Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 3 | February 10, 2010

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Melissa Conway and Gwido Zlatkes with the recently acquired rare American first edition (on the right) of the H.G. Wells “The Time Machine.” Conway holds the London edition.
Rare Science Fiction Book Time Travels to UCR
When English novelist H.G. Wells completed his manuscript of “The Time Machine,” he submitted copies to publishers in New York and London. Both publishing houses – Holt in New York and Heinemann in London – produced separate editions, the Holt version appearing a few weeks before the better-known Heinemann edition in 1895. UCR’s Eaton Collection in January acquired a rare, first American edition, becoming one of only 25 repositories in the world to own a copy. The purchase was made possible with a $10,000 grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Because the London edition was the source of all subsequent printings, fewer copies of the American edition survive.
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Joel B. Munson
Raising Funds Top Priority for New AVC of Development
UCR has a new associate vice chancellor for development. Joel B. Munson started his career in TV news, moved into public relations and has spent the past 20 years in fund raising and campaigns for four U.S. colleges and most recently, one in England, the University of Southampton. His first day was Feb. 4. At UCR he reports to Vice Chancellor for Advancement Peter Hayashida and oversees private fund raising to support campus initiatives.
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Art Meets Science at the New Genomics Building
As planning for the state-of-the-art Genomics Building progressed, Natasha Raikhel was adamant: the 64,000-square-foot structure that would house research for contemporary science – genomics – must have contemporary art. And she knew the artist she wanted – Jim Isermann, professor of art and a longtime creator of large public art installations, including an impressive 35-foot-tall chandelier in the Genentech Hall at UC San Francisco.
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Two-day Conference Held to Honor the Work of Emory Elliott
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Show Your UCR Pride: Get Involved in Homecoming
There is still time to show your UCR blue and gold spirit with the remaining homecoming activities. On Friday, take part in the festivities with Scotty as the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo mascot burns. Evening activities will include food, bumper karts, a laser tag maze, and music provided by a celebrity D.J. Glow sticks and UCR spirit gear will be given away during the night. The event is sponsored by ASPB.
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Strategic Plan Reports In, New Deadline for Regent Presentation
How do you develop a plan designed to guide a major land-grant research institution of higher education with 19,000-plus students as it grows in diversity, accessibility, excellence and engagement and as it pursues a path to pre-eminence?” Quickly and efficiently, if the example is the work of the eight committees tasked with one part of the effort to develop a strategic plan that will guide UCR over the next decade.
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Newly formed Federation Will Address Area’s Education, Economy
Regional leaders in education, industry, government and the nonprofit sector met at UCR on Jan. 29 to begin the work of the newly formed Federation for a Competitive Economy (FACE). The program was previously known as the Educational Leadership Federation (ELF). Pamela Clute, UCR’s assistant vice provost for academic partnerships and executive director of the ALPHA Center, convened the meeting of the federation, which is designed to serve as a catalyst for improving educational attainment and the quality of life of people in the region.
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Historian Allgor Featured on PBS Special
Most Americans know Dolley Madison as the first lady who saved the portrait of George Washington as the British marched on Washington City in 1814, eventually setting fire to the White House. But Madison also contributed greatly to creating a sense of nationality and unity in the fledgling United States, says Catherine Allgor, professor of history and UC Presidential Chair. Allgor is one of five historians and authors who appear in a documentary, “Dolley Madison,” which premieres March 1 on PBS’s “American Experience.”
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Geology Building Renovations Complete
A special event is scheduled to celebrate the major reconstruction, which included making the building seismically sound.
As part of Homecoming 2010, the Department of Earth Sciences will host a celebration on Feb. 13 to dedicate the Geology Building, which recently underwent major reconstruction. The ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Geology Courtyard. Nearly 200 people, including about 40 alumni, are expected to attend. The $20 million renovation has made the building seismically sound and energy- and space-efficient. The interior, barring the floors and the subbasement, was gutted to improve lab and office space. Equipped with new windows, the building has a new HVAC system.
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NSF’s Jeanette Wing to Speak at Lecture Series
Jeannette M. Wing, assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will be the next speaker in the Bourns College of Engineering’s 20th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series, “Engineering Opportunities and Challenges: The Next 20 Years.”
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Teachers Skeptical, Angry About No Child Left Behind
Highly accomplished teachers assessing the merits of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act give the federal legislation a mixed report card, according to a study by UCR researchers in the January issue of Policy Matters, a quarterly journal published by UCR.
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Stem Cell Facility Officially Opens Doors
Chee Duncan Gee Liew (right), the academic coordinator of the facility, gives a tour to visitors during the Stem Cell Core Facility grand opening ceremony on Jan. 29. About 200 visitors from all over Southern California attended the event. The facility will be used for many areas of research, including osteoporosis, diabetes, wound healing, neurodegeneration and brain damage, and infertility.
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