Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 18 | November 11, 2009

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Features & News

G. Richard Olds M.D.
Medical School Dean Named
G. Richard Olds, M.D., an internationally recognized tropical disease authority and chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been appointed vice chancellor of health affairs and founding dean of the UCR medical school.
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Top: Raymond Orbach receives a standing ovation  during the renaming ceremony. Above: Orbach greets staff members Mike Wicke and Lisa Hjulberg.
Library Legacy Goes to Chancellor Orbach
The campus has honored former chancellor Raymond L. Orbach by officially renaming the Science Library, built during his tenure, the Raymond L. Orbach Science Library. “I spent many wonderful hours in this library,” said Orbach at the ceremony on Nov. 3. “This building represents a bountiful future for UCR. When I come back, no one will know who I am, but I will be very proud of what it signifies.”
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Campus Co-hosts One of Three UC Centers of Expertise
The centers are part of the UC Global Health Institute.
UCR will play a key role in the creation of a University of California Global Health Institute, a groundbreaking, multicampus program for global health education, research and partnerships announced Nov. 9. The institute is expected to eventually lead to the establishment of the first systemwide professional school — the UC School of Global Health. Global health represents more than a $75 billion impact on the California economy, according to a Nov. 9 report by Arindam Nandi, a UCR doctoral candidate in economics, who conducted the study under the guidance and supervision of Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and associate dean of CHASS.
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UCR Speakers Comment on Commission of the Future
Speakers at a campus forum last week expressed concern about the UC Commission on the Future’s composition, timeline and agenda. The commission, led by UC President Mark Yudof and regents’ Chair Russell Gould, is charged with recommending how UC can “best serve the state in the years ahead and maintain access, quality and affordability in a time of diminishing resources.” Its working groups will address education and curriculum, the size and shape of UC, access and affordability, funding strategies and research strategies.
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WASC Team Visits, Commends, Recommends
The team reviewing UCR’s fitness for reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) commended the campus for its commitment to diversity and collaboration between student affairs and academic programs. In an Oct. 29 exit presentation to campus leaders, the five-member team also urged further efforts to assess how well students are learning and to respond to the results of such assessment with appropriate curricular and pedagogical changes.
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UC Benefits Task Force Visits Campus
Members of a President’s Task Force on the Future of UC Benefits held a forum on campus Oct. 19 to give faculty, staff and retirees the opportunity to ask questions and learn about how fiscal pressures are affecting pension and retiree health programs. The task force has been charged with developing options for balancing the long-term costs of retiree benefits with the need to provide competitive compensation to faculty and staff.
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UCR Leads Math and Science Teaching Project
Math and science teachers at two Inland Southern California middle schools will have an opportunity to improve their teaching and enhance student learning thanks to a four-year $1 million grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission awarded to UC Riverside. Sue Teele, UCR Extension associate dean and director of education, is leading the Inland Area Teaching Excellence and Achievement in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) project. The project’s goals is to reduce the math and science achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups.
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