CNAS Science News

UCR seismologist Abhijit Ghosh in Nepal
The thrust of the problem
A new understanding of a fault that caused a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake can help scientists better predict where and when the next big one will hit.
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Scientists crack structure of a novel enzyme linked to cell growth and cancer
UC Riverside-led study could lead to the development of drugs that target liver and other cancers
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The most spectacular celestial vision you’ll never see
Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in the same solar system – or life on that planet. What’s more, the view from that Earth-like planet as its giant neighbor moves past would be unlike anything it is possible to view in our own night skies on Earth, according to new research led by Stephen Kane, associate professor of planetary astrophysics at UC Riverside. 
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New research finding gives valleytronics a boost
UC Riverside-led team overcomes a stumbling block in this relatively new technology
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OP treated plant
Game changer: New chemical keeps plants plump
A UC Riverside-led team has created a chemical to help plants hold onto water, which could stem the tide of massive annual crop losses from drought and help farmers grow food despite a changing climate.  “Drought is the No. 1 cause, closely tied with flooding, of annual crop failures worldwide,” said Sean Cutler, a plant cell biology professor at UC Riverside, who led the research. “This chemical is an exciting new tool that could help farmers better manage crop performance when water levels are low.”
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Physicist Igor Barsukov is an assistant professor at UC Riverside.
Small magnets reveal big secrets
Work by international research team could have wide-ranging impact on information technology applications
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Scientists unpack how taste neurons control food intake
UC Riverside-led research on fruit fly could lead to better understanding of how taste information is coded in the brain
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Cellular vision of a rice root - the green globes are nuclei
UC Riverside helps secure the future of food
If you’re eating fruits, nuts, grains, or vegetables in a few years, you’ll likely owe a debt of gratitude to UC Riverside. The university has created a program to transition today’s undergraduates into professional scientists solving tomorrow’s farming challenges. The program, called Plants-3D, will train students to discover, design, and deploy biology and engineering solutions to the projected problem of massive-scale food insecurity due to climate change. 
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Santa Ana River (c) Christine French
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…


Welcome New CNAS Faculty
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…


Faculty Advancement 2019
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 (…


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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…


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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…


CNAS Student Science Slam 2019 news header
CNAS Student Science Slam 2019
  The College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences is hosting an alumni reception for Homecoming and we are inviting proposals for a CNAS Student Science Slam competition! This is a wonderful opportunity for CNAS undergraduate and graduate students to present their research / passion to a diverse audience of CNAS alumni,…


CNAS Scholarships 2019-2020 news
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 What do you…


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…


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