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Welcome New CNAS Faculty 2019

A warm welcome to our new CNAS Faculty! Polly Campbell, assistant professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolution at Boston University. She is an evolutionary biologist whose areas of interest include the process of speciation, sex chromosome evolution, and the genetic and epigenetic basis of...
By CNAS Communications |

Chancellor honors promoted faculty members

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox honored over 50 faculty members for their promotions at a ceremony Oct. 7 at the Chancellor’s Residence. Here are the honorees in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences: Emma L. Aronson | Microbiology and Plant Pathology | Promotion to Associate Professor (Tenure) George D. Becker | Physics and...
By CNAS Communications |

Riverside hosts influential invasive plant conference for the first time

Riverside recently hosted the California Invasive Plant Council symposium for the first time in the history of the decades-old gathering. “Having the symposium here underscores UC Riverside’s long-standing and growing importance to the field of land management and invasive plant species research,” said event committee member Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at UCR’s Palm Desert...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Tackling diseases by studying genome organization

Wenxiu Ma, an assistant professor of statistics, has received a five-year grant of about $1.8 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, or NIGMS, for a project titled, “Computational modeling of spatial genome organization and gene regulation.” The 3D organization of the genome plays an essential role in genome stability, gene regulation, and...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR | | Featured

New lab is California’s best defense against deadly citrus disease

California citrus growers and the University of California, Riverside have joined forces to open a research lab to defeat a disease that has decimated citrus crops in Florida and China. The disease, Huanglongbing, or HLB, is caused by bacteria spread by a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. HLB prevents fruit from ripening properly...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR |

CNAS Scholarships 2019-2020

The CNAS Scholarship Management System is accepting applications October 1 - October 31, 2019. Who can apply? Current undergraduate and current graduate students in the UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences. How to start? Click Apply here or follow the direct link to ucr.academicworks.com What do you need to get started? Your UCR Net...
By CNAS Communications | | Featured

Pumpkins, trunk-o-treat, and family fun at UC Riverside

To celebrate fall’s arrival, UC Riverside’s community garden, known as R’Garden, is hosting an inaugural Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on October 26, 2019. Community members will enjoy an afternoon of cooking demonstrations, a trunk-or-treat, music, and activities for children led by UCR organizations, including the entomology and chemistry clubs. R'Kids, the campus' student-parent group...
By Sandra Baltazar Martinez | Inside UCR | | Featured

Recovery from dinosaur-killing asteroid has message for present

New research finds that it is not how many species you have, it is what they ‘do’ in an ecosystem that matters. The international research team, led by UC Riverside geology professor Andy Ridgwell, looked at the evolutionary recovery of marine plankton after the dinosaur-exterminating asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. The team produced...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Emerbee’s, UCR’s newest café, opens for business

Emerbee’s, a 600-square-foot café near the center of campus, will be open with fulltime hours Sept. 23 following a soft opening earlier this month and in June. A grand opening celebration is planned for Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. The name is a play on the neighboring Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, which was completed...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR | | Featured

New UCR geology course earns national recognition

The Geological Society of America, or GSA, recognizes the academic excellence of only one university in the country each year, and this year, that honor goes to UC Riverside. The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award is given to universities running a geology field camp, which is the last class geology students typically take before graduating...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

Cooperative Extension’s value to California agriculture

California agriculture is a booming industry. The state is the largest agricultural producer in the nation, growing an annual bounty of more than 400 commodities — nearly half the nation’s fruits and vegetables among them — the sales value of which totaled nearly $50 billion in 2014. For more than a century, the University of...
By Tess Eyrich | Inside UCR | | Featured

Changes afoot at UCR’s garden oasis

UCR Botanic Gardens sees improvements For decades, the UCR Botanic Gardens have served as a quiet getaway tucked in a corner of campus where one can explore and enjoy nature. The 40-acre living plant museum still stands as an oasis from the bustle of campus, but some changes have been implemented in the past three...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR | | Featured

Remembering Charles W. Coggins

In Memoriam Charles W. Coggins UCR Professor Emeritus of Plant Physiology (1930 - 2019) Charles (Charlie) W. Coggins, a professor emeritus of plant physiology, was known for groundbreaking citrus research that extended the growing season of navel and Valencia oranges. Charlie was a treasured member of CNAS and the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences...

Remembering Charles W. Coggins

In Memoriam Charles W. Coggins UCR Professor of Plant Physiology (1930-2019) Charles W. Coggins, a professor emeritus of plant physiology, was known for groundbreaking citrus research that extended the growing season of navel and Valencia oranges. Coggins was born in North Carolina in 1930 and attended North Carolina State University where he earned Bachelor’s and...

Data-driven discovery of one-dimensional materials

Balandin and Bartels receive $1.12 million grant to discover new van der Waals materials Alexander Balandin, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Riverside and Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry, have received a $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct data-driven discovery, synthesis, and characterization of a...
By Holly Ober | Inside UCR | | Featured

Physicists present results from updated search for new invisible particles

Physicists Bill Gary and Owen Long, members of the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS, Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, at CERN, recently completed a “legacy” analysis from the LHC Run 2, the first high-energy run of the LHC. The CMS experiment is a large particle-capturing detector at CERN. The research paper has...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

UCR fellows produce winning water-education film

An educational film about water produced by UC Riverside students took second place in an environmental film competition hosted by the American Chemical Society. The group’s Committee on Environmental Improvement held the film competition at its national meeting in San Diego from Aug. 25-29. The film already won in the “Water’s Impact on People” category...
By IMRAN GHORI |

UCR paleontologist wins prestigious prize

Mary Droser, a decorated paleontology professor, now has another accolade to her name. She is the winner of the 2019 Moore Medal in Paleontology awarded by the Society for Sedimentary Geology. More than 2,700 geoscientists belong to the society, which exists to help members share research with one another and enhance public awareness of the...
By Jules Bernstein | Inside UCR | | Featured

UCR professor named research ambassador

Boerge Hemmerling, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert on optics and lasers, is one of 21 scientists selected to serve as a Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, during the 2019-20 academic year. DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in North America who have conducted advanced...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA |

In Memory of Robert John Beaver

In Memoriam Robert John Beaver UCR Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Statistician (1937 - 2019) Robert John Beaver was born on March 27, 1937 in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania and passed away on August 13, 2019. Bob Beaver grew up in Kulpmont, a small coal mining town in Central Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers...
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