UCR to Promote Research During Upcoming Long Night of Arts & Innovation Event

The 2015 Long Night of Arts and Innovation will showcase the region’s best research on Thursday, Oct. 8 in downtown Riverside

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Members of the Riverside commuinity are invited to learn more about the work in arts and sciences taking place in Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Unlike most “long nights,” which likely leave you feeling dull, Riverside’s upcoming “Long Night” aims to uplift, educate and inspire.

More than 40 UCR faculty, staff and students will present and explain their research at the City of Riverside’s “Long Night of Arts & Innovation,” a seven-hour event showcasing the cutting edge of the region’s accomplishments in the fields of arts and sciences on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Inspired by the Long Night of Science (“Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”), held every two years, at Erlangen, Riverside’s German sister city, the event will feature the very best in STEM and creative arts projects from UCR and other schools, including California Baptist University; California State University, San Bernardino; La Sierra University; Riverside Community College District; local school districts and other private schools.

Innovative technologies and business practices used by companies like Bourns Inc., Siemens, SolarMax Technologies, the fire and police departments of the city of Riverside and other local businesses will also be on display.

“The University of California, Riverside has been a major player in bringing the Long Night of Arts & Innovation to our community since its inception in October 2012,” said Jackie Olds, program chair of the event. “This year an even greater number of faculty will engage and amaze you as they showcase their exceptional talent, through a vast array of exciting presentations, in science, technology and art.”

Admission is free and all events are open to the public. Various blocks of presentations, contests, displays and workshops will take place every half-hour, starting at 5 p.m. in different venues throughout downtown Riverside, including UCR ARTSblock, UCR Culver Center, City Hall and other nearby locations.

In addition to presentations showcasing research, numerous opportunities to learn about and create art, puzzles, drawings and sketches, plants and plant propagation, green practices, water color painting, poetry creation, dance exhibitions, jazz concerts, community workshops, pottery classes, painting tutorials and much more will be available to attendees.

As in previous events, UCR is a platinum sponsor of Long Night, contributing more than 36 percent of the total presentations this year.

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UCR engineers present their research at a previous Long Night event. Interactive demonstrations will be available again during this year’s event.

“Six years ago, former Mayor Ron Loveridge challenged five of us to work on establishing a partnership with the City of Erlangen, Germany as a sister city to Riverside. That successful partnership then led to the city’s first Long Night of Arts and Innovation and the college has been delighted to participate since,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR and a member of the Long Night steering committee.

During the presentations, UCR scientists and engineers will present their research during interactive demonstrations of biometrics and video camera software, puzzle-solving robots, virtual reality experiences and 3D printers.

Attendees can also join in on discussions and learn about the science behind unmanned aerial vehicles, climate change, dark matter, stem cell research, earthquakes, computer evolution and how the science of comic book heroes relates to modern day engineering research.

UCR faculty will also host live demonstrations of spider and spider silk possibilities, as well as an astronomy exhibit replete with telescopes.

“We value every opportunity to share with our neighbors and friends in Riverside how the research being done by our faculty impacts the quality of life in our community and the world. The ‘Long Night’ provides a wonderful venue for this,” said Cindy K. Larive, interim dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

UCR’s School of Medicine will detail their regional efforts with discussions of the relationship between prisons and neighboring communities, how dementia affects the brain, stem cells, vaccines without needles, ebola, emerging practices in medical schools, CPR demonstrations and how interested children and scholars can be become “tomorrow’s doctors.”

In terms of art projects, UCR faculty will organize dance performances, a costume parade from UCR’s theatre department; a discussion of the relationship between sound and human evolution, a fiction workshop detailing how to tell stories and a historical presentation of Willie Boy, a Native American whose actions caused record manhunt in San Bernardino county during the early 1900s.

“Our hope with this event has always been to inspire people – ignite creativity in young and older minds alike and act on those ideas. By bridging arts and sciences, we lay the foundation for a new way of thinking that will make our communities and this world a better place,” said Abbaschian.

Reflecting the camaraderie among Riverside’s “sister cities,” attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in and learn about henna tattooing from India; flower arrangement, calligraphy and origami from Japan; contemporary music from China and Korea; as well as information about indigenous culture from Germany, Africa and Mexico.

The Curious Kids Zone returns from last year and will be held at City Hall on the 1st floor with hands-on interactive activities for young children aged ten or younger. Children can also obtain a “Long Night” passport that they can get stamped at various presentations to record their attendance and help children share their experiences with their peers and teachers.

A new feature of this year’s event is the “Artist’s Alley,” which will be located on Main St. between 6th and 5th Streets, where attendees can watch artists at work in their creative endeavors.

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The Long Night of Arts and Innovation has numerous activities geared toward children to inspire them to become future leaders and scientists.

In addition to all the presentations and activities, Long Night will also feature plenty of food and dining options from local innovative chefs, ranging from low cost snacks to the finest in gourmet cuisine. Many of the restaurants in Downtown Riverside Restaurants will be open for attendees during the event. A food court, with low-cost options for event attendees, will also be available.

A “pocket guide” of restaurants in Downtown Riverside can be viewed at http://longnightriverside.com/pdf/PocketGuide.pdf.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to compete in various contests. While most of the contests are geared toward elementary and high school students, there will be contests open to everyone. Prizes include an iPad Mini, $100 Amazon gift card and more.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will acknowledge the winners of the various contests at a special reception on Nov. 15, 2015.

Parking in Downtown Riverside is free for the event and available by parking in one of the downtown parking garages after 4:00, or anywhere after 5:00 pm.

UC Riverside has arranged to have two trolleys running from campus to downtown every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. The trolley will pick up on campus in Parking Lot 1, near the Kiosk. The downtown stop will be at the Culver Center, near University Ave. and Main Street.

A schedule of events can be viewed at http://longnightriverside.com/pdf/program.pdf.

A list of the presenters and information about their presentations can be viewed at http://longnightriverside.com/pdf/presenters.pdf.

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, contact Patty Carver or Christine Morgando at volunteer@longnightriverside.com. If you would like to sponsor, present or have a booth at the 2015 Long Night of Arts & Innovation, contact info@longnightriverside.com.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-6049
E-mail: konrad.nagy@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Jackie Olds, program chair
E-mail: oldsjackie@yahoo.com

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