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CNAS Happy Holiday message 2022 with bell tower in background

Happy Holidays from CNAS Dean Kathryn Uhrich

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The holidays are always a special time for me, a time to relax, recharge, rejuvenate, and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year and an opportunity to look forward to what 2023 will bring. There are many areas across CNAS...
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Alumnus’ Startup Detects Potential Traumatic Brain Injuries Using Only Cameras

Sometimes the path towards a career – in this particular case, a profession that directly benefits the health trajectory of people suffering from a severe injury – can come from the unlikeliest of places. For UCR alumnus Arash Adami ’07, Ph.D. ’13, his founding of Alpha Fiber, a HealthTech startup, parallels his own intense interest...
The U.S. Department of Defense Visits UCR and CNAS

Taking the Pentagon to the People

The U.S. Department of Defense Visits UCR and Tours CNAS.
Dr. Kathryn Uhrich, CNAS Dean, with Athena

CNAS Dean's Welcome 2022-2023

It’s that time of the year when the energy and excitement across campus is undeniable. Campus is bustling with activity, buildings are filled with friendly faces, and lecture halls are packed with eager students ready to learn. In her message to the CNAS community, Dean Kathryn Uhrich welcomed 7,305 students, with 6,519 undergraduate and 786...

CNAS Remote Work Guidance

As we begin the Fall 2022 quarter and dive into the 2022-2023 academic year, we are entering an exciting time as CNAS students and faculty return to campus. We expect to re-engage with a fully in-person campus presence and begin to resume pre-pandemic campus life in support of our teaching & research missions. That is...
CNAS Welcomes New Faculty 2022

CNAS Welcomes New Faculty to the 2022 Academic Year

This fall, the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside welcomes seven new faculty members to CNAS. This new cohort of faculty brings an infusion of energy, experiences, and expertise in the fields of chemistry, mathematics, physics and astronomy, and statistics. We celebrate each new faculty member and look forward to the impact...
Kimberly Lau of Penn State and Timothy Lyons of UC Riverside

Astrobiologists among Highest 2022 GSA Honors, Timothy Lyons named the Arthur L. Day Medalist

NASA - The 2022 Geological Society of America Medal & Award Winners have been announced and astrobiologists supported by the NASA Astrobiology Program have been named as two of the three GSA Gold Medalists. Timothy Lyons of the University of California Riverside (UCR) has been named the Arthur L. Day Medalist, while Kimberly Lau of...
By Aaron Gronstal | NASA |
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Robert Krueger named Research Leader of the USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus & Dates

Robert Krueger of the USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus & Dates (NCGRCD) located at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), has been named Research Leader (Director), effective June 5, 2022. Prior to his appointment as Research Leader, Dr. Krueger served as a horticulturist and curator for the national collections of citrus and date...

Stefano Vidussi named Divisional Dean of Physical Sciences and Mathematics

The College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside has named Professor of Mathematics, Stefano Vidussi, Divisional Dean of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Vidussi succeeds Jose Wudka. During Dr. Vidussi’s three-year appointment as Divisional Dean, he will oversee five departments: Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics...
CNAS Awards 2022

CNAS Awards 2022

Each year, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences honors students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and accomplishments throughout their time at UCR. Below are the descriptions of each award and the award winners. Congratulations to our students! Rosemary S.J. Schraer Award In honor of Rosemary S.J. Schraer, who served as UCR Chancellor from 1987-1992...
Christopher Clark

Four UCR faculty become elite Fulbright scholars

The Fulbright Program has chosen four UC Riverside faculty members to receive Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowships, including Christopher Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR |

In Memory of Frank Vasek, the First Director of the UCR Botanic Gardens

The first director of the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens, Frank C. Vasek, passed away in Davis, California on January 11, 2022, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine, daughters Cheri Vasek and Cindy Engel, son-in-law Tom Engel, and grandchildren Clara and Katie Engel. Frank was...
By Cheri Vasek, Cindy Engel, and Maxine Vasek |
Manuela Martins-Green and Adler Dillman

Two professors receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

INSIDE UCR - Cell biologist Manuela Martins-Green and parasitologist Adler Dillman are this year’s recipients of UC Riverside’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. The award is presented every spring to faculty members with a distinguished record of fostering undergraduate research or creative activity. The selection is ratified by the Academic...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |
Marilyn Fogel

Remembering ‘isotope queen’ Marilyn Fogel, pioneering scientist, beloved mentor

Marilyn Fogel, endowed geoecology professor at UC Riverside, died on May 11 at her home in Mariposa, Calif. She was 69. She pioneered the use of different forms of the same chemical element, called isotopes, to understand the life history of organisms, both modern and ancient. In so doing, she helped develop biogeochemistry as a...
By Jules Bernstein | UCR News |
Late UCR professor honored through endowed award

Late UCR professor honored through endowed award

Tom Morton, a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, died March 3, 2020. He is remembered as a global citizen and scientist who embraced foreign languages and cultures, demonstrated a cross-disciplinary passion for scientific research, and who showed concern for the environment. Created by his wife, Kathryn, and adult children Julia...
By Sarah Nightingale | UCR News |
Christopher T. Cosma

Christopher T. Cosma, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Riverside, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology was awarded the Forest Shreve Research Award

ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA - Forest Shreve Research Award: Christopher T. Cosma, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Riverside, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Forest Shreve was an internationally known American botanist devoted to the study of the distribution of vegetation as determined by soil and climate conditions, with a focus on desert vegetation...
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In memory of chemistry professor, Dr. Ted Kuwana

Donate to the Kuwana-Sawyer Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry Dr. Ted Kuwana, 90, of Seattle, WA, died at University of Washington Northwest Hospital after several weeks of pneumonia. He was the founding father of a new field in chemistry called spectroelectrochemistry, which was created by combining two well-known analytical techniques of electrochemistry and spectroscopy. He...
2022 Field Science Fellow

2022 Field Science Fellows

By Kathleen Wong, UC Natural Reserve System When wildfires rage, fire retardants can slow or stop the spread of flames. These chemical mixes are often sprayed over large swaths of land, coating entire hillsides in stripes of yellow or red. In recent years, millions of gallons of fire retardants have been dropped in a single...
By Kathleen Wong |
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You never forget the moment when your path in life becomes clear. For Erin Wilson-Rankin, that moment came in an undergraduate classroom at Georgetown University when she learned about a caterpillar that evades predators by flinging its poop. “It was actually my professor, Martha Weiss, talking about her own research into the silver-spotted skipper butterfly...
By Jules Bernstein | UCR Magazine |
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Remembering Professor Emeritus of Nematology Reinhold Mankau

Reinhold Mankau passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021, in Riverside, California. Known by his family, friends, and colleagues as Ron, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Riverside for 33 years. He belonged to the first generation of scientists that gave the UCR Department of Nematology its stellar worldwide reputation. Ron...
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