Annual Staff Assembly Holiday Party

Annual Staff Assembly Holiday Party

Mark your calendars for Dec 15.

The annual staff assembly holiday party is right around the corner. This year, enjoy a Mad Hatter themed party with live entertainment from the LA based 80’s band, The Breakfast Club. Canned goods for the R’Pantry will be accepted as donations at the door. Donations will grant guests an extra raffle ticket. The party is open to all staff members and student employees. Wear a crazy hat to get an additional raffle ticket. The party includes tasty food, lots of prizes and lots of fun.

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  • Date: Dec. 15
  • Time: 2- 4 p.m.
  • Location: HUB 302
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The Habit Donates More than $4,000 to R’Pantry

(Left to right) Teresa Garcia, Kyle Stiefel, Jaime Ramos, Daniel Lopez, David Henry, Audrey Lim, Robin Hungerford, Devon Sakamoto.

UCR’s food pantry, the R’Pantry, recently received a donation of $4,648.09 from The Habit Burger Grill, one of UCR’s newest campus restaurants.

The check was a result of The Habit’s commitment to education, said Jaime Ramos, The Habit’s district manager. The restaurants’s management decided to donate 100 percent of sales on Nov. 14, The Habit’s soft opening.

The Habit is one of three new restaurants on campus. It replaces Latitude Fifty-Five, which shut down over the summer.

The Habit’s support for the R’Pantry is exciting and empowering, said Devon Sakamoto, director of The Well, UCR’s student health and wellness office that also includes the R’Pantry. The R’Pantry received the check on Nov. 30.

Sandra Baltazar Martinez

'Donations For Citations' Offers Discount on Parking Tickets

UC Riverside’s Department of Transportation Services (TAPS) is offering a $20 discount on parking citations for people who donate non-perishable items to benefit the campus’ food pantry, R’Pantry.

With its “Donations for Citations” campaign, TAPS is allowing drivers with a citation under $100 to donate 10 food or baby items, in order to receive a $20 credit toward their parking ticket.

TAPS is running a “Donations for Citations” campaign through December 15, 2017.

This program will run through December 15. Drivers should visit TAPS, located at 683 Linden St. The $20 credit can only be used for a single citation, which needs to be paid in full.

So far, more than 150 pounds of food has been collected.

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Samantha Stanfill

How the Brain and Immune System Interact

Monica Carson, chair of the Division of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Center for Glial-Neural Interactions at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will discuss brain health during an evening event at the UCR Palm Desert campus on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Carson will discuss the most current brain research and what it means for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.

Carson will also present information on what researchers have learned by studying how the brain and the immune system interact from infancy to old age.

RSVP for the event.

If You Go

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: UCR Palm Desert Campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert

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Campus Invited to Workshop on Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a workshop at UC Riverside titled “Fundamental Enduring Problems in Quantum Condensed Matter” on Dec. 7-9. Well known physicists in the U.S. and abroad are expected to attend the workshop, which takes place in the Bear Cave, Pentland Hills.  Topics include developments in experimental techniques, high temperature superconductors, topological matters, and quantum criticality.  Provost Cindy Larive and College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Dean Kathryn Uhrich will present opening remarks.

Chandra Varma

Aimed at faculty, graduate students and researchers, the workshop will facilitate a critical review of the assimilated knowledge in condensed matter physics, allow for an exchange of ideas across different branches within the condensed matter community, and propagate current thinking about fundamental problems in this field to the next generation of scientists. More about the workshop here.

The workshop will serve, too, to felicitate Chandra Varma, a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy and an internationally known expert on “superconductivity,” the quantum phenomenon in which metals below a certain temperature develop flow of current with no loss or resistance. Varma, who joined UC Riverside in 2003, has contributed to condensed matter physics for almost 50 years. He is formally retiring from UCR.  A reception in his honor will take place for workshop attendees in the Entomology Courtyard on campus at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

After he received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Minnesota, Varma joined Bell Labs in 1969, one of the most coveted positions at the time for young physicists anywhere in the world. The following year, he became a permanent member of the laboratory.  He was the head of the theoretical physics department at Bell Labs from 1983 to 1987, and was awarded the Distinguished Member of Research in 1988. In 2000, he was selected to the Lorentz Visiting Chair at Leiden University, the Netherlands. In 2009, he held a Miller Professorship at UC Berkeley.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A member of the World Academy of Sciences, he is the recipient of the Alexander Humboldt Prize and the Bardeen Prize for theoretical advances in superconductivity.

Iqbal Pittalwala

Humanities+ Conference Hosts Korea University Participants

The Humanities+ International Undergraduate Conference, hosted Nov. 17-18, gathered students and scholars to discuss research beyond disciplinary boundaries.

More than 40 students and faculty from Korea University, UCR’s College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, Center for Ideas and Society, and UCR’s own Young Oak Kim (YOK) Center for Korean American Studies, participated in the two-day conference that included a lecture and presentations by students from both institutions regarding humanities-based interdisciplinary research.

Humanities+ International Undergraduate Conference participants. ucr

Research project titles included “Humanities as a Key to the Success of K-pop in Latin America,” “Reading Human Emotion via Deep Learning,” and “Home Gardens as Spaces for Nourishment and Culture in Santa Ana Immigrant Communities.”

The conference was a product of relationship building efforts between Korea University and UCR. Earlier this year CHASS Dean Milagros Peña and YOK Center Director Edward Taehan Chang visited Korea University and the idea for this conference came about subsequently, said Sang-Hee Lee, associate dean for Social Sciences and professor of Anthropology.

Twelve students came from Korea University and 10 UCR Mellon Mays fellows joined them, Lee said. UCR Provost Cindy Larive attended the event and the keynote speaker was Juliet McMullin, professor and associate director for community engagement at the Center for Healthy Communities, which is part of UCR’s School of Medicine.

-Sandra Baltazar Martínez

Inland Empire Business Activity Quarterly Report

Business activity in the Inland Empire grew again in the 3rd quarter, building on growth from the first half of the year, according to the newly released Inland Empire Business Activity Index. The analysis is forecasting sustained growth in the 4th quarter, which would make 2017 the sixth consecutive year of uninterrupted expansion in the region’s business activity.

While the outlook for the Inland Empire economy remains positive, a lack of available workers combined with a limited supply of housing will have a negative effect on the local economy’s ability to grow.

These are some of the results found in the newly released Inland Empire Business Activity Index, produced entirely by the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

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