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UCR biologist receives Humboldt Research Award

David Reznick, a distinguished professor of biology at UC Riverside, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. The foundation recognizes top scientists and scholars from around the world at different stages in their careers. Award winners are invited to conduct research of their choice in Germany in...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Probing boosted dark matter

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory joined with its international partners to break ground on a new beamline that will help scientists learn more about ghostly particles called neutrinos. The beamline is part of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility which will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment , or DUNE, an...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

A letter from CNAS Dean Kathryn Uhrich

Dear CNAS Faculty and Staff, Over the weekend, I had a chance to reflect on how grateful I am to be surrounded by colleagues who are so dedicated in supporting the academic success of our students and the innovative research led by our faculty. There is so much to be thankful for: UC Riverside was...
By Dean Kathryn Uhrich |

UC Riverside scientist Isgouhi Kaloshian joins 2019 class of AAAS fellows

In recognition of her pioneering work on plants’ immunity to pests, Isgouhi Kaloshian , chair of the Department of Nematology, has been elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science , or AAAS. Kaloshian’s work focuses on plants’ innate ability to protect themselves from two types of pests: nematodes, which...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR |

Walk and Talk with Dr. Norman Ellstrand on Dec. 5, 12:15pm

There are 195 bird species that have been recorded on the UCR campus, making it one of the best campuses for birding in the country. Distinguished Professor of Genetics Norman Ellstrand has been enjoying those birds since his arrival at UCR in 1979 and has been a leader of UCR Botanic Gardens Bird Walks for...
By CNAS Communications |

Make a difference and give to CNAS on Giving Tuesday 2019

Consider donating to the College on December 3: Giving Tuesday is an International Day of Giving that celebrates organizations who transform their communities and the world around us. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, consider making a donation to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences which supports world-renowned scholars pursuing research that deepens our...
By CNAS Communications |

Scientists pack like sardines for Santa Ana River Symposium

Though there are no sardines in the Santa Ana River, there were more than 150 scientists who gathered for the 2nd annual symposium on native species in that important local waterway at UCR on Oct. 22. The endangered Santa Ana Sucker fish. The river provides roughly 75% of San Bernardino Valley’s water supply, so maintaining...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR |

Welcome New CNAS Faculty

A warm welcome to our new CNAS Faculty! Polly Campbell , assistant professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolution at Boston University. She is an evolutionary biologist whose areas of interest include the process of speciation, sex chromosome evolution, and the genetic and epigenetic basis...
By CNAS Communications |

Chancellor honors promoted faculty members

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox honored over 50 faculty members for their promotions at a ceremony Oct. 7 at the Chancellor’s Residence. Here are the honorees in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences: Emma L. Aronson | Microbiology and Plant Pathology | Promotion to Associate Professor (Tenure) George D. Becker | Physics and...
By CNAS Communications |

Riverside hosts influential invasive plant conference for the first time

Riverside recently hosted the California Invasive Plant Council symposium for the first time in the history of the decades-old gathering. “Having the symposium here underscores UC Riverside’s long-standing and growing importance to the field of land management and invasive plant species research,” said event committee member Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at UCR’s Palm Desert...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Tackling diseases by studying genome organization

Wenxiu Ma , an assistant professor of statistics, has received a five-year grant of about $1.8 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, or NIGMS, for a project titled, “Computational modeling of spatial genome organization and gene regulation.” The 3D organization of the genome plays an essential role in genome stability, gene regulation,...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR | | Featured

CNAS Scholarships 2019-2020

The CNAS Scholarship Management System is accepting applications October 1 - October 31, 2019. Who can apply? Current undergraduate and current graduate students in the UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences. How to start? Click Apply here or follow the direct link to ucr.academicworks.com What do you need to get started? Your UCR Net...
By Ilse Ungeheuer | | Featured

New lab is California’s best defense against deadly citrus disease

California citrus growers and the University of California, Riverside have joined forces to open a research lab to defeat a disease that has decimated citrus crops in Florida and China. The disease, Huanglongbing, or HLB, is caused by bacteria spread by a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. HLB prevents fruit from ripening properly,...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

Pumpkins, trunk-o-treat, and family fun at UC Riverside

To celebrate fall’s arrival, UC Riverside’s community garden , known as R’Garden, is hosting an inaugural Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on October 26, 2019. Community members will enjoy an afternoon of cooking demonstrations, a trunk-or-treat, music, and activities for children led by UCR organizations, including the entomology and chemistry clubs. R'Kids, the campus' student-parent...
By Sandra Baltazar Martinez | Inside UCR | | Featured

Recovery from dinosaur-killing asteroid has message for present

New research finds that it is not how many species you have, it is what they ‘do’ in an ecosystem that matters. The international research team, led by UC Riverside geology professor Andy Ridgwell , looked at the evolutionary recovery of marine plankton after the dinosaur-exterminating asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. The team...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Emerbee’s, UCR’s newest café, opens for business

Emerbee’s, a 600-square-foot café near the center of campus, will be open with fulltime hours Sept. 23 following a soft opening earlier this month and in June. A grand opening celebration is planned for Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. The name is a play on the neighboring Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, which was completed...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR | | Featured

New UCR geology course earns national recognition

The Geological Society of America , or GSA, recognizes the academic excellence of only one university in the country each year, and this year, that honor goes to UC Riverside. Students from UCR’s inaugural 2016 geology field course exploring a volcanic fissure in eastern California. (Nic Barth/UCR) The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award is given...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Cooperative Extension’s value to California agriculture

California agriculture is a booming industry. The state is the largest agricultural producer in the nation, growing an annual bounty of more than 400 commodities — nearly half the nation’s fruits and vegetables among them — the sales value of which totaled nearly $50 billion in 2014. As part of the University of California Cooperative...
By Tess Eyrich | Inside UCR | | Featured

Changes afoot at UCR’s garden oasis

UCR Botanic Gardens sees improvements For decades, the UCR Botanic Gardens have served as a quiet getaway tucked in a corner of campus where one can explore and enjoy nature. The 40-acre living plant museum still stands as an oasis from the bustle of campus, but some changes have been implemented in the past three...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR | | Featured

Data-driven discovery of one-dimensional materials

Balandin and Bartels receive $1.12 million grant to discover new van der Waals materials Alexander Balandin , a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Riverside and Ludwig Bartels , a professor of chemistry, have received a $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct data-driven discovery, synthesis, and characterization...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR | | Featured
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