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(October 2002)

Benefactors

AFEAS Program
Beginning in 1989 as the Alternative Fluorocarbons Environmental Acceptability Study (AFEAS), this consortium of 11 companies has funded intensive research into the replacement of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) for refrigeration, air conditioning and energy efficient insulation. This research, undertaken in part by UC Riverside's Air Pollution Research Center through the generous support of AFEAS, has resulted in near total replacement of these ozone layer-depleting chemicals.

Almond Board of California
Established in 1950, the Almond Board's charge is to promote the production of the best quality almonds, California's largest tree crop. In fact, California growers harvested a record 830 million pounds in 1999. The Board seeks to expand the domestic and international markets for almonds through generic public relations, advertising and nutrition research. The Board also tracks almond industry statistics and annually publishes the Almond Almanac. At the University of California, Riverside, Almond Board funding has supported research in the Departments of Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology.


American Diabetes Association
Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes. The Association has generously supported research in Biochemistry at UC Riverside.


American Floral Endowment
The American Floral Endowment is the leading non-profit, non-governmental source for floricultural/environmental horticulture research and development funding in the United States. The goal of the Endowment's research program is to produce solutions for industry needs and promote the growth and improvement of the floral industry for the benefit of the grower, wholesale, retail, allied segments and the general public. At UC Riverside, the departments of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Earth Sciences have benefited from the Endowment's programs.


American Vineyard Foundation
The American Society of Enology and Viticulture established the American Vineyard Foundation in 1978. Today the Vineyard Foundation continues to provide funding for research in the fields of viticulture and enology. The Foundation has funded research in the departments of Nematology, Plant Pathology and Entomology at the University of California, Riverside.


California Asparagus Commission
Asparagus was first planted in California during the 1850s. Today, 70 to 80 percent of the United States' domestic supply of fresh asparagus is grown in California; more than 50,000 metric tons are harvested annually. The California Asparagus Commission, created in 1990 to represent the interest of the state's asparagus industry, oversees a variety of programs for the state's asparagus growers, including sales promotions, consumer education and research. At UC Riverside, the Commission has generously supported research in Botany and Plant Sciences.

California HealthCare Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) is an independent philanthropy committed to improving California's health care delivery and financing systems. Formed in 1996, its goal is to ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, quality health care. CHCF commissions research, analyze, publish and disseminate information, convene stakeholders and fund development of programs and models aimed at improving the health care delivery and financing systems. At the University of California, Riverside, CHCF has provided funding for the Center for Social and Behavioral Science Research.


California Lettuce Research Board
California is the leading producer of lettuce with an estimated 70 to 75 percent of the total U.S. production of iceberg lettuce and 80 to 85 percent of leaf lettuce. California's position as a leader in the production and distribution of lettuce can be attributed, to a large degree, to the public and private research that has been funded since 1973 by the California Lettuce Research Board. At UC Riverside, Board funding has supported research in Entomology and Plant Pathology.


California Pistachio Commission
Although grown since antiquity and imported into the United States since the 1880s, it was only in 1976 that the first commercial harvest of pistachios occurred in California. Today, California produces 98 percent of the pistachios grown in the United States and is the second largest producer in the world. Established in 1981, the California Pistachio Commission supports the state's pistachio industry through marketing, public and governmental relations and research. At the University of California, Riverside, the Commission has funded research in Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology and Nematology.


Dr. Ronald H. and Frances B. Chilcote
Professor Emeritus of Economics Ronald H. Chilcote has spent almost four decades at the University of California teaching and researching comparative political economy, the political economy of development and international political economy, with an emphasis on Portugal, Brazil and Latin America. In 2002, he and his wife, Frances, have made a gift to the University of California, Riverside Library of a significant collection of books, pamphlets and journals dealing with Latin America as a whole and particularly with covert activities in Latin America.


Conexant Systems, Inc.
Spun off from Rockwell International in 1999, Conexant Systems, Inc. has become a worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions for communications applications. At UC Riverside's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, Conexant has generously supported the University's researchers through the donation of specialized equipment.


Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.
Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal hereditary disease in the United States; approximately 1,300 new cases are diagnosed in this country each year. Founded in 1975, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.'s (CFRI) mission is to fund cystic fibrosis research and to offer educational and support programs in a safe and healthy environment. CFRI is dedicated to improving, extending and saving the lives of children and adults who have cystic fibrosis. At the University of California, Riverside, CFRI has supported research in the Biomedical Sciences.


The Energy Foundation
Established in 1991, the Energy Foundation is a partnership of major foundations interested in sustainable energy. The Foundation awards grants in the areas of power, buildings, transportation, as well as a program to bring sustainable energy sources to China. The Energy Foundation has supported research at UC Riverside's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).


Environmental Systems Products, Inc.
A leader in the field of vehicle emissions and safety testing, Environmental Systems Products, Inc. (ESP) provides both equipment and inspection services in the United States and abroad. Through its subsidiary, Remote Sensing Technologies, ESP has provided generous support for UC Riverside's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.


Exxon Mobil Corporation
With a history going back to the 1880s, Exxon Mobil today does business in almost 200 countries and territories around the world, with operations in technology, oil and natural gas exploration, the refining and supply of petroleum products, petrochemical production, coal and copper mining and electric power generation. As part of its effort to be a good corporate citizen and good neighbor, Exxon Mobil has supported UC Riverside researchers in Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Nematology, as well as a variety of other activities on campus.


Health Effects Institute
The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is an independent, non-profit corporation chartered in 1980 to provide high-quality, impartial and relevant science on the health effects of pollutants from motor vehicles and from other sources in the environment. Supported jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry, HEI has funded over 170 studies and published over 100 research reports and several special reports. These studies have produced important research findings on the health effects of a variety of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, methanol and aldehydes, nitrogen oxides, diesel exhaust, ozone and, most recently, particulate air pollution. HEI has supported UC Riverside research in Entomology and the Air Pollution Research Center.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation
"To help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations" is the mission statement of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since its establishment in 1930, the Foundation has continuously focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and institutions to solve their own problems. The Kellogg Foundation has supported the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute at UC Riverside's School of Education.


Knoll, Inc.
Founded in 1938 by Hans G. Knoll, Knoll, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of office furnishings. The company has received hundreds of design awards since its founding and has objects on display in major art museums around the world. More than 30 Knoll products are included in the permanent Design Collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Knoll has generously supported UC Riverside's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.


The Korea Foundation
The mission of the Korea Foundation is to contribute to better understanding of Korea in the international community and to promote international friendship by carrying out various exchange activities between the Republic of Korea and foreign countries. In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation supports scholars, research institutes and universities overseas, as well as cultural and personnel exchanges and the publishing and distribution of reference material. The Korea Foundation has provided generous support for research in Ethnic Studies in UC Riverside's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


Arthur L. and Peggy Littleworth
Arthur L. Littleworth is a senior partner in the law firm of Best, Best & Krieger. His history of service to the community goes far beyond his commitment to UC Riverside. As president of the Riverside school board in 1965, he oversaw the desegregation of the city's schools. In fact, Riverside was the first school district in the nation to fully integrate voluntarily. Arthur and Peggy Littleworth established the Arthur L. Littleworth Endowed Scholarship at UC Riverside to provide financial assistance to students entering the university from the Riverside Unified School District. Having himself gone through college on a scholarship, Art Littleworth knows the tremendous impact such support can make in a young person's life.


The Nature Conservancy
For more than a half century, The Nature Conservancy has worked to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. By working closely with people, communities and businesses, the Conservancy has managed to protect over 92 million acres of land and water in the U.S. and worldwide. In 1991 the Conservancy transferred the 255-acre Emerson Oaks Reserve to the UC Natural Reserve System, under the management of the UC Riverside Department of Biology.


Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation was established in 1961 as a modest gift-giving organization by the late Ralph M. Parsons, who founded the worldwide engineering and construction firm, the Parsons Corporation. Now a self-governing independent non-profit organization, the Parsons Foundation funds higher education, particularly in the fields of engineering, science and technology; social impact programs addressing issues affecting diverse and disadvantaged populations; health, especially the concerns of underserved populations; and an array of cultural and civic endeavors. At UC Riverside, the Foundation has supported research in Botany and Plant Sciences, as well as the university's Center for Social and Behavioral Science Research.


Pechanga Band of
Luise-o Mission Indians
Partnering with scholars at the University of California, Riverside, cultural leaders of the Pechanga Band of Luise-o Mission Indians have launched an ambitious effort to teach young tribal members their ancestral language and to create a model for revitalizing other endangered languages. The Takic Language Revitalization Project's initial goal is the development of a teaching model; the ultimate goal is to develop a comprehensive language revitalization model that is nationally recognized and can be adopted by other Native tribes interested in preserving their tribal languages.

Research Corporation
The second foundation established in the United States and the only one devoted to the advancement of science, Research Corporation was founded in 1912. The Corporation views itself as "an active, hands-on foundation that stimulates advances in science, rather than subsidizing them." Through both direct activities and funding of other organizations, Research Corporation seeks to address critical issues that impact science, scientific research and scientific education. The Corporation has supported research in Chemistry at UC Riverside.

Research Libraries Group, Inc.
Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG) is a non-profit membership corporation of more than 160 universities, national libraries, archives, historical societies and other institutions with remarkable collections for research and learning. Rooted in collaborative work that addresses members' shared goals for these collections, RLG develops and operates information resources used by members and nonmembers around the world, becoming a pioneer in developing cooperative solutions to the problems that research collections and their users face in the acquisition, delivery and preservation of information. The Research Libraries Group has supported the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue project at UC Riverside.


Ali Sahabi
SE Corporation
While Edward J. Blakely, an alumnus of the University of California, Riverside, was dean of the Urban and Regional Planning School at the University of Southern California, his teaching and vision proved inspiring to a young graduate student. Today, that student, Ali Sahabi, is president of SE Corporation, a development company active in inland Southern California. Still inspired by Dr. Blakely, Mr. Sahabi and SE Corporation have funded a planning grant and conference on sustainable suburban development at UC Riverside. Scholars and policy leaders will gather to outline the direction of a proposed center for sustainable suburban development at UC Riverside. The center would bring students, environmental activists and political and community leaders together to conduct research and discuss and create policy on planning for the anticipated growth in the region while protecting the natural environment.

Donald and Geraldyne Shaevel
Donald and Geraldyne Shaevel did not attend the University of California, Riverside, nor did their children. They have never been employed by UC Riverside, and they don't live in Riverside. Yet over the last four years, Geri, an artist, and Don, retired from the pharmacy he owned for three decades, have given generously to support the activities of UC Riverside Hillel. Thanks to the Shaevels, the campus organization has found the necessary support to provide Jewish students with holiday programs, conferences, leadership programs, Holocaust remembrance activities, social and outreach programs, as well as kosher food for observant students.

The Sikh Foundation
The Sikh Foundation was founded in 1967 to promote the heritage and future of Sikhism. It is a non-profit and non-political charitable organization. Its objectives are to pass on the Sikh heritage to the growing Sikh diaspora in the West, particularly the youth; introduce the world to the ethics, mysticism, arts, literature and heroism of the Sikhs; contribute Sikh perspectives to issues of common human concern; advance Sikh culture by advancing the tradition of critical and creative thinking that gave birth to the faith; and to generate the highest quality resources for the study of Sikhism. In pursuit of these goals, the Sikh Foundation, with a gift from the estate of Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini, has endowed a Chair in Sikh Studies in UC Riverside's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

United States Golf Association
Made up of more than 9,100 private and public golf courses, clubs and facilities, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has served as the national governing body of golf since its formation in 1894. A non-profit organization run by golfers for the benefit of golfers, the Association sponsors programs that benefit everyone who plays the game. As part of this mission, the USGA funds research that leads to improved grasses and playing surfaces that require less water and maintenance and can better endure diseases and pests. These grasses and playing surfaces can be used in a wide variety of climates. The USGA is also the largest contributor to research on the impact of golf courses on the environment. At the University of California, Riverside, USGA research funding has gone to Entomology, Plant Pathology, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Operations and Botany and Plant Sciences.


USA Waste of California, Inc.
USA Waste of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., is its industry's leading provider of comprehensive waste management services. The company is strongly committed to the safe and responsible management of waste and the highest quality of service and embraces the opportunity to be a good corporate citizen through a vigorous and growing community relations program. USA Waste is involved in local community organizations, participates in numerous community activities and initiatives and contributes money and services to a broad variety of local events. USA Waste employees participate in volunteer efforts throughout their communities. As part of this commitment to the community, USA Waste has contributed to research in Conservation Biology and the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology.


Valero Energy Company
One of the top U.S. refining companies, the Valero Energy Company's refining network stretches from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Coast. Valero also has 4,800 miles of refined product and crude oil pipelines and approximately 4,600 retail sites in the United States and Canada. The company has long been recognized as a leader in the production of premium, environmentally clean products, such as reformulated gasoline, California Air Resources Board Phase II gasoline, and low-sulfur diesel and oxygenates. As part of this commitment to the environment, Valero has generously supported research at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology in UC Riverside's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.


Walnut Marketing Board
The first commercial plantings of walnuts in California began in 1867 when Joseph Sexton, an orchardist and nurseryman in the Santa Barbara County town of Goleta, planted English walnuts. The Walnut Marketing Board (WMB) was established in 1933 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the U.S. through publicity, product promotions and production research and education programs. Today, California walnuts account for 99 percent of the commercial U.S. supply and two-thirds of the world supply. Among the research programs the Board has supported at UC Riverside are studies in Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology and Nematology.


Whitehall Foundation, Inc.
The Whitehall Foundation is a non-profit corporation which, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation's policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The focus is on assisting basic research in vertebrate and invertebrate neurobiology in the United States, specifically research concerning neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal is to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. The Whitehall Foundation has generously supported research in Neuroscience at UC Riverside.


Peggy Fouke Wortz andJames M. Wortz
Longtime leaders in Riverside philanthropy and community service, Peggy Fouke Wortz and James M. Wortz have been valued friends of the University of California, Riverside for decades. Mrs. Wortz, a Trustee Emerita of the University of California, Riverside Foundation, was one of the Foundation's first trustees and is a recipient of the UC Riverside Founders Day Award and Chancellor's Medal. Mr. Wortz was a founding member of the Citizens University Committee. They have given generously to many programs on campus, including the UC Riverside/California Museum of Photography, the arts, University Extension, scholarships, and athletics. Most recently, they have provided both the funding and the impetus for the Botanic Gardens Gateway Project.


Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
Since 1958, Yamaha has striven to contribute to the quality of life of people of all ages through the constant pursuit of superior quality, performance and value in products and services that exceed the expectations of the customer. A manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, pleasure boats, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, golf carts, outboard motors and generators, the company believes that the pursuit of sports and leisure is one of the special joys that mankind can consider its own - to go faster, with intense exhilaration, greater security and comfort. Creating the opportunity for excitement and joyful, memorable experiences is what Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is all about. Yamaha has been generous in its support of research at UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.

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