Early Education Program to be Featured on PBS Series

Academy and Emmy award-winning producers Dale Bell and Harry Wiland were at UC Riverside this month filming for a new documentary series on programs that close the achievement gap and can be replicated in other communities.

They are highlighting Project Moving Forward, a vocabulary and English language development program for young children developed by Linda Navarrette in the Graduate School of Education. The program started in Moreno Valley Unified School District and is now used in more than 100 schools in seven states. The program has evidence of closing the achievement gap.

Academy and Emmy award-winning producers Dale Bell and Harry Wiland were at UC Riverside filming for a new documentary series, highlighting Project Moving Forward, a vocabulary and English language development program for young children developed by Linda Navarrette in the Graduate School of Education. Media Policy Center

Bell and Wiland, of the Media Policy Center, are traveling the country filming for a four-part documentary called “Our Kids” that will air on PBS in late 2018. The film is based on the best-selling book by Harvard professor Robert Putnam and will examine the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor students, and what communities can do to narrow the gap — from early learning programs, to juvenile justice reform, to apprenticeship programs in the tech industry.

Riverside is one of about a dozen communities across the U.S. that is being featured because it is implementing programs to support its  diverse population.

“What is happening is an integrated group effort to bring new ideas to the table to narrow the gap. Other communities can learn much from Riverside,” Wiland said.

Other Riverside programs that were filmed include the Riverside Police Foundation’s Youth Judo Club, the Riverside County Office of Education’s Come Back Kids Charter, Kids in Konflict, and SmartRiverside’s digital inclusion initiatives. The filming in Riverside was proposed and supported by Former Mayor Ronald Loveridge, who is the director of the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and Riverside.

Advocate of Reforming Toxicant Exposure Regulation to Lecture June 2

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Carl F. Cranor will deliver the 65th Faculty Research Lecture on June 2.

Carl F. Cranor, distinguished professor of philosophy and a longtime advocate of reforming policies for regulating exposure to toxic substances, will deliver the 65th Faculty Research Lecture on Friday, June 2.

The Faculty Research Lecturer Award is the highest honor that the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate bestows. The Senate Committee on Faculty Research Lecturer selected Cranor “for his demonstrated brilliance in Philosophy of Law and Science,” noting his global recognition for research regarding toxins and public health and his impact on the American legal system. The lecture will be on “The Law’s Contribution to a Lifetime Arc of Good Health.”

If you go:

  • When: Friday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: the Genomics Auditorium

The event is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

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


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