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

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Top: UCR’s women’s basketball team celebrates after a 71-67 win against UC Davis.
Bottom: Women’s basketball player Leah Washington shows her Highlander pride.
‘Riverside is Going to the NCAA Tournament’
That is the excited pronouncement of the game announcer after UCR women’s basketball team beat UC Davis.
UCR’s women’s basketball team got a slow start but surged ahead during the season to win the Big West Conference Tournament Championship in an upset on March 13. The final game against UC Davis at the Anaheim Convention Center was close, 71-67. The game was followed by a rowdy celebration in the Anaheim Convention Center, complete with cheers of “Who’s Side? R’Side!”
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Springtime on Campus and ... in the Gardens
After what seemed like endless clouds and rainy days, springtime greenery began popping out all over campus, providing a tranquil setting for finals week and spring break. UCR Botanic Gardens will hold its 37th annual Spring plant sale this weekend, March 27 and 28. Billed as the Inland Empire’s largest plant sale, the event will include a large selection of water-efficient and heat-loving plants for spring planting.
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WASC to UCR: A Thumbs up for 10 More Years
UC Riverside is cited as a national example of achieving excellence through diversity.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has cited UC Riverside as a national exemplar for achieving excellence through diversity of people, ideas, and programs. WASC also commended UCR for how student affairs and academic affairs work together. The kudos came during a process of successfully accrediting UCR for another 10 years of operation.
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Forums Present Pension and Health Benefit Options
In two forums, members of the Post-Employment Benefits Task Force will talk about their work and the range of options being considered for pension and retirement health benefits. They will also share the results of the recent employee preference survey. The forums will be held in April, one for faculty and emeriti, and another for staff and retirees. Although separate presentations are planned for these groups, both are open to all current and retired faculty and staff members.
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Comments Requested on Strategic Plan First Draft
Faculty and staff are being asked to submit their comments on the first draft of the campus Strategic Plan by March 29. Released on March 1, the plan is based on the efforts of subcommittees working in the areas of academic excellence, research, graduate education, undergraduate education, community engagement, climate, advancement and resources.
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Samantha Wilson
Staff Member Attends Clinton Global Initiative University — Again
This is the third visit for Samantha Wilson, who attended twice while she was a UCR undergraduate student.
Samantha Wilson, coordinator of undergraduate research in the community for the UCR Office of Undergraduate Education, has been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) for the third time. She previously represented UCR and her nonprofit, the Child Leader Project, for two years as an undergraduate. CGIU will be held April 16-18 at the University of Miami. Wilson established the project in 2008 to provide values-based leadership and scholarship programming to underserved youth communities in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
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Staff Assembly Accepting Applications for Scholarships
Staff Assembly is now accepting applications for its enrichment or personal growth scholarship program. Through the program, career staff employees who have completed their probation period are eligible to apply for scholarship funding.
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Harnessing Sensory Superpowers
UCR psychologist Lawrence Rosenblum authors a book that reveals the hidden powers of our five senses.
Blind mountain bikers use echolocation to hear rocks in the trail. A connoisseur sniffs out the world’s most expensive cup of coffee. An artist whose sight disappeared as a young man paints and chooses his colors by touch. New research in perceptual psychology and brain science is revealing that our senses pick up information about the world that we thought was only available to other species, Lawrence Rosenblum, professor of psychology, writes in a new book, “See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses”, published this month.
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UC Seeks Applications for Information Technology
The University of California is seeking applications for the Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology.
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After the Shaking Stops: Crunch the Numbers
A mathematical model that takes into account available expertise, travel time and likely survival rates could result in saving more lives in natural disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
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LGBT Center Receives Grant to Upgrade its CyberCenter
UCR’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center is the recipient of a David Bohnett Foundation Cyber Center Grant. NancyJean Tubbs, director of the LGBT center, said that she will not know the full amount of the grant until the fall when the center is scheduled to receive five computers, software, and a printer and scanner that will replace the current equipment.
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