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UCR Ranked 2nd In Washington Monthly Rankings

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on August 24, 2015.)

Photo Credit: UCR Today
Photo Credit: UCR Today

For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of California, Riverside second among national universities in its 11th annual College Ranking Survey.

It is the fifth consecutive year that UC Riverside has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the survey of universities, which considers civic engagement, research, and social mobility. Prior to the No. 2 ranking in 2014 and 2013, UCR was fifth in 2011 and ninth in 2012.

Washington Monthly editors said that ranking four-year colleges on measures of upward mobility, research and service “would make the whole system (of higher education) better, if only schools would compete on them,” instead of “the U.S. News-validated idea that the ‘best’ schools are the ones that spend the most money, exclude the most students, and impress a small circle of elites. We think that those criteria have helped lead the higher education system down its current ruinous path.”

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, UCR attracts students from across the country due to their great reputation and their outstanding scholastic achievements.

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Sequencing Of Barley Genome Achieves New Milestone At UCR

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Iqbal Pittalwala and published in UCR Today on August 25, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Close Lab, UC Riverside
Photo Credit: Close Lab, UC Riverside

Barley, a widely grown cereal grain commonly used to make beer and other alcoholic beverages, possesses a large and highly repetitive genome that is difficult to fully sequence. Now a team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside has reached a new milestone in its work, begun in 2000, on sequencing the barley genome. The researchers have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes.

The new information, published in The Plant Journal, will not only expand geneticists’ knowledge of barley’s DNA but will also help in the understanding, at the genetic level, of wheat and other sources of food. It also has applications in plant breeding by increasing the precision of markers for traits such as malting quality or stem rust.

UCR is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s Catalyst for Innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, and scholars.

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Geriatric Care In Underserved Riverside County To Benefit From Major Funding

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Kathy Barton and published in UCR Today on August 12, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Carlos Puma
Photo Credit: Carlos Puma

A new partnership between the UC Riverside School of Medicine, UCLA, Riverside County Regional Medical Center and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services has just received a $2.5 million grant to enhance geriatric education, training and workforce development in Riverside County. The Health Resources and Services Administration gave the three-year grant to the UCLA division of geriatrics.`

Called the Program for Improving Care of Aging adults through Training and Education, or PICATE, the project is a collaboration among primary care clinics, community-based organizations and educational institutions throughout Riverside County.

In addition to UC Riverside School of Medicine, local education partners in this project include the schools of nursing at California Baptist University and Riverside City College.

PICATE will integrate geriatrics into three primary care teaching clinics at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, which serves as the primary teaching hospital of the UC Riverside School of Medicine. The project will track outcomes for patients and their caregivers, including fall frequency and severity and dementia-related behavioral problems in patients, and stress and depression in caregivers.

The program will encourage patient and family engagement through online education and partnerships with community organizations. Caregiver training will be provided through In Home Supportive Services, particularly for people caring for seniors with dementia. In the second and third years, part of the work will be extended to the county’s Indian Health Service.

Caring for the elderly is becoming a great concern as the baby boomers become of age. This grant will help the educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas and research in the field of geriatrics. This effort to provide better care to the elderly is a outstanding example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst of innovation pillar.

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UC Riverside To Help Establish An Urban Water Sustainability Research Network

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Iqbal Pittalwala and published in UCR Today on July 31, 2015.)

Recent droughts have had crippling effects in Folsom Lake and other water supply systems in California (Jan. 16, 2014) Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources
Recent droughts have had crippling effects in Folsom Lake and other water supply systems in California (Jan. 16, 2014) Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources

The University of California, Riverside is one of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the United States that are addressing the challenges threatening urban water systems in the United States and around the world. These institutions, led by Colorado State University, have just received $12 million from the National Science Foundation to establish the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN).  UWIN will create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises.

Darrel Jenerette is an assocaite professor of botany and plant sciences at UC Riverside. Photo Credit: UC Riverside
Darrel Jenerette is an assocaite professor of botany and plant sciences at UC Riverside. Photo Credit: UC Riverside

This project builds on Jenerette’s expertise with urban biodiversity, vegetation based regional cooling, and water requirements for urban vegetation. His lab focuses on the coupling between biodiversity, energy fluxes, and biogeochemical cycling embedded within ecological landscapes.“UWIN builds on long-standing programs at UC Riverside for research and training, and trusted leadership in all facets of water resources,” said Darrel Jenerette, an associate professor of botany and plant sciences at UCR, who serves as a senior personnel with UWIN. “These programs include urban water conservation, sustainable urban drainage systems and flood control, drought management, pollution control, water resources planning and management, ecological engineering, climate sciences, and urban biodiversity.”

The vision of UWIN is to create an enduring research network for integrated water systems and to cultivate champions of innovation for water-sensitive urban design and resilient cities. The integrated research, outreach, education and participatory approach of UWIN will produce a toolbox of sustainable solutions by simultaneously minimizing pressures, enhancing resilience to extreme events, and maximizing co-benefits. These benefits will reverberate across other systems, such as urban ecosystems, economies and arrangements for environmental justice and social equity.

UCR will receive about $350,000 of the $12 million award.

UCR is an outstanding example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst of innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, and scholars.

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UCR Student To Launch Global Clean Air Campaign At United Nations

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published in UCR Today on August 10, 2015.)

Pedro Piqueras launches his global clean air campaign during the Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations in New York City, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Photo Credit: Stuart Ramson
Pedro Piqueras launches his global clean air campaign during the Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations in New York City, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Photo Credit: Stuart Ramson

A University of California, Riverside engineering graduate student has been selected as one of five students out of hundreds who applied to launch a global campaign this month during a student conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Pedro Piqueras, a chemical and environmental engineering Ph.D. student at the Bourns College of Engineering, won in the Millennium Health Prize category for his plan to launch a global campaign to make safe air a basic human right.

He will launch his campaign at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference, a program of the Millennium Campus Network, from Aug. 11 to 15 at the United Nations headquarters. It will be attended by students and politicians from more than 50 nations.

Other winning students will launch campaigns in the categories of peace, oceans, equality and youth. Piqueras and the four other student delegates were selected from 400 submissions.

Photo Credit: Stuart Ramson
Photo Credit: Stuart Ramson

At the conference, Piqueras will give a presentation about his campaign, called fAIR4all, and those in attendance will be able to sign on to join the campaign.

The basics of the campaign are to empower the conference attendees to take action, especially in developing countries, and mobilize global citizens to secure safe air all parts of the world.

The end goal of the campaign is to establish clean air as a basic human right and to implement it within the international pantheon of essential public health services akin to clean water, vaccinations, family planning and primary care.

UCR and Bourns College of Engineering are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s Catalyst for Innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, and scholars.

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CBU’s Construction Management Program Receives Highest National Accreditation

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on July 29, 2015.)

Photo Credit: CBU News & Events
Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

CBU’s Bachelor of Science Construction Management (CM) program has achieved accreditation through the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE). ACCE is the leading accreditation body for CM programs in the nation.

“The ACCE accreditation adds tremendous benefit to the Southern California construction industry at large in the development and training of accredited future industry graduates,” said Dr. Francois Jacobs, department chair and associate professor of CBU’s CM program.

Ryan Kahrs, a 2014 CM graduate, credits the “practical and hands-on experience” of the program with helping him secure a job locally. The internship he started with Tilden-Coil Constructors eventually turned into a full-time position after graduation.

Graduating students obtain several certificates as part of their degree requirements including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), OSHA 30 Hour (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and DBIA Fundamental Certificate (Design Build Institute of America). The CM program also requires all students to do an internship totaling 200 hours before graduating.

The construction management program began in 2012 with eight students. The enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is projected to exceed 40, with an additional 10 students enrolled in a minor in CM, Jacobs said.

Jacobs believes the ACCE accreditation will attract more students to the program including students from CM related community college programs where they can transfer their associate degree credits into a bachelor degree in CM at CBU. This accreditation  helps make CBU and Riverside a ‘location of choice‘ for students from across the globe.

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La Sierra & UCR Ranked In The Top 10 Colleges That Add The Most Value

(This article contains excerpts from The 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value List that was published by Money Magazine.)

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Photo Credit: Money Magazine
Photo Credit: Money Magazine
Photo Credit: Money Magazine

It’s not surprising that elite schools report high graduation rates, or that their alumni move on to high-paying jobs. Their high-achieving (and often well-to-do) students arrive with the talent and resources to thrive. What’s impressive is when a college can help students do far better than you’d expect based on their academic and economic backgrounds and the mix of majors at their schools. To compile this list, Money Magazine ranked colleges based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment, eliminating schools with a negative grade in any of those areas or a graduation rate below 50%.

On this list Money Magazine ranked La Sierra 8th and UCR 11th  in the nation on a list of 50 universities and colleges lauded by the magazine for adding the most value to students’ education.

The Money Magazine list of 50 colleges that add the most value can be accessed at this link: https://best-colleges.time.com/money/more-rankings/the-50-colleges-that-add-the-most-value#/list 

This ranking helps La Sierra, UCR, and Riverside become ‘location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

Forty-One Students Awarded A Total Of $41,000 In Scholarships

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Anne Marie Walker and published in the Press Enterprise on July 22, 2015.)

Photo Credit:  Altura Credit Union
Photo Credit: Altura Credit Union

Forty-one high school students were recently awarded $41,000 in scholarships from Altura Credit Union. The Altura Scholarship Foundation gives out the $1,000 scholarships.

Twenty-three students received general scholarships. Five scholarships were given to students in the AVID program and three memorial scholarships were awarded. In addition, 10 scholarships were given to students who are going to UCR.

The winners of the 2015 AVID Scholarships are Caylynn Godoy from Ramona High School, James Goldsmith from West Valley High School, Jennifer Munoz from Cathedral City High School, Kevin Torres-Dominguez from Ramona High School and Nancy Valencia from Vista Del Lago High School.

The 2015 Memorial scholarship recipients include Chynna Porrata of Canyon Springs High School for the Kimberly Jean Flores Memorial Scholarship; Tatiana Su of J.W. North High School for the Terry Ferrone Memorial Scholarship and Stephanie Martinez of Arlington High School for the Bonnie Gail Polis Memorial Scholarship.

Altura Scholarship Foundation is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

CBU’s Department Of Aviation Science Signs Agreement With Ameriflight

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on July 14, 2015.)

Photo Credit: CBU News & Events
Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

California Baptist University recently signed an agreement with Ameriflight LLC, that will provide additional career opportunities for aviation flight graduates.

Students who meet a list of requirements will be guaranteed an interview with Ameriflight, a regional cargo carrier based in Dallas, Texas. The requirements include completing CBU curriculum and flight training, maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and attaining a position as a certified flight instructor.

Ameriflight-final-map.jpg“This agreement is another vote of industry confidence for our department of aviation science,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “Ameriflight is a well-paying regional airline with a great need for pilots.”

CBU Aviation Science program already has a similar partnership agreements with SkyWest Airlines and Express Jet Airlines.

A recent article by AINonline indicates that Ameriflight raised its pay rates by 20 percent last November, and another increase took effect recently. A senior Embraer EMB-120 captain now makes $89,000 per year and a Piper Chieftain pilot $43,000 (up from $28,000).

The company’s website describes Ameriflight as a fleet cargo service, with more than 2,000 weekly departures and 90,000 flight hours annually. The agreement also includes an opportunity for CBU graduates to land a guaranteed interview with Allegiant Airlines after three years as an Ameriflight captain.

The CBU Department of Aviation Science opened in fall 2013 with 25 students and has grown to almost 60 students currently enrolled. The program has 11 flight training aircraft and an operations center with a flight simulator. This program also operates the CBU Flight School, which provides flight training for anyone who has an interest in learning how to fly at university-level standards.

CBU’s efforts and commitment to education certainly illustrate the Seizing Our Destiny pillar of intelligent growth.  For students, one of the greatest challenges they meet is finding a career path after graduation.  Providing students with the opportunity of future employment while they are completing their training at Cal Baptist holds great value to aviation science students.   This is just one example of how Cal Baptist University promotes intelligent growth by collaborating to build a stronger community for future Riversiders.

UCR Professor Named One Of The Coolest Women In Science

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on July 20, 2015.)

Sonja Lyubomirsky“A large portion of our happiness is in our power to change by the way we think and act in our daily lives,” professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky said.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – She’s making the world a happier place. Well, she’s trying her hardest to. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside has devoted her research career to studying human happiness. And it’s earned her a spot in Business Insider’s list of “The 15 Most Amazing Women in Science Today.”

“I’m so honored and completely humbled to be in the company of such amazing women.  I couldn’t have accomplished this research without the fantastic contributions of my graduate students and collaborators,” said Lyubomirsky upon hearing about the recognition.

Exemplifying Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar, the educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas.

The list of 15 women was pulled from Business Insider’s list of top 50 scientists, both male and female. “In the science and technology industries, women are often massively underrepresented. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t making some of the most important and inspiring contributions out there. We’ve highlighted 15 female scientists who are doing amazing things, pulled from our recent list of groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world,” the article stated.

Lyubomirsky’s research addresses three critical questions:

  1. What makes people happy?
  2. Is happiness a good thing?
  3. How and why can people learn to lead happier and more flourishing lives?

In her book “The How of Happiness,” Lyubomirsky explained that people are in control of much of their own happiness. The other determinants of happiness are a mixture of genetics and their environment. To explore how individuals can be happier, Lyubomirsky has studied the well-being benefits of such positive activities as expressing gratitude, doing acts of kindness, and savoring the present moment. An intervention to increase happiness by “living this month like it’s your last month” was featured on the TODAY show earlier this month.

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