UCR Health to Host Open House for Campus Community at Citrus Tower on May 11

UCR Health and the UCR School of Medicine will host an open house at its new medical office space in Citrus Tower in downtown Riverside on Thursday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. All interested members of the UCR campus community are invited to attend.

The new office space at Citrus Tower contains a suite for UCR Health psychiatry and a second suite for UCR Health multispecialty services, which includes neurology, primary care, reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, and more. There are also plans to add women’s health and pain management in the near future. This new venue will help expand access to medical services in the Riverside area.

The open house is an opportunity to see the new space and learn more about UCR Health. The event is free and open to the UCR campus community. Citrus Tower is located at 3390 University Avenue in Riverside. Parking at the building is limited, so once the lot is full attendees may use street parking or other available public parking lots. Carpooling is encouraged. Please register to attend by May 3.

For more information or questions, please contact Krystyn Rodriguez at krystyn.rodriguez@medsch.ucr.edu.

Campus Conversation on ‘Communications’ with Chancellor Wilcox

Join Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox for a campus conversation on “communications.” The session will take place on Wednesday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Alumni & Visitors Center.

This is the fifth in a series of roundtable sessions. Students, staff, and faculty members are always encouraged to attend and participate.

Light refreshments will be served, and donations will be collected for UCR’s R’Pantry.

Read about previous campus conversations.

State Treasurer Chiang Spoke to School of Public Policy Group

On April 19 California Treasurer John Chiang visited UC Riverside. He spoke during a School of Public Policy (SPP) seminar titled “Why Resist When We Can Lead?”

State Treasurer John Chiang speaking to School of Public Policy students on April 19, 2017. ucr

State Treasurer John Chiang with School of Medicine students. ucr

 

 

 

During the visit, Chiang also spent time touring C-CERT and the School of Medicine. He also met with School of Medicine Dean Deborah Deas and Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

 

‘Stop Kiss’ by Diana Son

Gloria Olivas and Dana Peirce Jason Estala

Two women share their first kiss one night before being attacked by an angry bystander. The story covers their developing relationship and how their world responds to it. The play addresses hate crimes and includes strong language.

Performances at the Studio Theatre, ARTS 113:

  • Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. followed by “Talk Back” with director Bella Merlin
  • Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.

Free admission for students.

Tickets are $14 general and $12 for UCR cardholders, children, and senior citizens. Advance tickets available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or buy tickets online or call (951) 827-4331.

For more information contact performingarts@ucr.edu or visit the UCR Theatre Department.

UCR Authors Jane Smiley and Charmaine Craig to Speak in Los Angeles

UC Riverside creative writing professors Jane Smiley and Charmaine Craig will engage in a “public conversation” about Craig’s newest book, “Miss Burma,” in the Live Talks Los Angeles arts and culture series on Wednesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at the William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

“Miss Burma,” published this month by Grove Press, is based on the story of Craig’s mother and grandparents and is a tale of “love and war, colonialism and ethnicity, and the ties of blood,” according to the publisher’s website.

Craig is an assistant professor of creative writing and joined the Department of Creative Writing in 2014.

Smiley, a distinguished professor of creative writing, is the author of numerous novels, including “A Thousand Acres,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her most recent novels are “Golden Age,” “Some Luck,” and “Early Warning,” the volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy.

Read the complete story.

May is Mental Health Month

The Well and other campus partners invite students, staff, and faculty members to celebrate Mental Health Month in May. The month is filled with workshops, film screenings, and a Self-Care Fair — all designed to promote a person’s well-being.

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On Tuesday, May 16, the Self-Care Fair welcomes all to de-stress and connect with the campus community. Departments will co-host self-care activities in a fun, supportive, interactive environment with free food, music, and giveaways. Students, staff, and faculty welcome.

Mental Health Month upcoming events:

  • Monday, May 1: ‘Mindful Mondays: Just Breathe.’ Noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 265
  • Wednesday, May 3: Film Screening: “Inside Out.” 4 to 6 p.m. at HUB 269
  • Monday, May 8: ‘Mindful Mondays: Body Scans Revisited.’ Noon to 1 pm. at HUB 265
  • Monday, May 15: ‘Mindful Mondays: Mindful Eating.’ Noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 265
  • Monday, May 15: ‘Midterm Nap Sessions.’ 2 to 4 p.m. at The Well
  • Tuesday, May 16: Self-Care Fair. 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Hinderaker Lawn

View the full schedule of events.

For more information, contact Jessica Bowes at (951) 827-5642 or jessica.bowes@ucr.edu

Faculty Instructional Innovation Studio

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Faculty, instructors, researchers, post-docs, staff, teaching assistants, are invited to participate in Faculty Instructional Innovation Studio,  a free five-week set of workshops designed to give participants an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of how to integrate technology into the learning environment, as well as deepen pedagogical strategies to engage students and meet course outcomes.

Week 1 workshops begin Thursday, April 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. with “Reflections on Innovation.” This session will discuss the role of innovation at UCR. Four faculty will share their experiences as forerunners in the development of system-wide online and hybrid courses.

“Design Thinking” on Friday, April 28 concludes the first week. This hands-on session will focus on a course the participant teaches and would like to redesign, either in part or whole. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

View the complete five week schedule.

UC Launches ‘Climate Lab’ Videos

The University of California and Vox announced “Climate Lab,” a six-episode video series exploring global climate change and UC’s groundbreaking work to mitigate its effects. Hosted by conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan, the series features eye-opening conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists about how everything from clean energy to food, religion to smartphones, affects the future of our planet.

“Climate Lab” videos will be featured on the UC Climate Solutions website and Vox’s YouTube channel with a host of related content, including infographics, quizzes, and articles.

UC faculty have been deeply engaged in research and scholarship around climate change for decades. In 2013, President Janet Napolitano launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative to expand and strengthen that legacy, establishing a systemwide goal of UC becoming carbon neutral by 2025. To date, energy efficiency measures and clean energy projects implemented across the UC system have generated savings of $28 million a year.

“As ‘Climate Lab’ shows, investments in research and technology are critically important as we work to address global climate disruption,” Napolitano said. “Achieving carbon neutrality and addressing climate change are not merely operational or research goals at the University of California – they are moral imperatives. That’s why I launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and committed UC to becoming carbon neutral in our operations.”

The series’ first episode, “Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change,” debuted Wednesday, April 19 on Vox, just in time for Earth Day. Additional “Climate Lab” episodes will premiere on Vox  – the general interest news brand from Vox Media – every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Powered by the nation’s top experts in the fields of climate research, renewable energy, and sustainability, the series showcases those at UC and other institutions and organizations discussing the surprising ways people can harness known and emerging technologies to address the complex problem of climate change.

Future videos in the series will be released each Wednesday through May 24 and will be available on UC’s Climate Lab website starting at 9 a.m. EST and 6 a.m. PST.

Highlander Day of Service on April 22

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The Highlander Day of Service pays homage to UCR’s national recognition as a leader in community service.

On Saturday, April 22, Highlanders from across the nation are encouraged to dedicate a portion of their weekend to giving back to their communities by organizing or participating in community service events. Suggested events include community clean-up, planting trees, food drives, or volunteering at a charity run.

Alumni, students, parents, and friends of UCR are all invited to participate. Groups participating in these events can be large or small. The Alumni Association will assist organizers in advertising to other alumni in their areas. Organizers are responsible for determining a project and communicating with volunteers who have signed up to participate.

Sign up for a local event. Times vary.

Can’t participate in this year’s event? Support UCR by making a donation to one or more projects.

Community Invited to Brown Bag on Autism and Neurodiversity

As part of Autism Awareness Month, the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center will hold an informal brown bag to highlight the concept of neurodiversity and how it contributes positively to the fabric of our campus community. Neurodiversity frames the differences represented by autism spectrum as “normal variations” rather than some sort of pathology that needs to be addressed or eliminated.

The event will be held Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HUB 379 and will allow students, staff, and faculty to ask the questions they were always afraid to ask about autism. SEARCH staff will lead a guided discussion, as well as provide insights into Autism Spectrum Disorder and why everyone at UCR should care.

UCR Presents Powerful Migrations Conference

The Powerful Migrations conference will be held on April 27-28.

UCR and the Culver Center of the Arts will host “Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity,” an interdisciplinary conference that will focus 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, 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.”

The conference includes the unveiling of a public art project of four stereo viewers made by the artist Arnold Martin. Each is loaded with five three-dimensional images drawn from the California Museum of Photography’s archive of more than 300,000 stereograph images. The project was organized by Susan Laxton, professor of art history at UCR, who curated the show along with her students.

Conference events will be held:

    • Thursday, April 27: at the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113
    • Friday, April 28: at the Culver Center of the Arts at 3834 Main Street, Riverside, 92521

Complimentary parking tickets will be available for Lot 1 for main campus events, and parking is available for purchase for the downtown Riverside events at the various parking structures.

View the full schedule of events.

Food Fair: Gone Global 2017

ASPB presents Gone Global, a student organization showcase and food fair, free and open to the campus community.

  • Wednesday, April 26: 5 to 8 p.m. at the bell tower.

The international food fair is presented by International Affairs. The student organization showcase is presented by Student Life.

#NOMASBUTTS Campaign and Art Installation

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A tree sculpture made of more than 50,000 cigarette butts collected from across California will be on display at UCR from April 24 to April 26.

The installation is meant to educate the campus community and public about the dangerous health effects of smoking and the negative impact the tobacco industry has on the environment.

The #NOMASBUTTS tree sculpture symbolizes the billions of trees cut down each year to create toxic cigarettes and cigarette packaging, as well as 135 million pounds of non-biodegradable cigarette butts littered in the United States every year.

The sculpture was created by Los Angeles-based, artist and director Cristobal Valecillos. Valecillos’ portfolio includes directing music videos for Madonna, Britney Spears and Rihanna.

Come out and see this compelling tree sculpture and learn more about what you can do to raise awareness. Clearing the Air Ambassadors and student volunteers will be available during various times of the day to provide information and resources:

  • Monday, April 24: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 9- 3 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer at this event or want more information contact:
Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator at julie.chobdee@ucr.edu

 

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