Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 6, Number 10 | May 26, 2010

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New Web Site Helps Define Why UCR Shines
Using video, photography and faculty profiles, the site showcases innovative research that provides real-world global solutions.
Telling the UCR story is a little bit easier because of a new “Living the Promise” Web site ( that showcases research related to health, technology and sustainability.
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Operation Education: Helping Disabled Veterans Succeed
Karen White, UCR’s first lady, is leading an effort to provide scholarships to students who sacrificed for their country.
For many students, getting through four years of college can be stressful and overwhelming. But imagine taking on that challenge while also dealing with a life-changing disability that resulted from military service in the war. To help those veterans succeed, UC Riverside is kicking off the Operation Education Scholarship, a comprehensive program that will provide funding for education-related expenses, individualized educational support, as well as social and emotional support for the veteran and his or her family while pursuing a college degree.
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Memorial Honors Those Who Have Passed Away
UCR will hold its sixth annual Campus Memorial service at 4 p.m. today in the Botanic Gardens. The ceremony, which is open to all members of the UCR community, is dedicated to celebrating the lives of faculty, staff, students, alumni and special friends of the university who have passed away over the last year, and reflecting upon the important contributions that these individuals made to UCR.
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Staff Assembly Announces 2010-11 Board
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Donors Ida and Rodney Moore with student scholarship recipient Devonna Gaitlin (center).
Students Meet the Donors Who Make the Journey Easier
They wore sneakers and heels, T-shirts and ties. And there was both laughter and tears as they found each other in the crowd. Nearly 500 people, both donors and scholarship recipients, gathered in the Highlander Union Building last month to celebrate individual student success stories — representing $6 million in scholarship funds awarded over the past two years at UCR.
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Emergency Notification Services Help UC Travelers
The University of California Office of the President Risk Services is using the services of iJET, an organization that provides worldwide assistance to assist university travelers during emergency situations. Travelers who register will receive direct e-mail notices from iJET/Worldcue regarding political unrest, natural disasters, war activities, health warnings and other hazards. The company also provides services for medical emergencies or evacuation, emergency travel arrangements, safe housing, security, and rescue when necessary.
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University of California Staff Adviser Named
Penelope (Penny) Herbert, manager in the Department of Clinical Operations at UC Davis Health System, has been selected as the 2010-12 staff adviser-designate to the University of California Regents. Herbert joins Juliann Martinez, 2009-2011 staff adviser.
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Undergraduate Student Accepted to Eight Top Medical Schools
Undergraduate Sergio Alfaro spent his high school years in Maywood, Calif., and later in Burbank, Calif., unmotivated, undisciplined and unsure about what he wanted to do or be in life. But that confusion, which he attributes partly to teenage angst, gave way to clarity when, as a soldier training to be a medic at Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he worked in a mock mass casualty situation, treating “patients” for injuries ranging from impairment to the eye, to a collapsed lung, to intestinal evisceration. The experience, which brought Alfaro face-to-face with life and death, helped him choose medicine for a career.
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Turfgrass Research Featured on UCTV
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist James Baird’s turfgrass research is featured on the spring edition of UCTV’s premiere magazine program ”State of Minds.” Produced by UCR video operations manager, Carla Yarbrough, the program segment describes campus researchers’ pursuit of more-drought-tolerant grass.
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Jacques and Eugene Yeager Conference Room Dedication
The Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) held a dedication of the Jacques and Eugene Yeager Conference Room on May 17. Pictured left to right are: Engineering Dean Reza Abbaschian; Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Joe Norbeck; Billie Yeager (wife of Eugene Yeager); UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White; Eugene (Gene) Yeager; Jacques (Jack) Yeager and CE-CERT Director and Professor of Electrical Engineering Matt Barth. Barth holds the Jacques and Eugene Yeager Families Endowed Chair in CE-CERT, which was previously held by Norbeck.
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