Highlander Day of Service on April 22


The Highlander Day of Service pays homage to UCR’s national recognition as a leader in community service.

On Saturday, April 22, Highlanders from across the nation are encouraged to dedicate a portion of their weekend to giving back to their communities by organizing or participating in community service events. Suggested events include community clean-up, planting trees, food drives, or volunteering at a charity run.

Alumni, students, parents, and friends of UCR are all invited to participate. Groups participating in these events can be large or small. The Alumni Association will assist organizers in advertising to other alumni in their areas. Organizers are responsible for determining a project and communicating with volunteers who have signed up to participate.

Sign up for a local event. Times vary.

Can’t participate in this year’s event? Support UCR by making a donation to one or more projects.

Community Invited to Brown Bag on Autism and Neurodiversity

As part of Autism Awareness Month, the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center will hold an informal brown bag to highlight the concept of neurodiversity and how it contributes positively to the fabric of our campus community. Neurodiversity frames the differences represented by autism spectrum as “normal variations” rather than some sort of pathology that needs to be addressed or eliminated.

The event will be held Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HUB 379 and will allow students, staff, and faculty to ask the questions they were always afraid to ask about autism. SEARCH staff will lead a guided discussion, as well as provide insights into Autism Spectrum Disorder and why everyone at UCR should care.

UCR Presents Powerful Migrations Conference

The Powerful Migrations conference will be held on April 27-28.

UCR and the Culver Center of the Arts will host “Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity,” an interdisciplinary conference that will focus on the complex challenges, the cultural fabric, and the social potential of displacement and migrations in various areas and time periods.

“The conference is an opportunity to expand the conversation beyond the doom and gloom,” said Kelechi Kalu, the vice provost of international affairs, and one of the organizers of the conference. “It allows us to examine migration from a more positive perspective. It’s not just the movement of people, but it is also the movement of national memories, of ideas and innovation.”

The conference includes the unveiling of a public art project of four stereo viewers made by the artist Arnold Martin. Each is loaded with five three-dimensional images drawn from the California Museum of Photography’s archive of more than 300,000 stereograph images. The project was organized by Susan Laxton, professor of art history at UCR, who curated the show along with her students.

Conference events will be held:

    • Thursday, April 27: at the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113
    • Friday, April 28: at the Culver Center of the Arts at 3834 Main Street, Riverside, 92521

Complimentary parking tickets will be available for Lot 1 for main campus events, and parking is available for purchase for the downtown Riverside events at the various parking structures.

View the full schedule of events.

Food Fair: Gone Global 2017

ASPB presents Gone Global, a student organization showcase and food fair, free and open to the campus community.

  • Wednesday, April 26: 5 to 8 p.m. at the bell tower.

The international food fair is presented by International Affairs. The student organization showcase is presented by Student Life.

#NOMASBUTTS Campaign and Art Installation


A tree sculpture made of more than 50,000 cigarette butts collected from across California will be on display at UCR from April 24 to April 26.

The installation is meant to educate the campus community and public about the dangerous health effects of smoking and the negative impact the tobacco industry has on the environment.

The #NOMASBUTTS tree sculpture symbolizes the billions of trees cut down each year to create toxic cigarettes and cigarette packaging, as well as 135 million pounds of non-biodegradable cigarette butts littered in the United States every year.

The sculpture was created by Los Angeles-based, artist and director Cristobal Valecillos. Valecillos’ portfolio includes directing music videos for Madonna, Britney Spears and Rihanna.

Come out and see this compelling tree sculpture and learn more about what you can do to raise awareness. Clearing the Air Ambassadors and student volunteers will be available during various times of the day to provide information and resources:

  • Monday, April 24: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 9- 3 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer at this event or want more information contact:
Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator at julie.chobdee@ucr.edu


Living the Promise Symposium: Renewable Nature

At the Living the Promise Symposia set for April 19, participants will get to examine the concept of renewable nature, and learn how UC Riverside’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring:

  • Michael Allen, distinguished professor of plant pathology
  • Juliann Allison, associate professor of gender & sexuality studies
  • Marilyn Fogel, endowed professor of geoecology
  • Louis Santiago, associate professor of physiological ecology
  • Emma Aronson, assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology
  • Susan Straight, distinguished professor of creative writing.

A reception to close the evening will showcase artwork by Kellie Flint (MFA) and other academic displays. The symposium will take place at the Botanic Gardens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission. Registration required.

Launch of Innovation Space For Students, Faculty, and Researchers


University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble and Vice Chancellor Michael Pazzani invite students, staff, and faculty members for the Creat’R Lab Launch on Tuesday, April 18.

Creat’R Lab is an innovation space at UCR, where students can learn, break, experiment, design and create. This is where new technologies, scientific curiosity, and entrepreneurship come together to change the world.

Creat’R Lab will be located at the Orbach Science Library. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Program begins at 5:15 p.m.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2017

UC Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts at the UCR ARTSblock will present the annual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition through May 7. The 2017 exhibition will feature works by Dicky Bahto, Hollie Brown, Ashley May, Ahram Park, and Anna Wittenberg – five graduating MFA students in the Department of Art at UCR.

For 10 years, graduating students have showcased their work at the MFA Thesis Exhibition. It is the only graduate student exhibition that is presented off campus and in a public setting in all of Southern California according to Tyler Stallings, the artistic director at the Culver Center for the Arts at UCR.

For more information, visit the UCR ARTSblock exhibition page.

Tobacco Waste Clean Up

Volunteers are needed for “Butt Bash,” campus cleanup for cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable, meaning their toxic material never disappears.

Support the UC-wide smoke and tobacco-free policy by participating in “Butt Bash.”

  • Monday, April 17th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Volunteers will meet at the Scotty the Bear bench outside of the HUB. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Cleanup is sponsored by the Wellness Program and Sustainability. All volunteers will be eligible to be entered in a $5 gift card giveaway courtesy of California Youth Advocacy Network.

César Chávez 5K Celebration

The 16th annual family-focused tradition, organized by UC Riverside’s Chicano Student Programs and other campus partners, occurred on April 8th. Money raised during the race was invested in scholarships for UCR students.

The event consisted of a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for children under the age of 12. There were vendors, music, and activities for children. View the result roster of the run.

Watch a slideshow recap of the event (photos by Carlos Puma):

Upcoming Conversation With the Chancellor on Human  Resources

The fourth in a series of campuswide Conversations with the Chancellor will take place on Monday, April 10, noon to 1 p.m. at the Alumni & Visitor Center.

The topic for this conversation will focus on Human Resources, which include faculty, staff, and student employees.  Roundtable discussions will help to identify current Human Resource opportunities and challenges, and how these might be addressed in the future.

Light refreshments will be served and donations will be collected for UCR’s R’Pantry.

“I continue to find your input insightful, and I have been working with campus leadership and the Academic Senate to ensure that our conversations carry on at the unit, departmental, and organizational levels,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said in a campuswide email sent on Tuesday, April 4. “As we continue these important dialogues, I remain grateful for everyone’s commitment to the campus, and am, as always, optimistic about our future.”

Lecture on Stroke Treatment Research and Clinical Care

The School of Medicine’s Byron D. Ford, Ph.D., and Charles E. Stout, M.D., Ph.D., gave a free lecture on March 22 at UCR Palm Desert on stroke treatment research and clinical care. More than 200 people attended the lecture.

Byron D. Ford, Ph.D., speaking on stroke treatment research and clinical care on March 22, 2017.
Tamara Hedges

Most strokes are ischemic, meaning a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Ford studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of stroke and acute brain injuries.  Stout specializes in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms of the brain and spine, and vascular malignancies of the central nervous system.

The next lecture in the series at UCR Palm Desert will take place April 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The topic is “Living longer with HIV.”

UCR’s 1st STEM Research Expo


UCR’s 1st STEM Research Expo, presented from ASUCR and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), will showcase research done at UCR with the hopes of recruiting more students to labs.

UCR researchers will have a poster presentation of their current research for interested students. In addition, there will also be different campus organizations and resources relating to the STEM field tabling during the expo.

Learn more about the research being conducted at UCR. Undergraduates, graduates, and staff considering involvement with any projects may take a resume.

  • Friday, April 7: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HUB 302

Register now for the expo. Limited Spots Available.

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