Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 8 | April 28, 2010

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Features & News

Mary Gauvain will become Academic Senate chair on Sept. 1.
Gauvain: Seeking Opportunity Amidst Challenges
Incoming Academic Senate Chair Mary Gauvain takes the reins with an optimistic attitude.
California’s continuing budget woes. The launch of UCR’s medical school. The quest for membership in the American Association of Universities. All pose challenges and opportunities for UCR to thrive in uncertain times, believes Mary Gauvain, professor of psychology and newly elected chair of the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate. Gauvain was elected this month to succeed Anthony Norman. She begins a two-year term on Sept. 1.
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John Levin
Levin Named Interim Dean of GSOE
He will step in to replace Dean Steven Bossert while a search is under way.
John Levin, a UCR professor who leads an initiative on community colleges and access to higher education, has been named interim dean of UCR’s Graduate School of Education.
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Task Force Presents Possible Options for Pension, Retiree Health Benefits
UC task force asks for comments and questions before the final options are presented to President Yudof.
A UC task force visited UCR on April 13 and 14 to discuss the need to revise the way pension plans and health care for retirees are funded and to present some of the recommended options to address the issues. During the forums — one held for current and emeriti faculty and the other for current and retired staff — task force members spoke about their goal of developing options to fund the plans, which are facing funding shortfalls for future retirees, while still offering the benefits that allow the university to attract and retain high-end employees.
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Can there be Peace in the Middle East?
A CHASS panel explores that question while discussing the Israeli-Palestinain conflict.
Jews and Palestinians have historic claims to the same territory in the Middle East, and share a hope for ethnic self-determination, CHASS scholars agreed in an April 20 panel discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But they disagreed on prospects for a peaceful resolution anytime soon. The panelists were Michele Salzman, professor of history; Jeffrey Sacks, assistant professor of Islamic literature; Michael Alexander, associate professor of religious studies; Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing; and Howard Wettstein, professor of philosophy. CHASS Dean Stephen Cullenberg moderated.
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Police Seek Suspects in a Hate Crime
The Riverside Police Department investigated an assault that occurred at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 against two male UCR students in the area of University and Chicago avenues. Three men were reported to make anti-gay statements while beating two young men with their fists. The two students reported the incident to Riverside police and were taken to a hospital for evaluation.
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Truck and Bus Emissions Testing Expands
A new laboratory facility at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) will allow researchers to simulate real-world driving conditions to test truck and bus emissions. The heavy-duty vehicle chassis dynamometer — a computer controlled set of motors and analyzers that mimics driving conditions, road grades and cargo loads and provides emission readings — was dedicated on April 14.
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Kwon Young-Kon, president of the Overseas Koreans Foundation, and Chancellor White signed an agreement establishing the Young-Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies.
UCR, Korea Partner for Education, Research
A team of UCR representatives went to Korea earlier this month to forge new partnerships. On April 12, UCR and the Overseas Koreans Foundation signed an agreement to establish a research center for Korean-American studies on the UCR campus.
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Researchers release the mountain yellow-legged frog.
Endangered Frog Released at James Reserve
For the first time, scientists have released eggs of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog in its former habitat at UCR’s James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.
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