New method identifies adaptive mutations in complex evolving populations
UC Riverside study focused on how HIV mutates to escape the immune system
Sniffing your way to the gym
Exercise motivation could be linked to certain smells, UC Riverside mouse study finds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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In Memory of William E. Walton
In Memoriam William E. Walton Professor of Entomology (September 1, 1956 - October 18, 2020) The Department of Entomology, the University of California, and the field of vector ecology have lost one of their most dedicated, productive, and beloved scientists...
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CUSP Mentors needed
CUSP: Career Mentoring of Underrepresented STEM Students for the Professoriate The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is launching CUSP: Career Mentoring of Underrepresented STEM Students for the Professoriate, a pilot project funded by the UC-HSI Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI...
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UC Riverside named to Top 50 Green Colleges list
UC Riverside was recently named among the Top 50 Green Colleges by the Princeton Review; ranking No. 16 among public universities and No. 48 overall in the nation. The Top 50 list is chosen from school-reported data and student opinions...
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CUSP: Accepting Scholar applications October 15 - November 15
CUSP: Career Mentoring of Underrepresented STEM Students for the Professoriate The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside is launching CUSP, a pilot project funded by the UC-HSI Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) to provide mentoring and career...
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UC Riverside launches Data Science major
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has launched a new Data Science major, an intercollegiate partnership between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the Department of Statistics...
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Dr. Pedram Salimpour ’90 receives 2020 UCR Alumni Service Award
The UCR Alumni Service Award honors superior service in the public sector or a sustained pattern of volunteer service in the community, arts, or for the benefit of UCR that has positively represented the university and fellow citizens. Dr. Pedram...
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Need motivation to exercise? Olfaction is a primal motivator
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY -- Olfaction may play an important role in the motivation to seek voluntary exercise, according to a new study. The University of California, Riverside (UCR) researchers speculate that "individual differences of exercise habit may be accounted for by...
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How algae survived a mass extinction
SCIENCE FRIDAY -- Sixty-six million years ago when an asteroid slammed into what is now the Yucatan peninsula, it set off a period of near global darkness for almost two years. Scientists think a majority of land species went extinct...
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Wildfires spark burn recovery study at 9 UC Natural Reserves
August wildfires incinerated tens of thousands of acres across seven UC Natural Reserves and affected parkland adjacent to two more reserves. This fall, the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) will deploy rapid response teams to characterize the extent and intensity...
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Q & A with Dr. Xuemei Chen
SCIENCE DIRECT -- Xuemei Chen grew up in the northeastern city of Harbin in China and received her BS degree in Biology from Peking University in Beijing. She came to the USA in 1989 to pursue her PhD at Cornell...
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Algae survived the post-dinosaur-killing asteroid darkness by eating other creatures
IFL SCIENCE -- One of the most extraordinary things about the impact of an asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago is not what died, but what survived. A new study found that one order of marine algae made...
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Termites can’t hide from heat and essential oils, finds UCCE study
UC ANR -- Termites can eat you out of house and home by chewing through wood and weakening the structure. The results of a new termite study led by entomologists at UC Riverside may enable homeowners to rid their homes...
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Taking a look at the risk of landslides in wildfire burn zones
KTVU -- University of California Riverside environmental sciences doctoral student James Guilinger joins Mornings on 2 to talk about his research into landslides and the increased risk in burn zones. James talks about the possible dramatic problems a small amount...
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How much Matter Is in the Universe? Scientists finally find the number
POPULAR MECHANICS -- Scientists say they’ve calculated an answer to one of the thorniest questions in all of cosmology and physics: how much matter is in the universe? To find the best answer, the University of California, Riverside researchers combined...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://sites.google.com/ucr.edu/carolinehung How did you become interested in Earth and Planetary Sciences and please share with us why you chose UCR to pursue...
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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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Science Ambassador Spotlight: Saba Shaikh
Name: Saba Shaikh Major: Biology 2019-2020: 2nd Year Student "UCR is an amazing college that provides a lot of resources to its students - take advantage of them! Join clubs that you find interesting, work in a lab, and never...
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Science Ambassador Spotlight: Hazel Anne Salvador
Name: Hazel Anne Salvador Major: Biology 2019-2020: 4th year student "UC Riverside truly cares about giving their students all the opportunities to reach their dreams. Take advantage of the opportunities UCR has from the summer research programs to the free...
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Science Ambassador Spotlight: Sophia Rogers
Name: Sophia Rogers Major: Biology 2019-2020: 3rd Year Student Why did you choose to pursue a degree in the sciences? I decided to pursue a degree in science because I was exposed to the world of science at a young...
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Science Ambassador Spotlight: Merett Saad
Name: Merett Saad Major: Biochemistry 2019-2020: 4th Year Student What is your favorite color? Spruce green- it’s very calming to the eye saturated brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color. A great...
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