Content Authored by: Imran Ghori

Graphic novelist wins top science fiction award

John Jennings, a professor of media and cultural studies at UC Riverside, has won a 2021 Hugo Award for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel “Parable of the Sower.” Drawn by Jennings and scripted by his longtime collaborator Damian Duffy, the adaptation won in the best graphic story category in the December awards...

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Nobel Prize winner to deliver science talk

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will deliver the John A. and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing public lecture at UC Riverside on Feb. 3. Her talk, which will be a live webinar at 4 p.m., is also part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series at UCR. Titled “A CRISPR View of the Genome and...

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Eucalyptus Walk temporarily closed for replacement project

A UC Riverside walking path between the Barn and Rivera Library will be closed for the early part of 2022 due to a walkway replacement and infrastructure tunnel repair project. Pedestrians who regularly use the 350-foot section of the Eucalyptus Walk to connect to Rivera, Watkins Hall, and Olmstead Theatre are advised to use an alternative route...

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UCR receives grant to fund summer internships

UC Riverside has received a $50,000 grant from two groups that will provide summer internships for students with the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities announced on Dec. 15 that UCR was among five universities selected to receive the...

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Teaching in the round

When Abhijit Ghosh teaches in the in-the-round lecture hall at UC Riverside’s Student Success Center, he doesn’t stand still. With a microphone on his lapel and an iPad in hand that he uses to control the audio-video system, Ghosh walks the aisles of the 404-seat hall during his “Earthquake Country” course, in which he teaches the fundamentals of...

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Bus shelters upgraded near campus

Riverside Transit Agency has installed new bus shelters and bays near UC Riverside that will ease travel for campus commuters. Six new bus bays and shelters were constructed on Canyon Crest Drive near Bannockburn Village, giving riders more space to board four bus routes. The stops had benches before but no bays or shelters prior to the project...

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UCR plan anticipates next phase of campus growth

UC Riverside has completed its 2021 Long Range Development Plan, or 2021 LRDP, a guiding document that will set the stage for the campus to grow student enrollment to 35,000 by 2035. The plan, which was approved by the UC Regents on Nov. 18, also anticipates adding 5.5 million gross square feet in instructional and residential space to support the...

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UCR recognized for boost in student voting

UC Riverside received a Silver Seal from the All In Campus Democracy Challenge for having a student voting rate of about 69% in the 2020 presidential election. The campus saw a 29% increase from the 2016 election and, for the first time, surpassed the national average, which was 66% last year. The voting rate reflects the percentage of eligible...

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Pop-up pantry provides staff members with free groceries

UC Riverside staff members with basic food needs can now make use of a new pantry program providing free grocery items for UCR employees. UCR Staff Assembly, R’Pantry, and UCR’s Basic Needs department are partnering on the effort, which launched Nov. 19 with a pop-up pantry where volunteers distributed bags of non-perishable grocery items and...

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The Stable opens at the Barn

The Barn has moved to its next phase of reopening as it began service this week at the Stable dining lounge. The opening Monday, Nov. 29, was the first opportunity for the UC Riverside campus to experience the Stable, added to the Barn venue during its renovation and expansion project completed last year. The Stable is open Monday through Friday...

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UCR will take part in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30

UC Riverside will join Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30 with opportunities for donors to double their impact with matching dollars. This year, donors can choose from 60 different student programs, scholarships, and initiatives to support during the 24-hour window that begins at midnight. The campaigns represent a variety of campus groups. As part of the...

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Back on the road again

It was a rare occasion for members of the UC Riverside vanpool group from Palm Springs. For the first time since the pandemic began, all five were together on a recent day in November for their daily commute. “It was fun,” said Dawn Loyola, a student services supervisor and member of the vanpool group. “I feel like I have a good group of friends.”...

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Native American garden planned near the HUB

UC Riverside is working on plans to create a learning and living garden in the center of campus honoring the area’s Indigenous tribes. The Native American Garden is planned for a 20,000 square-foot area in the upper mall outside the Highland Union Building, or HUB. The mall is near Pierce Hall, which was recently renovated. “It’s in the campus core...

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Employee COVID-19 testing center moves to Pentland Hills

UC Riverside’s employee COVID-19 testing center has moved to a new location and is now available to all faculty and staff members and their families. Formerly at HUB 302, the testing center moved Monday, Nov. 15 to the Bear Cave meeting room at Pentland Hills. It is open Monday and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and...

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New projects create a changed campus landscape

UC Riverside’s campus is a changed landscape for many students and employees who returned last month. Several major new buildings and projects have been completed over the last 18 months, including housing, instructional, parking, and research facilities. “Students and employees came back to a completely different campus,” said Drew Hecht, co...

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Centering the human experience

Daryle Williams has been a visible presence at UC Riverside since becoming dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on Sept. 1. Whether welcoming students on their first day of class, getting to know faculty members, or even joining athletes for push-ups, Williams has taken to his new position with an enthusiastic energy. A prominent...

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Let the burros be

Wild burros, long a part of the foothill landscape, have increasingly ventured on or near the UC Riverside campus in recent years. As students and employees returned to campus this fall, they have reported sightings and posted photos and videos of their encounters in areas including parking lots, student residence halls, and Watkins Road. Jason...

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COVID-19 cases low on campus

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 cases remained low in the first two months of returning to mostly in-person work and instruction on campus. Seventy positive COVID-19 cases were reported among faculty, staff, and students between Sept. 5 and Oct. 27, according to the campus COVID-19 Management group. Students accounted for 40 cases while 30 cases were...

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Professor emeritus wins UC award for post-retirement contributions

Carlos Cortés, a professor emeritus of history at UC Riverside, is one of two professors to be honored by the University of California with the 2020-21 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. The award recognizes professors for outstanding scholarly or educational work performed since retirement in the fields of humanities or social...

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Employee COVID-19 testing center opens on campus

UC Riverside is opening a COVID-19 testing site on campus where employees can get tested regularly at no cost. The employee testing center held a practice run with a small number of volunteers Wednesday, Oct. 20 and is expected to open next week. Located at HUB 302 North, the center will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m...

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