Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 4 | February 24, 2010

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Specially reserved spaces in lots 1 and 15 are home to campus Zipcars.
Zipcar Program Provides Alternative to Owning a Car
Staff, faculty and students can take part in the national car-sharing program.
For many commuters “I need my car during the day” is a stock response for why they do not use alternative transportation in their commute to UCR But that excuse may not fly anymore. In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion, parking problems and improve air quality, UCR has partnered with Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service, to offer four-fuel efficient car-sharing vehicles that are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are located in reserved spaces in parking lots 1 and 15.
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Sharing a Wealth of Teaching Techniques
Two UCR professors will be honored Thursday, March 4, for their innovative teaching styles and success in enhancing the student learning experience during the 2009 Innovative Teaching Award and Lecture. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. in Bourns A265. Ward Beyermann, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will talk about how to engage students in the lesson.
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Academic Senate Members Approve Resolutions
In a rare mailed ballot election, Academic Senate members approved five resolutions relating to strategic planning and budget cuts. The resolutions had been presented at the last division meeting Dec. 4. Four of the resolutions were proposed by a concerned faculty group. Of those four, the resolution that received the most favorable votes — 82 percent of those cast — urged the university “to provide meaningful guidance and long-term planning to ensure continued viability and equity in the provision of retirement benefits.”
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Staff, Faculty Asked to Get Involved in Budget Advocacy
Working to combat a steep slide in state support for higher education, advocates for the University of California are planning large rallies in Sacramento this spring to persuade lawmakers that public higher education should be a funding priority. The UC Student Association on March 1 will hold a rally and press conference at the state Capitol. University of California President Mark G. Yudof, along with several UC regents and chancellors, will join student organizers later in the day for meetings with key legislative leaders.
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Henry Snyder
It’s Official: Henry Snyder is Most Excellent
To the titles Recipient of a National Humanities Medal and Professor of History Emeritus, Henry Snyder can add one more: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The award, which is presented to few individuals outside the United Kingdom, was announced by Queen Elizabeth II in December and will be presented to Snyder at the British embassy in Washington, D.C., in early spring.
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Sweeney will reopen in October in the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.
Sweeney Closes Temporarily to Reopen in the Culver Center
UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery has closed in its current location and has begun the several-month process of moving down the block into the three-story Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, which is located in an under-renovation late-19th century department store in the 3800 block of Main Street in Riverside. The gallery’s final exhibit in its current location closed on Feb. 6.
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Uncovering the Mystery of Malaria
Malaria remains one of the most deadly infectious diseases. Yet, how Plasmodium, the malaria parasite, regulates its infectious cycle has remained an enigma despite decades of rigorous research. But now a research team led by Karine Le Roch, an assistant professor of cell biology and neuroscience, has identified a mechanism by which Plasmodium intensively replicates itself in human blood to spread the disease.
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African American Students Do Well at UCR
African-American students at UCR continue beyond their first year and graduate at higher rates than any other ethnic group, according to the latest retention and six-year graduation figures. African-Americans in the fall 2002 freshman class had a 73.9 percent graduation rate by 2008, while the overall campus graduation rate was 64.3 percent. Their first-year retention rate was 92.8 percent, while the campus persistence rate was 84.9 percent.
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NSF’s Wing Makes Case for Computational Thinking
Jeannette Wing, assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation, gave a talk, “Computational Thinking,” at the Bourns College of Engineering’s 20th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series Feb. 17. In her talk, Wing promoted the idea of introducing computational thinking early in students’ lives (i.e., in grades K-12). Wing discussed abstraction and automation as foundations for computation thinking.
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