College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Latest News

Geology professor joins elite class of American Geophysical Union fellows

Andy Ridgwell to be honored as new AGU fellow during December meeting

By Jules Bernstein |

Physicist named a fellow of the American Physical Society

Gillian Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, or APS, “for pioneering techniques and significant contributions to clusters of galaxies, massive galaxies and cosmology, as well as for sustained leadership in research administration, broadening participation and outreach.” Wilson is...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Engineering and chemistry doctoral students receive prestigious DOE fellowships

The funds will support their research in a DOE lab

By Holly Ober |

COVID-19 testing lab moves to larger space

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 testing lab has moved to a larger space at Webber Hall, where the lab team has more than doubled the number of samples it can process. The move was completed Sept. 15, a day before move-in weekend, when the lab tested around 7,000 samples from incoming student residents over a five-day period. The diagnostic lab was created...

By Imran Ghori |

Equipment grant will support two labs on campus

Boerge Hemmerling and Christopher Bardeen have received an equipment grant of about $214,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, for a project titled “High-Flux Source for Aluminum Monochloride with Applications in Material Science.” “We will be creating and studying a new material, made of aluminum monochloride,” said...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Electronic cigarette chemicals can damage and inflame human skin

UC Riverside-led research has implications for vape shops

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Grant supports study of new catalyst structures

Matthew P. Conley, an assistant professor of chemistry, has received a three-year grant of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy in support of fundamental research his lab will perform to generate catalysts on surfaces to activate unreactive bonds. A catalyst is a substance that operates by reducing the energy input for a chemical reaction by...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR entomologists’ reputations soar with new awards

Entomological Society of America honors three from UCR

By Jules Bernstein |

Deep dive into the atomic nucleus

Miguel Arratia, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a $508,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to perform experiments using the electron accelerator facility at the Jefferson Laboratory, or JLab, in Newport News, Virginia, the world’s premier laboratory for imaging the subatomic structure of matter. “We will use...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Use of pure menthol instead of mint oil in e-cigarette fluids may reduce cancer risk

UC Riverside study compared three classes of chemicals in Puff and JUUL e-cigarette fluids

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Fourteen UC Riverside professors receive NSF CAREER Awards

The number shatters UCR’s record for CAREER Awards set only last year

By Holly Ober |

Department of Energy renewal grant supports student research at Brookhaven National Lab

Kenneth Barish, a professor of physics and astronomy, has received a three-year renewal grant of more than $1 million from the Department of Energy, or DOE, to support the activities of the Nucleon Spin Physics Group at UC Riverside. Physicists have made significant theoretical and experimental progress in understanding where the total spin of the...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Physicist receives NSF grant to develop instruments for gravitational wave detectors

Jonathan Richardson, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a grant of $480,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop advanced instrumentation for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, based at sites in Louisiana and Washington. Completed in 2002, LIGO detects gravitational waves —...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Desert champion wins prestigious conservation award

Cameron Barrows, UCR conservation biologist and tireless protector of desert flora and fauna, is the 2020 Minerva Hoyt Conservation Award winner.

By Jules Bernstein |

Study evaluates Inland Empire transgender and gender nonconforming patients’ experiences

UC Riverside partnered with the Transgender Health and Wellness Center to conduct focus groups about patient experiences

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Scientists publish perspective on boosting stem cell immunity to viruses

Shou-wei Ding and Shabihah Shahrudin weigh in on research that could improve antiviral siRNA therapeutics

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Brain injury lab receives additional federal funding to boost research

Earlier this year, Viji Santhakumar, an associate professor of molecular, cell and systems biology, received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disaster and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to further pursue research on moderate concussive brain injury. Now three scientists in her lab have received federal...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

New state-of-the-art greenhouse facility readies for opening

UC Riverside’s new Plant Research 1 is already starting to stand out on campus, with its gleaming glass frame and the scenic Box Springs Mountains in the background. The two-story building also represents a step forward in high-tech plant research space that researchers expect to use by this fall. Construction of the new 30,000-square-foot concrete...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR entomologists win grants to develop pesticide alternatives

Kerry Mauck and Chow-Yang Lee both win California Department of Pesticide Regulation grants for innovative projects

By Jules Bernstein |