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Reaching new heights with the Student Success Center

UC Riverside’s Student Success Center reached an important milestone Friday, Nov. 6 as construction crews placed the top beam on the new building that is less than a year from completion. A small ceremony was held to mark the occasion with construction workers and a few campus community members signing their names to the steel beam before a crane...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus COVID-19 lab expands capacity

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 laboratory has added more space and staff as testing on campus continues to ramp up. About two months after opening, the diagnostic lab has increased its capacity as part of the campus’s regular coronavirus testing of students in residence halls. “We’re always trying to streamline and make the process faster,” said Kathy...

By Imran Ghori |

The Barn reopens for service

The Barn reopened to customers Monday, Nov. 2, following a temporary closure, a cautionary measure taken after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus last month. During the two-week shutdown, the employee and other staff members who had been in contact with the individual remained in quarantine. Staff members immediately conducted an...

By Imran Ghori |

Amplifying Black voices at UCR

As a UC Riverside admissions recruiter, Dominique Beale has been a point person for Black students considering whether or not to enroll at the university. Beale is now taking that perspective to a larger audience with a podcast that shines a spotlight on Black voices on campus. Launched in September, “Blue, Gold & Black” features Beale engaging in...

By Imran Ghori |

Electro-magnetic capacitors could eventually rival gasoline for energy storage

Incorporating a magnetic field could help capacitors store more energy without breaking down

By Holly Ober |

UCR joins drug discovery consortium

UC Riverside has joined the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium, or UC DCC, "a cross-campus initiative aimed at building a drug discovery community that actively promotes research translation through industry partnerships." UC DDC provides UC researchers with funding and mentorship to advance the creation of drugs that address...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR Alumni Association launches online student mentorship program

The UC Riverside Alumni Association is offering a new way for students to connect with alumni and receive career advice. The UCR Career Network, launched this fall, is an online platform where students and alumni can search for profiles and network with those holding common career interests. The platform is powered by PeopleGrove, a software...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR honors three graduates with 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction

Three UC Riverside graduates were presented with the 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction in an online ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17. Anthea Hartig M.A. ’89, Ph.D. ’01, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. Pedram Salimpour ’90, CEO and co-founder of Pierce Health Solutions...

By University Communications |

UCR among top global universities for plant and animal science in U.S. News list

UC Riverside has been ranked the No. 26 university in the world for plant and animal science by U.S. News and World Report in its 2020 Best Global Universities list. The rankings, released Oct. 19, focused on academic research and reputation in evaluating nearly 1,500 top institutions across 86 countries. UCR placed No. 158 in the overall rankings...

By Imran Ghori |

Physics and Astronomy joins elite group promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

The UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy has been accepted to the American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance, or APS-IDEA, joining a consortium of physics departments, laboratories, and research collaborations committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion. APS-IDEA, a network of nearly 100 institutions...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Two BCOE professors join DOE Energy Frontier Research Center

Alexander Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials Center will contribute to the Ultra EFRC’s research efforts by investigating acoustic phonons and thermal conduction in wide-band gap materials

By Holly Ober |

UCR Staff Assembly reimagines its role during the pandemic

Since the UCR Staff Assembly first formed over 35 years ago, it has brought together campus employees through its general meetings, fairs, and holiday events. The switch to remote work due to the pandemic has resulted in a reimagining of how the volunteer organization connects with the campus, said Dennis McIver, a University Honors counselor and...

By Imran Ghori |

Major housing and dining complex opens to students

After nearly two years of construction, UC Riverside has opened a major new student housing and dining complex at the north end of campus. The Dundee Residence Hall is the first new student housing project completed in six years. Together with the nearby North District housing project under construction, the project will help UCR meet its...

By Imran Ghori |

Education researchers create anti-racism guide

Racism is not an easy topic for teachers to tackle, especially when it comes to younger children. But it is important to begin that conversation at an early age, according to education researchers at UC Riverside. A new anti-racism teaching guide titled “Addressing Race and Racism in the Early School Years,” released in September, provides teachers...

By Imran Ghori |

On the COVID-19 frontline

William Rall, senior administrative director of Student Health Services, or SHS, at UC Riverside, arrived on campus in August 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Rall, who has 16 years of health care experience at UC Irvine Health and Kaiser Permanente, began his new role with no first-hand knowledge of SHS operations before the...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

First endowed fund for a student organization supports Black engineers

The fund will support in perpetuity UCR’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers

By Holly Ober |

Highlanders move into campus housing under new safety rules

It was a different kind of moving day experience for UC Riverside students beginning the fall quarter. Instead of crowds of students and their families packed into parking lots amid a buzz of activity, a small number of students and their families unloaded their belongings in staggered 30-minute intervals over four days from Sept. 25-28. Their...

By Imran Ghori |

Emergency fund created to help employees during pandemic

UC Riverside is launching a program to aid employees hardest hit by the coronavirus with grants of up to $1,000 to help cover unexpected expenses. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced details of the UCR COVID-19 Employee Emergency Fund in an email to campus employees on Thursday, Sept. 24. “Understanding that COVID-19 is inflicting great medical and...

By Imran Ghori |

CNAS meets Living the Promise campaign goal

A gift made anonymously to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside has helped the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, in which the department is housed, meet and surpass its goal of raising $100 million toward the $300 million Living the Promise campaign, the university’s first ever comprehensive fundraising...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Reduced numbers, regular testing planned for fall student housing

UC Riverside will have fewer students living on campus and will test them regularly for the coronavirus as part of its fall quarter housing plan. About 900 students are expected to move into the residence halls this weekend, compared to 4,200 in a typical year, said Robert Brumbaugh, senior director of Housing Services. Symptom monitoring and...

By Imran Ghori |