Content Authored by: Imran Ghori

Dining program provides a leadership path

UC Riverside senior Jennifer Thompson began working in Dining Services before her first day of class four years ago, and she soon climbed up the ranks to management positions. While her work ethic took her far, Thompson said she lacked some of the professional and leadership skills that would be useful in supervising employees. She’s now among...
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Campus construction in November

UC Riverside will begin work this month on a major student instructional facility in the heart of the campus. The Student Success Center will help address a shortfall in classroom space with seating for 1,100. It will include medium to large-sized lecture halls, multi-purpose rooms, study space, and a student lounge. Located on the lawn area south...
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Website allows commuters to plan ahead for campus parking

UCR commuters have a new resource to help navigate the campus as it sees increased construction and traffic activity. Transportation Services this fall launched a “My Commute” feature on its website that allows travelers to check for traffic conditions, road closures, parking, and construction activity. A tool expected to be particularly helpful to...
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UCR researcher recognized by international computing society

Manu Sridharan, a UC Riverside associate professor of computer science and engineering, has been named a distinguished member by the Association for Computing Machinery. Sridharan is one of 62 computing professionals being inducted this year for outstanding contributions to the field, the association announced Oct. 29. The group is an international...
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Potential STEM high school site under consideration

UC Riverside and the Riverside Unified School District are in the process of evaluating a potential site for a proposed STEM high school. The campus and school district agreed in 2015 to work together on plans to expand Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math, or STEM, opportunities with a partnership that builds on the success of the district’s...
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New vice chancellor discusses his passion for research

Rodolfo Torres studied to be a mathematician, but he’s long been curious about different disciplines, finding ways to explore mathematical theories in other areas such as biology and engineering. “At some point, you think, `There are so many different things to research,’” said Torres, who took over as UC Riverside’s vice chancellor of Research and...
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UCR among top global universities in U.S. News & Report ranking

UC Riverside is among the top institutions in the world, particularly for plant and animal science research, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking. The campus also won recognition for its environmental practices, landing in the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges. UCR was tied for No. 149 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best...
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UCR celebrates alumni at Chancellor’s Dinner

Three graduates received the 2019 Alumni Awards of Distinction at the annual Chancellor’s Dinner on Oct. 19: Helen Newman ’79, founder of Veterinary Transplant Services; Jerry Swain ’89, founder of Jer’s Chocolates; and state Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes '09. The UCR Medallion was presented to Jack and Laura Dangermond, founders of Redlands...
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Getting ready for ‘the big one’

On Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m., the normal routine at UC Riverside was disrupted by the sound of emergency sirens and a warning blaring from speakers on top of the bell tower. Inside the Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, at the Environmental Health and Safety Building, emergency personnel monitored a computer dashboard on a large screen with a live...
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Live music social back for final season at the HUB plaza

Thursday Nights Live is back for a fall season that will also be it’s last at the HUB plaza. But the weekly live music series, which kicked off Thursday, Oct. 17, will return in a new form at the newly renovated Barn in the winter quarter. Thursday Nights Live offers UC Riverside staff and faculty members an opportunity to unwind with cocktails and...
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Healthy Campus celebration promotes wellness

From flu shots to free swag, UC Riverside students, faculty, and staff members explored a variety of healthy living resources at the UCR Healthy Campus 2nd Annual Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 10. The two-hour event next to the bell tower included more than 40 booths representing groups and projects associated with Healthy Campus. Many offered...
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Emerbee’s opens with ‘buzzy’ event

Emerbee’s, UCR’s newest dining café , celebrated its grand opening Oct. 3 with music, giveaways, and a whole lot about bees. A long line of customers joined the noontime event, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. The 600-square-foot café, located next to the Multidisciplinary Research Building,...
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Engineering professor selected as chair for materials research conference

Cengiz Ozkan, a professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected by the Materials Research Society, or MRS, to serve as one of its global meeting chairs for its fall 2021 meeting in Boston. The society selects meeting chairs to represent a wide spectrum of materials research based on their scientific reputation, vision, and enthusiasm for the...
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Napolitano’s jam-packed campus visit

UC President Janet Napolitano helped usher in a new student housing project, toured several buildings, and met with students, staff, and faculty members during an Oct. 4 visit to UC Riverside. Her packed schedule included classroom visits, a tour of campus facilities such as the School of Medicine and Multidisciplinary Research Building, a...
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UCR gets ready for the Great California ShakeOut

UC Riverside will join more than 10 million Californians in testing earthquake preparedness as part of the annual Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 17. Students, staff, and faculty members will be asked to “drop, cover, and hold on” for 1 minute during the earthquake drill that will start at 10:17 a.m. The campus will test its emergency...
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Campus construction in October

UC Riverside will mark the start of a major new project this month with an Oct. 4 groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the North District. The first phase mixed-use community will provide 1,500 apartment-style beds for students. Future phases will include new dining facilities, mixed-use residential and athletic facilities, and additional...
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Parking permit fee increase will pay for 1,200-space parking structure

A $30 million multilevel parking structure that is expected to begin construction early next year will be funded by a parking rate increase that went into effect for 2019-20. The project is planned for the east side of Parking Lot 13 and will provide a net increase of 800 spaces. The project is expected to take a year to complete and open in early...
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Emerbee’s, UCR’s newest café, opens for business

Emerbee’s, a 600-square-foot café near the center of campus, will be open with fulltime hours Sept. 23 following a soft opening earlier this month and in June. A grand opening celebration is planned for Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. The name is a play on the neighboring Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, which was completed in January, as well as the...
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Welcome back – here’s what you missed

With the start of the fall quarter, UC Riverside is once again bustling with activity. But the summer was not an idle one with the campus seeing some new faces, improvement projects, and achievements over the last couple months. In July, Thomas Smith moved up from his position as dean of the Graduate School of Education to become the interim...
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Chancellor kicks off fall quarter with picnic

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox kicked off the start of the fall quarter Thursday, Sept. 12, with the annual Chancellor’s Staff and Faculty Picnic on Hinderaker Lawn. Wilcox said the university is blessed to be able to mark the start of each academic year. “Every year’s a new beginning,” he said. “It’s a time to stop and think about all we’ve...
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