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Content Authored by: Iqbal Pittalwala

Celebrating a trip to the moon

About 200 adults and children attended a celebration on campus July 11 of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon mission. Attendees partook in telescope viewings of the moon, engaged in hands-on activities, and attended a lecture titled “Fifty Years of Discovery — From the Moon to Mars and Beyond.” Children participated in cratering...
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Diffusion tensor imaging for multiple sclerosis diagnosis

The technique is more efficient than MRI to examine changes in water flow in the brain in mice
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Doctoral student wins immunology prize

Mark Wiley, a doctoral student in biomedical sciences working with faculty members Nicholas DiPatrizio and Meera Nair, received the American Associations of Immunologists Young Investigator Award for best oral presentation on June 28 at Immunology LA 2019, hosted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mark Wiley Wiley’s presentation, titled “Lipid Talk:...
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A quicker way to culture neural crest cells

Two studies advance research in embryonic cells that are critical for human health
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Several students receive prestigious NSF fellowships and honorable mentions

Nine University of California, Riverside, students received National Science Foundation, or NSF, Graduate Research Fellowships this year. The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics —...
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Double honor for UCR physician

Dr. Scott Allen, a professor of clinical medicine in the School of Medicine, was the co-recipient with Dr. Pamela McPherson, a child and adolescent psychiatry specialist in Shreveport, Louisiana, of the 2019 Physicians for Human Rights Award in recognition of their efforts on behalf of children and families in immigration detention. Actress...
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Physicist elected foreign member of the Royal Society

Barry Barish, a distinguished professor of physics at UC Riverside, has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Society for his exceptional contribution to science. Barish was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” along with American physicists Rainer...
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UCR physicist named top reviewer

UC Riverside physicist Igor Barsukov, who specializes in experimental condensed matter physics, is being honored by the journal Communications Physics as an outstanding reviewer of manuscripts for the month of March 2019. Igor Barsukov Outstanding referees are those who “have gone above and beyond what is expected of a reviewer in terms of the...
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Three UCR students represent campus at free speech conference

Three students at UC Riverside got the opportunity to represent the campus at the “Speech Matters: The Future of Free Expression on Campus" conference at the UC Washington Center, or UCDC, on March 21. The UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement invited up to three students from each UC campus to the inaugural conference. The UCR...
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Generating excitement over physics in local youth

Students from Hemet High School and Corona’s Centennial High School visited UC Riverside’s Department of Physics and Astronomy this week to participate in the International Particle Physics Masterclass, an annual program of the European Particle Physics Outreach Group. The Masterclass is an interactive two-day exercise in which high school students...
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UCR entomologists honored

Three UC Riverside entomologists have won prestigious awards from the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America. Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, director of the Lindcove Research and Extension Center at Exeter, Calif. and a research entomologist, won the CW Woodworth Award “for outstanding accomplishments in entomology over at least the past 10...
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Chemists group honors UCR professor

Francisco Zaera, a distinguished professor of chemistry, has been named the inaugural winner of an award from the Catalysis Science and Technology Division of the American Chemical Society, or ACS, to recognize his “Exceptional Achievements in Catalysis.” The award “acknowledges excellence and scientific leadership in catalysis science and...
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Doctoral student awarded fellowship by national science group

Lauren Walker, a doctoral student in environmental toxicology, has been awarded the first Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship by the Teratology Society Council. The fellowship allows Walker to participate in the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, or FASEB, Capitol Hill advocacy day on March 6 and 7. Each year, FASEB...
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UCR Health Street Medicine program reaches out to Riverside community in severe need

Faculty, students, and staff in the UCR School of Medicine distributed care packages and hygiene kits on Dec. 19, 2018, to more than 100 people in severe need in the City of Riverside. The kits, assembled earlier that month by more than 40 faculty, students, and staff, included sweatshirts, water bottles, warm socks, and hygiene kits. The effort...
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Postdoc in School of Medicine receives prestigious NIH fellowship

Rebekah Charney, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Medicine, has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health. The fellowship provides $177,000 to support Charney for three years to...
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Study deepens understanding of how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago

Thomas Kuhlman, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who came to UC Riverside from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in July 2018, is the lead author on a study that attempts to explain how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...
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Physicist, Nobel laureate conferred honorary degree

Nobel laureate Barry Barish, who joined the faculty of the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy earlier this year, has been conferred the honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski by the academic council of Sofia University, Bulgaria. The award ceremony, including a lecture by Barish, will take place at a date...
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Giving the discounted a voice

A book that Ian A. Lubin of the UCR School of Medicine edited – “ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing Regions” (Springer, 2018) – has won the “2018 Outstanding Publication Award for a Book” from the Division of Culture, Learning and Technology, or CLT, of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, or AECT,...
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SOM Researcher Addresses Incentive Disparities in HIV Research

To encourage subjects to participate in clinical and behavioral HIV studies, researchers often offer incentives such as cash or gift cards. But such remuneration could distort the sampling and end up inadvertently hurting the research findings. Lured by the incentives, participants could easily conceal information about themselves to qualify. Or...
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Teaching the Teachers

Kenneth Barish, the chair of the UC Riverside Department of Physics and Astronomy, formally began the Summer Physics Teacher Academy this year with opening remarks that included the following sobering statistics: Nationally, 33 percent of high school students take physics. In California, on average, 22 percent of high school students take physics....
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