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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 Salimpour serves as Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Pierce Health Solutions, a California-based company focused...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

Physics and Astronomy joins elite group promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

The UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy has been accepted to the American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance, or APS-IDEA, joining a consortium of physics departments, laboratories, and research collaborations committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion. APS-IDEA, a network of nearly 100 institutions worldwide, addresses long-standing, systemic barriers that have led to...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

Botanic Gardens Fall Online Plant Sale set for October 24-25, 2020

The UCR Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce our Fall Online Plant Sale on October 24-25, 2020 (midnight-midnight), with in-person pickup at the Gardens entrance on November 5 and 6. For the first time, Friends of the UCRBG members will receive a 10% discount on all plant purchases. Join or renew your Friends membership before...
By Janine Almanzor | UCR Botanic Gardens |

In-house coronavirus testing draws attention of SoCal media

UC Riverside’s “homemade” COVID-19 testing lab has drawn widespread attention from Southern California media. The acknowledgment of the new lab’s success comes at a time when some universities across the nation have struggled to prevent campus outbreaks. The lab – created by UCR faculty – places the university in the elite company of universities including...
By Madeline Adamo | UCR News |

Remembering Robert F. Luck

In Memoriam Robert F. Luck Professor of Entomology, Emeritus (May 29, 1941- September 6, 2020) Robert F. Luck, Professor of Entomology, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, internationally known for his research on biological control of citrus pests and the basic science underpinning biological control, passed away on September 6, 2020, in Santa Rosa, California. His...

CNAS Scholarships: Accepting applications October 1 - 31

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in CNAS. Students in the agricultural, life, and physical sciences will find scholarship opportunities in many areas spread across various CNAS departments. Some scholarships are offered for very specific fields such as citrus virology and citrus pathology...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

Dean Uhrich welcomes CNAS community to 2020-2021 academic year

Dear CNAS Community, Welcome to the 2021-2020 academic year! Whether you are new to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences or you are returning to CNAS, starting the academic year in a virtual learning environment will be a new experience for all of us. I, for one, am thrilled to be on this journey...
By CNAS Communications |

Welcome new CNAS faculty 2020

Join us in welcoming the newest faculty members to the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences for the 2020-2021 academic year! Miguel Arratia, assistant professor of physics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2016. He specializes in experimental nuclear physics. He seeks to understand...
By CNAS Communications |

UCR to take part in Great California ShakeOut on October 15

Following FEMA’s “National Preparedness Month” in September, UCR will be joining individuals and communities throughout California in the twelfth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:15 AM. During the self-led drill, participants practice...
By UCR OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT |

CNAS meets Living the Promise campaign goal

A gift made anonymously to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside has helped the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, in which the department is housed, meet and surpass its goal of raising $100 million toward the $300 million Living the Promise campaign, the university’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

In Memory of Daniel R. Gallie

In Memoriam Daniel R. Gallie Professor of Biochemistry (1957 - 2020) Daniel Ross Gallie was born June 8, 1957, in Dearborn, Michigan and passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 63 after a five year struggle with cancer. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University...

Coronavirus lab and testing in place for fall quarter

As the fall quarter begins, UC Riverside has a new diagnostic lab operating on campus that will rapidly process samples from students and employees as part of an ongoing coronavirus testing program. The lab, located at the Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, tested its first sample in August and opened in early September. The result...
By Imran Ghori | UCR News |

COVID-19 lab begins testing campus community

UC Riverside has begun testing students, staff, and faculty members for the coronavirus with the opening of a new diagnostic lab on campus this month. The lab, located at the Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, began operations in early September. The facility allows the campus to conduct its own independent testing at a faster rate...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

New Hellman Fellows Endowment at UC Riverside

UC Riverside has received $5 million for junior faculty research fellowships in three colleges as part of a larger move by the Hellman Fellows Fund to establish permanent endowments across the UC system. Since the 1980s, the Hellman Fellows Program has supported junior faculty in the University of California system with research awards. The new...
By John Warren | UCR News |

UC Riverside No. 1 in U.S. News social mobility rankings

For the second consecutive year, UC Riverside is the No. 1 university in the country for social mobility in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. UCR rose up the charts in the overall rankings as well, now placing No. 34 among all public universities and No. 88 overall. The social mobility ranking...
By Johnny Cruz | UCR News |

Plant pathologists honored by international society

Caroline Roper, an associate professor of plant pathology; and Shou-Wei Ding, a professor of plant pathology; are among the 2020 award winners from an international professional organization of plant pathologists. The American Phytopathological Society, or APS, regularly honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the science of plant pathology. Roper and Ding were presented...
By Steven Valenzuela | Inside UCR |

UC Riverside named No. 15 public university

In its 2020 ranking of top national universities, Washington Monthly magazine has named UC Riverside No. 27 among all institutions, and No. 15 among public universities. UCR climbed one spot among publics, from No. 16 in 2019. “The Washington Monthly ranking is significant because it was one of the first ranking systems to reward colleges...
By John Warren | UCR News |

Pierce Hall renovation progresses

A $62.3 million renovation of Pierce Hall is nearing completion of its first phase while work on the second phase is underway. The first phase improvements can be seen in the north and south wings, which now feature freshly painted hallways, brighter lighting, and modernized class and research laboratories. The 114,000-square-foot facility, built in 1966...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

UCR virologist receives prestigious award from alma mater

Juliet Morrison, an assistant professor in UCR’s Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, has been honored by her alma mater, Bard College, with the John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science. The award honors scientists who demonstrate a breadth of concern and depth of commitment characterized by the pioneering father-and-son 18th century physicians...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Biochemist helps describe polymerase-ribosome complex

Gregor Blaha, an assistant professor of biochemistry at UC Riverside, is a coauthor on a research paperpublished last week in the journal Science that reports on the cryo-electron microscopy structures of several complexes of RNA polymerase bound to the ribosome. In all living cells, RNA polymerase transcribes DNA into RNA and the ribosome translates the...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |
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