Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 7 | April 14, 2010

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Features & News

Ongoing Efforts Encourage A Climate of Respect
A series of meetings, forums and events are designed to proactively address concerns.
Long before acts of racism and bias on sister UC campuses grabbed headlines this year, UCR administrators, faculty, staff and students were meeting to address concerns about hate speech, discrimination and how to encourage a climate of respect on campus.
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Christopher Reed
Reed Named Faculty Research Lecturer
Christopher Reed, a distinguished professor of chemistry, has been named the 2009-10 Faculty Research Lecturer. The award is the highest faculty honor the UCR Academic Senate bestows.
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Comments Offered on Strategic Plan First Draft
Approximately 65 members of the UCR community, mostly faculty members, attended an April 6 provost’s listening forum on the first draft of UCR’s new strategic plan.
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A “Trash Autopsy” will be held 1-2 p.m. April 21 by the bell tower as part of the UCR Earth Week activities.
Lots of Offerings during Earth Week 2010 at UCR
UCR will observe the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – April 22 – with a variety of events this month that address sustainability of the planet from the perspectives of preserving natural resources, public policy and impacts on human lives.
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Fund Raising for Medical School Ongoing
In two months on the job, medical school founding dean G. Richard Olds has been on the road meeting with elected officials and prospective donors to advocate for funding to launch the UCR School of Medicine. Medical school start-up activities have so far been supported by a $5 million grant, but additional funding will be necessary to prepare for the planned opening in fall 2012.
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The Science of Climate Change Explored in Symposium
Much of the debate surrounding the topic of climate change is a result of the inherent complexity of climate science, and the public miscommunication and misunderstanding of the subject.
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Center Seeks Families with Autistic Children
An autism resource center at UCR is conducting screening clinics for young children suspected of having autism and recruiting parents for group sessions about treatment options that will begin this summer.
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UC Retirement Plan Contributions Set to Start
In order to sustain and preserve faculty and staff pension benefits UC and employees who are members of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) will begin contributing to the plan in mid-April. The contributions will start being reflected in paychecks received May 7 through June 1, depending on when the individual employee gets paid.
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Women’s Center Host Film Series
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month UCR’s Women’s Resource Center will host the Rape Awareness Film Series, which features films that focus on rape and rape prevention.
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