Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 9 | May 12, 2010

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Jian-Kang Zhu speaks at a reception held in the new genomics building in his honor on  April 27.
Plant Cell Biologist Receives Top Scientific Honor
Jian-Kang Zhu, a professor of plant cell biology and a UCR alumnus, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his achievements in original scientific research.
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ASP director Ken Simons (center) consults with Chancellor White and executive assistant Jessica Darin.
UCR Pulls Together to Put on African Black Coalition Conference
It was a team effort that pulled off the May 1 annual conference of the African Black Coalition, a student group advocating for the success and empowerment of black students on all of the undergraduate UC campuses. This year’s conference drew about 600 participants under the theme “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” UCR student organizers included Stacey Hartnett, Denesa Moore, Jazmine Ward and Ashley Williams. Chancellor Timothy P. White, Vice Chancellor Jim Sandoval and Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge helped welcome attendees.
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Genomics, Poetry Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellows
Norman Ellstrand and Juan Felipe Herrera have been awarded 2010 Guggenheim fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Ellstrand, a professor of genetics, received the fellowship for genetics, genomics and hybridization. Herrera, a professor of creative writing, received the fellowship for poetry.
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State of the Campus: Hope, Recognition, Partnerships Offer Good News
Signs of economic hope, national recognition for faculty and international agreements were all covered by UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White during his State of the Campus address April 28.
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More than 3,000 students are scheduled to walk during seven ceremonies this June.
Volunteers Needed for Commencement Ceremonies
More than 3,000 students are expected to walk this year in seven different ceremonies, held June 11-14 on Pierce Hall lawn. While the focus of commencement is on the success of those graduates, the coordinated work of the many ceremony volunteers who make it happen is an example of the dedicated staff and faculty who worked hard to ensure the students take that walk to the stage to get their diploma.
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Thomas Payne
BCOE Lecture Series Will Conclude With Event Honoring Tom Payne
Tom Payne, associate professor emeritus of computer science and engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), will give the final lecture in the college’s 20th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series, Engineering Opportunities and Challenges: The Next 20 Years, on Thursday, May 20, at 3 p.m in Engineering Building II, room 205/206. The event is free and open to the public.
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UCPD Targets Bicycle Safety
UC Riverside police officers will spotlight bicycle safety over the next few weeks as they kick off a campaign to alert cyclists about the rules of the road.
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Workshop Helps Graduate Students Compete for NSF Grants
One afternoon last September, 130 UCR graduate students squeezed into a room intended to hold only approximately 40 people. They were all there to attend the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) grant-writing workshop. The workshop was intended to guide NSF GRF applicants. Leah Haimo, the associate dean of the Graduate Division, led the workshop, assisted by a panel of previously successful applicants and faculty members who had formerly served on NSF GRF review panels.
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