Living the Promise Symposium: Renewable Nature

At the Living the Promise Symposia set for April 19, participants will get to examine the concept of renewable nature, and learn how UC Riverside’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring:

  • Michael Allen, distinguished professor of plant pathology
  • Juliann Allison, associate professor of gender & sexuality studies
  • Marilyn Fogel, endowed professor of geoecology
  • Louis Santiago, associate professor of physiological ecology
  • Emma Aronson, assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology
  • Susan Straight, distinguished professor of creative writing.

A reception to close the evening will showcase artwork by Kellie Flint (MFA) and other academic displays. The symposium will take place at the Botanic Gardens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission. Registration required.

Launch of Innovation Space For Students, Faculty, and Researchers


University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble and Vice Chancellor Michael Pazzani invite students, staff, and faculty members for the Creat’R Lab Launch on Tuesday, April 18.

Creat’R Lab is an innovation space at UCR, where students can learn, break, experiment, design and create. This is where new technologies, scientific curiosity, and entrepreneurship come together to change the world.

Creat’R Lab will be located at the Orbach Science Library. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Program begins at 5:15 p.m.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2017

UC Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts at the UCR ARTSblock will present the annual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition through May 7. The 2017 exhibition will feature works by Dicky Bahto, Hollie Brown, Ashley May, Ahram Park, and Anna Wittenberg – five graduating MFA students in the Department of Art at UCR.

For 10 years, graduating students have showcased their work at the MFA Thesis Exhibition. It is the only graduate student exhibition that is presented off campus and in a public setting in all of Southern California according to Tyler Stallings, the artistic director at the Culver Center for the Arts at UCR.

For more information, visit the UCR ARTSblock exhibition page.

Tobacco Waste Clean Up

Volunteers are needed for “Butt Bash,” campus cleanup for cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable, meaning their toxic material never disappears.

Support the UC-wide smoke and tobacco-free policy by participating in “Butt Bash.”

  • Monday, April 17th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Volunteers will meet at the Scotty the Bear bench outside of the HUB. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Cleanup is sponsored by the Wellness Program and Sustainability. All volunteers will be eligible to be entered in a $5 gift card giveaway courtesy of California Youth Advocacy Network.

César Chávez 5K Celebration

The 16th annual family-focused tradition, organized by UC Riverside’s Chicano Student Programs and other campus partners, occurred on April 8th. Money raised during the race was invested in scholarships for UCR students.

The event consisted of a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for children under the age of 12. There were vendors, music, and activities for children. View the result roster of the run.

Watch a slideshow recap of the event (photos by Carlos Puma):

Upcoming Conversation With the Chancellor on Human  Resources

The fourth in a series of campuswide Conversations with the Chancellor will take place on Monday, April 10, noon to 1 p.m. at the Alumni & Visitor Center.

The topic for this conversation will focus on Human Resources, which include faculty, staff, and student employees.  Roundtable discussions will help to identify current Human Resource opportunities and challenges, and how these might be addressed in the future.

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

“I continue to find your input insightful, and I have been working with campus leadership and the Academic Senate to ensure that our conversations carry on at the unit, departmental, and organizational levels,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said in a campuswide email sent on Tuesday, April 4. “As we continue these important dialogues, I remain grateful for everyone’s commitment to the campus, and am, as always, optimistic about our future.”

Lecture on Stroke Treatment Research and Clinical Care

The School of Medicine’s Byron D. Ford, Ph.D., and Charles E. Stout, M.D., Ph.D., gave a free lecture on March 22 at UCR Palm Desert on stroke treatment research and clinical care. More than 200 people attended the lecture.

Byron D. Ford, Ph.D., speaking on stroke treatment research and clinical care on March 22, 2017.
Tamara Hedges

Most strokes are ischemic, meaning a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Ford studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of stroke and acute brain injuries.  Stout specializes in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms of the brain and spine, and vascular malignancies of the central nervous system.

The next lecture in the series at UCR Palm Desert will take place April 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The topic is “Living longer with HIV.”

UCR’s 1st STEM Research Expo


UCR’s 1st STEM Research Expo, presented from ASUCR and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), will showcase research done at UCR with the hopes of recruiting more students to labs.

UCR researchers will have a poster presentation of their current research for interested students. In addition, there will also be different campus organizations and resources relating to the STEM field tabling during the expo.

Learn more about the research being conducted at UCR. Undergraduates, graduates, and staff considering involvement with any projects may take a resume.

  • Friday, April 7: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HUB 302

Register now for the expo. Limited Spots Available.

Upcoming Film Screenings at UCR ArtsBlock

A scene from “Manchester by the Sea.”

UCR ArtsBlock has great upcoming film screenings.

Watch “Manchester by the Sea,” a story about a hardened handyman named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to care for his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges), but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife (Michelle Williams) as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community.


  • Friday, March 24: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 7 p.m.

Or watch “The Red Turtle” in April. Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, “The Red Turtle” recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.


  • Friday, April 7: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 7 p.m.

View the full schedule of ArtsBlock screenings.

Recap: From Genomics to Harvest

The “Living the Promise Symposium: From Genomics to Harvest,” took place on March 17. The event explored the vast contributions UC Riverside is making to the basic science, cultivation, and production of plants and food.

The symposium was followed by a reception featuring a menu inspired by UCR’s food research. Among the items were: UCR avocado and arugula gazpacho shooter, prosciutto-wrapped UCR asparagus, fried calamari with UCR citrus aioli, and UCR black-eyed pea salad. You can watch the video on UCR’s YouTube channel.

The next Living the Promise symposium, Renewable Nature, is scheduled for April 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Botanic Gardens. Learn how UCR’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet. Visit Living the Promise for more details.

Here is a slideshow recap of the “From Genomics to Harvest” event (photos by Michael J. Elderman):

Inland Empire Rental Market Trends Outpacing Coastal Areas


The Inland Empire’s robust residential rental market is outpacing neighboring coastal areas with less vacancy and greater or equal growth in rent prices, according to a new analysis released on March 15 by the School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The region’s tight apartment supply and rapidly rising rents underscore the need for additional multifamily housing, say the report authors.

The Inland Empire’s regional affordability advantage is helping fuel homebuyer demand while low numbers of existing homes for sale and low levels of construction have depleted inventories, putting upward pressure on prices.

“The Inland Empire has seen consistent growth in economic activity and employment in recent years and with that growth have been population gains that are outpacing neighboring counties in Southern California and putting pressure on both the IE’s rental market and the market for owner-occupied homes,” said Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. “There is a genuine need for more housing across much of California, and nowhere is the severity of the situation more apparent than in the Inland Empire.”

Read more on the rental market in the Inland Empire.

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