USA Today Seeking Participants for Local Storytelling Series

USA Today Seeking Participants for Local Storytelling Series

The Coachella Valley Story Teller Project will be hosted at UCR Palm Desert

Do you have a true, first person story you’re willing to share for six to 10 minutes in front on an audience? Would you like to be coached by performance specialists and journalists alike to develop your story and delivery?

The Coachella Valley Storytellers Project, part of the USA Today network, have called for submissions for their 2018 four-part series, advertising that UCR faculty and local media experts will be available as coaches for participants. UCR Palm Desert will host the season.  

“Love and heartbreak” is the theme for the first event, which will take place Mar. 19 at 6 p.m. Storytellers are welcome to address themes literally or metaphorically.

Each teller receives a minimum of three hours of training to develop their stories. Tellers begin working with the project coaches about two months before the event. Tod Goldberg, director of the low residency MFA in creative writing & writing for the performing arts, will be coaching this season, in addition to Maggie Downs, an essayist and journalist in Palm Springs who holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from UCR Palm Desert.

Submit your story online here.

For more information, please email:

Full article, here.

Stigma-free UC: Ending shame and silence surrounding mental illness

Mental health issues touch all of us. For example, anxiety and mood disorders appear in nearly every family; suicide rates are climbing; rates of ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are soaring. Although our understanding of, and treatment options for, mental illness have expanded dramatically over the past 60 years, public attitudes have largely remained unchanged. Stigma persists, preventing too many people from getting the help they need.

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and of psychiatry at UCSF, will present a systemwide webinar on Feb. 22 about the social and personal costs of the stigma surrounding mental illness — especially what can be done to open dialogue and ensure access to needed treatments. Hinshaw will share insights about mental health and stigma gathered both through his distinguished research career and his family history, explored in his 2017 book “Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.”

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1–2 p.m. To join online, go to To join by phone, dial 408-638-0968; Meeting ID: 941 574 800. A recording will be available on the UC Living Well page as soon as possible after the event.

Paleontologist Richard Fortey to Speak on Campus

Paleontologist and Science Communicator Richard Fortey to Speak on Campus

Richard Fortey is well known in the UK as a natural history television presenter and popular science author

Richard Fortey, a paleontologist and natural historian will give a talk “The Living Trilobite” at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Olmstead Hall 1212.

He will also deliver an informal reading from his book “Dry Store Room Number 1,” a book that celebrates the value of natural history collections, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 13 in Entomology 161.

The UCR community is invited to both events.

Fortey, a Fellow of the Royal Society, studies the evolution of arthropods with a particular interest in the long-extinct marine arthropods called trilobites. Trilobites were amongst the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 250 million years before suffering a mass extinction. Due to their ancient demise, Fortey learns about trilobites from their fossilized remnants and his research has significantly furthered the understanding of invertebrate evolution.

Fortey is well known in the UK as a natural history television presenter and popular science author. In 2010, he travelled with Sir David Attenborough to the Atlas Mountains to find trilobite fossils for BBC Two’s First Life. In 1993, his book “The Hidden Landscape: Journey into the Geological Past” was named the Natural World Book of the Year.

The events are sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences, the EDGE Institute, and the UCR Natural History Collections Club.

Sarah Nightingale 

TEDxUCR Call for Speakers

TEDxUCR seeks to highlight inspiring and interesting members of the UCR community through at the next TEDxUCR event taking place on June 1, 2018. We are looking to feature UCR students and faculty as well as Riverside community members in our upcoming event.

If you are interested in speaking, or would like to nominate a high profile external speaker to bring ideas worth spreading to the Riverside community, please contact Bri Cates at for more information by Feb 15.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

More Information:

UCR Launches On-Line Career Development Tool

UC Riverside recently launched My UC Career, a self-directed, online career development portal available to all UC employees. Career Development continues to be a focus area across the university and the portal provides a resource that supports employees in growing their UC career. A UC email address is all that’s needed to register for an account.

The systemwide My UC Career portal provides access to job openings at all UC locations via the Systemwide Job Board, as well as resources and tools to create and refine resumes, write cover letters, identify strengths, practice interviewing and find professional networking opportunities.

The portal consists of the following six, easy to use modules Begin Career Discovery, Job Search, Resume, Tell Your Story, Network and Research and Pre- and Post-Interview. 

Additional information about My UC Career and other career development resources are as follows:

ORI Seminar- HIV Research

ORI to present next talk in seminar series, “Ethical Issues in HIV Cure-related Research in the United States”

UCR’s Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is proud to present the next talk in the ORI Seminar Series. The seminars focus on ethical dilemmas and hot topics in human subjects research.

February’s seminar, entitled “Ethical Issues in HIV Cure-related Research in the United States”, will be led by Karine Dubé, DrPH and research assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. This seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. in HUB 367.

Karine previously served as a research program manager for the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also is the co-founder and co-leader of the CUREiculum, a collaborative program aimed at making HIV cure science accessible to the community and the HIV research field.

Karine has extensive experience working in resource-limited settings and developing clinical research site capacity. She managed a pox-protein prime-boost HIV-1C vaccine cohort development program, two HIV-1C prospective incidence studies and a clinical research site capacity development effort in Maputo, Beira and Chókwè, Mozambique with the United States Military HIV Research Program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. and FHI 360 (from 2008–2013).

Karine also has served as a research and program analyst with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

If You Go:

  • When: February 8th
  • Time: 2 P.M.
  • Where: HUB 367

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