October 24, a forum featuring several high-profile UC Riverside faculty members will examine the phenomena of continuing male dominance as “experts” in the media.

“The numbers suggest that women faculty are more reluctant than their male counterparts to be cited as expert sources in the media,” said Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, which is presenting the forum along with CHASS and University Communications.

The forum will feature a panel discussion led by Sharon Walker, interim dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. Panelists include Cindy Larive, interim provost and executive vice chancellor; Seem Tiwari-Woodruff, associate professor of biomedical sciences, and Jane Ward, professor and vice chair of gender and sexuality studies.

The event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in INTS 1113. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to register in advance.

The forum is the first of three that will be presented during the 2017-18 term as part of a partnership between the Center for Ideas and University Communications, which is the central communications unit for UC Riverside. The other forums will address the challenges junior faculty members address in building a media presence, and the efficacy of grad students’ pursuit of a media profile.

Get Your Costumes Ready

The annual Staff Assembly Halloween Costume Contest is underway. Departments are encouraged work with their colleagues to come up with a unique — and fun — theme.

The contest is open to all; top three winners will be announced at the Nov. 2 Staff Assembly fall meeting.

In order to participate in the contest:

  • The group needs to upload a photo wearing their costume to the Staff Assembly Facebook page or tag them on Instagram at @UCRStaffAssembly
  • Pictures must be shot with your immediate work group
  • Group size should be between three to 12 people
  • Do not use Photoshop
  • No photo illustrations
  • No extensive retouching
  • For full rules: atu.cr/ucrsahalloween

Safety Tip Reminders from UCR’s Police Department

UCPD officers will be conducting high visibility patrols during the first few weeks of the fall quarter that will focus on educating drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on the best ways to safely share the campus roadways, said John Freese, assistant chief of police.

In order to protect lives, valuables and always keeping safety in mind, Freese provides these safety tips:

Protect Yourself at Home 

  • If you are just going down the hall, it takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
  • Keep emergency numbers in your phone.
  • Do not indicate when you will be out of your room, with messages on your door or posts on social media.
  • Do not allow strangers to enter residence halls, or prop open outer doors.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Do not leave keys in hiding places. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood.
  • Open a savings or checking account instead of keeping money in your room.
  • Keep automatic teller machine cards in a safe place, keep your PIN number secret. When possible, only use ATMs during the day.
  • Instead of cash, carry a credit card. Some companies insure property purchased with those cards against loss, theft or damage.
  • If you find yourself in immediate danger, call 911; try to stay calm and get away at the first opportunity.

Protect Yourself Outside

  • Walk with others and keep to well-lit and popular routes.
  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image, and have your keys in your hand.
  • Trust your gut about danger. Cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business.
  • Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Drive to a police or fire station or open place of business if you feel you are being followed.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles.  Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
  • If you are stranded, lock yourself into your car and call for help. Ask others to phone for help while you remain in your vehicle. Do not worry about seeming rude.

Protect Your Property 

  • Always lock your car.
  • Lock bikes to immovable objects or bike racks with hardened alloy locks and chains or U-shaped lock.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car. Lock these items in the trunk.
  • Register your bike at Transportation and Parking Service (TAPS).

Campus resources available for staff, faculty and students:

  • Rides: Transportation and Parking Services provides “point to point” shuttles after dark: police.ucr.edu/prevention.html
  • Cameras: There are video cameras and blue emergency call boxes near common pedestrian walkways.
  • Patrols: UCPD police officers keep you in the loop when a crime happens, sending crime alerts and emergency text messages. Sign up for text message: cnc.ucr.edu/ens/signup.html
  • Safety video: Learn more on crime prevention: police.ucr.edu/prevention.html

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