UC Riverside’s Department of Transportation Services (TAPS) is offering a $20 discount on parking citations for people who donate non-perishable items to benefit the campus’ food pantry, R’Pantry.

With its “Donations for Citations” campaign, TAPS is allowing drivers with a citation under $100 to donate 10 food or baby items, in order to receive a $20 credit toward their parking ticket.

TAPS is running a “Donations for Citations” campaign through December 15, 2017.

This program will run through December 15. Drivers should visit TAPS, located at 683 Linden St. The $20 credit can only be used for a single citation, which needs to be paid in full.

So far, more than 150 pounds of food has been collected.

For full details: https://parking.ucr.edu/docs/donations_for_citations.pdf

Samantha Stanfill

How the Brain and Immune System Interact

Monica Carson, chair of the Division of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Center for Glial-Neural Interactions at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will discuss brain health during an evening event at the UCR Palm Desert campus on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Carson will discuss the most current brain research and what it means for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.

Carson will also present information on what researchers have learned by studying how the brain and the immune system interact from infancy to old age.

RSVP for the event.

If You Go

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: UCR Palm Desert Campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert

More details: palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html\

Campus Invited to Workshop on Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a workshop at UC Riverside titled “Fundamental Enduring Problems in Quantum Condensed Matter” on Dec. 7-9. Well known physicists in the U.S. and abroad are expected to attend the workshop, which takes place in the Bear Cave, Pentland Hills.  Topics include developments in experimental techniques, high temperature superconductors, topological matters, and quantum criticality.  Provost Cindy Larive and College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Dean Kathryn Uhrich will present opening remarks.

Chandra Varma

Aimed at faculty, graduate students and researchers, the workshop will facilitate a critical review of the assimilated knowledge in condensed matter physics, allow for an exchange of ideas across different branches within the condensed matter community, and propagate current thinking about fundamental problems in this field to the next generation of scientists. More about the workshop here.

The workshop will serve, too, to felicitate Chandra Varma, a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy and an internationally known expert on “superconductivity,” the quantum phenomenon in which metals below a certain temperature develop flow of current with no loss or resistance. Varma, who joined UC Riverside in 2003, has contributed to condensed matter physics for almost 50 years. He is formally retiring from UCR.  A reception in his honor will take place for workshop attendees in the Entomology Courtyard on campus at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

After he received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Minnesota, Varma joined Bell Labs in 1969, one of the most coveted positions at the time for young physicists anywhere in the world. The following year, he became a permanent member of the laboratory.  He was the head of the theoretical physics department at Bell Labs from 1983 to 1987, and was awarded the Distinguished Member of Research in 1988. In 2000, he was selected to the Lorentz Visiting Chair at Leiden University, the Netherlands. In 2009, he held a Miller Professorship at UC Berkeley.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A member of the World Academy of Sciences, he is the recipient of the Alexander Humboldt Prize and the Bardeen Prize for theoretical advances in superconductivity.

Iqbal Pittalwala

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