Parasitic plants conspire to keep hosts alive
The plant that encourages kissing at Christmas is in fact a parasite, and new research reveals mistletoe has an unusual feeding strategy. When two mistletoes invade the same tree, they increase photosynthesis to get the nutrients they need, essentially sharing the tree and causing it less harm.
Experts weigh in on whether COVID-19 is here to stay
COVID-19 is far from beaten. Vaccines may not be the ultimate panacea to haul us out of the pandemic crisis. In the future, will outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, arrive in waves every winter? Might COVID-19 never go away? Experts at the University of California, Riverside, weigh in.
Moiré patterns facilitate discovery of novel insulating phases
UC Riverside-led study observed unexpected insulating phases by placing electrons on stacked monolayers of 2D semiconductors
Commuters are inhaling unacceptably high levels of carcinogens
New UC Riverside research shows the average commuter in California is breathing unsustainably high levels of benzene and formaldehyde, two Prop. 65-listed, carcinogenic chemicals.
Astronomers offer possible explanation for elusive dark-matter-free galaxies
UC Riverside-led study finds extreme tidal mass loss in dwarf galaxies formed in a simulation
On safari at UC Riverside
Wildlife experts explain why you won’t meet mountain lions in the Botanic Gardens
Researchers find peptide that treats, prevents killer citrus disease
New UC Riverside research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent infection.
Study finds childhood diet has lifelong impact
Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new UC Riverside study in mice suggests.
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Remembering Seymour VanGundy
Seymour Dean VanGundy passed away peacefully at home on December 27, 2020. He was born on February 24, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio. Known to family, friends, and colleagues as ‘Van’, he graduated from Monclova High School, Monclova, Ohio, in 1949...
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Statement from Dean Uhrich regarding attacks on U.S. Capitol
Dear CNAS Students, Faculty, and Staff, The recent events that unfolded at our nation’s capitol were heartbreaking. The very place where our legislators enact laws and policies to protect and govern the people was under attack. As UC President Michael...
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University Communications research writer sets all-time record for media news site
University Communications research writer Jules Bernstein has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s EurekAlert! news site for posting the most-viewed press release in its 25-year history. The milestone of 987,050 visits, announced by EurekAlert! on...
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CNAS Theme Drupal documentation, resources, and video tutorials
The CNAS sub-theme We have built the CNAS Theme documentation website in order to provide the UCR Drupal community with a CNAS sub-theme documentation that will show & explain things and offer resources and help in an intuitive way ("show...
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Master of Science in Business Analytics program to launch in Fall 2021
The UCR graduate program in Business Analytics is a rigorous STEM program jointly offered by the School of Business A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Statistics in the College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The...
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Get your Citrus Gifts winter gifts sets
Citrus Gifts are made with produce from the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, one of the world’s most diverse living collections of citrus species, and the beehives managed by UCR Entomology's Center for Integrated Bee Research (CIBER). All products were developed...
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Giving Tuesday -- Give to CNAS!
Dear CNAS Colleagues, Over the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us reflected on this year and all we are thankful for. I would like to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Every member of the CNAS community...
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In Memory of Theodore Joseph Barth
In Memoriam Theodore Joseph Barth, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Mathematics (May 30, 1939 - March 17, 2020) Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Theodore Joseph Barth, Jr., passed away on March 17, 2020. He was 80 years old. Born on May 30...
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CNAS in the Media
So, Turns Out That New-Car Smell We All Love Is a Carcinogenic
Esquire — We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but... you know that new-car smell you love? Well, apparently, it's not just an amazing plus that comes with buying new wheels. It's actually a bunch of toxic fumes...
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Stuck in traffic? Americans with longer commutes could be inhaling dangerously high levels of carcinogens, study says
USA TODAY — We You might be inhaling dangerous, cancer-causing carcinogens during your commute. That's according to a new study from the University of California, Riverside, which found that drivers who spend more than 20 minutes in their cars are...
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Giving Food Waste A New Life
FORBES — World renown chef Thomas Keller once said “Respect for food is a respect for life, for who we are and what we do.” However, currently 40% of the nation’s food goes uneaten — over 66 million tons a...
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Too much fat and sugar as a kid can have long-term health effects, study finds
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION — Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for years, even if you adopt a healthy lifestyle later, a new study on mice suggests. The study, by researchers at the University...
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Research Network to Take Comprehensive Look at Bee Health
AG NET WEST — A new research network will be taking a multifaceted look at ways to improve bee health. The project is being made possible through a $900,000 grant from the University of California’s Office of the President. Researchers...
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If You Squeeze the Coronavirus, Does It Shatter?
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Of all the pandemic questions bedeviling scientists, the one that Juan Perilla is asking might be among the strangest: If a shrunk-down hand were to squeeze the coronavirus, would it squish, or would it shatter...
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Why palm trees are dying in San Diego County
SAN DIEGO — Canary Island Palms are dying across San Diego County. Scientists said it's from a weevil infestation. "It's estimated that 10,000 palms have been killed by the South American palm weevil," said Mark Hoddle. Hoddle is with UC...
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Delicious and Disease-free: Scientists Attempting New Citrus Varieties
USDA — University of California Riverside (UCR) scientists are betting an ancient solution will solve citrus growers’ biggest problem by breeding new fruits with natural resistance to a deadly tree disease. The hybrid fruits will ideally share the best of...
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Neuroscientist joins council of the American Physiological Society
Margarita Currás-Collazo, an associate professor of neuroscience in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at UC Riverside, has been elected to the American Physiological Society Council. Her term will begin in April 2021.
UCR wins four CASE awards for marketing efforts
UC Riverside has received four awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, for its marketing work. CASE District VII presented the 2021 Awards of Excellence in a live online ceremony on Feb. 5. University Communications won two gold awards, one for its Brand Visual Identity Initiative and the other for the Beyond Brilliant Integrated Seasonal Promotion.
Grants will help transform online courses
A new initiative provides 19 UC Riverside faculty members with grant funding to transform their existing remote courses into more robust online learning experiences. The Office of the Provost, Undergraduate Education, and Exploration Center for Innovative Teaching & Engagement, or XCITE, announced in January the recipients of the first round of Remote Course Conversion grant funds, providing each participant $8,000.
Findings support relationship between thirdhand smoke exposure and fatty liver risk
Mouse study shows oxidative stress is a major cause of thirdhand smoke-induced liver disease
UC Riverside mycologist joins 2020 class of AAAS fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has elected UCR mycologist Jason Stajich to its 2020 class of fellows for his research into the evolution of fungi and other microorganisms.
UCR helps grow massive plant portal
UC Riverside’s herbarium is helping create an unprecedented resource for scientists studying how climate change is affecting California’s plants.
10 UCR researchers make 2020 ‘Highly Cited’ list
Ten researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have been included in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Clarivate Analytics, which was previously part of Thomson Reuters. The list includes the 6,167 most frequently cited researchers in the physical and social sciences, recognized as “researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field.” This influence was demonstrated through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.
Campus COVID-19 lab expands capacity
UC Riverside’s COVID-19 laboratory has added more space and staff as testing on campus continues to ramp up. About two months after opening, the diagnostic lab has increased its capacity as part of the campus’s regular coronavirus testing of students in residence halls. “We’re always trying to streamline and make the process faster,” said Kathy Borkovich, a professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology.
CNAS Alumni in Action: Bharat Rai
Name: Bharat Rai Undergraduate Major and Graduation Year: Biology, 2020 Graduate School: University of Southern California (USC) Masters of Science (M.S.) Translational Biotechnology Hometown: Camarillo, CA Website: pickupnpark.com Having recently graduated in 2020 with a B.S. degree in Biology, please...
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SCICOMM@UCR Student Spotlight: Stuart Schwab
Stinknet Invasion!: Understanding the impacts of invasive plants on recovering ecosystems Climate change and the impact of human activity are causing drastic and concerning losses in ecosystems across the world. Despite these worrying losses, restoration provides hope for mitigation of...
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CNAS Student Spotlight: Radhika Amin
Name: Radhika Amin Major: Second year Neuroscience major Hometown: Fremont, CA As a student, you lived on campus, you were involved in a variety of student groups, volunteered with a number of organizations, and conducted research. Please share some of...
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CNAS Student Spotlight: Samantha Morales-Torres
Name: Samantha Morales-Torres Major: 3rd Year Neuroscience Major Hometown: Riverside, CA Take us through your decision to attend UCR. As a first generation college student, what did attending a university mean to you and your family? After spending my freshman...
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CNAS Program Profile: MARC U STAR
PROGRAM: MARC U STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Ernest Martinez, Professor of Biochemistry WEBSITE: www.marcu.ucr.ed Tell us about the MARC U STAR program. How does the program help students...
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CNAS Student Spotlight: Caroline Hung
Name: Caroline Hung Degree: 2nd year Ph.D. student, Geochemistry in Earth and Planetary Sciences Hometown: Kenmore, WA Website How did you become interested in Earth and Planetary Sciences and please share with us why you chose UCR to pursue your...
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CNAS Student Spotlight: Colby Ostberg
Name: Colby M. Ostberg Program: Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (with a focus on Exoplanets and Venus) Hometown: Seaside, CA www.colbyostbergphd.com As a first generation college student, can you describe some of the obstacles you faced and how you overcame those...
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CNAS Student Spotlight: Jennifer Le
Name: Jennifer Le Major: Biochemistry Hometown: Westminster, CA Describe your research experience at UCR I would say my research experience at UCR has been unexpected, but incredible. When I came to UCR, I thought I wanted to go to medical...
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