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The Top: Highlights of 2014

A look back at the biggest moments of 2014

December 10, 2014

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox was formally invested by UC President Janet Napolitano at the investiture ceremony on April 24. Photo By: Carrie Rosema

Who Says?

When most people think of Asian-American, they think immigration, education, language access, and that's about it. ... But it's much more than that. This is a fuller sense of what Asian-Americans are. And it gives you a sense of what an Asian-American agenda might look like.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on how the results of a poll he conducted on Asian-Americans shows that income inequality, affirmative action and gun control are issues of serious concern for Asian-Americans


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Guardian Scholars Food/Toiletry Drive

The Guardian Scholars Program is collecting nonperishable items to help stock the Guardian Scholars food pantry. The pantry is stocked with plenty of toothbrushes and toothpaste, but other toiletry items would be appreciated. They also have a student who is lactose intolerant, and another with a gluten allergy, so those specialty items are also needed. Gift cards to restaurants on campus or within walking distance are also welcome. Items can be dropped off at the Alumni & Visitors Center administrative suite and the Events Management & Protocol office at 1144 Hinderaker by Friday, Dec. 12.

Awards & Honors

Laila Lalami’s Book One of NYT’s Best of 2014

Creative Writing Professor Laila Lalami’s book, “The Moor’s Account” (Pantheon), made it to the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2014. The list of the year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Estebanico, the first black explorer of America, narrates this fictional memoir.

Research & Scholarship

SISTERS Program Launched

On Nov. 21, the SISTERS Program launched. It stands for Success in Science & Technology: Engagement with Role-models, uses a role model approach to encourage more girls to attend college and pursue a STEM career.
The goal of SISTERS is to empower the 50 middle-school girls to pursue STEM fields, while also boost their self-confidence; help them overcome bullying, stereotypes and other hurdles; and prepare them for STEM success.
All the UCR students doing the mentoring are members of the Science Ambassadors program at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The SISTERS program was the idea of Roselyn Tran, a fourth-year biology major and president of the Science Ambassadors.

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