News In Brief

Courtesy of UCR Today

General Catalog now available as an Apple iBook app

UC Riverside’s 2012-2013 general catalog is now available in the Apple iBook format and can be purchased through iTunes for $4.99. It is also available as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle as well. The catalog is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It can only be read using iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later.

The ebook catalog has everything the printing catalog has and more. The ebook includes features like advanced searching, bookmarking, and links to departments, programs and services. There are also several PDF versions that can also be downloaded from catalog.ucr.edu. By making digital catalogues available, UCR aims to improve the university’s environmental footprint and students can have access to the catalog through a number of databases. And they have the convenience is that students always have it with them.

The UCR Department of Environmental Health and Safety has the goals of maintaining a sustainable campus with zero injury and illness at work and home, zero property loss, and zero environmental damage. They hope to fulfill this mission through the use of the Integrated Safety and Environmental Management (ISEM) System. UCR’s green efforts were recognized in October with two awards from the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful and the Southern California Corporate Growth Partners and the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center.

UCR Neuroscience Founding Professor Passes Away
Dr. Paul Dudley Wilson, an integral founder of the UCR Neuroscience Department,  passed away at his home Oct. 9 at the age of 83.

After serving in the Army from 1953 to 1955, Wilson attended the University of Chicago.  He received his PH.D in 1964, and was then hired at UCR as a temporary lecturer in 1966, when UCR was a new school.  At the time, the neuroscience department was still being developed.  Wilson had an active role in guiding and growing the department. He was the acting chair of the Neuroscience department, and a professor of psychology and neuroscience until 1990.  After retiring in 1993, he continued to teach as emeritus professor until 1996.  In addition, he was an active part of LIFE society at UCR and the Riverside County Youth Accountability Board.

Much of Dr. Wilson’s research focused on the eye; the retina and the optical nerve.  Yet, he is remembered mainly for his gentility and kindness.  He is recalled as wise and insightful amongst colleagues, friends and students.

Services for Dr. Wilson were held on Oct. 29, at First Congressional Church in Riverside. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, his children: Elizabeth, Peggy and Tom and his sister, Mary.

UCR economics professor possible dean for School of Public Policy
Professor Anil Deolalikar, a Harvard, Cambridge and Stanford University graduate is a finalist for the position of Founding Dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. Deolalikar received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and is a UC Riverside economics professor. He will be speaking at a vision seminar on Monday, Dec. 10 from 12-1 p.m. at the Genomics Auditorium. All UCR faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend.

Deolalikar, an economics professor at UC Riverside since 2003, has been closely involved with the progress and approval for the UCR School of Public Policy. He also served as the Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Co-Director of the UC Global Health and held many other non-academic and honorary positions. In addition, his areas of expertise and research interest include economic development with special focus on human capital accumulation, economic demography and social protection policies.

He has had experience in countries such as India, Vietnam, China, Philippines and many more. Examples of his work include being a consultant for an Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. He also presented a seminar and four lectures titled “Local Government Finance in China: Lessons from Other Countries” in China. Professor Deolalikar’s work at UCR has included being the Associate Dean for CHASS, Chair of the UCR Senate Committee on Research, Interim Dean of Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Governor Brown commissions UCR toxicologist to cancer committee
UCR Professor of Toxicology David Eastmond was appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment by California Governor Jerry Brown. The committee that he is involved in identifies which chemicals are known to cause cancer and adds this to the list of the already-known carcinogenic chemicals. They also determine whether the chemical actually does cause cancer through scientific testing.

The chemicals that are proposed to be added to the list and what chemicals are clearly shown to cause cancer are tasks Eastmond takes on as a part of this committee. In addition, Eastmond has been chair of Cell Biology and Neuroscience since 1999 and is also a professor of Cell Biology. Earning a PhD in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley, he engages in research that focuses on the mechanisms involved in the toxicity and carcinogenesis of environmental and agricultural chemicals.

He has won many awards and has published several papers along with serving as president for the Environmental Mutagen society from 2003-2004. He was also chosen to be included in the 1995 edition of “Who’s Who in the West” and the 1995 edition of American Men and Women in Science”.

He was also elected in 2004 to be one of five Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. The program gathers U.S. scientists, policymakers and diplomats to work on issues of international importance. Lastly, he was elected a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini.


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