A&E Welcomes New Interim Campus Architect

Jeff Holmes, the new interim part-time campus architect, will work with John Casey, executive director for Construction and Project Management, and the Architects and Engineers (A&E) team to ensure consistency and aesthetic quality in design across the campus.

Jeff Holmes, the new interim part-time campus architect.

As the campus architect, Holmes will provide guidance on critical campus projects through coordination with project staff as well as serving as a member of the campus Arts Council and the Design Review Board. Holmes is a registered architect and has certifications with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCAARB) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“The university is truly honored to have Jeff in this role. He has worked on numerous building projects across the globe including the One World Trade Center, Time Warner Center, and the Zuckerman Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering,” Casey said. “Jeff has also taught numerous courses at MIT and Cornell University, and won a Presidential Citation and a Best New Health Care Facility award, just to name two.”

Holmes will also support the campus through staff development and efficiencies in standards and process improvements for the benefit of the campus community.

UC Walks Recap

The 8th Annual UC Walks event took place May 17 at the UCR track. The Wellness Program partnered with The Well, Student Health Services, the UCR Recreation Center and others with the goal of promoting wellness and physical fitness for students, staff and employees.

Free t-shirts, lip balm, and raffle prizes were given away.

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Organizational Excellence Showcase Set for May 25

The Organizational Excellence (OE) Showcase will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The showcase will be a departure from the normal OE event format and will bring together diverse campus groups to present their OE-related projects and successes.

The OE Showcase is schedule for Thursday, May 25.

The showcase will be located on the lawn just outside of Hinderaker Hall, in a fair-style format, allowing individuals to find areas of particular relevance and interest to their work and to learn from other OE focused groups on campus.

Co-sponsored by OE, KUCR, Health & Wellness, and UCR Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services, the showcase will be an opportunity to share best practices and valuable lessons learned.

Free iced coffee and ice cream will be provided to attendees.

The event is free. Staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. Click here to register for the event.

If you would like to learn more about Organizational Excellence, visit their website: oe.ucr.edu.

Celebration of Teaching

The first ever Celebration of Teaching event will be hosted on campus on Thursday, May 18. There will be an award ceremony for the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching (JET) Award and the Innovative Teaching Award.

There will also be recognition for academic advisors and new inductees to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The JET award specifically honors those assistant professors who demonstrate a commitment and determination of an outstanding teacher while pursuing an active research program.

The Innovative Teaching Award is awarded to faculty members who create and implement high-impact teaching methods and demonstrate exceptional passion in finding new and effective ways to help students learn.

  • Thursday, May 18: 2- 4 p.m. at HUB 302 South.

The event is open to all. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Physics Hackathon Recap

Hackathons are Silicon Valley inspired challenges to rapidly prototype hardware and software. Last weekend, the Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted its first ever Physics Hack Day to highlight the playful and creative side of scientific exploration.

The 24-hour event had UCR undergraduates in physics and mathematics develop creative ways to apply their computational and scientific backgrounds. Projects included generating and rendering 3D fractals, solving the double-pendulum problem in an electric field, and sonifying local weather data.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted its first ever Physics Hack Day. Samantha Tieu

The winning participants were Kenneth Caluya and Adam Christiensen.

Thanks to a donation by the local Cellar Door Books, winners of the inaugural event received signed copies of “We Have No Idea,” a new popular science book by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson. With funding from the Science Hack Day organization, the Society of Physics Students will send a delegation to the Science Hack Day: San Fransisco hackathon in October to experience a large-scale version of the event and to bring that back to UC Riverside next spring.

Faculty adviser professor Flip Tanedo and undergraduate Peter Bautista of the Society of Physics Students look forward to collaborating with the engineering school’s Citrus Hack to develop this into Southern California’s premiere science themed hackathon.

Additional sponsors of this weekend’s event included the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UCR/NASA “Fellowships and Internships in Extremely Large Data Sets” program.

Recap: Living the Promise Symposium ‘Visions and Voices’

On May 8, UCR celebrated some of its best-known, best-selling authors and their unique visions of the world at the “Living the Promise Symposium: Visions and Voices.”

The event featured authors: Reza Aslan, host and executive producer of CNN’s documentary series “Believer with Reza Aslan”; Emily Rapp Black, who recently won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship; Tod Goldberg, winner of the Silver Pen Award; Susan Straight, a National Book Award finalist; and Peter Graham, associate dean for arts and humanities in UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS).

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New Army ROTC Cadets are Sworn In

Several UCR students participated in a swearing in ceremony with the United States Army ROTC on May 3. These new cadets officially joined the campus Army ROTC family.

Army ROTC swearing in ceremony on May 3, 2017. kelly mcgrail


Gone Global Celebrates Diversity

On April 26, Student Life and International Affairs presented Gone Global, a student organization showcase of cultural events and food. The event celebrated diversity across the campus.

Student organizations that performed were: Filipino Martial Arts Club, Ballet Folkorico, Senryu Taiko, and more. There was also a henna artist, balloon artist, and food trucks.

View a video recap on the Student Life YouTube and/or Facebook.

Student Life presented a student organization showcase, Gone Global, alongside a food fair sponsored by International Affairs on April 26 to celebrate diversity and cultural uniqueness. shanon m. langlie


CE-CERT Open House on May 17

The Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is hosting its annual open house on Wednesday, May 17. Join research faculty, staff and students for detailed tours of the CE-CERT laboratories and discussions about recent research activities.

  • Wednesday, May 17: 3 to 5 p.m.
  • 1084 Columbia Avenue in Riverside

The open labs include “Next Generation Technologies for a Sustainable Future” presented by Nicole Davis, Wayne Miller, Tom Durbin; “Emissions, Air Pollution, and Climate Change” with George Karavalakis, Kelley Barsanti, David Cocker, Mark Villea; “Intelligent Transportation Systems” with Matthew Barth, Kanok Boriboonsomsin, Mike Todd, Guoyuan Wu, Peng Hao; and more.

Contact Kathy Vang at kathyv@cert.ucr.edu or (951) 781-5730 for more information.

Refugee and Education Panel


The Alumni and Visitors Center will host a discussion on refugees and education Monday, May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The keynote will be delivered by Ravda Nur Cuma, a refugee advocate and a Syrian refugee herself, who is a visiting student through UCR Extension this summer. She will be joined by a panel of refugee and education experts in a panel moderated by UCR Professor Dr. Reza Aslan.

The panel will include the co-founders of Glocally Connected, a nonprofit that promotes community building to support the refugee population, Sherry Mackay and Selin Yildiz Nielson. The two will be joined by Jessica Goodkind, associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico.

Priority for seating will be based on RSVPs made prior to May 15. Additional guests will be admitted on a walk-in basis. RSVP today.

Recap: Powerful Migrations Conference

UC Riverside, and the Culver Center of the Arts hosted “Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity,” on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28. This was an interdisciplinary conference that focused on the complex challenges, the cultural fabric, and the social potential of displacement and migrations in various areas and time periods.

“The conference is an opportunity to expand the conversation beyond the doom and gloom,” said Kelechi Kalu, the vice provost of International Affairs at UCR, and one of the organizers of the conference. “It allows us to examine migration from a more positive perspective. It’s not just the movement of people, but it is also the movement of national memories, of ideas and innovation.” Kalu’s remarks, as well as presentations by other speakers, were captured in video.

The conference took place at the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113 on April 27, and Culver Center of the Arts at in downtown Riverside on April 28. Learn more about Powerful Migrations Conference.

Click here for a recap in photos.

Literary Movement: Writer’s Resist


Hear UC Riverside undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty writers, read work of resistance as part of the Writers Resist movement across the nation. This is a literary protest and show of strength that began just before the January presidential inauguration.

Open to UCR undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty writers, and Inland Empire writers.

  • Tuesday, May 16: 3 to 5 p.m. at INTS 1111

For more information call (951) 827-3245 or email performingarts@ucr.edu

2017 Bourns Engineering Day Recap

On Saturday, April 29, UCR hosted the annual Bourns Engineering Day. Sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers at UCR, the Bourns Engineering Day featured free hands-on fun and activities designed for children.

The day brought 1,218 participants and 180 volunteers. Bourns Engineering Day is becoming one of the largest, free STEM outreach events in the Inland Empire.

View a photo slideshow recap of the event:

Watch a recap video by Pamela Ycu.

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