WRITERS RESIST: Louder Together for Free Expression

 

Hear faculty, graduate, and undergraduate writers read works of resistance, as part of the national Writers Resist movement. This is a major literary protest and show of strength that began just before the January 2017 Presidential inauguration to signal that all eyes, ears, and pens are trained on Washington.

 

If You Go:

  • When: Thursday, Jan. 25
  • Time: 5-7 P.M.
  • Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary, South – Round Room, INTS 1111
  • More Information:  (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu
  • Free and open to the campus

Protect yourself from tax scams

UC does not send actual W-2 statements by email or text

Tax season is coming and scammers soon will be sending fraudulent emails that look like legitimate tax communications. The IRS estimates that identity thieves have stolen more than $11 billion through tax fraud since 2012.

You can protect yourself from becoming another victim by being cautious. Be on alert for the following:

  • Any message asking for W-2 or other tax information.
  • Authentic-looking emails impersonating UC communications that offer access to your W-2 or other tax information via an attachment or hyperlink.
  • Messages that look like they are from executive management requesting copies of employee W-2s for review purposes. See the IRS alert from last year about this scam.
  • Any messages that encourage you to click on links, ask for passwords or other private or confidential information.
  • Unexpected phone calls about such messages, including ones that ask you to install software.

Please visit the At Your Service Online (AYSO) portal to obtain W-2 statements from 2017 and prior @ https://atyourserviceonline.ucop.edu.

But don’t stop there. Here are eight important cybersecurity habits to help protect your information, your family and your work, and reduce your risk of getting scammed.

 

UCPath is here!

UCPath is here!

Monthly pay statements, leave balances, personal information and more are available in the UCPath portal

Your Paycheck

All employees who received a Jan. 2 or Jan.10 paycheck should now be able to view their paycheck earnings statement in the new UCPath portal. Please review this Paycheck Differences Handout to assist you in determining if your paycheck is correct. As a reminder, your direct deposit will arrive in your account on UCOP established payroll dates. Please ensure that any automatic bill payments that you setup with your financial institutions align with the UCOP payroll dates.

UCPath Portal

Monthly pay statements, leave balances, personal information and more are available in the UCPath portal: https://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu. If you need more information, please download this New Portal with UCPath handout or watch a short tutorial here. At Your Service Online (AYSO) is now primarily view-only for functions that are moving to UCPath. You will still access AYSO to manage beneficiaries, estimate retirement earnings, view retiree pay statements and 1099R statements, and access W-2s and earnings statements for 2017 and earlier. Click here to see the differences.

We’re here to Support You!

The UCR project team is currently fully dedicated to providing enhanced (Hypercare) support to address any and all UCPath issues. Hypercare support will be available for as long as needed. Nearly all of the FOM|UCPath project team is on standby to resolve questions and issues as efficiently as possible. Employees should continue to reach out to their regular support contacts, such as a supervisor, Human Resources/Academic Personnel staff, or relevant Shared Services Center. These local support contacts will then escalate issues to the appropriate UCPath Hypercare Support Team if needed (e.g., payroll transactions, local systems & processes, data corrections, and IT). So far we have logged 288 issues and resolved or closed over 210..

Upcoming Priorities

Converting PPS data into UCPath and completing the first payroll cycles is just the first critical stage in UCPath deployment. The UCR project team continues to focus on ensuring the campus is successful in all elements of the transition to UCPath. Next week’s update will include information about upcoming priorities, including data availability & reporting, general ledger functionality, and other areas. We appreciate your support  as we continue to move forward in this transition to UCPath.

To find more information about the UCPath project, please visit the following UCPath websites:  ucpathproject.ucop.edu or fomucpath.ucr.edu or, for faculty, ucrpath.ucr.edu

ORI Seminar Series - The Benefits of Bilingualism

ORI Seminar Series – The Benefits of Bilingualism

Let’s talk the talk. Jan. 16 at 2:00 pm in HUB 268

UCR’s Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is proud to present the first 2018 talk in the Seminar Series. The ORI Seminar Series focus on ethical dilemmas and hot topics in human subjects research.

January’s seminar, entitled “The Benefits of Bilingualism”, will be led by Dr. Judith Koll, Distinguished Professor in UCR’s Psychology Department and Director of the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. The talk will take place on January 16 at 2:00 pm in HUB 268.

The use of two or more languages is common in most places in the world.  Yet, until recently, bilingualism has been considered a complicating factor for understanding language, cognition, and the brain. In the past 20 years, there has been an upsurge of research that examines the cognitive and neural bases of second language learning and bilingualism and the resulting consequences for cognition and for brain structure and function over the lifespan. Contrary to the view that bilingualism complicates language system, the new research demonstrates that all languages that are known and used become part of the same language system in a very natural way. In this talk, Dr. Koll will illustrate this approach to research and consider the consequences that bilingualism holds more generally for society when language learning and active bilingualism are encouraged. She will also discuss the ethical considerations raised by research that involves speakers of different languages and international collaboration.

Judith F. Kroll is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and the former director of the Center for Language Science at Pennsylvania State University. She held faculty positions at Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, and Penn State University before joining the faculty at UC Riverside in 2016. The research that she and her students conduct concerns the way that bilinguals juggle the presence of two languages in one mind and brain. Their work, supported by grants from NSF and NIH, shows that bilingualism provides a tool for revealing the interplay between language and cognition that is otherwise obscure in speakers of one language alone.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

Are We Alone?

Following the lecture, peruse an exhibition featuring some of the most intriguing of the 3,545 exoplanets confirmed so far.

Last year the UCR the Palm Desert Center launched a new free lecture series from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and it was their most popular yet.

Attend the first lecture of the year, and learn how scientists hope to find life beyond Earth, and what that might mean for humanity.

Alien Worlds: UCR’s Cosmic Frontier

Speaker: Stephen Kane, associate professor of astrobiology, Department of Earth Sciences, and associate director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center.

Dr. Kane will describe UCR’s newest cosmic research frontier – the detection and characterization of planets orbiting distant stars using data from many of the world’s most important ground- and space-based telescopes.

If You Go:

  • Date: Jan. 16
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: UCR Palm Desert auditorium
    75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
    Palm Desert, CA 92211

Please register here.

Free Yoga and Tai-Chi Classes, On Campus This Winter

Amir Zaki, professor of art, will be holding free Yoga and Tai-Chi classes all winter. The two practices focus on a healthy, self-awareness of mind & body, and offer a space for participants to cultivate energy and relaxation. Classes do not require sign up, but recommend appropriate dress (see information below). Yoga mats will not be provided.

If You Go:

Tai-Chi:

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: noon- 1 p.m.
  • Location: Outside, between INTS and Hinderaker (if weather permits)
  • More Information: Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothes

Yoga:

  • Date: Thursdays
  • Time: noon- 1 p.m.
  • Location: INTS 1111( The Round Room)
  • More Information: Bring own yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes

For more information email amir.zaki@ucr.edu

 

 

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