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Kerry Knudson
World-Famous Lichen Expert Volunteers at UCR's Herbarium
Charles Darwin was an amateur. Like most of the people practicing science at the time, Darwin had no official position, no job, no doctorate, and no government grants. He did his work on his own time, funded by his private income. It would seem impossible for such an amateur to exist today, or to make the kind of world-…


Julia Bailey Serres (c) UCR
UC Riverside Research Reaps Benefits for Rice Farmers Worldwide
In 2006, geneticists at the University of California, Riverside made a discovery that helped develop flood-tolerant rice, benefiting rice farmers in flood-prone countries.  The lab of Julia Bailey-Serres, a professor of genetics, was involved in the identification of SUB1A, a gene that enables rice to survive complete…


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Ten CNAS Graduate Students Win Graduate Research Fellowships from NSF
Ten CNAS Graduate Students Win Graduate Research Fellowships from NSF Ten of the eighteen graduate students at UC Riverside who received Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year are in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The highly competitive fellowships are…


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UCR Physicists Involved in Upgrade at CERNs Large Hadron Collider
UCR physicists Robert Clare and Stephen Wimpenny, along with graduate students Jesse Heilman, Elizabeth Kennedy and Amithabh Shrinivas, have been involved in a significant upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERNs Large Hadron Collider.  The CMS is a large particle-capturing detector.  UCR is a founding…


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Chemistry Senior Wins National Award
Chemistry Senior Wins National Award Mary Nguyen receives a Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award from the American Chemical Society.  Mary Nguyen, a senior in chemistry and a CNAS Science Ambassador, has won a national Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award. This highly competitive award – only nine are awarded each year—supported her travel to…


UC Riverside Develops a Unique Ecological Institute
UC Riverside Develops a Unique Ecological Institute Institute will be led by the holder of the new W.W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in GeoEcology Global climate and environmental change, and the resulting degradation of ecosystems, pose some of the most serious issues facing society today. While there is consensus among scientists…


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Chemistry Graduate Student Receives 2013 SACNAS Award
Chemistry Graduate Student Receives 2013 SACNAS Award Consuelo Beecher, a UCR Chemistry graduate student working with Professor Cindy Larive, has received a 2013 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Student Presentation Award. She was honored for her presentation, “Profiling…


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Two Grants to UC Riverside Boost Scientists' Efforts in Developing Improved Cowpea Varieties
Funding from  USAID Will Help Increase Crop Yield in Several African Countries Cowpea is a protein-rich legume crop that plays a key role in sustaining food security for people and their livestock. Immensely important in many parts of the world, particularly drought-prone regions, it plays a central role in the diet and…


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Researchers Quantify Toxic Ocean Conditions During Major Extinction 93.9 Million Years Ago
UC Riverside-led study points to an ancient oxygen-free and hydrogen sulfide-rich ocean that may foreshadow our future Oxygen in the atmosphere and ocean rose dramatically about 600 million years ago, coinciding with the first proliferation of animal life.   Since then, numerous short-lived biotic events — typically marked by…


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New Book Addresses Consequences of Drought in Arid Regions
Lead editor Kurt Schwabe of UC Riverside says drought must receive the attention a natural disaster deserves Mention of natural disasters usually brings to mind vivid images of shattered concrete and piles of rubbish strewn across the landscape — the result of violent hurricanes, massive earthquakes, or rampaging tornadoes.…


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UC Riverside Astronomers Help Discover the Most Distant Known Galaxy
Galaxy is seen as it was just 700 million years after the Big Bang University of California, Riverside astronomers Bahram Mobasher and Naveen Reddy are members of a team that has discovered the most distant galaxy ever found. The galaxy is seen as it was just 700 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was only…


Gail Hanson (c) UCR
Discovery of Higgs Boson Wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics
Two scientists, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson — the particle that gives mass to matter.UCR scientists played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the Higgs boson.  Gail Hanson, Stephen Wimpenny, Ernest Ma,…