Mohideen Named Divisional Dean of Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Dear Colleagues, i am pleased to announce that Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy Umar Mohideen has agreed to serve as Divisional Dean of Physical Sciences and Mathematics for the college, effective July 1, 2016. He will replace Professor of Chemistry Cindy Larive, who has been chosen to serve the university...

CNAS Students Recognized at Honors Convocation

Students from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences were recognized at the 30th Annual Honors Convocation hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education in the University Theatre on Monday, May 23, 2016. Congratulations to students for the following honors. Included are the comments about their achievements provided during the ceremony, which is archived on...

Larive Named Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

May 19, 2016 Dear Campus Community: I am delighted to announce that Dr. Cindy Larive, Professor of Chemistry and Divisional Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has agreed to serve as our next Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Larive, who received her...

Distinguished Professor Mark S. Alber to Join UCR’s Department of Mathematics

The University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce that Distinguished Professor Mark S. Alber will join the faculty in the CNAS Department of Mathematics effective June 30, 2016. Professor Alber is currently the Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University...

College Saddened by Loss of Emeritus Faculty Members Chalmers and Oatman

Dear Colleagues, Sadly, one of my first messages to faculty is to inform you of the recent loss of two emeritus colleagues: Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Bruce Chalmers (left), who passed away December 11; and Professor Emeritus of Entomology Earl Oatman (right), who passed away December 13. Professor Chalmers joined the Department of Mathematics in...

Endowed Chairs Honor Founding Faculty

Alumni Donor Pledges $6 Million to Endow Chairs Honoring Chemistry Founding Faculty A generous alumni donor has pledged $6 million to UC Riverside to establish endowed chairs honoring four of the founding faculty of the Department of Chemistry: emeritus professors George Helmkamp, Harold (Harry) Johnson, Donald (Don) Sawyer and Hartland (Hart) Schmidt. They are collectively...

CNAS New Faculty 2015

Omar S. Akbari Assistant Professor of Entomology and Assistant Entomologist Department of Entomology Degree Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno Research Mosquitoes are perhaps the most dangerous animals in the world. They are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever, which together infect hundreds...

Alec Gerry Receives Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Entomological Society of America

Alec C. Gerry, a professor of veterinary entomology and extension specialist has been selected to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). He will be presented with the award at the ESA’s annual meeting in November 2015. Gerry received his bachelor’s degree in biology at UC Berkeley and...

Emma Aronson Receives Two Grants from NSF

Emma Aronson, an assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology, has received two grants from the National Science Foundation for conducting research on projects aimed at generating a greater understanding of the microbial role in biogeochemical cycling. “These projects will deepen an existing understanding of the role of microorganisms in regulating biogeochemical processes,” Aronson said....

CNAS Faculty Recognized at Chancellor’s Awards Reception

Several members of the CNAS faculty were recognized at the 2014-2015 Faculty Awards Reception held on May 26 at Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox’s residence. The celebration also recognized faculty members who received significant national and Senate awards in the past academic school year. Distinguished Campus Service Award Michael Allen, plant pathology and microbiology Faculty Research...

Ceremony Recognizes 2015 CNAS Honors Students

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences recognized the 137 students who will graduate with honors in 2015 with a ceremony in the Spieth Hall Courtyard on Friday, June 5. Presiding over the ceremony was Dean Marylynn V. Yates and presenting the students with their medals were Divisional Deans Peter W. Atkinson, Cynthia K. Larive...

College Saddened by Passing of George K. Helmkamp

Dean Marylynn V. Yates issued the following announcement today: Dear Colleagues, I am once again saddened to announce the passing of one of our pioneering faculty members. George K. Helmkamp, who was the second person hired in chemistry in 1953, died March 28, 2015, at the age of 94. Professor Helmkamp received his B.A. from...

CNAS Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

Seven CNAS students have won Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at...

Department of Chemistry Named Among Top 50 in the World

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside is ranked 47th in the world, according to the recently published 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities , which measures the research impact of more than 1,200 universities around the world. When compared with other U.S. universities UCR ranks 27th...

CNAS Welcomes 15 New Faculty to its Ranks

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside welcomes 15 new faculty to its ranks during the 2014-15 academic year. Nicolas Barth Assistant Professor of Geology Department of Earth Sciences Degree Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand, Geology Research Barth's research focuses on improving our understanding of active faults and their effects on...

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...
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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 submergence. SUB1A is not present in all rice...

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 awarded to individuals early in their graduate careers...

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 member of the CMS experiment. Over the...

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 the American Chemical Society’s...
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