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UCR Researchers Participating inAnnual AAAS Meeting in Anaheim

UCR Researchers Participating inAnnual AAAS Meeting in Anaheim

(January 20, 1999)

Three University of California, Riverside scholars will participate in the 1999 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the world's largest annual gatherings of researchers, scheduled for Jan. 21-26 in Anaheim. They will address undergraduate admissions in the University of California, the UC Natural Reserve System, and the intersection of environmental science and philosophy.

UCR presenters are:

  • Keith F. Widaman, UCR professor of psychology and chair of the Academic Senate's Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, speaking on "Enhancing Undergraduate Student Diversity and Quality: The Faculty Viewpoint." Widaman's presentation will be part of the symposium "Attaining Diversity in University Admissions: The California Experience," scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 24. The symposium will review some of the recommendations that have emerged to develop admissions criteria that predict college success and promote a diverse student body following passage of California’s Prop. 209.
  • Ernest Partridge, a research philosopher in environmental ethics and policy at UCR, will participate as a chair and discussant in the symposium "Integration and Synthesis as Scientific Method: Environmental Science and Philosophy," scheduled for 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Panelists representing scientific disciplines and philosophy will examine ways in which both rigorous scientific methods and ethics can be brought to bear on the restoration and management of complex ecological systems.
  • Michael P. Hamilton, director of UCR’s James San Jacinto Mountain Reserve, giving a presentation titled "Forging the Link Between Natural Reserve System Science and Natural Resource Stewardship." Hamilton’s talk, to be delivered during a symposium scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, will explore the role of the 29-acre James Reserve near Idyllwild in providing the scientific data that underpins management of natural resources in the San Bernardino National Forest. Highlighted will be multi-agency, technology-based project based at the reserve that aims to reduce the threat of catastrophic wild fires while improving the natural ecosystem.

The AAAS meeting will be at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers and Anaheim Marriott Hotel. The meeting newsroom will be located on the fourth floor of the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. For more information on the UCR presentations, contact Kathy Barton by phoning (909) 787-2495 or sending e-mail to

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