College News Archive 2017

December 19, 2017
spUCR Researchers Identify Nontraditional Sites for Future Solar Farms

Equivalent of 183,000 football fields of nonagricultural land identified in study aiming to ease competition between farmers, conservationists, and energy companies.

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December 8, 2017

citedFour CNAS Faculty Named to Most Highly Cited List

Julia Bailey-Serres, Sean Cutler, Timothy Lyons and Yadong Yin make the 2017 list of the most cited researchers worldwide compiled by Clarivate Analytics

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December 5, 2017

fogelMarilyn Fogel Appointed Inaugural Wilber W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology

Marilyn Fogel, a professor of Earth Sciences, was appointed the inaugural holder of the Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology at a Nov. 30 symposium and naming ceremony. See photos from the event here.

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December 5, 2017

anuResearchers Show How Insect Food Choice can be Manipulated

Applications of UC Riverside study could include controlling spread of mosquito-borne diseases and damage to agricultural crops.

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December 4, 2017

shineCNAS Shines a Light on Plant Growth and Development

UCR CNAS researchers have discovered how plants respond to changes in light at the molecular level.

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November 20, 2017

cutlerCNAS Professor Sean Cutler Named AAAS Fellow

Sean Cutler, a professor of plant cell biology at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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November 17, 2017

mosWired Magazine Covers Gene-Editing on Mosquitoes at UCR

Wired magazine and others highlight a study led by Omar Akbari, assistant professor of entomology, and his team's successful development of transgenic mosquitoes through the use of gene-editing technologies.

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November 16, 2017

earthNASA is Studying Earth to Find Signs of Life on Distant Planets

Newsweek highlights research by Stephen Kane, associate professor of Earth sciences, and his participation in a Reddit AMA on the search for life on other planets by NASA Earth scientists.

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November 15, 2017

plateletsHow and Why Blood Clots Shrink

UCR CNAS research elucidating how blood clots contract could help in the development of new treatments for heart attack and stroke.

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November 6, 2017

newfacMeet the New Faculty for 2017 

Recently honored at a new faculty reception on October 27, 19 scholars joined the ranks of CNAS faculty this year. See their photos and bios.

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November 5, 2017

cynCynthia K. Larive Named UCR Provost

Larive, a CNAS alumna and professor of chemistry, served in a number of leadership positions in the college and UCR before being named as the university’s chief academic officer.

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November 3, 2017

palmGrant to Help CNAS Researchers Fight Destructive Palm Weevil

Mark Hoddle, director of the Center for Invasive Species, and his team, will work with ISCA Technologies, a Riverside biotech company, to develop environmentally-friendly pest controls to save California’s iconic palm trees and protect the date palm industry from the invasive South American palm weevil.

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November 2, 2017

cardeCardé Named Fellow of California Academy of Sciences

Ring Cardé, distinguished professor and Alfred M. Boyce Chair in Entomology, has been named a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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October 25, 2017

riggsUCR Science Alumni Dr. Arthur D. Riggs '61 and Dr. John Leonard '78 Honored

The UCR Medallion was awarded to Riggs, a renowned researcher at City of Hope, and Leonard who is SVP for Development at Vaccinex Inc., was awared the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Both received their awards at the Chancellor's Dinner on October 21.

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October 25, 2017

tectonicEarthquake Risk Elevated with Detection of Spontaneous Tectonic Tremor in Anza Gap

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have detected spontaneous tectonic tremor, which may predict a massive earthquake in the future.

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October 20, 2017

wenCNAS Faculty Honored for Patents and Innovations

The First Annual UCR Patent Award Ceremony and EPIC anniversary took place October 11, honoring 27 UCR researchers who were issued patents in the last fiscal year, including 14 faculty from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

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October 18, 2017

ggAstronomer Gillian Wilson Named an ELATE Fellow

Gillian Wilson from the department of Physics & Astronomy has been named a fellow of ELATE at Drexel, and elite professional development program for senior women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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October 13, 2017

nPhysicist Nathan Gabor Named a 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

The assistant professor of physics is one of only 15 exceptional early career investigators to receive the prestigious two-year appointment this year.

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October 9, 2017

pRevolutionizing the Way Solar Energy is Collected

A research team led by Assistant Professor of Physics Nathaniel M. Gabor has developed a photodetector- a device that senses light- which could have broad impact on the efficiency of solar energy collection. The study appears in the journal Nature Nanotechnology

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October 6, 2017

mSymposium Launches New Microbiome Initiative for UCR

The UCR Microbiome “Initiative,” a new program meant to bring researchers together who focus on the microbiome from around the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the School of Medicine (SOM), held its Inaugural Symposium and Datablitz on Sept. 27.

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October 2, 2017

sCNAS Study Shows the Upside and Downside of Genetically Modified Soybean Oil

Research led by Professor of Cell Biology and Divisional Dean for Life Sciences Francene Sladek has tested a genetically-modified soybean oil used in restaurants and found that while it induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil. The findings were published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. Read more


September 14, 2017

mmNew Findings on the Effects of Third-hand Smoke Exposure

The research, lead by Manuela Martins-Green, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, found that exposure effects health as early as one month after initiation, and worsens overtime.

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September 8, 2017

orangesideCNAS Researchers Are on the Forefront in the Fight Against a Deadly Citrus Disease 

With the recent discovery of Huanglongbing (HLB) in Riverside, a disease that has decimated citrus trees in Florida, CNAS faculty have been working with government and industry officials to detect and fight the disease while pioneering new ways to treat infected trees and prevent HLB's spread. 

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August 28, 2017

bbNew Article by Professor Janet Franklin Highlights Impact of Global Warming on Ecosystems 

The article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at the disappearance of certain bird species in the Bahamas during a warming event 12,000 years ago. 

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August 15, 2017

vbNew Center to Fight Vector-Borne Diseases

An $8 Million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new joint research center with UC Davis, the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. 

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August 8, 2017

woodardEntomologist Hollis Woodard in New York Times ScienceTake Video

The CNAS assistant professor of entomology discusses "Why do bees buzz?" 

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July 20, 2017

nsfThree CNAS Faculty Among Those Chosen for NSF Early Career Awards

Asst. Prof. of Chemistry Boniface Fokwa, Asst. Prof. of Physics and Astronomy Nathaniel Gabor and Asst. Prof. of Mathematics Yulong Xing are awarded grants in recognition of their promising research and education excellence.

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July 19, 2017

mosTeam Led by CNAS Entomologist Wins $14.9 Million Grant to Combat Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

Funded by a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Assistant Professor of Entomology Omar Akbari will lead research efforts on how advanced gene editing technologies can control mosquitos. 

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July 14, 2017

katDean Kathryn Uhrich Elected To College of Fellows for Controlled Release Society

The honor from the country's leading professional organization for delivery science and technology, was given to Uhrich, a chemist, for her "innovative research on polymers for controlled release applications [which] has advanced the field." 

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July 6, 2017

rainCNAS Climatologist Predicts More Rain for California in the Coming Years

Robert Allen, associate professor in the Earth Sciences department, with graduate student Rainer Luptowitz, published an article in the journal Nature Communications, showing that despite predictions of a drier climate due to global warming, California will actually get wetter in the years ahead. 

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June 26, 2017

kaMolecular Biochemist Named to German National Academy of Sciences

Katayoon Dehesh, known for her work on how stress signals are sensed in plants, joins an academy whose past members include Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. 

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May 5, 2017

susanUC Riverside Geneticist Named Royal Society Foreign Member

Susan Wessler, a distinguished professor of genetics at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a foreign member of the Royal Society, the leading science academy of the United Kingdom, whose past membership includes Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

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May 4, 2017

sladekCNAS Names New Divisional Dean of Life Sciences

Frances Sladek, professor of cell biology and toxicologist, has been named the Divisional Dean for Life Sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Her three-year appointment begins July 1, 2017. 

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April 25, 2017

cnasscholarCNAS Scholarship Recipients Announced

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Executive Committee announced the recipients of the 2016 – 2017 CNAS scholarships. Among the recipients were two CNAS Science Ambassadors, Amanda Tedesco and Abigail Burr and UCR's recent Goldwater Scholar, Shannon Sweitzer.

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