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Sow good: UC Riverside Botanic Gardens turn 60
This week, UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens celebrates a major milestone — its 60th anniversary.
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Electron flow
Electrons take flight at the nanoscale
Visualizing electron flow motivates new devices inspired by airplane wings
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Man in hazmat suit fighting COVID
Scientists uncover COVID’s weakness
New UC Riverside research has revealed COVID’s Achilles heel — its dependence on key human proteins for its replication — which can be used to prevent the virus from making people sick. 
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Are we right to be frightened of brain worms?
Has the news about an Australian woman with a living, wriggling roundworm in her brain got you spooked?  After experiencing abdominal pain and night sweats that developed into forgetfulness and depression, the 64-year-old woman was sent to a hospital. An MRI scan did reveal something unusual in her brain, but the roundworm was not discovered until the surgeon peered into her skull. 
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Yucaipa wildfire
Native nations and UC scientists join together in climate fight
Indigenous land-management strategies have been largely missing from modern attempts to combat the effects of worsening climate change in California. A new $7 million grant aims to change that.
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Plasmodium falciparum
New approach to fighting malaria
UC Riverside-led study zeroes in on special RNA molecules in the human malaria parasite
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MacREU participants in lab
Microchip manufacturing fellowship’s decade of success
To some Inland Empire undergraduates, getting paid to learn microchip manufacturing, resume writing, and professional networking sounds like a dream. This year, UC Riverside is celebrating a decade of making this dream a reality.
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A report from the groves:
Mary Lu Arpaia and Eric Focht have bred avocado trees in association with the University of California, Riverside, for decades. In the video below, they describe their quest for a better avocado that resulted in the release this year of the Luna UCR™,  a new variety that is the great-grandchild of the Hass. Speaking from experimental UC groves in Irvine, Arpaia and Focht describe the benefits of the Luna and the challenges of creating this new fruit of their labor.
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UCR joins new regenerative medicine consortium
Consortium will work on accelerating novel regenerative medicine therapies
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Timothy Lyons, distinguished professor of biogeochemistry, is now even more distinguished as this year’s winner of The Geological Society of America’s prestigious Arthur L. Day medal.
UCR biogeochemist to use Yale fellowship to study the Salton Sea
Lyons to research growing global issue of shrinking lakes
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Physics students win prizes at international conference
Sean Preins and Peter Carney won two of only three awards given at the 2023 Electron-Ion Collider User Group meeting
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Mauna Kea
Astronomy grant will strengthen ties between UC Riverside and University of Hawaii
NSF funding will support education and training of students at both institutions
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Cosmic Explorer
UCR is key player in conceptual design of next-generation gravitational wave observatory
Ten times larger than LIGO, Cosmic Explorer will push gravitational-wave astronomy to the edge of the observable universe
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Grant to postdoc will increase understanding of how e-cigarettes affect human health
Findings aim to inform regulatory policies at the state and national levels
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NSF grant allows purchase of instrument for measuring magnetic properties
Students and postdoctoral researchers at UC Riverside will be trained to use the magnetometer
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NSF CAREER Award winners
Eight UCR professors receive NSF CAREER Awards
Eight UC Riverside faculty members have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards to support research in areas ranging from sustainability to mental health outcomes of young Latinas. The awards support early career faculty who demonstrate the potential to serve as academic role models and advance their organization’s mission. Research conducted with these funds is intended to form the foundation for a lifetime of leadership, integrating education, and research. 
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