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New method identifies adaptive mutations in complex evolving populations
UC Riverside study focused on how HIV mutates to escape the immune system
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Exercise motivation could be linked to certain smells, UC Riverside mouse study finds
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Grant enables first nationwide effort to save native bees
Though regional studies have tracked the decline of native bees, there hasn’t been a coordinated nationwide effort to monitor these pollinators — until now. UC Riverside entomologist Hollis Woodard and bee researchers at 11 other institutions are now gathering data that will help governments and land managers justify new protective regulations.
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Reducing aerosol pollution without cutting carbon dioxide could make the planet hotter
Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean’s ability to keep the planet cool, new UC Riverside research shows.
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Chemicals in your living room cause diabetes in mice
A new UC Riverside study shows flame retardants found in nearly every American home cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic.
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Too much hype, too soon?
The news arrived Monday that the world has been awaiting since spring: a vaccine has been developed that shows a high degree of efficacy in late-stage trials: 90%. That puts it in the company of effective vaccines such as for measles, and well beyond what the medical community hoped for in efficacy. Among UCR scientists, as everywhere, the news of the vaccine developed by the drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech was welcomed. 
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To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt
Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.
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Raising the bar through authentic research
Boil the water, add the ingredients, stir.  The instructions given in undergraduate science labs can feel a bit like making ramen noodles. “Lab courses that accompany many large science undergraduate lectures often adopt a cookbook-type approach, where students follow a series of instructions in a stepwise process without really understanding why they’re doing what they’re doing,” said Marsha Ing, an associate professor of educational psychology in the University of California, Riverside’s Graduate School of Education. 
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Peng Wei
Physicist joins NSF-funded team focused on accelerating quantum computing research
Peng Wei, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, is a co-principal investigator and theme lead on a grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator — a new model of innovation for the government, industry, and academia. 
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Bahram Mobasher
Riverside Unified School District honors astronomer for his contributions to K-12 STEM education
For his numerous contributions to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, Bahram Mobasher, a professor of physics and observational astronomy at UC Riverside, has been named a recipient of the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education Presidential Award for the year 2020.
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UCR among top global universities for plant and animal science in U.S. News list
UC Riverside has been ranked the No. 26 university in the world for plant and animal science by U.S. News and World Report in its 2020 Best Global Universities list. The rankings, released Oct. 19, focused on academic research and reputation in evaluating nearly 1,500 top institutions across 86 countries.
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UCR honors three graduates with 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction
Three UC Riverside graduates were presented with the 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction in an online ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17. Anthea Hartig M.A. ’89, Ph.D. ’01, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. Pedram Salimpour ’90, CEO and co-founder of Pierce Health Solutions, received the Alumni Service Award; and Fatima Farheen Mirza ’13, a best-selling novelist, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
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