Jacqueline Norman, the new campus architect, will be expanding the positive impact she has had on the UCR campus.  Currently serving as the principal project manager for the Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB1), and prior to this, the Student Recreation Center South, Norman has been instrumental to campus growth for eight years.

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Norman’s passion for UCR stems from watching the campus grow.  Norman spent a great deal of time on campus, having grown up in Riverside. Her father Anthony Norman, distinguished professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, emeritus, came to UCR some 50 years ago.

“UCR has benefited greatly from Jacqueline’s vision and experience for almost a decade,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “In this expanded role as campus architect, she will be instrumental in meeting the needs of our growing campus and research enterprise.”

As campus architect, Norman will serve as the university’s steward for all issues affecting the aesthetic quality of the physical environment of the campus and will advise UCR leadership on how to ensure planning and design excellence across the university.

Among her activities will be to serve as a member of the campus Arts Council and the Design Review Board.  Norman is a registered architect with a background in both design and preservation.

Free Public Talk by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman

Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, who has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level, will give a free public talk at UC Riverside at 3:40 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, on teaching undergraduate science and engineering, particularly physics.

Titled “Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics (and most other subjects),” the talk will take place in Room 138, Winston Chung Hall.

“Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate complex thinking and learning than what is in use in the traditional science class,” said Wieman, a professor of physics who also holds an appointment in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. “Students and instructors find such innovative research-based teaching more rewarding, because they involve the physics expertise of the instructor much more extensively and transfer that expertise more effectively. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century.”

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In his talk, Wieman will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. He is a scholar of student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science.  The education work has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Carnegie Foundation University Professor of the Year in 2004, the Oersted Medal for physics education, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Science Teachers Association.

He served as founding chair of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences, and was the founder of PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times per year to learn science. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the University of Colorado and the University of British Columbia which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He served as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010-12.

Wieman has received numerous awards recognizing his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate.  More about him: https://physics.stanford.edu/people/faculty/carl-wieman.

‘oSTEM’ Has a Chapter at UCR

Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics has a chapter at UC Riverside. Better known as oSTEM at UCR, it aims to form connections between LGBTQ+ identifying students and professionals in the STEM fields, while adding diversity to STEM.

Persons of all majors, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome to join the chapter.  It offers an opportunity for professional development, educational outreach, and networking.

Individuals interested in becoming oSTEM at UCR members can sign up at highlanderlink.ucr.edu/organization/ostem and request membership. They can also email ostem.ucr@gmail.com. There is no membership fee.

About the chapter:

  • Became an official chapter on February 22, 2017.
  • Currently has 32 registered members (undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members).
  • Meets about three times per quarter.
  • Hosts one to two field trips per quarter.
  • Provides support for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals in, or pursuing, STEM careers by offering a safe space.
  • Promotes a positive representation of LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM.
  • Follow them on Instagram; Facebook.

35th Annual Plant Sale at the Botanic Gardens

The 35th annual UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Garden Market and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A members-only sale for Friends of the Botanic Gardens will be Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Thousands of plants will be offered for sale. Choices include colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs; flowering perennials; cacti and other succulents; orchids; plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies; drought-tolerant plants; California native plants; and water plants. There will also be a large selection of Master Gardener-grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

For more information contact the Botanic Gardens at (951) 784-6962; ucrbg@ucr.edu; or visit www.gardens.ucr.edu.

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