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July 27, 2015

PannelsCNAS Researchers Discover Way to Boost Solar Power by Using Infrared Spectrum

Department of Chemistry professors Christopher Bardeen and Ming Lee Tang have discovered a way to upconvert infrared photons from the sun, enabling them to be utilized by photovoltaic solar panels in a process that can boost efficiency by up to 30 percent.

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July 22, 2015

Soybean Oil FructoseStudy Shows Soybean Oil Is Greater Factor in Obesity and Diabetes Than Fructose

A study by Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience Frances M. Sladek and Assistant Project Scientist Poonamjot Deol shows that soybean oil, which has grown to account for 60 percent of the edible oil consumed in the United States, has a stronger impact on the development of obesity and diabetes than fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda. The increase in soybean oil consumption jn recent decades mirrors the rise in obesity rates in the United States.

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July 22, 2015

Global Food IntiativeGMOs: All Facts, No Fiction

Faculty from CNAS and UC Davis will be part of a discussion, “GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction,” on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, from 6–7:30 p.m. at the UCR Extension Center. Moderating the discussion will be Greg Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C. The event is free, open the the public and hosted by the Global Food Initiative at UCR.

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June 26, 2015

GullsWhy Are Seabirds Abandoning Their Ancestral Nesting Grounds in Gulf of California?

Professor of Botany and Plant Sciences and Director of the UC MEXUS program Exequiel Ezcurra is co-author of a new study describing why seabirds are abandoning their ancestral nesting grounds on Isla Rasa in the Gulf of California without nesting. Warming oceanographic conditions and fishing pressure are driving them away.

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July 9, 2015

RapicavoliGraduate Student, Jeanette Rapicavoli Publishes Article About Plants Improving Immune Systems to Fight Off Pathogens

Jeanette Rapicavoli, a Ph.d. student and winner of UCR's GradSlam competition, published an article about helping plants to fight off pathogens by improving their immune systems. Just as humans have received vaccines to treat human diseases, "defense priming" will also be used on plants to improve their immune system. By doing this, Rapicavoli says we can save California more than $100 million in saving crops. Her research focuses primarily on the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which damages the grape and wine industries.

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July 6, 2015

KeplerEarth Sciences Grad Students Contribute to NASA’s Search for Life in the Universe

Six graduate students from the Department of Earth Sciences were among more than 700 researchers reporting on NASA’s ongoing exploration of life in the universe at the biennial Astrobiology Science Conference held at the Chicago Hilton in June 2015. “Habitability, Habitable Worlds, and Life,” was the theme of the weeklong, international gathering, known as AbSciCon 2015. The students are part of the newly funded NASA project “Alternative Earths” led by their advisor, Professor Timothy Lyons.

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July 1, 2015

WenzelGrad Student Kevin Welzel Serves as Expert at Ant-Man Premiere

Entomology graduate student Kevin Welzel was standing among Hollywood stars Monday, June 29, at the red carpet premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Welzel, invited by Walt Disney Studios, stood alongside a giant formicarium – or ant house – to answer questions red carpet attendees had about ants. The 27-year-old Fontana native is a big Marvel fan.

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June 24, 2015

Joshua OlivaUndergraduate Discovers New Firefly Species

The Entomology Research Museum at the CNAS announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester’s insect collection. Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist, said the student, Joshua Oliva, obtained one specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, Calif.

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