College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Latest News

Algorithm helps speed up simulation of vast, complex universes

UC Riverside astrophysicist Simeon Bird explains

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Doctoral student receives dissertation fellowship

Graduate student Esther Omaiye has received a UC President's Dissertation-Year Fellowship award for the 2021-22 academic year. The fellowship will support her research on the analytical and toxicological evaluations of electronic cigarettes and their constituents, including chemical elements and flavor chemicals. Omaiye, who expects to graduate...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Four students take top honors in EcoSlam

Four UC Riverside students took top prizes in the third-annual EcoSlam on April 22, in which competitors shared research regarding ecology and conservation in “lighting talk” rounds. The event, sponsored by the Center for Conservation Biology, was created as a way to share research across multiple departments. This year marked the first time...

By Imran Ghori |

Entomologist wins royal society medal for book on true bugs

The Royal Entomological Society has bestowed its Westwood Medal upon entomology professor Christiane Weirauch for her work on true bugs — a group of insect that includes plant attackers and human disease spreaders as well as natural pest controllers.

By Jules Bernstein |

Biogeographer receives Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award

Janet Franklin, a distinguished professor of biogeography in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award by the North American Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. The award, to be presented at the group’s annual conference April 14, is the...

By Imran Ghori |

UC Riverside enters collaboration with GALT to advance microbiome research

Five research projects will use the company’s high-throughput microbial isolation and cultivation system

By Holly Ober |

Entomologist wins NSF CAREER grant to study bumblebee queen genes 

Hollis Woodard, an assistant professor of entomology, has won a coveted award from the National Science Foundation to study the genetic underpinnings of bumblebee queen behavior.

By Jules Bernstein |

CNAS lecture series returns with focus on COVID-19 response

An upcoming lecture series will spotlight the role researchers at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, are playing in response to COVID-19, from testing to vaccine development and more. The college’s annual science lecture series is titled "COVID Conversations: How the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside...

By Imran Ghori |

Award enables ecology PhD student to connect with policy makers

UC Riverside’s William Ota is one of the few graduate students nationwide to be honored this year with a policy award from the Ecological Society of America.

By Jules Bernstein |

Campus COVID-19 lab creators honored

Three UC Riverside employees who led efforts to create a COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory on campus have been recognized by state and federal elected officials. Katherine Borkovich, a professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology; Isgouhi Kaloshian, a professor and chair of the Department of Nematology; and Dr. Kenneth Han...

By Imran Ghori |

Postdoc wins Society of Toxicology conference award

Careen Khachatoorian, a postdoctoral researcher working with Prue Talbot, a professor of cell biology at UCR, will receive the Society of Toxicology Dermal Toxicology Subsection Graduate Student Award. The society hosts an annual national conference, with each specialty section offering awards to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR recognized with Riverside beautification awards

Two new UC Riverside projects and the almost decade-old community garden were recognized in the city of Riverside’s annual beautification awards in January. The Dundee Residence Hall and Glasgow Residential Restaurant won second place in new construction with landscaping; the renovation and expansion of the Barn received the historic and cultural...

By Imran Ghori |

Neuroscientist joins council of the American Physiological Society

Margarita Currás-Collazo, an associate professor of neuroscience in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at UC Riverside, has been elected to the American Physiological Society Council. Her term will begin in April 2021. Currás-Collazo received her doctoral degree in medical physiology at The Ohio State University. Her numerous UCR...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR wins four CASE awards for marketing efforts

UC Riverside has received four awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, for its marketing work. CASE District VII presented the 2021 Awards of Excellence in a live online ceremony on Feb. 5. University Communications won two gold awards, one for its Brand Visual Identity Initiative and the other for the Beyond...

By Imran Ghori |

Grants will help transform online courses

A new initiative provides 19 UC Riverside faculty members with grant funding to transform their existing remote courses into more robust online learning experiences. The Office of the Provost, Undergraduate Education, and Exploration Center for Innovative Teaching & Engagement, or XCITE, announced in January the recipients of the first round of...

By Imran Ghori |

Findings support relationship between thirdhand smoke exposure and fatty liver risk

Mouse study shows oxidative stress is a major cause of thirdhand smoke-induced liver disease

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UC Riverside mycologist joins 2020 class of AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has elected UCR mycologist Jason Stajich to its 2020 class of fellows for his research into the evolution of fungi and other microorganisms. Mycologists work with fungi, which are living organisms recognizable as molds, yeasts, and mushrooms. Stajich, a professor in the Microbiology...

By Jules Bernstein |

UCR helps grow massive plant portal

UC Riverside’s herbarium is helping create an unprecedented resource for scientists studying how climate change is affecting California’s plants. The herbarium has joined a consortium of 28 other herbaria, universities, research stations, natural history collections and botanical gardens digitizing their plant collections. By 2022, they will have...

By Jules Bernstein |

10 UCR researchers make 2020 ‘Highly Cited’ list

Ten researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have been included in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Clarivate Analytics, which was previously part of Thomson Reuters. The list includes the 6,167 most frequently cited researchers in the physical and social sciences, recognized as “researchers who demonstrated...

By Jules Bernstein |

Campus COVID-19 lab expands capacity

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 laboratory has added more space and staff as testing on campus continues to ramp up. About two months after opening, the diagnostic lab has increased its capacity as part of the campus’s regular coronavirus testing of students in residence halls. “We’re always trying to streamline and make the process faster,” said Kathy...

By Imran Ghori |