'First-Generation' Brown Bag Lunches

UC Riverside’s First-Generaton campaign is fully under way. First-Generation is a UC-wide initiative that focuses on recognizing first-generation college faculty, staff, and students.

The initiative is how holding “First-Friday” conversations over lunch. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Hinderaker 0154.

The project strives to bring attention to the raising rate of first-generation college-bound students.  The initiative supports and facilitates students to be successful in every aspect of their lives. The campaign works alongside first-generation professors to connect with the students through peer mentoring, and also creates a network of resources and programs that are now easily offered to first-generation students.

First-Generation will hold meetings the first Friday of every month. Feel free to take your lunch or a snack.

If You Go:

  • Date: November 3
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hinderaker 0154
  • More information: firstgen.ucr.edu

– Samantha Stanfill

Staff Assembly Fall General Meeting Nov. 2

UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly is inviting the campus community to its first general meeting of the academic year.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2. UCR’s Staff Assembly is an association of approximately 5,500 staff employees. If you are a UCR staff member, you are automatically considered a Staff Assembly member.

If You Go:

– Samantha Stanfill

Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Spoke at UCR

Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, who has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level, visited UC Riverside on October 19, and spoke on teaching undergraduate science and engineering.

More than 250 people attended the evening conversation, titled “Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics (and most other subjects).”

Nobel laureate Carl Wieman spoke at UC Riverside on October 19, 2017. More than 250 people attended the event, housed at Winston Chung Hall. iqbal pittalwala


Jacqueline Norman New Campus Architect

Jacqueline Norman, the new campus architect, will be expanding the positive impact she has had on the UCR campus.  Currently serving as the principal project manager for the Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB1), and prior to this, the Student Recreation Center South, Norman has been instrumental to campus growth for eight years.

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Norman’s passion for UCR stems from watching the campus grow.  Norman spent a great deal of time on campus, having grown up in Riverside. Her father Anthony Norman, distinguished professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, emeritus, came to UCR some 50 years ago.

“UCR has benefited greatly from Jacqueline’s vision and experience for almost a decade,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “In this expanded role as campus architect, she will be instrumental in meeting the needs of our growing campus and research enterprise.”

As campus architect, Norman will serve as the university’s steward for all issues affecting the aesthetic quality of the physical environment of the campus and will advise UCR leadership on how to ensure planning and design excellence across the university.

Among her activities will be to serve as a member of the campus Arts Council and the Design Review Board.  Norman is a registered architect with a background in both design and preservation.

Free Public Talk by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman

Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, who has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level, will give a free public talk at UC Riverside at 3:40 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, on teaching undergraduate science and engineering, particularly physics.

Titled “Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics (and most other subjects),” the talk will take place in Room 138, Winston Chung Hall.

“Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate complex thinking and learning than what is in use in the traditional science class,” said Wieman, a professor of physics who also holds an appointment in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. “Students and instructors find such innovative research-based teaching more rewarding, because they involve the physics expertise of the instructor much more extensively and transfer that expertise more effectively. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century.”

Carl Wieman

In his talk, Wieman will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. He is a scholar of student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science.  The education work has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Carnegie Foundation University Professor of the Year in 2004, the Oersted Medal for physics education, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Science Teachers Association.

He served as founding chair of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences, and was the founder of PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times per year to learn science. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the University of Colorado and the University of British Columbia which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He served as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010-12.

Wieman has received numerous awards recognizing his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate.  More about him: https://physics.stanford.edu/people/faculty/carl-wieman.

‘oSTEM’ Has a Chapter at UCR

Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics has a chapter at UC Riverside. Better known as oSTEM at UCR, it aims to form connections between LGBTQ+ identifying students and professionals in the STEM fields, while adding diversity to STEM.

Persons of all majors, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome to join the chapter.  It offers an opportunity for professional development, educational outreach, and networking.

Individuals interested in becoming oSTEM at UCR members can sign up at highlanderlink.ucr.edu/organization/ostem and request membership. They can also email ostem.ucr@gmail.com. There is no membership fee.

About the chapter:

  • Became an official chapter on February 22, 2017.
  • Currently has 32 registered members (undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members).
  • Meets about three times per quarter.
  • Hosts one to two field trips per quarter.
  • Provides support for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals in, or pursuing, STEM careers by offering a safe space.
  • Promotes a positive representation of LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM.
  • Follow them on Instagram; Facebook.

35th Annual Plant Sale at the Botanic Gardens

The 35th annual UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Garden Market and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A members-only sale for Friends of the Botanic Gardens will be Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Thousands of plants will be offered for sale. Choices include colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs; flowering perennials; cacti and other succulents; orchids; plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies; drought-tolerant plants; California native plants; and water plants. There will also be a large selection of Master Gardener-grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

For more information contact the Botanic Gardens at (951) 784-6962; ucrbg@ucr.edu; or visit www.gardens.ucr.edu.

Oct. 24 Women’s Media Forum Opens for RSVPs

October 24, a forum featuring several high-profile UC Riverside faculty members will examine the phenomena of continuing male dominance as “experts” in the media.

“The numbers suggest that women faculty are more reluctant than their male counterparts to be cited as expert sources in the media,” said Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, which is presenting the forum along with CHASS and University Communications.

The forum will feature a panel discussion led by Sharon Walker, interim dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. Panelists include Cindy Larive, interim provost and executive vice chancellor; Seem Tiwari-Woodruff, associate professor of biomedical sciences, and Jane Ward, professor and vice chair of gender and sexuality studies.

The event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in INTS 1113. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to register in advance.

The forum is the first of three that will be presented during the 2017-18 term as part of a partnership between the Center for Ideas and University Communications, which is the central communications unit for UC Riverside. The other forums will address the challenges junior faculty members address in building a media presence, and the efficacy of grad students’ pursuit of a media profile.

Get Your Costumes Ready

The annual Staff Assembly Halloween Costume Contest is underway. Departments are encouraged work with their colleagues to come up with a unique — and fun — theme.

The contest is open to all; top three winners will be announced at the Nov. 2 Staff Assembly fall meeting.

In order to participate in the contest:

  • The group needs to upload a photo wearing their costume to the Staff Assembly Facebook page or tag them on Instagram at @UCRStaffAssembly
  • Pictures must be shot with your immediate work group
  • Group size should be between three to 12 people
  • Do not use Photoshop
  • No photo illustrations
  • No extensive retouching
  • For full rules: atu.cr/ucrsahalloween

Safety Tip Reminders from UCR’s Police Department

UCPD officers will be conducting high visibility patrols during the first few weeks of the fall quarter that will focus on educating drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on the best ways to safely share the campus roadways, said John Freese, assistant chief of police.

In order to protect lives, valuables and always keeping safety in mind, Freese provides these safety tips:

Protect Yourself at Home 

  • If you are just going down the hall, it takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
  • Keep emergency numbers in your phone.
  • Do not indicate when you will be out of your room, with messages on your door or posts on social media.
  • Do not allow strangers to enter residence halls, or prop open outer doors.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Do not leave keys in hiding places. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood.
  • Open a savings or checking account instead of keeping money in your room.
  • Keep automatic teller machine cards in a safe place, keep your PIN number secret. When possible, only use ATMs during the day.
  • Instead of cash, carry a credit card. Some companies insure property purchased with those cards against loss, theft or damage.
  • If you find yourself in immediate danger, call 911; try to stay calm and get away at the first opportunity.

Protect Yourself Outside

  • Walk with others and keep to well-lit and popular routes.
  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image, and have your keys in your hand.
  • Trust your gut about danger. Cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business.
  • Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Drive to a police or fire station or open place of business if you feel you are being followed.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles.  Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
  • If you are stranded, lock yourself into your car and call for help. Ask others to phone for help while you remain in your vehicle. Do not worry about seeming rude.

Protect Your Property 

  • Always lock your car.
  • Lock bikes to immovable objects or bike racks with hardened alloy locks and chains or U-shaped lock.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car. Lock these items in the trunk.
  • Register your bike at Transportation and Parking Service (TAPS).

Campus resources available for staff, faculty and students:

  • Rides: Transportation and Parking Services provides “point to point” shuttles after dark: police.ucr.edu/prevention.html
  • Cameras: There are video cameras and blue emergency call boxes near common pedestrian walkways.
  • Patrols: UCPD police officers keep you in the loop when a crime happens, sending crime alerts and emergency text messages. Sign up for text message: cnc.ucr.edu/ens/signup.html
  • Safety video: Learn more on crime prevention: police.ucr.edu/prevention.html

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