-on experience with high-energy physics. The 11th-grade students visited campus on March 24, where they attended lectures and participated in exercises in an effort to better understand particle physics.
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UCR Unveils Its YouTube Channel
From interviews with faculty members to gems from the video archives, UCR’s impact is more visible on the Web because of a campus YouTube channel located at Campus history buffs can listen to the soft Welsh accent of UCR’s founding provost, Gordon Watkins, in a 1954 video about the opening of the campus.
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Eaton Conference Explores Jules Verne and Extraordinary Voyages
Dozens of international scholars of science fiction and popular authors will discuss the impact of Jules Verne, the 19th century French author of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” at the 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Conference May 1-3. “Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond” will be presented by the UCR Libraries’ Eaton Science Fiction Collection and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in coordination with the North American Jules Verne Society. Conference events will be held at the UCR Extension Center.
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