Riverside to Host Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History

More than 800 scholars and students will descend upon Riverside next week to attend the American Society for Environmental History’s annual meeting. Held at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 5th St.) from March 14-18, this year’s event, “Environment, Power, and Justice,” will feature a series of workshops, panel sessions, presentations, and expert-led field trips to various historical sites throughout Southern California, including Crystal Cove State Park, the California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Huntington Library.

UCR’s David Biggs, associate professor of history and public policy, will deliver welcome remarks during an opening reception at UCR ARTSblock the evening of Wednesday, March 14. Biggs will also co-lead field trips to the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, one of the largest military bases on the West Coast and home to one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped California coastline, and Joshua Tree National Park.

Additional UCR faculty slated to participate in the conference’s activities include Catherine Gudis, associate professor of history and director of the university’s public history program; Jade Sasser, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies; Philipp Lehmann, assistant professor of history; Jason Weems, associate professor of art history; and Ademide Adelsui-Adeluyi, assistant professor of history. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia K. Larive, meanwhile, will deliver closing comments during the event’s concluding reception, held the evening of Saturday, March 17.

Over the course of the conference’s four days, scholars will explore centuries of interactions between humans and the natural world; topics to be covered are as wide-ranging as the borderlands of the Western United States, urban agriculture, and the environmental history of pipelines.

This year marks the first time since 1982 that the event, which is co-sponsored by UCR and the Claremont Colleges, will be held in Southern California. Interested parties can register here.

Tess Eyrich 

UCR To Host Screening of Food Evolution

The community is invited to a free public screening of Food Evolution, a science-based investigation into the controversy of GMOs that is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s producer and director, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

The screening will be on Friday, March 16 from 4-7 p.m. at The Barn. Space is limited. RSVP by March 12 to carol.lerner@ucr.edu

Other panelists include: Allison Van Eenennaam, CE Specialist, Animal Genomics & Biotechnology, UC Davis; Tom Delfino, Executive Director California Citrus Nursery Society; Norm Ellstrand, Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Johnson Chair, CAFE Director, UC Riverside. The moderator is Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist, UC Riverside.

If You Go:

  • When: March 16
  • Time: 4 P.M.- 7 P.M.
  • Where: The Barn
  • RSVP by March 12 to carol.lerner@ucr.edu


Provost Cindy Larive to host the next Town Hall on March 6 at the HUB

Provost Cindy Larive to host the next Town Hall on March 6 at the HUB

The next Town Hall meeting will be on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in HUB 302. This is an opportunity to learn more about several ongoing projects including the proposed Student Success Center, MRB1, and UCR’s progress in freshmen and transfer student enrollment and achieving its student success goals. Most importantly, this is a chance for the whole community to engage, ask questions, and have a conversation. Supervisors are encouraged to grant release time to staff, as appropriate, to allow them to attend.

The UCR community can provide questions or comments in advance using the linked survey. This survey will remain open after the Town Hall for follow-up feedback as well. After the event, a video of the Town Hall will be posted on the Ongoing Projects page, for those who couldn’t make it.

If you go:

  • Where: HUB 302
  • When: March 6
  • Time: Noon- 1 p.m.

Belltower Emergency Notification Test, Friday

This Friday at noon, the Belltower on campus will chime. This is a test for UCR’s Emergency Notification System, Alertus. To ensure the system is operational, it will be tested on the first Friday of every month at noon, and it will sound for about 30 seconds. The next test is Friday, March 2. If you have any questions, send a message to emergency@ucr.edu.

Professor Emeritus to Launch Pop-Up Exhibit and Art Demo at Riverside Artswalk

John de Pillis trained as a commercial artist before getting his doctorate in mathematics.

John de Pillis, a professor emeritus of mathematics at UCR and cartoonist, will present a live iPad art demonstration at the Riverside Museum of Art on Thursday, March 1 from 6-8 p.m. His artwork will also be on display.

De Pillis’ appearance is part of the opening reception for The 52/52+ Project Exhibitions, a month-long series at the Artswalk that showcases the work of individuals who spent 52 weeks on a quest to incorporate creativity into their everyday lives.

As part of his digital drawing demonstration, De Pillis will project his improvised sketches from his iPad to a screen in the atrium.  

“The iPad provides new tools … a new medium … for artists to express and to experiment with new ideas,” reads de Pillis’ YouTube profile. Guests at Thursday’s exhibit are encouraged to rethink outlets of creativity in their own lives.

De Pillis, who trained as a commercial artist before getting his doctorate in mathematics from UC Berkley, said he hopes to “marry art and the mathematical,” for those aspiring to be more creative on a regular basis.

He has spent his career trying to integrate math into art and culture. His portfolio includes a collection of children’s books and “777 Mathematical Conversation Starters,” a 2002 work that examines the few degrees of separation between mathematics and topics that provoke interesting conversations.

de Pillis creates sketches on an iPad.

De Pillis’ illustrations can be seen in the current edition of The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and on his YouTube channel.  

Thursday’s reception is free and open to the public.

If You Go:

  • When: March 1
  • Time: 6 P.M.- 8 P.M.
  • Location: Riverside Museum of Art at 3425 Mission Inn Ave

Third Annual "Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley" at UCR Palm Desert

A unique collaboration between the UCR Palm Desert Center and Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council will showcase 70 works of photography, painting, and sculpture from 49 local artists, including students from the UCR Art Department. The event is one of the largest exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley.

“UCR Palm Desert Center has become a hub of artistic exploration and celebration, showcasing the rich diversity of talent we have in the Coachella Valley,” said Tamara Hedges, the executive director of UCR Palm Desert Center, in a news release.

There will also be two demonstrations and discussion days by members of the Artists Council—on Saturday, March 24 and April 21, from 10 a.m. until noon. A wide range of subjects and techniques will be covered, including photography, watercolors, colored-pencil techniques, acrylics and oil painting. There will also be a discussion of art and the Internet, and how artists can promote and sell their work.

The community is invited to attend an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The event will feature light refreshments, and many of the artists will be in attendance. RSVP now!

If You Go:

Where: UCR Palm Desert Center

When: March 1- April 29

More: https://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html

Exploring the Intersections Between American Indians and the World of Nursing

Several members of UCR’s faculty will discuss their research during the daylong event.

A conference held this week at the UCR Palm Desert Center will explore the relationship between American Indian communities and the world of nursing. Both free and open to the public, the “Healing Hands” conference will be held this Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“American Indian women have been family, community, and tribal nurses for years, and they have gone unrecognized,” said conference co-organizer Clifford Trafzer, a UCR distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs. “During the early 20th century within the Mission Indian Agency of Southern California tribes, non-Indian public health nurses worked hand in hand with Native American home nurses to fight infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, measles, influenza, whooping cough, and gastrointestinal disorders.

 “Together, Indian and non-Indian nurses dramatically reduced the number of cases and deaths caused by all infectious diseases among Southern California Indians before the use of streptomycin, the only effective antibiotic known to kill TB,” Trafzer added. “This conference will bring together scholars and Indian community members to examine the role and significance of nurses working within the American world of Southern California.”   

The conference will feature presentations from more than 20 scholars based around the country, such as Patricia D’Antonio, a nursing historian at the University of Pennsylvania, and Lorene Sisquoc, curator of Riverside’s Sherman Indian Museum. Topics covered during the event’s sessions will include “Nursing in the United States,” “Healing in Indigenous Communities,” “Nursing in Southern California,” and “Indigenous Art and Language as Good Medicine.”

Several members of UCR’s faculty will discuss their research during the daylong event; Trafzer will participate in the “Nursing in Southern California” session, while Gerald Clarke, an assistant professor of ethnic studies; Allison Hedge Coke, a distinguished professor of creative writing; and Wesley Leonard, an assistant professor of ethnic studies, will participate in the “Indigenous Art and Language as Good Medicine” session.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Rupert Costo Endowment, the Department of History, the UCR Palm Desert Center, the Center for Healthy Communities, the School of Medicine, and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The UCR Palm Desert Center is located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211.

Tess Eyrich

California State Librarian to Speak at UCR

Greg Lucas was appointed California’s 25th State Librarian by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.

California State Librarian Greg Lucas will visit UCR on Monday, Feb. 26, for a discussion about the evolving role of libraries in contemporary society. Co-sponsored by UCR’s School of Public Policy and the UCR Library, the event will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in room 1113 of building Interdisciplinary South.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Lucas as California’s 25th State Librarian in May 2014. In addition to serving as the primary research library for the California government, the Sacramento-based State Library oversees the allocation of $10 million in funding annually to local public libraries statewide. Under Lucas’ leadership, the State Library has made strides toward improving literacy, signing up more California schoolkids for library cards, and giving communities access to high-speed Internet through a network that connects more than half the state’s 1,100 libraries.

Lucas previously served as chief of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Capitol bureau, covering state politics and policy for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and holds two master’s degrees: one in professional writing from the University of Southern California, and another in information science from San Jose State University.

His presentation, “How Libraries Can Make Your Life Better and Save the World,” is free and open to the public, although online registration is requested. Guests can purchase temporary parking permits from a dispenser in Lot 24.

Tess Eyrich

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