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College News Archive 2018


October 17, 2018

Campbell Hall

UCR recognizes longtime generosity of Campbell family with building renaming

The University of California, Riverside’s University Laboratory Building is being renamed the “Rochelle and Allison Campbell Hall” in recognition of longtime support from the Campbell family. A ceremony and dedication will be held on October 19, 2018. Rochelle Campbell is the widow of the late Neil Campbell, a well-known biologist and UCR alumnus. Allison Campbell is the couple’s daughter.

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October 17, 2018

Aedes aegypti

Researchers identify new approach for controlling dengue fever and Zika virus

 A pair of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have succeeded in using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful tool for altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function, to decrease mosquito body size, moving the research one step closer to eliminating mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika virus.

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October 15, 2018

Sponge

Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers

Scientists have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. The study, led by Gordon Love, a professor in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences, was published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The first author is Alex Zumberge, a doctoral student working in Love’s research group.

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October 12, 2018

Nobel laureate Richard Schrock
Nobel laureate Richard Schrock shares the story that changed organic chemistry

UCR professor Richard R. Schrock will give the NSF Distinguished Lecture in Mathematical & Physical Sciences and discuss the work that led to the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Watch the NSF YouTube Live Stream on Monday, Oct. 15, 11 am -1 pm PST.

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October 9, 2018

Fluorescent
Hook injury caused by catch-and-release hampers feeding performance in fish

In a study published today in The Journal of Experimental Biology, a UC Riverside-led research team shows that mouth injuries caused by hook removal after catch-and-release fishing hamper the ability of fish to capture prey.

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October 4, 2018

Fluorescent
Rewriting the textbook on how steroid hormones enter cells

discovery by scientists at UC Riverside may open up new ways to control steroid hormone-mediated processes, including growth and development in insects, and sexual maturation, immunity, and cancer progression in humans.

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October 3, 2018

Carnegie Science
New UCR / Carnegie Science collaboration in Astronomy

The University of California, Riverside, and the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena have established a UCR-Carnegie Graduate Student Fellowship program that will greatly benefit students in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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October 2, 2018

Mosquito
$2.3 million NIH grant will support efforts to stop mosquito-borne diseases

UCR scientist Naoki Yamanaka, an asst. professor of entomology, has been awarded $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health’s ‘High-Risk, High-Reward’ program to study the role of steroid hormone transporters in insect development and reproduction.

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September 28, 2018

Non-linear optical properties of molecular crystals
Physicist to use optical trapping methods to study basic properties of solid-state materials

Boerge Hemmerling, an asst. professor of physics and astronomy at UCR, has received a five-year NSF grant of nearly $1 million to study “Nonlinear Optical Properties and Novel Quantum Phases of Polar Molecules in Optical Lattices.”

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September 27, 2018

Sex on the kitchen table
“Sex on the Kitchen Table: The Romance of Plants and Your Food”

The author of the new book, Norman C. Ellstrand, a distinguished professor of genetics and the Jane S. Johnson Endowed Chair in Food and Agriculture at UCR, has been studying plant mating his whole professional career. Book launch party on October 7th, 2018.

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September 25, 2018

Research
UC Riverside researchers find potent chemical agents that can thwart cancer metastasis

A UCR research team led by Maurizio Pellecchia (SOM) discovered a way for chemotherapy drug paclitaxel to target migrating, or circulating, cancer cells. Jikui Song, UCR associate professor of biochemistry, collaborated on the research.

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September 17, 2018

Turfgrass
Golf celebrates the fruits of research at UC Riverside Turfgrass Field Day

Golf industry professionals from various quarters gathered at UCR's annual Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day on September 13th at UC Riverside.

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September 13, 2018

Pomegranate
Picking the perfect pomegranate

In research published earlier this year in the Journal of Food Science, UCR Botany and Plant Sciences postdoctoral scholar John Chater and his colleagues used a consumer sensory panel to find out what traits people liked and disliked about the industry-standard "Wonderful" and six other varieties.

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September 12, 2018

Pomegranate
UCR news moved to a new website:  news.ucr.edu

"UCR Today" has become "UCR News": Beginning Sept. 12, 2018, news of UC Riverside, its students, and its research, can be found on the new news site, news.ucr.edu. All 2018 stories can be found on the new site, stories prior to Sept. 12 will continue to be archived on the UCR Today site.

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September 12, 2018

Macroposity
Climate-induced soil changes may cause more erosion and flash flooding

UCR Environmental Sciences Professor Daniel Hirmas and colleagues published a paper in Nature that provides evidence for the rapid evolution of soil macroporosity in response to climate and discusses the implications of these changes in terms of the continental-scale water cycle.

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September 11, 2018

Science in school
New grant from Schmidt Futures will support science teachers and maker-centered learning in underserved California schools

The California Science Project (CSP), supported by CNAS at UCR, has received a $300,000 grant from Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that will allow CSP to bolster K-12 science education and maker-centered learning in California.

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September 4, 2018

Eco Van
Measuring greenhouse gases on the go

A new mobile emissions van allows UCR researchers to track atmospheric emissions anytime, anywhere. Two UC Riverside professors are taking to the road to pinpoint sources of air pollution across California.

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September 4, 2018

Flooding in California
Global Warming, El Niño could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months

UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Robert Allen’s research indicates that what precipitation the state does get will be pretty much limited to the winter months, and non-winter months will be even dryer than usual, with little or no rain at all.

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August 29, 2018

Professor MobasherNASA recognizes Professor's study at the top of Telescope's "Greatest Discoveries" list

Bahram Mobasher, a professor of physics and astronomy, led a research team that used NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to make the “Big Baby” galaxies discovery, which has just been ranked as Spitzer’s second most important discovery by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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August 27, 2018

Prof. BarishNobel laureate Barry Barish joins UC Riverside Faculty

Physicist Barry C. Barish, who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of gravitational waves, will join the UCR faculty on September 1. The physicist, whose contributions enabled the first observation of gravitational waves, is the university’s second Nobel Prize winner.

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August 27, 2018

Joshua Tree National Park
Climate Change predicted to bring more extremes to Inland Southern California

Hot, dry weather in Southern California’s inland desert region is projected to become more extreme over the 21st century, according to a report written by researchers at UC Riverside and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that was released today as part of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment.

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August 24, 2018

HeadshotBiology Professor receives grant to study how fish hunt

Timothy Higham, an associate professor of biology, has been awarded a $294,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems (IOS) to study how fish coordinate different body parts to capture prey in water.

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August 22, 2018

Finger pointing at wormsGetting high on worms

Like mammals, parasitic worms have an endocannabinoid system that may help the worm and the hosts it infects survive by reducing pain and inflammation in the host, according to a “wild” new discovery by an interdisciplinary research team at the University of California, Riverside.

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August 14, 2018

Composite imageEarly opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity

A team of astronomers led by George Becker at the University of California, Riverside, has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relatively little matter.

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August 9, 2018 

Drs. Fogel and LyonsUCR CNAS Scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Marilyn Fogel and Timothy Lyons, two scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have been elected fellows of the American Geophysical Union, or AGU, a recognition that honors “scientific eminence in the earth and space sciences.” They will be honored as new fellows at AGU's December meeting.

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August 9, 2018 

Omega CentauriOmega Centauri unlikely to harbor life

Omega Centauri — a densely packed cluster of stars in our galactic backyard — is unlikely to be home to habitable planets, according to a study by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and San Francisco State University. Forthcoming in The Astrophysical Journal, the study was led by Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences and a pioneer in the search for habitable planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets.

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August 7, 2018 

Pea PlantTop-performing soil microbes could be key to Sustainable Agriculture

UCR research will help agronomists breed plants that attract their own growth-promoting microbes -- A study on Acmispon strigosus, a plant in the pea family, showed a 13-fold growth increase in plants that partnered with a highly effective strain of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Bradyrhizobium.

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July 22, 2018

Sue WesslerSue Wessler Co-chairs Major Report On Advancing Science in Food, Agriculture

Professor Wessler, who is the Neil and Rochelle Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovation in Science Education at UC Riverside, and Home Secretary, US National Academy of Sciences, co-chaired the report recently released by the National Academies Press:  Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030.

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July 2, 2018

Richard SchrockNobel Laureate Richard Schrock Joins Chemistry Faculty

Schrock, who received his BS in Chemistry from UCR, will return to his alma mater to share his groundbreaking work and mentor students and faculty. 

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June 18, 2018

Dickinsonia costataTwo New Creatures Discovered from Dawn of Animal Life

Professor of Paleontology Mary Droser led the research to find the fossils, which have been named after President Barack Obama and Sir David Attenborough.

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June 6, 2018

microbiomeNeuroscientist Receives Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience 

Hongdian Yang is UC Riverside’s first recipient of the prestigious fellowship.

 

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June 1, 2018

microbiomeTen UC Riverside Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

The awards support early career leaders in research and education.

 

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May 30, 2018

microbiomeDistant Moons May Harbor Life

UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons.

 

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May 29, 2018

microbiomeSee Videos from the 2018 Science Lecture Series

Videos from the 2018 Science Lecture Series: "Are We Playing God?" are all up for view.

 

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May 25, 2018

microbiomePhysicist to Discuss Dark Matter on Facebook Live

Space.com will interview UC Riverside's Flip Tanedo on May 30 to discuss NOVA Wonders episode “What’s the Universe Made of?”

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May 24, 2018

microbiomeHow Do Insects Survive on a Sugary Diet?

Study offers clues to how aphids capitalize on relationship with beneficial bacteria through changes in gene expression linked to DNA methylation

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May 18, 2018

microbiomeResearch Offers New Insights Into Malaria Parasite

CNAS Professor Karine Le Roch has received a new NIH grant of $3.2 million to continue work on Plasmodium falciparum.

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May 17, 2018

microbiomeUCR Plant Cell Biologist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Sean Cutler becomes ninth CNAS faculty member elected to the prestigious academy.

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May 17, 2018

microbiomeBattling Bubbles: How Plants Protect Themselves from Killer Fungus

UCR research led by Hailing Jin, professor of microbiology and plant pathology, show how plants fight against infections by delivering protective molecules into fungi using bubble-like exosomes.

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May 16, 2018

microbiome11 UCR Students Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

UCR students awarded fellowships for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students pursuing research-based graduate and doctoral degrees.

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May 16, 2018

microbiomeRemembering Professor James Sims

Professor James J. (Jim) Sims, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology died peacefully at home on March 11, 2018 after a four-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

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May 16, 2018

microbiomeTwo CNAS faculty awarded by the Pacific Branch of Entomological Society of America (PBESA)

William Walton and Alec Gerry from the CNAS Entomology Department were recently announced as winners of the PBESA 2018 awards.

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May 17, 2018

microbiomeIn Memory of Robert Stephen White

R. Stephen (Steve) White, a Distinguished Professor of Physics (now Physics and Astronomy) at UC Riverside until he retired in 1990, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2018 in Santa Barbara after a series of illnesses.

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May 16, 2018

microbiomeSearch for Life Beyond the Solar System Topic of Faculty Research Lecture

Timothy Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry, will deliver the 66th annual lecture at UC Riverside.

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May 10, 2018

microbiomeScience Fair Aimed at Spanish-Speaking Families Set for May 19

“Fiesta Familiar: Explorando La Ciencia Juntos” at UC Riverside will include activities such as smelling the universe, touching meteorites, and getting a close look at the DNA molecule.

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May 3, 2018

pAtmospheric Seasons Could Signal Alien Life 

CNAS researchers are using seasonal changes in the Earth’s atmosphere to guide their search for life outside the solar system.

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May 3, 2018

pCNAS Student Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award 

Phong Au-Hong, a senior in entomology, has received a Fulbright Award to help support English language development in immigrant and refugee students living in Germany.

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May 3, 2018

pUCR Graduate Student Headed to Oak Ridge National Lab 

Victor Fung, a graduate student in chemistry, is one of 60 students from across the country selected for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.

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May 2, 2018

pCNAS Professor Rediscovers Insect Lost For 105 Years 

Little is known about elusive beetle species, despite role in wildflower pollination.

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May 2, 2018

pFood and Wine Tasting Fundraiser to be Held May 20th 

Primavera in the Gardens is the annual fundraiser for the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, benefiting new garden installations, opportunities for student workers, community enrichment activities, and educational programs each year.

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April 30, 2018

pNOVA Wonders Episode to Feature UCR Expert on Dark Matter 

UC Riverside’s Flip Tanedo is featured in the NOVA Wonders episode “What’s the Universe Made of?” airing May 30 on PBS; will participate in Harvey Mudd College panel to discuss the episode on May 2.

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April 30, 2018

pResearchers Move Toward Understanding Deadly Citrus Disease 

In a paper published Monday in Nature Communications, a team led by Professor Wenbo Ma reported a significant breakthrough in understanding the disease mechanism of HLB. Also covered by Press Enterprise.

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April 26, 2018

pOffice of Naval Research Grant Funds Research on Photomechanical Materials 

A team of researchers, including CNAS Prof. Christopher Bardeen, have been awarded a $7.5 million, 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research to study the properties and applications of light-powered materials.

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April 19, 2018

pUC Riverside Astrophysicist Part of TESS Planet Finder Team 

Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics at UC Riverside and a Guest Investigator on the TESS Mission, witnessed the takeoff from the launch viewing site in Cape Canaveral.

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April 16, 2018

pProfessor Zhiwei Zhang Selected as Fellow of Major Statistical Organization 

Professor Zhiwei Zhang has been selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his outstanding contributions to statistical methodology.

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April 16, 2018

pCNAS Students Win Goldwater Scholarship Award 

CNAS students Renata Kootz and Nicholas Pham named Goldwater Scholars.

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April 16, 2018

pUCR Recipients for the 2018 NSH GRFP 

11 CNAS Students Receive Prestigious NSF Grants.

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April 13, 2018

pNewly Identified Bacteria May Help Bees Nourish Their Young 

UCR Researchers have identified three bacteria that may help prevent spoilage of the pollen that wild bees provide for their offspring.

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April 12, 2018

pTo Impress Females, Costa's Hummingbirds "Sing" With Their Tail Feathers 

Research led by Assistant Biology Professor, Christopher Clark, shows how male Costa's control the acoustics of a tail song producted during high speed dives.

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April 12, 2018

pFaster, Cheaper Wastewater Treatment Through Improved Oxidation Reactions 

CNAS Chemistry Professor Yadong Yin and fellow researchers have developed a simple way to improve Advanced Oxidation Processes.

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April 5, 2018

pPublic Symposium to Showcase How UCR’s Stem Cell Therapies Help Patients 

This event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the world’s largest institution dedicated to bringing the future of cellular medicine closer to reality.

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April 5, 2018

pDean Uhrich Helps Promote California Science in Nation's Capital 

CNAS Dean Kathryn Uhrich joined a delegation to Washington D.C. visiting more than 30 congressional offices to brief lawmakers and staff on Agriculture and Natural Resource research in California.

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April 2, 2018

pMicrobiome Study Suggests Marine Nematodes Are Not Picky Eaters 

UCR research finding no relationship between nematodes species and microbial profile suggests marine worms don't have a restrictive diet.

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March 15, 2018

pUC Riverside Launches Air Quality and Climate Change Training Program 

ACT program will train students and professionals to measure air quality and climate change and meet growing workforce needs.

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March 14, 2018

pUCR Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Pollinator Health 

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research award will identify best management practices to protect bees.

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March 14, 2018

pSpring Garden Market and Plant Sale Set for April 7 

UCR Botanic Gardens sale will include thousands of plants, including rare and unusual varieties.

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March 14, 2018

pPhysics Student Awarded Outstanding Paper Award 

Physics grad student Fatemeh Barati won the Ken Hass Outstanding Student Paper Award at a recent national conference.

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March 7, 2018

p$1 Million Gift Empowers Next Generation of Scientists 

Undergraduate research is benefactor of gift from Rochelle Campbell and Professor Sue Wessler.

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February 26, 2018

pUCR Magazine Covers the Inspiring Story of CNAS Alum/Researcher 

Biochemistry alumnus and CNAS researcher Bassam Theodory ’17 and his family dropped everything to escape Syria. Now the former transfer student wants to become a doctor like his dad, who is back treating patients in Aleppo.

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February 22, 2018

pA Citrus Love Affair 

As the curator of UC Riverside’s Citrus Variety Collection, Tracy Kahn has handled fruits as big as a person’s head, and as small as a pea.

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February 21, 2018

pTropical Trees use Unique Method to Resist Drought 

UCR research may alleviate concerns about impact of drought on Amazonian trees, which play a critical role in regulating the global climate.

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February 16, 2018

pUCR Professor Selected as Sloan Research Fellow 

CNAS faculty Sandra Kirtland Turner is among 126 outstanding early-career researchers honored across eight fields.

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February 14, 2018

pMolecular Biochemist Katayoon Dehesh Profiled in The Scientist 

The director of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology talks about her escape from Iran during the height of the Iran-Iraq War, her path to UC Riverside, and her goal to help women and girls around the world through education initiatives.

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February 12, 2018

pUCR Plant Pathology Graduate Students Receive Mathre Education Endowment Fund 

Plant Pathology graduate students Gabriel Ortiz, Claudia Castro, Derreck Carter-House, Antara Chakravarty and Nichole Ginnan have been awarded a grant from the American Phytopathological Society Foundation through the Mathre Education Endowment.

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February 9, 2018

foodFeast on Facts during Food Evolution Screening on March 16th

There will be a a free public screening of Food Evolution, a science-based investigation into the controversy of GMOs. Followed by a panel discussion which includes the film's producer and director, Academy Award Nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

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February 8, 2018

ffBiologists Decipher a Key Piece of the Odor Detection Puzzle in Flies, Mosquitoes

UC Riverside study led by Associate Professor Anandasankar Ray, offers a path to safer products to protect against disease-carrying mosquitoes, and chemicals to control crop-damaging pests.

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February 7, 2018

enScientists Crack Structure of Enzyme Complex Linked to Cancer

UC Riverside study led by Associate Professor Jikui Song offers important information for understanding "de novo DNA methylation"

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February 6, 2018

dnaFour UCR Undergraduates Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowships

CNAS Biology undergraduate students Benjamin Meza, Diana Medina-Yerena, Alejandro Quinones, and Sabrina Stulting have won fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)'s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP).

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February 5, 2018

janetMapping the First Family Tree for Tropical Forests

Janet Franklin, Distinguished Professor of Biogeography, worked among an international team of researchers that unraveled the evolutionary history of the world's tropical forests.

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February 5, 2018

hagaResearchers Receive $1M for Project Challenging Long-Standing Paradigm in Endocrinology

CNAS faculty Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka, Naoki Yamanaka, and Frances Sladek receive W.M. Keck Foundation's award which will support research focused on steroid hormone transport in cells.

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February 2, 2018

basmatiThe Science Behind the Scenes of 'Basmati Blues'

UCR geneticist Norman Ellstrand lent his scientific expertise to a musical romantic comedy centered around genetically modified rice.

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February 2, 2018

gillianGillian Wilson to Serve as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Gillian Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy, has been named senior associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at UC Riverside, in the Office of Research and Economic Development (RED).

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January 24, 2018

antsFor Global Invasion, Argentine Ants Use Chemical Weapons

Assistant Professor Dong-Hwan Choe leads research on how compounds produced by Argentine ants are used to recruit nestmates and incapacitate opponents.

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January 19, 2018

natashaDistinguished Professor Named Interim Editor-in-Chief of PNAS

Natasha V. Raikhel, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Plant Cell Biology and former director of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB), has been named interim editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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January 12, 2018

hblUCR Professor Develops the Newest Weapon for the Citrus Industry

Mikael Roose, professor of genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, shares an insect trap being developed to catch Asian citrus psyllids, which can spread the huanglongbing [HLB] bacteria among citrus trees. 

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January 10, 2018

pDepartment of Earth Sciences to Host "Are We Alone?" Lecture Series

The search for alien life defines a new era of space exploration. Learn how scientists hope to find life beyond Earth, and explore what that means for humanity.

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January 2, 2018

mosGenetic Changes Help Mosquitoes Survive Pesticide Attacks

UCR study shows how intensive pesticide use is driving mosquito evolution at the genetic level.

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