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Physicist joins NSF-funded team focused on accelerating quantum computing research

Peng Wei, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, is a co-principal investigator and theme lead on a grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator — a new model of innovation for the government, industry, and academia. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Wei...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Riverside Unified School District honors astronomer for his contributions to K-12 STEM education

For his numerous contributions to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, Bahram Mobasher, a professor of physics and observational astronomy at UC Riverside, has been named a recipient of the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education Presidential Award for the year 2020. The Riverside Unified School...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR among top global universities for plant and animal science in U.S. News list

UC Riverside has been ranked the No. 26 university in the world for plant and animal science by U.S. News and World Report in its 2020 Best Global Universities list. The rankings, released Oct. 19, focused on academic research and reputation in evaluating nearly 1,500 top institutions across 86 countries. UCR placed No. 158 in the overall rankings...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR honors three graduates with 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction

Three UC Riverside graduates were presented with the 2020 Alumni Awards of Distinction in an online ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17. Anthea Hartig M.A. ’89, Ph.D. ’01, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. Pedram Salimpour ’90, CEO and co-founder of Pierce Health Solutions...

By University Communications |

Physics and Astronomy joins elite group promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

The UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy has been accepted to the American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance, or APS-IDEA, joining a consortium of physics departments, laboratories, and research collaborations committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion. APS-IDEA, a network of nearly 100 institutions...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Ten campus groups recognized for healthy standards

UCR Healthy Campus has recognized 10 groups that have achieved high levels of health and well-being standards as part of its new certification program. Bronze level certification was awarded in late August to the Well, Athletics, Environmental Health & Safety, Harvest Shared Services Center at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and...

By Imran Ghori |

CNAS meets Living the Promise campaign goal

A gift made anonymously to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside has helped the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, in which the department is housed, meet and surpass its goal of raising $100 million toward the $300 million Living the Promise campaign, the university’s first ever comprehensive fundraising...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Biochemist helps describe polymerase-ribosome complex

New work illustrates power of cryo-electron microscopy

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Plants and empowerment

Katayoon "Katie" Dehesh has many distinguished titles: director of UC Riverside’s Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, distinguished professor of molecular biochemistry, member of the German National Academy of Sciences, and now, president-elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists. But her attitude toward life can be summarized in a...

By Jules Bernstein |

Eleven UC Riverside professors receive prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Seven of the awards went to women

By Holly Ober |

Grant awarded to physicist to explore the dark sector

The John Templeton Foundation has supported research on a diverse range of subjects including creativity, forgiveness, and free will. Dark matter — nonluminous material in space that is understood to constitute 85 percent of the matter in the universe — can now be added to the list. The foundation has awarded UC Riverside physicist Hai-Bo Yu a...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Summer Physics Academy moves online due to pandemic

The popular Summer Physics Academy held each year by the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy for high school teachers has a different format this year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all lectures of the 13th Summer Physics Academy are being delivered to the 25 participating high school teachers via Zoom. Hai-Bo Yu, an associate professor...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Why some drugs work and others don’t in treating neurological disorders

UC Riverside mouse study focused on the neuromodulatory system that affects behavior

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

New work advances efforts in finding a cure for acute myeloid leukemia

UC Riverside-led research focused on the enzyme DNMT3A

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Professors honored for their teaching innovation

UCR’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers recognized three professors this year.

By University Communications |

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Virtual activities include a movie night, webinars, and a TikTok challenge.

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez |

Manipulating mosquito behavior through their odorant receptors

UC Riverside research could help design new tools to combat deadly diseases like malaria and dengue fever that affect nearly a billion people worldwide

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Music researcher tangos to the top of UCR’s Grad Slam 2020

The winner will pitch his project studying music and race in Argentina at the UC-wide finals May 8

By Holly Ober |

New work has potential to accelerate development of nanotechnology

Lead researcher Chun Hung (Joshua) Lui is a recipient of a 2020 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Rapidly changing flowering times imperil pollinators

The rates at which communities of plants are shifting their flowering times differ greatly in different locations

By Jules Bernstein |