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Asking Those Who Do the Work to Reimagine the Work

Campus community brainstorms on how to operate more effectively at the culmination of the Organizational Excellence seminar series

June 23, 2015

The Organizational Excellence series culminated on May 26, where 350 people brainstormed ideas on how the campus can operate more effectively. In the photo Vice Chancellor Ron Coley explains the results to campus ambassadors.

Who Says?

I feel like I’m on one of those big diving boards … I was on a really high one already, and now I’m going to the highest one. It’s a little scary, but I’m going to do a back flip and dance as I go into it.

Juan Felipe Herrera, professor of creative writing emeritus at UCR, on receiving news that he was named U.S. poet laureate


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Did You Know?

UCR Hosts Computing Services Conference

The University of California Computing Services Conference will be held at UCR this year from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18. Begun as a grass-roots effort by UC campuses to share knowledge and information, technologists from the UC campuses have met each summer since 1982 to discuss common issues associated with providing and supporting information technology services at the University of California. For more information and registration information, go to

Awards & Honors

Grant to Support Research on Virus-vector-host Interactions

James Ng, an associate professor of plant pathology and microbiology at UCR, and two European colleagues have received a research grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HSFP), an international program of research support. The competition for the grants was intense: HFSP received 1013 letters of intent and invited only 82 teams to submit full applications. Of these, only 21 proposals involving 67 scientists were awarded.

Research & Scholarship

Jeff Sacks Publishes New Book

Jeff Sacks, associate professor and director of Arabic Studies, has published a new book, “Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish” (Fordham Press). “In a series of exquisite close readings of Arabic and Arab Jewish writing, Jeffrey Sacks considers the relation of poetic statement to individual and collective loss, the dispossession of peoples and languages, and singular events of destruction in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries,” according to Fordham Press.

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The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.
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