Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 15 | September 23, 2009

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Features & News

Furloughs, Salary Reductions Kick In
The systemwide furlough/salary reduction plan approved by the UC Regents went into effect on Sept. 1, 2009. Under the terms of the plan most employees will take reductions in salary in return for time off.
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Furlough Cake and Other Tips for Budget Blues
At a recent office lunch, as slices of frosted birthday cake went around on paper plates, one campus jokester quipped, “Have some cake. But remember, you guys, you have to give seven percent of it back.”
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Top: Judith Wood, director of UCR child development center, in the toddler room, shortly before the center opened. Above: The playground has separate areas to accommodate each age group.
Child Development Center Expansion Up and Running
Addition to the existing center doubles capacity, adds unique services.
Call it the Rolls Royce of day care. Since it first opened its doors in 1996, UCR’s Child Development Center has offered students, and working faculty and staff peace of mind in the form of a nurturing environment, first-rate education, a low child-to-teacher ratio and nutritious lunches for their most precious possessions.
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Campus Ranked 16th by Washington Monthly for Service
UCR ranks 16th in a Washington Monthly comparison of national universities based on what they are doing for the country. The university was one of six UCs and one of only eight California universities in Washington Monthly’s Top 30 list out of 258 national universities. The magazine also ranked 253 liberal arts colleges.
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New Faculty Few But Expertise is Broad
The budget cuts have resulted in UCR hiring only 20 new faculty this year, but the new hires are some of the very best in their fields, their expertise ranging from reconfigurable computing, the phases of matter, water management, and the epidemiology of HIV to how students learn math and science and the history of photography.
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Event Designed to Bring Awareness of Stem Cell Research
Sept. 23 is Stem Cell Awareness Day, created to spread information and excitement about the field of stem cell research. To mark the day, Richard Luben, a member of the Stem Cell Center on campus, will participate in outreach.
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Anil Deolalikar
Center for Sustainable Suburban Development Names New Director
The center also receives $3 million award to build a “colaboratory.”
Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and associate dean of social sciences in CHASS, has been appointed director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD).
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Communication is Good for What Ails You
Patients and doctors do better when they talk, and listen, to each other.
How well patients follow their doctor’s orders is significantly related to the communication skills of their physicians, Robin DiMatteo, distinguished professor of psychology, and Kelly Haskard, assistant professor of psychology at Texas State University, San Marcos have found in an analysis of more than 100 previous studies.
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Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Schlundt Lecture Features Dance Scholar
Brenda Dixon Gottschild, a leading scholar of American dance, will present the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture in Dance Studies on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in ARTS 166.
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Top: William Kidder. Above: UC students at the Assembly Center in Sacramento, May 1942
Law School Experience Helps Right a Wrong
UCR staff member works to grant honorary degrees to UC students forced into WWII internment camps.
UCR staff member William Kidder celebrated when the UC Board of Regents voted July 16 to grant special honorary degrees to hundreds of men and women forced to leave their studies at the University of California as a result of the internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
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Law School Experience Helps Right a Wrong
UCR staff member works to grant honorary degrees to UC students forced into WWII internment camps.
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Secondhand smoke can cause liver disease.
Secondhand Smoke Can Cause Fatal Liver Disease
A team of scientists led by Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology, has found that even secondhand tobacco smoke exposure can result in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a common disease and rising cause of chronic liver injury in which fat accumulates in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol.
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Grant to Fund Barley Genome Exploration
Barley, one of the world’s most important crops, ranks third in the United States and fourth worldwide among cereals in area of cultivation and quantity produced. Researchers Timothy Close and Stefano Lonardi now will be able to advance their work on sequencing the barley genome (complete genetic blueprint) and breeding new barley varieties thanks to a two-year $1 million grant they received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA/CSREES).
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SoBA is a new name at UCR
UCR’s business school has a new name: The School of Business Administration.
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Campus Prepares for Flu Season
UCR is on high alert at the start of the academic year because the H1N1 flu has proven to be highly contagious on university campuses.
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UCR/CMP Web Site A Big Hit
A Time magazine article and online photo gallery of the UCR/California Museum of Photography exhibition “Sight Unseen,” featuring work by 12 of the most accomplished blind photographers in the world, and a marketing campaign that made heavy use of social networking helped boost traffic significantly on the UCR/CMP Web site. The exhibition ran through Aug. 29.
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Back to School for the Teachers
Allen Mills, professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy gives instruction to 20 high school physics teachers during the two-week Summer Physics Academy.
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South Korean Scholar Plays a Mean Bagpipe
Dong-Hwan Choe dreamed of meeting a real bagpiper when he was in his homeland. Now he is an up-and-coming piper.
As the sunset bathes the Box Springs Mountains in hues of orange and red, the soulful sound of a solitary bagpiper wafts across an empty campus parking lot. It is a sound that postdoctoral fellow Dong-Hwan Choe finds especially soothing at the end of a long day in the lab.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Living at A-I Residence Hall
Housing staff will kick off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Aberdeen-Inverness (A-I) Residence Hall at an event at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at the horseshoe across the from the entrance to A-I. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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Conference Explores Arts and Southeast Asia
A two-day conference exploring connections between media and the arts that lead to new ways of thinking about Southeast Asia and its diasporas opens at UCR on Friday, Oct. 2. The conference, “Viral Ports, Virtual Currents: Interconnections Between Media, the Arts and the Everyday in Southeast Asia and Its Diasporas,” will be held Oct. 2 and 3 in Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113. Admission is free.
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