News in Brief: First Latina Selected To be UC Chancellor

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Renowned astrophysicist France Córdova was selected as the new UC Riverside chancellor on Tuesday. She is the first Latina in the UC system to be appointed to the position.

France Córdova

Córdova will leave her current position of vice chancellor of research at UC Santa Barbara, and assume her new post July 1.

UC President Richard Atkinson said Córdova's history of leadership in higher education makes her an ideal choice.

"Her enthusiasm, intelligence, charisma and record of achievement will make her a superb chancellor for UC Riverside," Atkinson said as he announced her appointment.

Chosen from a nationwide field of more than 200 candidates, Córdova said at the meeting she was "just the happiest" to have been chosen.

Córdova graduated cum laude from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in English, and received her Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. She headed the department of astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University and served as chief scientist at NASA.

Helen Hwang

Bond to Secure Funds For Student Housing

California State Assemblymember Dion Aroner announced Thursday both the Senate and Assembly have approved a $2.4 billion housing bond.

If Gov. Gray Davis signs the bill, it will appear on the ballot in November.

If passed by voters, the bond will provide UC and CSU universities $15 million for low income student housing built within a one-mile radius of campuses.

Universities in need of the housing fund, however, will first have to secure outside sources to match the money dollar-for-dollar in order to receive any of it.

Aroner spokesperson Ian Barlow said he is confident the governor will sign the bill and send it to California voters, despite opposition to the housing bond from other Assembly members.

"Although $15 million isn't a tremendous amount, we hope that this bill will open doors to other building funds and maybe raise some eyebrows to the ongoing housing problem in expensive areas such as the ones that surround California universities," Barlow said.

If the amendment passes in November, it will be the first state housing bond measure which allocates funds solely for student housing.

Dayala Ghazal


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