Campus scholars and administrators will discuss what UC Riverside can do to better train, support, and incentivize researchers in their efforts to engage with the public on Thursday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Humanities 1500.

The event, “Research and Public Engagement in the Age of ‘Alternative Facts,’” also will address what researchers should be mindful of as they expand their public engagement.

Ramakrishnan, Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, and James Grant, assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Communications, will make introductory remarks. Panelists are: Kevin Esterling, dean of the Graduate Division; John Heraty, chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel; Ameae Walker, vice provost for academic personnel; and John D. Warren, director of media relations for the Office of Strategic Communications.

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Free Public Talk on Stuttering


Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman.  A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known.

Gerald Maguire, MD, a leading authority on stuttering, will give a free public talk at UCR titled, “Stuttering: Neurophysiology and Medical Treatment.”

“Stuttering can lead to significant impact on one’s social, occupational and academic function,” said Maguire, the chair of psychiatry and neuroscience in the UCR School of Medicine. “Research is revealing that stuttering has a biological basis. The UCR School of Medicine is leading the effort in developing new treatments to assist those who suffer from this disorder.”

Maguire had previously conducted a study on stuttering at UCR. He is the chair of the psychiatry program at UCR, is an associate dean of the graduate school of medical education, and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America” five years in a row, from 2009-2013.

  • When: Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at HUB 355.

Parking information can be found here.  Short-term parking is available in some parking lots; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

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Inaugural Meeting at the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine

The new Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (MolMed) on campus had its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, March 7, in the School of Medicine.

The multi-disciplinary center brings together researchers and clinicians from across campus to help improve the health of individuals by translating basic findings into diagnostic tools or therapeutics. At the meeting, attended by 60 people, Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals.

In addition, Michael Pazzani, the vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Rosibel Ochoa, the associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships, presented funding opportunities for pilot studies and discussed support that researchers could receive from the Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) as well as the future incubator space at UCR.

Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals, on March 7, 2017. iqbal pittalwala

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