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Desert Speaker Series Begins

UC Riverside Lecture Series Brings Timely Topics to The Coachella Valley

Water and Sustainable Development First of Four UC Riverside Public Lectures in the Coachella Valley

(November 4, 2003)

William Jury

William Jury

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— William Jury, distinguished professor of soil science and interim executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Riverside will open the Connecting The Dots speaker series with a discussion of the impact of water and sustainable development in the Coachella Valley. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday Nov. 13 at the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. For more information, call the UC Riverside Office of Desert Programs at (760) 341-6221.

A member of the UC Riverside faculty since 1974, Jury is an internationally recognized scholar who conducts experimental and theoretical research on water and chemical movement and reactions in soil and groundwater. In 2000, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Jury is also a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. In 1999, he received the USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Environmental Protection. The Institute for Scientific Information recently identified Jury as among the world’s 100 most highly cited researchers in both the fields of Engineering and Environment/Ecology. At UC Riverside, he has received both the Graduate Student Association and Faculty Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards, and was the 2002 UC Riverside Faculty Research Lecturer.

All other Lectures in the series are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. They include the following:

  • Thursday Jan. 29 — Scott L. Fedick, associate professor of anthropology and archeology. The talk, titled “The Ancient Maya and the Modern Mayan Forests: Implications for Modern Conservation and Indigenous Rights,” will be held at the Education Center lecture hall of the Palm Springs Desert Museum and is presented in association with he museum.

  • Thursday March 4, 2004 — Anthea Kraut, an assistant professor of dance and a scholar of the African-American vernacular in dance, will speak prior to a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The dance company has grown from a mostly African-American dance company at it’s founding in 1958 to a large multi-cultural troupe. The talk and performance are in association with the McCallum Theater Institute and will be held at the McCallum Theater, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert.

  • Thursday May 20 — Joel Martin, Rupert Costo Endowed Chair in American Indian History and director of the Center for California Native Nations at UC Riverside. The talk titled, “Native American Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Role of Gaming in the Struggle to Preserve Cultures,” will be held at the Annenberg Theatre in the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

Classes are scheduled to open in 2005 at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Campus, a two-building complex at Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive that will house graduate level academic programs in entrepreneurship, serve as a focal point for UC Riverside research on issues vital to the region's future, and serve as a home for UC Riverside outreach programs and services. Core objectives for this satellite campus include establishing an internationally significant Center for Entrepreneurial Management, offering advanced management courses in areas such as environmental science, engineering and the arts as well as developing a satellite technology transfer center.

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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