UC Riverside to Participate in Inaugural Long Night of Arts & Innovation on October 4
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) - Faculty, staff and students from the University of California, Riverside will play key roles in the City of Riverside's "Long Night of Arts & Innovation,"
(Media-Newswire.com) - RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — Faculty, staff and students from the University of California, Riverside will play key roles in the City of Riverside’s “Long Night of Arts & Innovation,” a showcase of the region’s accomplishments in arts and sciences on Thursday, October 4, 2012.
The inaugural “Long Night,” which is inspired by a similar event held every two years in Riverside’s sister city of Erlangen, Germany, will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight at venues across downtown Riverside, including the UCR Culver Center, the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum and City Hall as well as several downtown restaurants. Faculty, staff and students from UC Riverside, as well as Riverside City College, Cal Baptist University and La Sierra University as well as area high schools will be presenting their research and sharing their expertise in a variety of subjects.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the innovative research, teaching, and community outreach underway at our college – something that many of our local citizens and closest neighbors might not be aware of,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR and a member of the Long Night steering committee. “This unique event is emblematic of the special partnership our college enjoys with Riverside and it will serve to strengthen and broaden those connections.”
“UCR faculty, students and staff are really enthusiastic about presenting their passion during Riverside’s first Long Night of Arts & Innovation,” said Jackie Olds, program chair of the event and wife of UCR Medical School Dean G. Richard Olds. “Not only will this event showcase our community’s innovative arts and scientific expertise, but it will also encourage and inspire young people to pursue their own passion in these areas.”
The Riverside Long Night event is modeled after the “Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” ( Long Night of Science ) events that are held in cities throughout Germany. In Erlangen, the open house is held once every two years and showcases the city’s accomplishments in the arts and sciences to some 30,000 visitors to the city’s university, science and technology labs and innovation centers.
Several members of Riverside’s Sister City delegation to Erlangen, including Abbaschian, School of Medicine Dean G. Richard Olds and Riverside Mayor and UCR Professor Ron Loveridge, attended the Erlangen open house in October of 2011. Upon returning home, Loveridge formed a task force with the direction of creating a similar event here in Riverside.
A List of Scheduled UC Riverside Participants A full schedule can be found at the Long Night program page.
Bahram Mobasher – Physics and Astronomy A Night in the Life of an Astronomer A live feed from the Keck Telescopes in Hawaii.
A Short History of Our Universe: Beginning, Present and the Future A talk about the content and history of our universe, with answers to the most fundamental questions that the greatest minds have pondered. Presentation will feature a direct link from the Keck Telescopes in Hawaii.
Charles E. Wyman – Chemical & Environmental Engineering No Fuel Like a Sustainable Fuel Overview of the world’s energy situation, including needs for transportation, fuel options and sustainable pathways.
Cheryl Hayashi – Biology Spiders and Spiders Silks: Amazing Despite their flimsy appearance, spider silks are incredibly strong and tough materials. Learn more about spiders and their fabulous silks and how they can improve our lives.
David D. Oglesby – Earth Sciences Five Things You Need to Know About Earthquakes The science behind earthquakes and what we can do to prepare for them.
How do Earthquakes Work? The presentation will include demonstrations on the science behind earthquakes and earthquake detection.
David Kisailus – Chemical & Environmental Engineering From Nature to Engineering: Biologically Inspired Materials Nature produces many different and elegant structures using low temperature processing and inexpensive materials. The presentation will show how scientists use inspiration from biologically mineralized structures ( teeth, bone, shells ) to make the next generation of advanced materials.
Derek Beving – Physics and Astronomy Electromagnetic Induction A variety of physics demonstrations involving electromagnetic induction.
Craig V.Byus – School of Medicine Things You Need to Know to Help the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor Assessing and understanding the real risks in life and ensuring the odds are ever in your favor.
Jonathan Ritter and the Mayupatapi Ensemble – Music Andean Music Performance The ensemble of undergraduate and graduate students perform music primarily from the central and southern Andean countries of South America.
Mark Hoddle – Entomology What’s Bugging California? Our Big Problem with Invasive Species The impact of invasive species on California and what UC Riverside is doing about the problem.
Pamela S. Clute – Chancellor’s Office/ ALPHA Center Math4Me Math4Me is a high-energy presentation featuring audience interaction that explores the power of mathematics for personal success.
Eamonn Keogh – Computer Science Using Computers to Understand Insects Insects are both a bane and a benefit to humanity. This presentation will discuss how computers can help us understand and control insects.
Engineering Students – Bourns College of Engineering Demonstrations of Human Powered Vehicles, Wind Turbine and Robotic Projects Demonstrations include UCR’s entry into the annual Human Powered Vehicle ( HPV ) competition held annually by ASME, a wind turbine and Micromouse, Robotic Arms and Robotic Vehicles.
Faculty and Graduate Students – Entomology Insects and You A variety of live and curated insect displays.
G. Richard Olds, MD – School of Medicine Kuru and Mad Cow Disease The presentation will retell the story of how the study of a rare disease of New Guinea headhunters eventually led to the discovery of Mad Cow Disease and what these discoveries mean for the future.
Revenge of the Rainforest Deadly viruses hide in the tropical rainforests of the world. The presentation will outline real events that demonstrate that man has more to fear from Mother Nature than from his fellow man.
Owen Long & Maria Simani – Physics and Astronomy Demonstrations of Electromagnetic Induction A demonstration of electromagnetic induction through 17 demonstrations.
Jodie Holt – Botany and Plant Sciences Do You See Plants? Raising Plant Awareness through Art, Science and Media A discussion of plants, their beauty and complexity. Holt will also discuss her work as a consultant on the movie Avatar.
Juan Felipe Herrera – Creative Writing & Poet Laureate of California A Man in Vietnam Will read a section of his latest long-verse poem about a man serving in Vietnam
Jun Wang & Students – Bourns College of Engineering Solar Cooker and Manual Water Pump A demonstration of affordable solar cooker and manual water pump made by UCR students for use in third world countries.
Mary Droser & Grad Students – Earth Sciences The Science of Climate Change Discussions and demonstrations on the science of climate change.
Matt Lipps – UCR Arts Block Horizon/s Using source material from 1958-1968 issues of the magazine Horizon, Lipps has created large photographs of dense collages
Norman Ellstrand – Botany and Plant Sciences Long-distance Romances of Plants UCR researchers discovered through paternity analysis that plants are often pollinized by plants much further away than previously believed. What does this finding mean for genetically engineered crops?
Paul Lyons – School of Medicine Eyes of a Healer: Arts in Medicine and Medical Education The skills necessary to practice medicine are subject to much debate. Founded on science, medicine requires expertise in many skills classically found in the arts. This discussion highlights the interplay of medicine and the arts in both practice and education.
Peggy Mauk & Staff Members – Agricultural Operations Tasting of Date Fruits from Around the World Learn why date palms like their “feet” in the water and “heads” in the fire. Sample unique date fruit from around the world and learn about UC Riverside and USDA’s cutting edge research.
Rickerby Hinds – Theatre Words of Bronze Actors will emerge from the shadows of the statues of Mohandas Gandhi, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and using the words of the statues themselves will provide dramatic insight into their world, their lives and their influence on our own existence.
Southeast Asian Women in Diaspora – Sweeney Art Gallery Troubling Boarders Featuring the writings and artwork of Southeast Asian women in diaspora, highlighting women of Cambodian, Laotian, Filipino and Vietnamese descent.
Tracy L. Kahn – Botany and Plant Sciences and Biology UCR Citrus Variety Collection Goes Global The presentation will discuss the history of the Citrus Variety Collection, the scope of its impact, the global connections, and products developed with inspiration from the collection.
Michael Shroads – Undergraduate Student Drag & Logged Sculptures + Noise Drawings Presenting new sculptures based on art and aesthetic theory from computational rules found in both the natural and digital environment.
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