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...

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 that such change is happening,...

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 Enoxaparin SEC Fractions by Probing for 3-O-Sulfo Oligosaccharides Using...

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 economy of hundreds...

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. From an economic standpoint, however, the...

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 significant climatic perturbations — took place when...

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...

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, Robert...

Producing Electricity From Natural Geothermal Steam

UC Riverside's Wilfred Elders recently convened an international geothermal workshop to promote a collaborative initiative to develop higher enthalpy geothermal systems in the United States Wilfred Elders , a professor emeritus of geology at the University of California, Riverside, convened the “International Geothermal Workshop” in Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, Oct. 13-16, to...

9 New Faculty Join CNAS

During the last year, nine assistant professors have joined the CNAS faculty. Their names and departments accompany their photos, below. Emma Aronson Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology & Microbiology Christopher Clark Assistant Professor of Biology Jeffrey Diez Assistant Professor of Botany & Plant Sciences Nathaniel Gabor Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy W. Hill Harman...

Scientist Honored by City of Riverside

UC Riverside's Anandasankar Ray is presented the Mayor's Innovation Honoree award for October 2013 The University of California, Riverside’s Anandasankar Ray was recognized yesterday (Oct. 8) as the Innovation Honoree of the Month by the City of Riverside. Ray, an associate professor of entomology , received the award from Mayor Rusty Bailey . In 2010,...

CNAS Subject Areas Bring High Rankings to UCR

UCR has garnered 72 nd place in life sciences and 85 th in physical sciences, in the 2013-14 London Times Higher Education World University Rankings of research universities around the globe. Released October 2, the annual study evaluates “world-class universities across all of their core missions—teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook,” according to its...

Scientists Find Insect DEET Receptors, Develop Safe Alternatives to DEET (Ray)

UC Riverside research has large implications for controlling insect-born diseases worldwide RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Insects are repelled by N,N -diethyl-m-toluamide, also known as DEET . But exactly which olfactory receptors insects use to sense DEET has eluded scientists for long. Now researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified these DEET-detecting olfactory receptors that...

Eating Insects: Like Them Stir Fried or Curried?

UC Riverside's Mark Hoddle helps Canadian research team win the Hult Prize On Sept. 23, the Clinton Global Initiative awarded the Hult Prize , worth $1 million, to a team of student entrepreneurs at McGill University, Canada. Mark Hoddle , the director of the Center for Invasive Species Research at the University of California, Riverside,...

Geologists Simulate Deep Earthquakes in the Laboratory

UC Riverside-French team simulates deep earthquakes in the laboratory, confirming phase transition of olivine is trigger for earthquakes occurring at depths below 400 kilometers. More than 20 years ago, geologist Harry Green , now a distinguished professor of the graduate division at the University of California, Riverside, and colleagues discovered a high-pressure failure mechanism that...

2013-09-16 Research Project to Capture Infrared View of Distant Universe (Siana, Reddy)

UC Riverside astronomers begin large survey of distant galaxies using new instrument. Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a very large new survey of galaxies using a new instrument — MOSFIRE — on the Keck I telescope at the summit of Mauna...

Annual Symposium Brings Out the Best in Undergraduate Research (Cardullo)

The 2013 Summer Research In Science and Engineering (RISE) Symposium, held at the University of California, Riverside campus on Tuesday, Aug. 27, showcased some of the best undergraduate research being done at the university in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The symposium marked the end of a ten-week research and academic enrichment...
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