Stanford Economist Raj Chetty Coming to UCR

Stanford economist Raj Chetty will present a Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture at UC Riverside from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the UCR University Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The percentage of children who earn more than their parents has decreased from 95 percent for children born in 1940 to 41 percent among children born in 1984. This decline in the American Dream drives the groundbreaking Equality of Opportunity Project led by Chetty and his colleagues. Relying on the power of “big data,” Chetty’s research aims to develop novel policy solutions that empower families and communities to reduce poverty and improve quality of life.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the UCR School of Public Policy, and the UCR Department of Economics. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be available following the lecture. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 6 starting at noon.

The lecture is free, but reservations are encouraged.

Read more on Chetty.

Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Wilcox

UC Riverside staff, faculty members, and students, may discuss the campus’ future through a meetings with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

Chancellor Wilcox will be hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, November 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in HUB 302. Supervisors are encouraged to grant release time to staff, as appropriate, to allow them to attend.

The town hall will also be webcast in real time at for those unable to attend in person.

If You Go:

  • Date: Nov. 28
  • Time: noon-1 p.m.
  • Location: HUB 302

Campus Parking Survey

Transportation Services is requesting your assistance by completing a brief questionnaire regarding the campus parking experience. They are actively working to improve the parking and transportation experience of students, faculty and staff.

Transportation Services wants to provide the UC Riverside campus community with an opportunity to share experiences, perceptions, ideas and concerns related to campus parking and transportation access and options through a brief questionnaire.

The questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete and is available at through Nov. 26. All information collected will be kept confidential and reported only in aggregate. Three winners will be randomly selected each week until the close of the survey for $10 in UCR Dining Dollars.

Questions about this questionnaire can be directed to Transportation Services: or (951)827-8277.

R'Pantry Has a New Space

UC Riverside’s food pantry has a new home.

The R’Pantry has moved into a bigger space and the campus community is invited to attend the open house on Friday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m. The new location is at Costo Hall 110.

Visitors can see the new space, meet staff and students, as well as other campus partners who support R’Pantry’s mission to end food insecurity among UCR students.

Is California an Island?

As part of the observance of Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) and GIS Day, the UCR Library is inviting the campus community to attend a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1- 2:20 p.m. in Rivera Library Room 403.

Manuel Urrizola, head of metadata and technical services at the UCR Library, will give a presentation titled, “Is California an Island?”

Antique maps from Urrizola’s personal collection and from Special Collections will be on display as he discusses why California was depicted differently for a time when the New World was still new to Europeans.

Most recently, Urrizola gave this presentation at the Los Angeles Public Library in August.

Light refreshments will be served.

Vice Provost Discusses How To Make an Impact

UC Riverside Vice Provost of International Affairs Kelechi Kalu gave a presentation on how unity can move a country forward, during an Oct. 14 visit at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

His presentation, titled “Wicked Problems: Using Strategic International Collaborations to Solve the World’s Most Pressing Issues,” Kalu stated that coming together as a community is the true way to overcome the major social issues, including climate change, infectious diseases, and population growth.

“We cannot solve problems alone – we need networks, we need collaboration; it is natural to our existence,” Kalu said.

Read the full story:

-Samantha Stanfill

'Love's Labour's Lost' Nov. 9-18

UCR’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production is putting on their fall show. Based on a Shakespearean play, “Love Labour’s Lost,” offers a whimsical time, full of love and laughs.

The musical, a 21st century comedy, uses the original text and narrates the story of a king and his friends who have sworn to enjoy life and forget about romance. But life is never that easy, especially not when four girls from their past make a reappearance. In this modernized classic, the audience will enjoy a story that celebrates love and coming of age.

The performance comes to life with songs by Michael Friedman, book adapted by Alex Timbers. It is directed by Chari Arespacochaga, with musical direction by Michael Antaramian, and choreography by Dominique Araiza-Cauldwell.

If You Go:

  • Dates: Nov. 9-11; Nov. 16-18
  • Times: Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov.18, matinee at 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: University Theatre
  • Admissions: UCR students with ID are free; general $14; non-UCR students, seniors, UCR alumni cardholders, and children are $12. Parking in lot 6 is $5.50
  • Ticket pickup: University Theatre ticket office Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour prior to the show
  • More Information: (951) 827-3245; read more on Love Labour’s Lost

– Samantha Stanfill

Conference to Connect Modeling Researchers and Clinicians

UCR’s Interdisciplinary Center for Quantitative Modeling in Biology will host a conference on Nov. 15-16 titled “Multi-Scale Systems Biology Methods for Studying Biomedical Processes in Patients Under Stress or with Chronic or Acute Diseases.”

The conference is co-sponsored by the NIH Multiscale Modeling Consortium. There is no registration fee and members of the UCR community are invited to attend. Registration is open through November 12.

– Sarah Nightingale 

Local, International Educational Leaders Discuss Learning and Partnerships

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox attended the 52nd annual Assembly of Latin American Commission for Administration Schools (CLADEA), which was held in Riverside in October.

Wilcox presented on the panel, “Presidents Perspectives on the Future of Global Education,” and spoke on the importance of building deeper engagement that goes beyond student exchange. The chancellor emphasized that as learning communities, institutional partnerships need to build deeper roots that connect to research, faculty collaboration and specialization, as well as knowledge transfer and dissemination. He was joined by Tomás Morales of CSU San Bernardino, Sue Henderson of City University New Jersey and Alfonso Lopez-Diaz of Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia.

The event, which took place Oct. 17-19, drew hundreds of academics and educational leaders from across Latin America. It was co-hosted by CSU San Bernardino, and co-sponsored by the UC Riverside School of Business.

CLADEA is an international, nonprofit headquartered in Peru that joins higher education institutions and other international organizations devoted to teaching and research in the field of business administration. This year’s theme, “Breaking the Mold: Anticipating the Challenges of Local Education,” provided a platform for educational leaders from around the world to discuss the impact of globalization, internationalization in higher education and the roles of government and business.

–  Keiko McNally 

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