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December 20, 2018

Here are some of the biggest things that happened at UCR this year

Two Nobel Laureates and historic college ratings are among the institution’s accolades in 2018

Author: Madeline Adamo
December 20, 2018

We can’t say “Happy New Year” without taking a look back at what might be one of UC Riverside’s most groundbreaking 12 months for students, research, and the university at large.


In 2018:


  • We hired the first two Nobel Prize winners to our faculty; chemist Richard Schrock ’67 won the 2005 prize, and physicist Barry Barish, who won the 2017 award.



  • We enrolled 23,365 students, an 11 percent increase in five years, showing the university’s swift gain in popularity.


  • Frank Bidart '62 won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."



  • 100 percent of our medical students were matched with residency programs.



  • Our researchers found the oldest evidence of animal life, 100 million years before the Cambrian Explosion.



  • Our solar panels powered more than 700 homes.


  • Professor John Jennings won an Eisner award after being nominated for his graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s “Kindred.”


  • We watched former Highlanders pitcher Joe Kelly help the Boston Red Sox win the World Series … and then sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.


  • Our softball team made its first ever postseason appearance.


  • Our men’s soccer team won the Big West Championship for the first time in UCR history.



And there are many, many more. Here’s to all the milestones we’ve met that have defined the spirit of UCR. It’s been quite a year, Highlanders. Let’s do it again in 2019.

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