Upcoming Film Screenings at UCR ArtsBlock

A scene from “Manchester by the Sea.”

UCR ArtsBlock has great upcoming film screenings.

Watch “Manchester by the Sea,” a story about a hardened handyman named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to care for his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges), but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife (Michelle Williams) as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community.


  • Friday, March 24: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 7 p.m.

Or watch “The Red Turtle” in April. Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, “The Red Turtle” recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.


  • Friday, April 7: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 7 p.m.

View the full schedule of ArtsBlock screenings.

Recap: From Genomics to Harvest

The “Living the Promise Symposium: From Genomics to Harvest,” took place on March 17. The event explored the vast contributions UC Riverside is making to the basic science, cultivation, and production of plants and food.

The symposium was followed by a reception featuring a menu inspired by UCR’s food research. Among the items were: UCR avocado and arugula gazpacho shooter, prosciutto-wrapped UCR asparagus, fried calamari with UCR citrus aioli, and UCR black-eyed pea salad.

The next Living the Promise symposium, Renewable Nature, is scheduled for April 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Botanic Gardens. Learn how UCR’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet. Visit Living the Promise for more details.

Here is a slideshow recap of the “From Genomics to Harvest” event (photos by Michael J. Elderman):

Inland Empire Rental Market Trends Outpacing Coastal Areas


The Inland Empire’s robust residential rental market is outpacing neighboring coastal areas with less vacancy and greater or equal growth in rent prices, according to a new analysis released on March 15 by the School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The region’s tight apartment supply and rapidly rising rents underscore the need for additional multifamily housing, say the report authors.

The Inland Empire’s regional affordability advantage is helping fuel homebuyer demand while low numbers of existing homes for sale and low levels of construction have depleted inventories, putting upward pressure on prices.

“The Inland Empire has seen consistent growth in economic activity and employment in recent years and with that growth have been population gains that are outpacing neighboring counties in Southern California and putting pressure on both the IE’s rental market and the market for owner-occupied homes,” said Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. “There is a genuine need for more housing across much of California, and nowhere is the severity of the situation more apparent than in the Inland Empire.”

Read more on the rental market in the Inland Empire.

More Did You Know?

What's Inside the UCR Magazine Winter edition?

UCR Magazine Winter 2017

UCR Magazine’s Winter issue is now online. Learn about why UCR’s goal of raising $300 million is crucial for campus growth. “Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” is the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in UCR’s history, and the gifts will go to aiding student graduation rates, creating faculty support, funding research programs, and building new infrastructure around campus.

In this issue, professor Joseph Kahne — the inaugural Ted and Jo Dutton Endowed Presidential Chair for Education Policy and Politics in the Graduate School of Education — talks about educational policies in the digital age. Golf coach Mary Ritchie tells us why she thinks golf is a microcosm for life. You’ll also get to know EPIC, UCR’s new brain trust for inventors, and relive professor Stu Krieger’s experience at the University of California’s center in Washington, D.C.

Read the magazine online, share features on your social networks, view it on your mobile devices, and more.

Start reading now!

UCR Brain Game Center


Imagine if you could see better, think more clearly, have improved memory, and even become more intelligent through simple training done on your own computer, smartphone, or tablet.

The UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-Being (UCR Brain Game Center) mission is to research, test, and disseminate game software instrumented with expert knowledge to optimize human brain processes with an aim to make scientifically principled brain games that translate to performance in real-life activities.

Attend the UCR Brain Game Center open house to learn more about the research, test your cognitive limits, try some mental fitness games, and enjoy light refreshments.

  • When: Wednesday, March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: 1201 University Ave., University Village, suite 204

For more information visit the UCR Brain Game Center website.

Follow UCR’s social media channels to keep up with all UCR news.

Did you know that the “Eat or be Eaten” video on the UCR YouTube channel has more than 205,000 views?

The official YouTube channel is one of many ways to stay connected with fellow Highlanders. Keep up to date on the latest news on and off campus, explore student life and interests, and show support for those working to make a difference.

The UCR YouTube page is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about UCR because they can find videos about Highlander life, faculty research, UCR programs, sports, alumni stories, and shots of almost every part of campus.

Share the pride! Follow UCR on social media: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Research and Public Engagement in the Age of 'Alternative Facts'

Campus scholars and administrators will discuss what UC Riverside can do to better train, support, and incentivize researchers in their efforts to engage with the public on Thursday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Humanities 1500.

The event, “Research and Public Engagement in the Age of ‘Alternative Facts,’” also will address what researchers should be mindful of as they expand their public engagement.

Ramakrishnan, Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, and James Grant, assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Communications, will make introductory remarks. Panelists are: Kevin Esterling, dean of the Graduate Division; John Heraty, chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel; Ameae Walker, vice provost for academic personnel; and John D. Warren, director of media relations for the Office of Strategic Communications.

Read the full story: ucrtoday.ucr.edu/45161.

Free Public Talk on Stuttering


Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman.  A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known.

Gerald Maguire, MD, a leading authority on stuttering, will give a free public talk at UCR titled, “Stuttering: Neurophysiology and Medical Treatment.”

“Stuttering can lead to significant impact on one’s social, occupational and academic function,” said Maguire, the chair of psychiatry and neuroscience in the UCR School of Medicine. “Research is revealing that stuttering has a biological basis. The UCR School of Medicine is leading the effort in developing new treatments to assist those who suffer from this disorder.”

Maguire had previously conducted a study on stuttering at UCR. He is the chair of the psychiatry program at UCR, is an associate dean of the graduate school of medical education, and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America” five years in a row, from 2009-2013.

  • When: Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at HUB 355.

Parking information can be found here.  Short-term parking is available in some parking lots; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

Read the full article.

Inaugural Meeting at the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine

The new Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (MolMed) on campus had its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, March 7, in the School of Medicine.

The multi-disciplinary center brings together researchers and clinicians from across campus to help improve the health of individuals by translating basic findings into diagnostic tools or therapeutics. At the meeting, attended by 60 people, Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals.

In addition, Michael Pazzani, the vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Rosibel Ochoa, the associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships, presented funding opportunities for pilot studies and discussed support that researchers could receive from the Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) as well as the future incubator space at UCR.

Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals, on March 7, 2017. iqbal pittalwala

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