The Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is hosting its annual open house on Wednesday, May 17. Join research faculty, staff and students for detailed tours of the CE-CERT laboratories and discussions about recent research activities.

  • Wednesday, May 17: 3 to 5 p.m.
  • 1084 Columbia Avenue in Riverside

The open labs include “Next Generation Technologies for a Sustainable Future” presented by Nicole Davis, Wayne Miller, Tom Durbin; “Emissions, Air Pollution, and Climate Change” with George Karavalakis, Kelley Barsanti, David Cocker, Mark Villea; “Intelligent Transportation Systems” with Matthew Barth, Kanok Boriboonsomsin, Mike Todd, Guoyuan Wu, Peng Hao; and more.

Contact Kathy Vang at or (951) 781-5730 for more information.

Refugee and Education Panel


The Alumni and Visitors Center will host a discussion on refugees and education Monday, May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The keynote will be delivered by Ravda Nur Cuma, a refugee advocate and a Syrian refugee herself, who is a visiting student through UCR Extension this summer. She will be joined by a panel of refugee and education experts in a panel moderated by UCR Professor Dr. Reza Aslan.

The panel will include the co-founders of Glocally Connected, a nonprofit that promotes community building to support the refugee population, Sherry Mackay and Selin Yildiz Nielson. The two will be joined by Jessica Goodkind, associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico.

Priority for seating will be based on RSVPs made prior to May 15. Additional guests will be admitted on a walk-in basis. RSVP today.

Recap: Powerful Migrations Conference

UC Riverside, and the Culver Center of the Arts hosted “Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity,” on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28. This was an interdisciplinary conference that focused on the complex challenges, the cultural fabric, and the social potential of displacement and migrations in various areas and time periods.

“The conference is an opportunity to expand the conversation beyond the doom and gloom,” said Kelechi Kalu, the vice provost of International Affairs at UCR, and one of the organizers of the conference. “It allows us to examine migration from a more positive perspective. It’s not just the movement of people, but it is also the movement of national memories, of ideas and innovation.” Kalu’s remarks, as well as presentations by other speakers, were captured in video.

The conference took place at the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113 on April 27, and Culver Center of the Arts at in downtown Riverside on April 28. Learn more about Powerful Migrations Conference.

Click here for a recap in photos.

Literary Movement: Writer’s Resist


Hear UC Riverside undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty writers, read work of resistance as part of the Writers Resist movement across the nation. This is a literary protest and show of strength that began just before the January presidential inauguration.

Open to UCR undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty writers, and Inland Empire writers.

  • Tuesday, May 16: 3 to 5 p.m. at INTS 1111

For more information call (951) 827-3245 or email

2017 Bourns Engineering Day Recap

On Saturday, April 29, UCR hosted the annual Bourns Engineering Day. Sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers at UCR, the Bourns Engineering Day featured free hands-on fun and activities designed for children.

The day brought 1,218 participants and 180 volunteers. Bourns Engineering Day is becoming one of the largest, free STEM outreach events in the Inland Empire.

View a photo slideshow recap of the event:

Watch a recap video by Pamela Ycu.

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