Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 19 | November 25, 2009

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Campus Shares Budget Pain
Staff and faculty asked to pull up their bootstraps to weather cuts affecting the entire campus.
The $51 million budget reduction this academic year has required deep cuts across the campus, including a complicated furlough/pay cut plan that increases workload while decreasing staff time.
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Making the Case
There have been sacrifices on campus, but the University of California system is doing its part by communicating the value of the UC system to lawmakers, the governor, and the public at large.
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Hard Budget Times Require Strategic Plan
Academic Senate Chair Anthony Norman said at a Nov. 12 campus forum at the HUB that UCR has not had a functional strategic plan in about seven years, and the campus needs one.
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Quake catcher USB sensor.
Quake Catchers Needed
A UCR graduate student is seeking volunteers from the campus community to take part in an earthquake-monitoring project launched by UCR and Stanford University scientists. Campus staff and faculty are being asked to volunteer but they will spend almost zero time on the project. Instead, their desktop computers will do all the work.
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Grant Funds Synthetic Fuel Facility
The California Energy Commission has awarded a $1 million grant to the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) to build a process demonstration unit (PDU) to convert biosolids to synthetic diesel fuel. The PDU will be located at CE-CERT’s facilities on Columbia Avenue and will use a steam hydrogasification process at the center (“the CE-CERT Process”) to convert biosolids from the city of Riverside’s wastewater treatment facility comingled with green waste to help California meet its goals for clean alternative transportation fuels.
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Local Kindergarten Class Adopts UCR
It’s never too early to learn about the value of a college education and UCR alumna Alejandrina Vasquez’ kindergarten class at Foothill Elementary School in Riverside is no exception. Inspired by the national program No Excuses University Network, Foothill’s principal Hector Zaldivar encouraged his teachers to have their classes adopt a campus.
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Copying Mother Nature’s Designs
David Bocian will receive more than $1 million over five years as a co-investigator in the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), to be headquartered at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. The center seeks to better understand natural photosynthetic systems and design more durable human-made compounds for capturing light.
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