Content Authored by: Imran Ghori

UCR employees to lead systemwide group

Two UC Riverside employees will lead the systemwide organization advocating for University of California staff, giving the campus a greater influence on policy decisions. Crystal Petrini, a financial and administrative officer and past president of the UCR Staff Assembly, will begin her term as chair of Council of UC Staff Assemblies, or CUCSA, on...

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How California’s June 15 reopening will affect UCR

The California economy will reopen June 15 with the state lifting many restrictions on restaurants, stores, and other businesses. But at UC Riverside, like many state colleges and universities, the process will be a gradual one with no immediate changes expected. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the reopening of the state due to decreasing coronavirus...

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Campus to mark Juneteenth with series of events

Celebration, liberation, and education are the themes of UCR’s Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration, a four-day series of events featuring panels focused on history, freedom, and food. The Black Faculty and Staff Association, or BFASA, began the campus celebration last year as a way to bring together students, faculty, and staff members. Organizers...

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Recreation Services finds success with virtual programming

When the pandemic shut down in-person activities, UC Riverside’s Recreation Department moved its youth and recreation programming online. In the months since, department leaders say they have hit their stride in virtual programming. The department offers youth camps and programming for pre-teens and teenagers. Shifting those online was challenging...

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Solar panels added to two campus buildings

UC Riverside is expanding its access to on-site renewable energy with the installation of solar panels on two campus buildings. Workers have been installing panels on the Student Recreation Center and Student Services Building roofs over the past month. The Student Recreation Center now houses 741 panels while 346 panels were added to the Student...

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UCR Student Affairs among the most promising places to work

UC Riverside has been named among the top 30 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.” The Office of Student Affairs’ selection for the honor will be featured in the June issue of “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” magazine. “We are honored to be selected among this year’s top universities and colleges,” said Brian Haynes, vice...

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Systemwide group honors chancellor and UCR trainer

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Seana Nuñez, a staff employment and development analyst, have been recognized for their contributions to the campus by the systemwide organization representing University of California staff. Wilcox received the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award while Nuñez received the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding...

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How UCR created a successful COVID-19 testing program

When UC Riverside began discussing the creation of a COVID-19 testing program a year ago, the campus had no lab, no existing system, and no certainty about when students and employees could return safely. Several months after the launch of the program, the campus is planning a fall return and is celebrating a continued drop in positive coronavirus...

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UCR Life Sciences Incubator welcomes two new tenants

Two new tenants have joined the UC Riverside Life Sciences Incubator as the campus continues to ramp-up research and provide lab and office space for life science entrepreneurs. NeyroblastGX and GattaCo Inc. are the third and fourth tenants to join the state-of-the-art research facility housed in the Multidisciplinary Research Building. Karamedica...

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Speaker series highlights Black voices in higher education

The UC Riverside Black Faculty and Staff Association will wrap up its “To Boldly Go” speaker series on Wednesday, capping off a quarterly program aimed at highlighting Black voices in higher education. The association launched the series last fall following the Black Lives Matter movement’s efforts to highlight racism and racial inequities in...

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Four students take top honors in EcoSlam

Four UC Riverside students took top prizes in the third-annual EcoSlam on April 22, in which competitors shared research regarding ecology and conservation in “lighting talk” rounds. The event, sponsored by the Center for Conservation Biology, was created as a way to share research across multiple departments. This year marked the first time...

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GSOE student awarded high-profile fellowship in behavioral health

A third-year doctoral student in school psychology has been awarded a national fellowship with the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program. The fellowship will provide Tyler Womack, a student in the Graduate School of Education, financial support during her fourth year at UCR and the opportunity to participate in a paid...

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Student Success Center nearing completion

UC Riverside’s Student Success Center is continuing to make progress with much of the three-story building complete as it readies for a fall opening. The project, located south of the CHASS Interdisciplinary building and west of the Student Services building, is about 85% complete, said Mihai Gavan, a project manager with UCR’s Office of Planning...

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New School of Medicine training suite offers expanded space and state-of-the-art technology

With exam and specialty rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology, the new UC Riverside School of Medicine Center for Simulated Patient Care could easily be mistaken for a hospital wing. That’s part of the goal of the center — providing medical students with as close to real-world conditions as possible to learn patient and clinical skills. The...

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Biogeographer receives Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award

Janet Franklin, a distinguished professor of biogeography in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award by the North American Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. The award, to be presented at the group’s annual conference April 14, is the...

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UCR celebrates Earth Week with activities and pledges throughout the month

UC Riverside is expanding the ways the campus community can get informed and take action for Earth Day with a series of activities throughout the month. The Office of Sustainability has created an Earth Week page with more than a dozen events from April 19-25 to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day will...

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CNAS lecture series returns with focus on COVID-19 response

An upcoming lecture series will spotlight the role researchers at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, are playing in response to COVID-19, from testing to vaccine development and more. The college’s annual science lecture series is titled "COVID Conversations: How the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside...

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UCR’s School of Medicine ranked No. 6 for diversity

UC Riverside’s School of Medicine is ranked No. 6 for diversity in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Grad School rankings released Tuesday, March 30. It was among several UCR programs that did well in the rankings, which are separated by discipline into different lists. Education, engineering, and social sciences moved up in their rankings or...

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Two GSOE professors honored by national education group

Two UC Riverside professors in the Graduate School of Education are being honored by the American Educational Research Association for their research work. Rita Kohli, an associate professor in the Education, Society, and Culture program, has been selected as the AERA Division K Teaching and Teacher Education 2021 Mid-Career Scholar. Uma Jayakumar...

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Sociologist selected as winner of Emory Elliott book award

Victoria Reyes, a UC Riverside sociologist, has won this year’s Emory Elliott Book Award for outstanding publications authored by faculty members in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, or CHASS. Reyes, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, wrote the book “Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic...

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