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CNAS graduate students recognized with public policy awards

UC Riverside graduate students, Kavya Samudrala and William Ota, have each been named winners of the 2020 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award, which recognizes an outstanding proposal for new California state legislation from University of California graduate students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, or STEM, fields. The winners received a $1,000 research stipend...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA | Inside UCR |

Coronavirus testing for UCR students

The Office of Student Health Services at UC Riverside has a limited number of kits from Quest Diagnostics for COVID-19 testing and is currently using them for designated students who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. At this time, the office is not offering a drive-thru option, where a student remains in the...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA | Inside UCR |

UCR responds to broadening COVID-19 impacts

As COVID-19 coronavirus impacts broaden across the world, UC Riverside is pointing its campus community to a frequently updated website for the latest related news. The site, https://ehs.ucr.edu/coronavirus, includes updates and frequently asked questions. UCR Coronavirus updates On Saturday, March 14, Chancellor Kim Wilcox announced that the campus is closing, with only critical campus operations...
By UCR News |

New work has potential to accelerate development of nanotechnology

Nanoscale technology has greatly improved our daily lives with products such as computers, phones, and solar cells. To develop the next-generation nanotechnology, new classes of materials need to be explored. Two-dimensional “valley semiconductors,” such as monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2), have remarkable properties and novel applications. When these materials absorb light, some...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA | UCR News |

Rapidly changing flowering times imperil pollinators

Plants are not simply flowering earlier with climate change, as is often reported in the media. Instead, they are responding to the changing climate in more complex ways. The rates at which communities of plants are shifting their flowering times differ greatly in different locations, even when those locations are only a couple hundred meters...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR |

Major neutrino experiment yields new publications

Yanou Cui, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is a coauthor on two important research papers on boosted dark matter, a novel type of dark matter model. A member of a flagship next-generation neutrino experiment named the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, Cui is an expert on the interface between particle physics and...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

UCR ranks No. 3 in graduating Hispanic students in STEM majors

A National Science Foundation report found that UC Riverside ranks third in the nation when it comes to graduating the most Hispanic or Latino students in science and engineering fields. The data is included in a 2019 report called “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering”, which looks at the progress of...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Jason Stajich elected as Fellow into the American Academy of Microbiology

Washington, DC – In February, the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) elected 68 new Fellows to the Class of 2020. Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have...
By Joanna Urban | American Academy of Microbiology |

UCR student researcher Chris Cosma wins grant

UC Riverside’s Chris Cosma, a second-year doctoral student studying evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, has received a California Native Plant Society 2019-20 Education Grant. The grants are awarded to student researchers focused on California native plants. Cosma is researching moth-plant pollination at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, a UC Natural Reserve in the Colorado...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

"Cosmic Thursdays" — Astronomy Talk and Telescope Viewings

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 - 9 PM: Why are we building a next-generation 30-meter telescope? What are we hoping to detect? Have all your questions answered at our "Cosmic Thursdays" Astronomy Talk! This event is FREE (RSVP required) and open to the public. Refreshments and a limited number of free parking permits will also be...
By Xinnan Du | UCR Physics & Astronomy Department |

Ecologist Exequiel Ezcurra receives AAAS Science Diplomacy Award

Exequiel Ezcurra will receive the 2020 Award for Science Diplomacy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his leadership in bringing together research, education, outreach, and policy in service of environmental protection, particularly at the United States-Mexico border. Ezcurra, a professor of ecology in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

Givaudan brings its Virtual Taste Trek to Riverside

Imagine enjoying the sights and scents of a springtime stroll across the UC Riverside campus and through the Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection, except you’re sitting at a desk. Wearing virtual reality goggles. And inhaling artificial aromas carefully constructed to replicate the real thing. Givaudan, the flavor and scent company that donated $3.5 million to protect...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

MRB lauded as an outstanding Riverside building

UC Riverside’s Multidisciplinary Research Building received the top honor in the city of Riverside’s annual beautification awards recognizing outstanding buildings. The research facility, also referred to as MRB, was presented with the Award of Distinction at Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey’s State of the City address on Jan. 30. Campus Architect Jacqueline Norman received the award...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Researchers win state funding to improve STEM education

A team of researchers led by UC Riverside’s Kinnari Atit has won state funding for a project that will investigate strategies for improving online postsecondary education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The team’s project, “Supporting Student Learning About Molecular Structures From Simulations,” was chosen by the California Education Learning Lab...
By Tess Eyrich | Inside UCR |

Citrus Day didn’t hit a single sour note

The message at UC Riverside’s Citrus Day for the Industry event was clear: Huanglongbing poses an existential threat to California citrus growers but the defenses are holding and scientists will find better weapons. Over 200 people from the citrus industry and UC Riverside gathered on a windy January day to hear experts talk about the...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

6th Annual Riverside Insect Fair: April 25, 10 am - 4 pm

Get bugged out at the 6th Annual Riverside Insect Fair! The City of Riverside Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Division and the UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association will host the 6th Annual Riverside Insect Fair to give the community the opportunity to learn how insects impact our lives. With more...
By CNAS Communications |

NSF CAREER Award supports astronomer's quest to further understand the universe

Laura Sales first fell in love with astronomy when she was in middle school in Argentina, her country of birth. Today, she is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside and the recipient of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, one of the most coveted recognitions a...
By Eureka Alert | AAAS |

California Native Plant Society announces 2019-2020 Education Grant Recipients

[Christopher Cosma, graduate student in the UCR Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) department received a California Native Plant Society award for his work on linking plant-plant interactions with plant-pollinator interactions in California’s Colorado Desert.] Each year, CNPS awards education grants to student researchers focused on California native plants. We were amazed at the number...
By California Native Plant Society |

Top UK and US experts publish journal issue on climate resilience

In 2018, top scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom gathered in Washington, D.C. to talk about how climate change can affect terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems, often in interaction with other factors. Janet Franklin, a distinguished professor of botany and plant sciences at the University of California, Riverside co-organized the forum with...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

Avoid Improperly Mixing Chemicals in the Lab With This New App

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by telling users if it is unsafe to mix certain chemicals. The Centers for...
By Lab Manager |
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