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April 15, 2015

TortoiseCalling All Citizen Scientists!

Researchers in the Center for Conservation Biology are seeking volunteers for a project that aims to study the impact of climate change on plants and animal life in Joshua Tree National Park. The volunteers would help in conducting surveys of plants, birds and reptiles in the park and are being sought most immediately for Friday, April 17, and Friday, April 24.

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April 8, 2015

GrillInaugural Annual Insect Fair to be Held April 18

A diverse collection of insects will be on display at the inaugural Annual Riverside Insect Fair in downtown Riverside on Saturday, April 18. Organized mainly by the University of California, Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, the fair will take place on Mission Inn Avenue between Orange Street and Lemon Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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April 6, 2015

ColliderCNAS Physicists Celebrate Restart of Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Faculty, researchers and students from the CNAS Department of Physics and Astronomy are participating in the restart of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, as it begins a new generation of high-energy experiments following two years of upgrades and repairs+. UCR is a founding member of CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid), a large particle-capturing detector that was instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

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March 31, 2015

GrillScience Lecture Series Begins April 9

The Science of Food and Health is the theme of the CNAS Spring 2015 Science Lecture Series which kicks off April 9 with a lecture titled, “Feeding Botswana: From Field to Lab to Vaccine,” by UCR alumnus Larry Grill, dean of research and director of the Vaccine Research Center at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, Calif.

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April 16, 2015

Geobiology SymposiumGrad Students Organize 12th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, aspiring and professional scientists gathered at UCR to share research and interest in the integrative field of geobiology. The 12th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium, organized for and by graduate students, displayed current work within geology, geochemistry, biology, astrobiology, microbiology, oceanography, paleobiology, paleoecology and environmental sciences.

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April 16, 2015

CNAS Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

Connor Richards, a third-year physics major, has been awarded a Donald A. Strauss Scholarship for 2015-16. Richards will use the $10,000 award to create a new program called Support and Mentoring for Aspiring Scientists in High School (SMASH), which is designed to increase college enrollment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields among Riverside-area students. In order to do this, the SMASH program will expand the existing CERN Masterclass, an internationally recognized outreach program showcasing world-class physics research, and offer complementary, year-long tutoring and mentoring resources for the students. UCR’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, whose faculty and students are actively engaged in research at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, participates with other member institutions in offering the CERN Masterclass. Richards works on the LHC at CERN under the supervision of Professor of Physics Owen Long and is one of two students at UCR who assist with the Masterclass. The SMASH program will enlist the support of the College of Natural and Agricultural Science (CNAS) Science Ambassadors in working with the students, who are predominantly from underrepresented groups that do not typically pursue degrees or careers in STEM fields. Richards currently serves as vice president of the Science Ambassadors, an all-volunteer group of top-achieving students in CNAS. While at UCR, Richards has won numerous awards for academic achievement and in 2014 was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards given to university students in science in the U.S.

Ph.D. candidate in mathematics Matthew O’Dell has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship for the academic year 2015-2016. O’Dell, who works under the supervision of Professor of Mathematics Vyjayanthi Chari, will spend the next year working on this thesis at the University of Cologne with professors Deniz Kuz and Peter Littelmann. O’Dell earned his B.S. at the University of Idaho in 2008 and his M.S. at Boise State University in 2010. As a student in mathematics at UCR, O’Dell’s willingness to assist other graduate students and instructors, help with events and attend recruitment fairs was recognized with the department’s Vernon A. Kramer Memorial Service Award.

Biochemistry major Geoff Pronovost is one of only eight University of California students awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Working under the mentorship of Prof. Monica Carlson, professor and chair of biomedical sciences, Pronovost’s research focuses on a receptor in the brain that is classically identified with anti-inflammatory reactions. Since transferring to UCR from Riverside City College, Pronovost been named a Chancellor’s Research Fellow, University Honors student, and a UC LEADS student. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious awards given to university students in science in the U.S.

Undergraduate students Sahar Naghibi, Ingrid Liao, Dominic Martinez-Ta and William Coley have been awarded highly-competitive summer research fellowships by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The fellowships will provide each recipient a stipend of $4,000 for 10 weeks to work this summer in science and technology fields related to the semiconductor computer industry. It also includes an invitation to TechCon, a national conference that brings together industry representatives, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to share cutting edge research related to the semiconductor industry. All four students work with Professor of Chemistry Ludwig Bartels.

March 5, 2015

High School Students Graduate Students Coach Local High School Students for Regional Science Olympiad

A team of 23 CNAS graduate students are volunteering their time to coach grade 5-10 students at the Riverside STEM Academy as they prepare for the 2015 Inland Empire Science Olympiad, a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that covers biology, Earth sciences, chemistry, physics and technology.

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February 2, 2015

Heather Hulton VanTassel Graduate Student Receives Switzer Environmental Fellowship

Heather Hulton VanTassel, a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Kurt Anderson, has achieved the high honor of being selected as a 2014 Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The foundation invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change. VanTassel studies how species respond to environmental disturbances, such as fire and non-native grass species.

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