Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 2 | January 27, 2010

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UCR health care facilitator Mary Johnson and disability analyst Tina Rodriguez  and other UCR employees worked on the behalf of human resources, benefits manager Theron Lyon, who is fighting leukemia.
Pulling Together to Take Care of UCR Family
For 23 years, Theron Lyon has been known on UC Riverside’s campus as the guy who helps people. When he fell dangerously ill last year, it was the campus community’s turn to help him.
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Steven Bossert
GSOE Dean Steven Bossert to Return to Faculty
Steven Bossert, dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSOE), will return to the faculty effective July 1. “We are grateful for the achievements of Dean Bossert and the school’s faculty, staff and students during his tenure as dean,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White in an announcement to the UCR community. “Achievements include the GSOE more than doubling its extramural research funding, establishing a new graduate program emphasis [in higher education policy], hiring outstanding new faculty and passing numerous external reviews.”
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New Web Site Provides a Tool for Finding Student Scholarships
Faculty and staff have a new resource to help students be well-funded: a searchable Web site that offers details about who can qualify for individual scholarships offered at UCR. The Web site,, lists scholarships, fellowships, prizes, awards and loan funds, the name and history of the donor, who can apply for the award and the name of a contact person.
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School of Medicine Gets $4 Million Appropriation
The UCR School of Medicine will receive $4 million as the result of an appropriation by Congress through the budget of the Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will support construction of facilities in preparation for the opening of the medical school, anticipated in fall 2012.
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Pack the House for Men’s Basketball on ESPN2
The UC Riverside vs. Pacific men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 30, at UCR’s Student Recreation Center will be broadcast on ESPN2. The game starts at 5 p.m.
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Hays Lecture Among Highlights of Writers Week
Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history of Al-Qaeda, will present the 42nd Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the University Theatre. The Hays Lecture comes at the midpoint of the 32nd annual Writers Week, which this year includes the program’s first science fiction colloquium. Writers Week begins on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 13.
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Martinez-Morales Named to Lead Solar Research Initiative
Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales has been named managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE). Based at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), SC-Rise is a new and unique collaboration between researchers, industry and government.
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Former Dean Opens BCOE Lecture Series
The future of science and engineering education was the subject of the first lecture in the series “Engineering Opportunities and Challenges: The Next 20 Years,” which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Bourns College of Engineering.
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Chee Duncan Gee Liew and Kai zur Nieden, key staff at the Stem Cell Core Facility, stand beside the Nikon BioStation.
Stem Cell Core Facility Holds Grand Opening
Stem cell research at UCR is about to gather speed thanks to the new Stem Cell Core Facility (SCCF) – a shared facility providing infrastructure, equipment and trained personnel for doing stem cell research that ordinarily would not be available in most laboratories. The SCCF, located in Noel Keen Hall, will have its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29.
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