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UCR’s Executive Vice Chancellor Named “Everyday Superhero”

UCR’s Executive Vice Chancellor Named “Everyday Superhero”

Ellen Wartella Among Three Recognized at Women’s Health Conference

(November 14, 2008)

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Ellen Wartella

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Ellen Wartella, executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Riverside, has been selected as an “Everyday Superhero” in recognition of her educational leadership and internationally recognized research on the effect of media on child development.

Wartella was one of three women recognized at today’s “Speaking of Women’s Health” conference presented by Loma Linda University Medical Center at the Riverside Convention Center. The women’s health conference featured keynote presentations by leading authorities in women’s health and leadership, health screenings and presentations on such topics as diabetes and osteoporosis.

As executive vice chancellor and provost, Wartella together with Chancellor Timothy P. White articulates UCR’s vision, providing leadership to carry out campus initiatives. As such, she played a key role in development and approval of UCR’s proposal to establish a full, four-year medical school, as well as initiatives to enhance student success and to extend UCR’s arts resources into the community.

Wartella, who joined UCR in July 2004, is the principal administrative liaison to UCR’s Academic Senate and is responsible for managing daily operations of the campus.

She also holds an academic appointment as a distinguished professor of psychology, leading an active research program on the role of media in children’s development. Currently, she is a co-principal investigator on a five-year multi-site research project on the influence of digital media on very young children, funded by the National Science Foundation. She was also a co-principal investigator on the National TV Violence Study and a co-principal investigator of the Children's Digital Media Center project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Wartella serves on the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, the National Educational Advisory Board of the Children's Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Harvard’s Center on Children’s Media and Children’s Health. Recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Children Youth and Families.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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