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Student Research in Spotlight at UC Riverside Conference on Gender

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(April 10, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside will host its third annual Gender Research Conference from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, according to Women’s Resource Center Director Adrienne Sims.

The conference focuses on gender issues in the arts, sciences, gender studies, women's studies, ethnic studies, humanities and the social sciences, Sims said, and offers students from UCR and other universities a chance to share their research.

“Not only is it important to feature the gender-oriented work of our leaders of tomorrow,” Sims said, “but it is vital to springboard more voices and venues in the arena of diversity, given its impact on the global community.”

The five presenters to be featured at the conference, which will take place at Pentland Hills Residence Hall off Watkins Drive, in The Bear Cave meeting area, are two UCR undergraduates, a UCR graduate student and student researchers from the University of Redlands and UCLA.
Lynn Chen, a senior Biochemistry and Women Studies major at UCR, will analyze the direct-to-consumer advertising used to market prescription drugs, and its implications for women’s health; Ernest Hayes, a senior at the University of Redlands, will present a paper titled “The Gay Cowboy Movie: What the media ‘missed’ in ‘Brokeback Mountain.’”
Tavia Rucker, a junior Biological Science major at UCR, will present personal and medical research dealing with the society’s pressure -- on her and other young women -- to lose weight and fit into the image of “the ideal woman.”

Michelle Stover, a junior Sociology and Women’s Studies major, will present “Revising Reality: Centering Women in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of the Mind/Body.”
Valerie Stulman, a UCR master of fine arts candidate in playwriting and screenwriting, will present “Unmasked: Women in TV Production, The WB, George Lopez, 2006.”
The conference is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Parking on campus costs $6. For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at (951) 827-3337.


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