Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 1 | January 13, 2010

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Top row, left to right: Eric L. Chronister, Timothy Close, Richard J. Debus, and Darleen A. DeMason; bottom row, left to right: Timothy W. Lyons, Yolanda Moses, Walid A. Najjar, and Daniel Schlenk.
Eight Researchers Recognized by the AAAS
Eight UCR researchers have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year AAAS gave the honor to 531 of its members for “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”
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Sean Cutler is an assistant professor of plant cell biology in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
Plant Scientist’s Research on Top Breakthrough List
Sean Cutler’s lab showed how a plant stress hormone helps plants survive drought.
Research contributions by Sean Cutler, an assistant professor of plant cell biology and an assistant plant cell biologist, has been named by Science magazine as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year. In April 2009, Cutler showed how abscisic acid (ABA), a naturally produced plant stress hormone, helps plants survive by inhibiting their growth in times of drought – research that has important agricultural implications.
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Campus Safety Walk Designed to Deter Future Threats
On a chilly night last November, Romanie Arterberry led about 130 campus volunteers who shared a unified mission — to make the campus safer for all by taking part in the annual campus safety walk, which invites faculty, staff and students to help in the continuous effort to improve campus safety, and to increase student awareness of how they can play a role in ensuring their own safety.
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Climate Subcommittee Asks Campus for Input
The results will be incorporated into recommendations for the campus strategic plan.
A campuswide open house, more visibility about campus and community cultural offerings, parking solutions, diversity training and yes, water features, water features, water features, were among the suggestions made during an open forum held Dec. 16 by the Campus Climate and Community subcommittee. Comprised of faculty, staff and students, the subcommittee will use what it heard during the open forum to make recommendations for the strategic plan, which will guide the campus through the next decade.
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UC and Clerical Union Reach Agreement on Temporary Layoffs
The University of California has reached an agreement with the Coalition of University Employees (CUE) on temporary layoffs for fiscal year 2009-10 to address this year’s budgetary shortfall. The agreement with CUE, the union representing 14,000 UC clerical employees, is similar to the furlough and salary reduction program affecting nonrepresented employees. Under the deal, CUE members will accept salary reductions of 4 to 6 percent, depending on their pay band, along with a corresponding number of temporary layoff days.
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SoBA Dean Outlines Strategic Vision for Riverside
David W. Stewart, dean of the School of Business Administration, chaired a taskforce that developed a strategic vision for the future of the City of Riverside, “Seizing Our Destiny: The Agenda for Riverside’s Innovative Future,” which was adopted by the city council at its meeting Dec. 15. Among its many recommendations (grouped into “strategic routes”), the report calls for the city to become a “green machine.” It suggests the city fully implement the Green Riverside Action Plan, which promotes sustainable activities and enterprises, and for the creation of a business district that includes an enterprise zone to attract new green businesses, along with an international action plan to recruit them.
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Mileage Rates Adjusted
The university’s mileage reimbursement rates for expenses incurred in connection with the business use of a private automobile has decreased in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service standard mileage rates published in IR 2009-111. The new rates are effective for expenses incurred on or after Jan. 1, 2010.
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Symposium Explores Social Justice Activist Practices
“Interpretive Violence of the Law,” a symposium that will examine how common strategies used by social justice activists often work against their intended purpose, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 8 p.m. in Interdisciplinary building room 1113.
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Susan Hackwood
Founding BCOE Dean Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Lecture Series
Susan Hackwood, founding dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), will deliver the first lecture in the series, “Engineering Opportunities and Challenges: The Next 20 Years,” which will celebrate the college’s 20th anniversary by looking ahead at the future of science and engineering. Hackwood, who is currently executive director of the California Council on Science and Technology, will be joined by Jeffrey Rudolph, director of the California Science Center in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, as they describe their vision of how students will learn science and technology concepts in 2030.
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