January 31, 2018
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Michael Pazzani
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
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In this Newsletter
  • Sabbatical Plans
  • TEDxUCR Call for Speakers
  • Limited: FFAR New Innovator
  • AWS Machine Learning Research Awards
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • American Kestrel
  • American Pelican
  • Gambel's Quail
  • Pied Cormorant
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Baby Black-Crowned Night Herons
Sabbatical Plans
On Feb 1, I will be starting a three month sabbatical from my duties as Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development. Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Gillian Wilson will be leading Research and Economic Development during this time.

I will be working on a DARPA grant on Explainable Artificial Intelligence, spending part of my time at Berkeley and part at a faculty office at UCR. I will not be reading my UCR mail during this time, so please contact Gillian ( for any issues and opportunities for Research and Economic Development.

On the other hand, I'll have a little more time for coffee or lunch and to talk about machine learning. You can contact me at my personal email account or ask Rebeccah Goldware or Bri Cates to get a message to me.

Since I'll be on Sabbatical for 3 months and we average 2 newsletters a month, this newsletter will feature 6 additional birds.
TEDxUCR Call for Speakers
TEDxUCR seeks to highlight inspiring and interesting members of the UCR community through at the next TEDxUCR event taking place on June 1, 2018. We are looking to feature UCR students and faculty as well as Riverside community members in our upcoming event.
If you are interested in speaking, or would like to nominate a high profile external speaker to bring ideas worth spreading to the Riverside community, please contact Bri Cates at for more information by Feb 15.
More about TEDx:
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
TEDxUCR was founded in 2010 by four Psychology graduate students seeking  a platform for which to highlight “ideas worth spreading” born from local UCR and Riverside communities. The organization has since grown to include many graduate and undergraduate students from various departments. TEDxUCR has hosted four previous events: “Beneath the Surface” and "Invisible Influences", salon events featuring speakers and performances, “The Everyday Extraordinary”, a TEDxUCR event featuring eight speakers from around Southern California, and two TEDxUCRLive events, each streaming live TED talks from the 2012 and 2013 TED conferences in Long Beach. 

Below you’ll find our speaker’s talks on youtube from previous TEDxUCR events:

What an underground river taught me about writing

Nuclear submarine officer to conscientious objector

Getting more than we give - realities of volunteerism

Biochar - the future of sustainable agriculture:
Limited: FFAR New Innovator
Internal deadline: February 6, 2017
Nomination deadline: February 28, 2018
Encourage/discourage date: March 12, 2018
Full proposal deadline: April 23, 2018

The New Innovator Award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture. Within the scope of the New Innovator Program, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during their research. Therefore, FFAR is interested in the program of research to be explored and its impact as opposed to a list of very specific aims. It is expected that through this program investigators will have the ability to pursue highly creative ideas, to firmly establish their early lines of research into important food and agriculture scientific areas and provide stability in funding during their critical early career years by reducing the time spent on writing applications.
  • Faculty member must be hired on or after August 1, 2014
  • Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research career and who are within 8 years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree
  • Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position will not be considered
Two research categories are available. Applicants should select the category that best fits their research program. FFAR will not discriminate proposals based on category selection.
Category 1--Target Areas of Research:
  • Achieving a Deeper Understanding of Nutrition and Healthful Food Choices
  • Enhancing Sustainable Farm Animal Productivity, Resilience, and Health
  • Improving Plant Efficiency
  • Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes
  • Optimizing Agricultural Water Use
  • Spurring Food System Innovation
  • Transforming Soil Health
Category 2--FFAR Challenge Areas:
  • Food Waste and Loss
  • Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms
  • Innovation Pathways to Sustainability
  • Making “My Plate” Your Plate
  • Protein Challenge
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Water Scarcity

AWS Machine Learning Research Awards
The AWS Machine Learning Research Awards (MLRA) program provides funds for novel research in machine learning (ML) with a goal to enable research that accelerates the development of innovative algorithms, publications, and source code across a wide variety of ML applications and focus areas. 
Award recipients will receive an invitation to attend an annual research seminar and may receive live one-on-one training sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers. Awards include AWS Promotional Credits that can be redeemed towards eligible AWS Services. 
Awards are distributed at the department and project level, and are structured as one-time unrestricted gifts to academic institutions. The final award amount will be determined by the awards panel.

Full-time faculty members and university departments leading a team of students and postdocs at education institutions in North America and Europe which are conducting innovative research related to Machine Learning are eligible to apply. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awards are announced at the end of each quarter (calendar year).

Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker from La Sierra University
American Kestrel
American Kestrel from my backyard
American Pelican
American Pelican from Prado Regional Park
Gambel's Quail
Gambel's Quail from Salton Sea
Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant from Melbourne Botanical Gardens
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples FL
Baby Black-Crowned Night Herons
Baby black-crowned night herons from Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto.

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