Have You Been to the Library?

UC Riverside’s libraries are full of activity — and resources, of course.

This month the Library will host International Open Access Week 2017, as part of a global effort called Open Access Week. The Library will host an event on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Orbach Science Library.

Also this month, the UCR Library launched “4 to Explore,” a program that allows librarians and archivists to showcase four items from the library’s special collection and place them on hold for everyone to use in the reading room. Each month there will be four new items. Stop by the Tomás Rivera Library to check out the awesome photos, books and historical documents.

Or maybe you’re interested in science fiction? The nearly 6,000 digitized photos from the Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom  have sparked great interest from fans. Fans are recognizing themselves, or their friends, as they scroll through the black and white images; other fans are blogging about UCR’s unique photo collection.

Klein, a science fiction fan, photographed many events during the 1960s and 1970s, including “Worldcon.” Klein donated these photographs, which were part of his $3.5 million estate, to the UCR Library in 2014.

Keep up with the Library’s news.

Grants Available for a ‘Healthy’ Project

UC Riverside’s Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is awarding up to 10 grants for projects that promote healthy lifestyles.

The awards range from $500 to $1,500. The projects can be proposed by students, staff or faculty.

HCI is seeking to fund creative, high quality, replicable and sustainable projects that make UCR a healthier campus community. HCI’s priorities include:

  • Healthy eating/nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Built environment
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Preventive health
  • Communications/marketing
  • Metrics/quality improvement

Deadline to submit grant proposals is December 1. Award recipients will be notified in January. For more details or questions, contact Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator: julie.chobdee@ucr.edu or Ann Cheney, School of Medicine assistant professor for the Center for Healthy Communities: ann.cheney@medsch.ucr.edu.

UCR Palm Desert Hosts Marketing Conference

UCR Palm Desert is hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the California Desert Arts Council and Americans for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is directed to arts, tourism leaders, marketers, and creative professionals. It is free for UCR students, staff and faculty who RSVP by Oct. 10. To attend, contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu.

The event will hosted at the UCR Palm Desert campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

UCR Professor’s Father Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Kenneth Barish, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the son of Barry Barish, one of three scientist who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on the detection of gravitational waves.

Kenneth Barish ucr

Gravitational waves had been predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity, but never detected — until now.

The senior Barish and colleague Kip Thorne, both professors at the California Institute of Technology, along with fellow scientist Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the award for their discovery made in 2016.

“As a scientist, the discovery of gravitational waves opens up a new window on the universe as a result of the amazing technical accomplishment of measuring changes in distances of 1/1000 the size of the proton. On a personal level, it is thrilling to see my dad recognized for this incredible accomplishment,” Kenneth Barish said.

Donate Your Eyeglasses to 'Eyes of Hope'

More than two billion people worldwide don’t have access to much needed eyewear due to income, distance, or disaster.

Eyes of Hope has partnered with Vision Service Plan (VSP) Global to work with local communities to collect gently used eyewear. UC Riverside is supporting that effort. Collection boxes have been placed at the front offices of:

  • UCR’s Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS), 683 Linden Street
  • Fleet Services (building adjacent to TAPS)

Everyone is encouraged to donate their old eyewear, which will be cleaned, refurbished, and then given to doctors and schools to use on global eye care missions.

People interested in helping can drop off their eyeglasses between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. TAPS will have the collection boxes available until the end of December.

New Names for Three CNAS Departments

Three departments in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have changed their names.

The Department of Biology is now the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is now the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology is now the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology.

New chairs are Russ Hille (Biochemistry), Laosheng Wu (Environmental Sciences), Helen Regan (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), Manuela Martins-Green (Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology), and Isgouhi Kaloshian (Nematology).

UCR Extension Partners with Riverside County to Help Foster Children

UCR Extension partners with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to prospective foster families through the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program.

Riverside County is home to more than 4,000 children who are no longer living with their families because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

In an effort to get these children into committed, nurturing, and permanent families, UCR Extension is partnering with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to those interested in fostering a child in need.

Fostering a child can make a lifelong difference to not only the child, but also to our community. Foster parents help children reach a fuller potential, and this guidance leads them to becoming responsible future citizens. Every child deserves to be part of a safe, loving, and stable family, and giving a home and positive life experience to a child in crisis comes with endless rewards.

The RFA trainings meet at the UCR Extension Center or at the UCR Palm Desert Center, and are conveniently scheduled on weekends. To learn more about this program, call (951) 827-2650 or email ghernandez@ucx.ucr.edu, or visit the Children’s Services Division at http://dpss.co.riverside.ca.us.

Read the full story.

Community Partner Celebration and Fair

Community Partner Fair 2017

On August 23, dozens of community partners congregated on campus for the inaugural Community Partner Celebration and Fair.

The fair was hosted by Undergraduate Education and the Highlander Early Start Academy. This year, incoming students in HESA have the opportunity to participate in service learning throughout their first year.

The fair gave HESA students the opportunity to talk with a variety of community organizations, and to think about where they would like to serve and learn.

Among the participating community organizations were: Eastside Reconciliation Coalition, GRID Alternatives, The Write of Your Life, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, and Autism Society.

Bird Walk and Breakfast

Join Norm Ellstrand, distinguished professor of genetics, expert birder, and participant in the UCR Avifauna Project for a guided bird walk tour in the UCR Botanic Gardens from 6:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Participants will view up to 50 different bird species on the fall bird walk. The two-hour walk will be followed by a wrap-up session and continental-style breakfast. Participants are encouraged to take binoculars. This event will occur rain or shine. Limited attendance.

Tickets are $10 for UCRBG members and $15 for non-members.

For reservations: ucrbg@ucr.edu or 951-784-6962. Please mail your check, payable to “UC Regents” to UCR, BEES Admin Unit, 2460 Geology, Riverside, CA 92521.

UCR, UC Working on a New Payroll System for All Employees

Through the systemwide UCPath initiative and in an effort to streamline human resources, academic personnel, benefits, and payroll processes, the University of California has created a UCPath Center that will eventually serve more than 220,000 UC employees across 10 campuses, five medical centers and other university facilities.

The center is a central, systemwide shared services organization based in Riverside. Among the improvements is the replacement of the nearly 40-year-old Payroll & Personnel System (PPS) with a single PeopleSoft implementation called the UCPath system.

UC Riverside is among the pilot campuses for this new system, which has been in the works for several years and is currently in the middle of a year-long test cycle to ensure that campus-level data is properly integrated with UCPath.

Simultaneously, UCR has embarked on a comprehensive Organizational Excellence effort called the Future Operating Model (FOM) initiative. In tandem with UCR’s participation as a pilot UCPath campus, the FOM initiative provides UCR with an unprecedented opportunity to transform its business processes in ways that will most effectively meet the needs of the campus in the UCPath environment.

The systemwide UCPath and the local FOM initiatives are known as UCR’s FOM|UCPath project.

The FOM|UCPath project is scheduled to launch in winter 2017. For more information and updates about the FOM|UCPath project, visit the project website fomucpath.ucr.edu or email questions to fomucpath@ucr.edu.

To learn more about the UCPath center, visit: ucpathproject.ucop.edu.

UCR’s Organizational Excellence Team Presents in Two National Conferences

UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, interim director of strategic project management within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, and Jason Rodriguez, strategic initiatives analyst, financial planning and analysis also within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, recently presented at two national conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The team represented UCR at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) conferences.

(Left to right) Jason Rodriguez, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, and Ron Coley (not photographed) represented UCR at two national conferences where they spoke about Organizational Excellence. courtesy

The annual conferences bring together 2,000 to 3,000 higher education business officers and change managers from across the country to discuss topics relevant to higher education.

UCR’s group presentation, titled “How to Start a Grassroots Movement: UCR’s Organizational Excellence Initiative,” highlighted the value and importance of UCR’s unique, bottom-up approach to Organizational Excellence (OE). The presentation and discussion inspired conference attendees to think beyond traditional approaches to campus efficiency measures and to consider the power of shifting a culture towards collaboration and innovation.

Villanueva and Rodriguez are also part of the Organizational Planning Committee. Anguiano is UCR’s former vice chancellor for planning and budget.

5th Annual UC Summer Barbecue in the UK

Every year over 2,000 University of California students go to the United Kingdom and Ireland on semester, year-long and summer study abroad programs. For many of those students, the life-changing experience is not possible without a scholarship.

UCR runners (left to right) Stephanie Ostrich, Flor Garcia and Violet Del Toro. courtesy

Recently, two fundraising efforts supported the effort. Through the Great California Cake-Off bake sale and raffle ticket sales, over $700 was raised to help support Team UC’s fundraising goal for UC study abroad scholarships.

On Sunday, July 9 Team UC fundraised further at the Virgin Sports Westminster 10k, a route through the heart of the city, with the help of University of California alumnae, students, family, and friends. Among the 27 participants were UCR alumni Stephanie Ostrich and Violet Del Toro, and current student Flor Garcia. The three raised over $500.

Team UC in total raised over $4,500.

Top of Page

Page 7 of 47<< First4567891011203040Last >>