What's Inside the UCR Magazine Winter edition?

UCR Magazine Winter 2017

UCR Magazine’s Winter issue is now online. Learn about why UCR’s goal of raising $300 million is crucial for campus growth. “Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” is the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in UCR’s history, and the gifts will go to aiding student graduation rates, creating faculty support, funding research programs, and building new infrastructure around campus.

In this issue, professor Joseph Kahne — the inaugural Ted and Jo Dutton Endowed Presidential Chair for Education Policy and Politics in the Graduate School of Education — talks about educational policies in the digital age. Golf coach Mary Ritchie tells us why she thinks golf is a microcosm for life. You’ll also get to know EPIC, UCR’s new brain trust for inventors, and relive professor Stu Krieger’s experience at the University of California’s center in Washington, D.C.

Read the magazine online, share features on your social networks, view it on your mobile devices, and more.

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UCR Brain Game Center


Imagine if you could see better, think more clearly, have improved memory, and even become more intelligent through simple training done on your own computer, smartphone, or tablet.

The UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-Being (UCR Brain Game Center) mission is to research, test, and disseminate game software instrumented with expert knowledge to optimize human brain processes with an aim to make scientifically principled brain games that translate to performance in real-life activities.

Attend the UCR Brain Game Center open house to learn more about the research, test your cognitive limits, try some mental fitness games, and enjoy light refreshments.

  • When: Wednesday, March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: 1201 University Ave., University Village, suite 204

For more information visit the UCR Brain Game Center website.

Follow UCR’s social media channels to keep up with all UCR news.

Did you know that the “Eat or be Eaten” video on the UCR YouTube channel has more than 205,000 views?

The official YouTube channel is one of many ways to stay connected with fellow Highlanders. Keep up to date on the latest news on and off campus, explore student life and interests, and show support for those working to make a difference.

The UCR YouTube page is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about UCR because they can find videos about Highlander life, faculty research, UCR programs, sports, alumni stories, and shots of almost every part of campus.

Share the pride! Follow UCR on social media: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Research and Public Engagement in the Age of 'Alternative Facts'

Campus scholars and administrators will discuss what UC Riverside can do to better train, support, and incentivize researchers in their efforts to engage with the public on Thursday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Humanities 1500.

The event, “Research and Public Engagement in the Age of ‘Alternative Facts,’” also will address what researchers should be mindful of as they expand their public engagement.

Ramakrishnan, Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, and James Grant, assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Communications, will make introductory remarks. Panelists are: Kevin Esterling, dean of the Graduate Division; John Heraty, chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel; Ameae Walker, vice provost for academic personnel; and John D. Warren, director of media relations for the Office of Strategic Communications.

Read the full story: ucrtoday.ucr.edu/45161.

Free Public Talk on Stuttering


Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman.  A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known.

Gerald Maguire, MD, a leading authority on stuttering, will give a free public talk at UCR titled, “Stuttering: Neurophysiology and Medical Treatment.”

“Stuttering can lead to significant impact on one’s social, occupational and academic function,” said Maguire, the chair of psychiatry and neuroscience in the UCR School of Medicine. “Research is revealing that stuttering has a biological basis. The UCR School of Medicine is leading the effort in developing new treatments to assist those who suffer from this disorder.”

Maguire had previously conducted a study on stuttering at UCR. He is the chair of the psychiatry program at UCR, is an associate dean of the graduate school of medical education, and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America” five years in a row, from 2009-2013.

  • When: Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at HUB 355.

Parking information can be found here.  Short-term parking is available in some parking lots; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

Read the full article.

Inaugural Meeting at the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine

The new Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (MolMed) on campus had its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, March 7, in the School of Medicine.

The multi-disciplinary center brings together researchers and clinicians from across campus to help improve the health of individuals by translating basic findings into diagnostic tools or therapeutics. At the meeting, attended by 60 people, Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals.

In addition, Michael Pazzani, the vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Rosibel Ochoa, the associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships, presented funding opportunities for pilot studies and discussed support that researchers could receive from the Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) as well as the future incubator space at UCR.

Maurizio Pellecchia, director of MolMed and a professor of biomedical sciences, spoke about the center’s organization and goals, on March 7, 2017. iqbal pittalwala

Coming out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love

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Writer, performer and sexuality expert Wazina Zondon, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 7, for a talk that focuses on the connection between homophobia and Islamophobia.

She is the co-writer and co-performer of “Coming out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love,” a personal storytelling performance. She is also in an HBO documentary called “The Out List,” which is currently streaming on Netflix. Zondon is a Muslim Afghan raised in New York City.

“We’re thrilled to bring Wazina to UCR, especially at this critical time where many of our students and community members are feeling targeted due to characteristics of their identities,” said Denise Davis, the director at the Women’s Resource Center at UCR. “Wazina’s story speaks to her lived experience of carrying intersecting marginalized identities, and how she’s found sources of strength and empowerment.”

Join Wazina Zondon:

  • Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in HUB 355.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the UCR’s Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, and UCR’s Diversity and Inclusion.

New Exhibition At UCR ARTSblock

San Francisco Earthquake, 1906, Keystone-Mast Collection UCR, CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY

The California Museum of Photography (CMP) at UCR ARTSblock presents “Michael Lesy: Looking Backward,” a new exhibition of stereographic photographs and technology that presents a portrait of the world at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibition opens March 11 and continues through July 15.

Stereoscopic photographs are images that appear three-dimensional when seen through a special viewer called a stereoscope.

“In the images, we see stark class divisions and unsettling glimpses of daily life a century ago. Yet, somehow it feels fresh too, as if they were warnings of a future that is now the present. This sense of time travel through photography is enhanced by the stereographs that were a progenitor to current virtual reality technology, such as today’s, consumer virtual reality goggles,” said Leigh Gleason, curator of collections at CMP.

Lesy will lecture and conduct a book signing, followed by a reception. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. His book, “Looking Backward,” will be sold exclusively at UCR ARTSblock until its official release in bookstores worldwide in mid-April.

Mastering Midlife and Beyond: Saturday Seminars

A team of nationally acclaimed experts will launch the nation’s first university curriculum for managing the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of midlife and beyond at UCR’s Palm Desert Center in March. The series of seminars, dubbed “Second Half Institute,” are offered via UCR Extension.

In recent years, tens of millions of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s have found themselves facing career, financial and personal challenges. They have seen their careers derailed and nest eggs devastated by economic uncertainty.

Over the course of this dynamic program, participants will meet, learn from, and personally interact with America’s leading experts on successfully managing and flourishing in life’s second half.

Seminar Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 4, The Joy of Reinvention: Discovering New Passion, Profits, and Purpose in your 40s and Beyond
  • Saturday, March 21, Midlife Reimagined: The New Science, Art, and Possibility of our 40s, 50s, and 60s

Register for $179 and bring a friend for $70 more ($249 total).

For more information, visit the UCR Extension website or call (951) 827-4105

Adventures of the Mind: Believing in God


The Palm Desert Lecture Series continues with “Adventures of the Mind: Believing in God.” Join Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology, and Peter Graham, professor of philosophy, in a conversation about the origins and nature of belief in a higher power.

Richert will discuss how the concept or idea of God goes from being an external, cultural and religious belief to being internalized as a concept in a child’s mind. Some cognitive scientists argue that belief in God is easily transmitted across generations because of the nature of cognitive and cultural evolution.

In his presentation, Graham will raise questions such as: When philosophers talk about God, what are they talking about? And how do we know that God exists, or doesn’t exist?

Join Richert and Graham:

    • Wednesday, March 8: 6- 7:30 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Campus

Read the press release at the Center for Ideas and Society website or call (760) 834-0800 for more information.

UC to Reverify Family Member Eligibility for Health Benefits

In April, Secova, Inc., working with UC Human Resources, will begin reaching out to certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits.

If you are selected as part of this reverification process, Secova will request information verifying the current eligibility of your spouse or domestic partner, grandchildren or legal wards. It is important to follow all instructions carefully; failure to respond to, or comply with, the Family Member Eligibility Verification notifications sent by Secova may result in the de-enrollment of your unverified dependents.

The university has a fiduciary responsibility to California taxpayers and plan participants to ensure the best possible management of its health care benefits. To responsibly manage UC resources, it is essential that health plan members enroll only those family members who are eligible for UC-sponsored health insurance — and de-enroll them if they lose eligibility. While all faculty and staff have verified these family members in the past, this reverification process is an opportunity for the university to ensure that information about enrolled family members is up to date.

Visit the University of California website to learn more.

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