Oct. 24 Women’s Media Forum Opens for RSVPs

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

Have You Been to the Library?

UC Riverside’s libraries are full of activity — and resources, of course.

This month the Library will host International Open Access Week 2017, as part of a global effort called Open Access Week. The Library will host an event on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Orbach Science Library.

Also this month, the UCR Library launched “4 to Explore,” a program that allows librarians and archivists to showcase four items from the library’s special collection and place them on hold for everyone to use in the reading room. Each month there will be four new items. Stop by the Tomás Rivera Library to check out the awesome photos, books and historical documents.

Or maybe you’re interested in science fiction? The nearly 6,000 digitized photos from the Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom  have sparked great interest from fans. Fans are recognizing themselves, or their friends, as they scroll through the black and white images; other fans are blogging about UCR’s unique photo collection.

Klein, a science fiction fan, photographed many events during the 1960s and 1970s, including “Worldcon.” Klein donated these photographs, which were part of his $3.5 million estate, to the UCR Library in 2014.

Keep up with the Library’s news.

Grants Available for a ‘Healthy’ Project

UC Riverside’s Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is awarding up to 10 grants for projects that promote healthy lifestyles.

The awards range from $500 to $1,500. The projects can be proposed by students, staff or faculty.

HCI is seeking to fund creative, high quality, replicable and sustainable projects that make UCR a healthier campus community. HCI’s priorities include:

  • Healthy eating/nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Built environment
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Preventive health
  • Communications/marketing
  • Metrics/quality improvement

Deadline to submit grant proposals is December 1. Award recipients will be notified in January. For more details or questions, contact Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator: julie.chobdee@ucr.edu or Ann Cheney, School of Medicine assistant professor for the Center for Healthy Communities: ann.cheney@medsch.ucr.edu.

UCR Palm Desert Hosts Marketing Conference

UCR Palm Desert is hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the California Desert Arts Council and Americans for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is directed to arts, tourism leaders, marketers, and creative professionals. It is free for UCR students, staff and faculty who RSVP by Oct. 10. To attend, contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu.

The event will hosted at the UCR Palm Desert campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

UCR Professor’s Father Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Kenneth Barish, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the son of Barry Barish, one of three scientist who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on the detection of gravitational waves.

Kenneth Barish ucr

Gravitational waves had been predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity, but never detected — until now.

The senior Barish and colleague Kip Thorne, both professors at the California Institute of Technology, along with fellow scientist Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the award for their discovery made in 2016.

“As a scientist, the discovery of gravitational waves opens up a new window on the universe as a result of the amazing technical accomplishment of measuring changes in distances of 1/1000 the size of the proton. On a personal level, it is thrilling to see my dad recognized for this incredible accomplishment,” Kenneth Barish said.

Donate Your Eyeglasses to 'Eyes of Hope'

More than two billion people worldwide don’t have access to much needed eyewear due to income, distance, or disaster.

Eyes of Hope has partnered with Vision Service Plan (VSP) Global to work with local communities to collect gently used eyewear. UC Riverside is supporting that effort. Collection boxes have been placed at the front offices of:

  • UCR’s Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS), 683 Linden Street
  • Fleet Services (building adjacent to TAPS)

Everyone is encouraged to donate their old eyewear, which will be cleaned, refurbished, and then given to doctors and schools to use on global eye care missions.

People interested in helping can drop off their eyeglasses between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. TAPS will have the collection boxes available until the end of December.

New Names for Three CNAS Departments

Three departments in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have changed their names.

The Department of Biology is now the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is now the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology is now the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology.

New chairs are Russ Hille (Biochemistry), Laosheng Wu (Environmental Sciences), Helen Regan (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), Manuela Martins-Green (Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology), and Isgouhi Kaloshian (Nematology).

UCR Extension Partners with Riverside County to Help Foster Children

UCR Extension partners with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to prospective foster families through the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program.

Riverside County is home to more than 4,000 children who are no longer living with their families because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

In an effort to get these children into committed, nurturing, and permanent families, UCR Extension is partnering with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to those interested in fostering a child in need.

Fostering a child can make a lifelong difference to not only the child, but also to our community. Foster parents help children reach a fuller potential, and this guidance leads them to becoming responsible future citizens. Every child deserves to be part of a safe, loving, and stable family, and giving a home and positive life experience to a child in crisis comes with endless rewards.

The RFA trainings meet at the UCR Extension Center or at the UCR Palm Desert Center, and are conveniently scheduled on weekends. To learn more about this program, call (951) 827-2650 or email ghernandez@ucx.ucr.edu, or visit the Children’s Services Division at http://dpss.co.riverside.ca.us.

Read the full story.

Community Partner Celebration and Fair

Community Partner Fair 2017

On August 23, dozens of community partners congregated on campus for the inaugural Community Partner Celebration and Fair.

The fair was hosted by Undergraduate Education and the Highlander Early Start Academy. This year, incoming students in HESA have the opportunity to participate in service learning throughout their first year.

The fair gave HESA students the opportunity to talk with a variety of community organizations, and to think about where they would like to serve and learn.

Among the participating community organizations were: Eastside Reconciliation Coalition, GRID Alternatives, The Write of Your Life, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, and Autism Society.

Bird Walk and Breakfast

Join Norm Ellstrand, distinguished professor of genetics, expert birder, and participant in the UCR Avifauna Project for a guided bird walk tour in the UCR Botanic Gardens from 6:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Participants will view up to 50 different bird species on the fall bird walk. The two-hour walk will be followed by a wrap-up session and continental-style breakfast. Participants are encouraged to take binoculars. This event will occur rain or shine. Limited attendance.

Tickets are $10 for UCRBG members and $15 for non-members.

For reservations: ucrbg@ucr.edu or 951-784-6962. Please mail your check, payable to “UC Regents” to UCR, BEES Admin Unit, 2460 Geology, Riverside, CA 92521.

Top of Page

Page 3 of 4312345678203040Last >>