UC Riverside’s libraries are full of activity — and resources, of course.

This month the Library will host International Open Access Week 2017, as part of a global effort called Open Access Week. The Library will host an event on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Orbach Science Library.

Also this month, the UCR Library launched “4 to Explore,” a program that allows librarians and archivists to showcase four items from the library’s special collection and place them on hold for everyone to use in the reading room. Each month there will be four new items. Stop by the Tomás Rivera Library to check out the awesome photos, books and historical documents.

Or maybe you’re interested in science fiction? The nearly 6,000 digitized photos from the Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom  have sparked great interest from fans. Fans are recognizing themselves, or their friends, as they scroll through the black and white images; other fans are blogging about UCR’s unique photo collection.

Klein, a science fiction fan, photographed many events during the 1960s and 1970s, including “Worldcon.” Klein donated these photographs, which were part of his $3.5 million estate, to the UCR Library in 2014.

Keep up with the Library’s news.

Grants Available for a ‘Healthy’ Project

UC Riverside’s Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is awarding up to 10 grants for projects that promote healthy lifestyles.

The awards range from $500 to $1,500. The projects can be proposed by students, staff or faculty.

HCI is seeking to fund creative, high quality, replicable and sustainable projects that make UCR a healthier campus community. HCI’s priorities include:

  • Healthy eating/nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Built environment
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Preventive health
  • Communications/marketing
  • Metrics/quality improvement

Deadline to submit grant proposals is December 1. Award recipients will be notified in January. For more details or questions, contact Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator: julie.chobdee@ucr.edu or Ann Cheney, School of Medicine assistant professor for the Center for Healthy Communities: ann.cheney@medsch.ucr.edu.

UCR Palm Desert Hosts Marketing Conference

UCR Palm Desert is hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the California Desert Arts Council and Americans for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is directed to arts, tourism leaders, marketers, and creative professionals. It is free for UCR students, staff and faculty who RSVP by Oct. 10. To attend, contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu.

The event will hosted at the UCR Palm Desert campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

UCR Professor’s Father Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Kenneth Barish, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the son of Barry Barish, one of three scientist who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on the detection of gravitational waves.

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Gravitational waves had been predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity, but never detected — until now.

The senior Barish and colleague Kip Thorne, both professors at the California Institute of Technology, along with fellow scientist Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the award for their discovery made in 2016.

“As a scientist, the discovery of gravitational waves opens up a new window on the universe as a result of the amazing technical accomplishment of measuring changes in distances of 1/1000 the size of the proton. On a personal level, it is thrilling to see my dad recognized for this incredible accomplishment,” Kenneth Barish said.

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