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Research reveals ancient Maya lessons on surviving drought
A new UC Riverside study casts doubt on drought as the driver of ancient Mayan civilization collapse. 
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Scientists breeding citrus tolerant of deadly disease
A $1.5 million emergency grant is enabling UC Riverside scientists to find plants impervious to a disease threatening America’s citrus fruit supply. 
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Deadliest period in Earth’s history was also the stinkiest
Tiny microbes belching toxic gas helped cause — and prolong — the biggest mass extinction in Earth’s history, a new UC Riverside-led study suggests.
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How diet influences taste sensitivity and preference
What you eat influences your taste for what you might want to eat next. So claims a University of California, Riverside, study performed on fruit flies. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, offers a better understanding of neurophysiological plasticity of the taste system in flies.
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Queen’s genes determine sex of entire ant colonies
UC Riverside researchers have discovered the genetic basis for a quirk of the animal kingdom — how ant queens produce broods that are entirely male or female.
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Keto diet may not work for women
Scientists from UC Riverside are studying how the popular keto and intermittent fasting diets work on a molecular level, and whether both sexes benefit from them equally.
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Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
A floating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.
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O my, here’s Omicron
UC Riverside experts share their thoughts on the new COVID-19 variant
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Umar Mohideen
Physicist’s experiment makes ‘standard literature’
UC Riverside physicist Umar Mohideen has achieved what few physicists have in their careers: his research has made the “standard literature,” meaning it has become part of the key experiments of physics. “Since it is in textbooks, the experiment is part of the established key experiments,” said Mohideen, a distinguished professor of physics. “It also means the experiment is clear for graduate students to understand.”
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Infectious disease expert recognized for innovation and leadership
For her research excellence and science leadership, Karine Le Roch, the director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vector Biology and a professor of molecular, cell and systems biology at UC Riverside, has been awarded the 2021 IIGB Natasha V. Raikhel Award in Research Innovation and Science Leadership.
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A look back at 2021 on campus
UC Riverside began the return to normalcy in 2021 as the campus returned to mostly in-person instruction. Students were happy to see their friends again, families celebrated commencement, and instructors continued to be recognized for their achievements. Stan Lim, UCR photography manager, shares his favorite images from the past year and the stories behind the photos below: Living the Promise
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UCR plan anticipates next phase of campus growth
UC Riverside has completed its 2021 Long Range Development Plan, or 2021 LRDP, a guiding document that will set the stage for the campus to grow student enrollment to 35,000 by 2035. The plan, which was approved by the UC Regents on Nov. 18, also anticipates adding 5.5 million gross square feet in instructional and residential space to support the growth. Campus enrollment as of fall 2021 is 26,800.
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Grant to physicists will help design nuclear physics detector with artificial intelligence
UC Riverside is the lead institution of a grant from the Department of Energy, or DOE, to use machine learning techniques to optimize the design of the ATHENA detector, one of the proposed experiments for the future Electron-Ion Collider, or EIC. The research team, which includes members from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was awarded a total of $980,000.
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UCR alumna and grad student awarded $40,700 grant to fund campus composting
Vanessa Gomez-Alvarado, alumna and public policy graduate student, secured a $40,700 grant in October 2020 to purchase a woodchipper and build the university’s first Aerated Static Pile, or ASP, to reduce green waste and carbon emissions, and fertilize green spaces on campus. Her Aerated Static Pile Compost Project, or ASPCP, gives a nod to UCR’s agricultural roots and helps the university advance the UC’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025.
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John Heraty
National society honors entomology professor
Insect-studying colleagues applaud John Heraty for his leadership
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UCR scientists make 2021 'Highly Cited' list
This year, UC Riverside is home to eight of influential individuals included in Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researchers list.
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