Happy New Year from CNAS


Dear CNAS Community,

The stories shared in this newsletter reflect some of the amazing achievements that the CNAS community accomplished in 2019. Having our faculty ranked among the world's most influential scholars is a testament to our commitment to research and our students. Honors from the White House highlights our faculty and campus on the national stage.  While the work that our Science Ambassadors do in the community is helping to impact the lives of our local youth. CNAS is literally changing the world around us at every level. Join me in celebrating all of the accomplishments that UCR and CNAS have achieved in 2019.  

With that in mind, imagine what we will accomplish in 2020!

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll announce advances in research and published work by our faculty, as well as the major gifts and grants that support their research.

The completion of the Plant Growth Environments Facility is expected to be completed in Fall 2020. The addition of the Citrus Under Protection Structure (CUPS) to existing campus research facilities will protect our vital Citrus Variety Collection (CVC). New instructional facilities will include wet labs in Pierce Hall, and two new bays in the Materials Science & Engineering Cleanroom will support more research.

The community will gather and explore the progression of technology in the sciences at the “Big Data” Science Lecture Series in April.

Being able to work alongside each of our CNAS community members is especially exciting for the future of CNAS. Whether you are alumni, faculty, students, staff, parents, or friends of the College, you play a major role in shaping our rising success. Everything we achieved in 2019 would not have been possible without you, and I am eager to build on that success in 2020.

As the year comes to a close, I hope that all of you are enjoying and celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones. After a busy year, this is our time to rest, rejuvenate, and recharge ourselves for a promising new year.

Wishing you all a Happy & Fruitful New Year!

Kathryn Uhrich
Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences





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