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Inaugural Riverside Angel Summit brings region together to invest in its own startups

The most promising startup as judged by Angel Investors will receive over $100,000 in investment

By UCR News | | Business

Artificial intelligence is bringing the dead back to ‘life’ — but should it?

UCR experts discuss the technological and ethical implications of using AI to deepfake the deceased.

By UCR News | | Science / Technology

Vaccine exemption process detailed

This past week, UCR announced an Aug. 16 deadline for UC Riverside employees and students to upload vaccination records for fall 2021. The message was a follow-up to the UC system’s announcement of a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Program that would require vaccinations for employees and students to be on campus for...

By UCR News | | University

Billionaires in the great beyond

UCR scientists weigh in on the first successful civilian trip to space, and the ethics of being a billion-dollar rocket man.

By UCR News | | Science / Technology

UCR, University Innovation Alliance mark milestone

The University Innovation Alliance, or UIA, a national group of public research universities working to improve student success, announced June 7 that it has exceeded graduation targets set during President Obama’s College Opportunity Summit. The University of California, Riverside, is one of 11 founding members of the UIA, which launched...

By UCR News | | University

Mike Magpayo extended as head men’s basketball coach

UC Riverside Athletics announced today that Mike Magpayo, the 2021 Joe B. Hall Award winner, has been tabbed to lead the UC Riverside men’s basketball program forward on a permanent basis and has officially signed to a five-year contract. Magpayo led the Highlanders to a 14-8 overall record during the...

By UCR News | | Athletics

UCR remembers philanthropist, former regent Bruce Varner

Bruce Doyle Varner, 84, UC regent, philanthropist, and prominent Riverside attorney, has died. A lifelong advocate for higher education, Varner was nominated to serve on the UC Board of Regents by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, becoming one of the few Inland Empire-based regents in the board’s history. As a regent...

By UCR News | | University

Experts on Diversity and the Oscars

Diversity and the Oscars The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021. Experts from the University of California, Riverside are available to discuss various Academy Awards topics, including diversity, acting, gender, culture, and more. For fast access to experts, TEXT or call the 24-hour-experts hotline at 951-312-3049...

By UCR News | | Experts

Experts on Vaccine Passports

UC Riverside has several experts who can comment on certificates of immunity or "vaccine passports."

By UCR News | | Experts

UCR offers commencement compromise

A plan announced by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Wednesday aims to address graduates' urge to walk at commencement, while respecting the caution still required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Under the plan, graduates can have their photos taken on stage, but no guests will be permitted. A prerecorded 30-minute...

By UCR News | | University

Experts on anti-Asian racism and violence

Anti-Asian Racism and Violence For fast access to experts, TEXT or call the 24-hour-experts hotline at 951-312-3049, or email news@ucr.edu. Carol Kwang Park, PhD student in ethnic studies Carol is a researcher at the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies and Asian American studies doctoral student with UCR’s...

By UCR News | | Experts

This is the dawning of the age of the vaccine passport

The vaccine passport is coming. The likelihood of a “passport” being required — or perhaps just requested — for travel, and to return to school and work, seems a certainty. New York state is testing a smartphone app that would verify vaccine status for entry into events. IBM is developing...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Center for Social Innovation tapped for equity project

The Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities, and more than 18 million residents, has chosen the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside to conduct research and offer insights and recommendations to advance economic inclusion and equity across...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Fall instruction roadmap released

Final decisions about which fall 2021 classes will be in-person are at least several weeks away. But with May registration for fall classes looming, an Instructional Continuity working group has released a roadmap for what fall 2021 will look like. A March 2 letter from Interim Provost Thomas Smith said...

By UCR News | | University

Experts on Black Lives Matter

For fast access to experts, TEXT or call the 24-hour-experts hotline at 951-312-3049, or email news@ucr.edu. Michelle C. Burroughs: director of community engagement and outreach for the Center for Healthy Communities. Burroughs is involved with the CHC’s engagement with the community focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement as well...

By UCR News | | Experts

Census Legacies looks to perpetuate Census success

This week, more than 200 leaders from across the United States helped launch Census Legacies, a new community-building effort by the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside with partners in philanthropy, government, and community. The initiative aims to build more inclusive and equitable regions, using the same messengers and...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Experts on DACA

On Dec. 4, a federal judge restored the rights afforded undocumented immigrants eligible for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. The program had been in a state of suspension throughout the Trump presidency. U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordered the Department of Homeland Security to...

By UCR News | | Experts

Winter quarter will be mostly remote again

In communications sent Oct. 23 and Nov. 30, UCR laid out instructional plans for its winter quarter, which will look much like fall quarter. Fifty courses have been approved for in-class instruction in winter quarter. All will offer students the option of remote instruction. “This represents only 2-to-3 % of...

By UCR News | | University

Elizabeth Watkins to be appointed UCR provost and EVC

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced the appointment of Elizabeth Watkins as provost and executive vice chancellor effective May 1, 2021, pending approval by University of California President Michael Drake. Watkins has extensive experience as a University of California administrator, faculty member, and leader in the Academic Senate. As...

By UCR News | | University

New study finds California civics education falls short

In the wake of a national election that signaled heightened interest in politics as well as deep fissures that threaten our democracy, a new study by researchers at UC Riverside and UCLA raises concerns about the democratic mission of schools and a lack of support for civic learning across California...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education