Content Tagged with: College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Algorithm helps speed up simulation of vast, complex universes

UC Riverside astrophysicist Simeon Bird explains

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

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 |

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 |

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 |

The UCR Botanic Gardens sale to feature native and hard-to-find plants

Plant fans have a reason to celebrate. The UCR Botanic Gardens has announced its upcoming spring plant sale will take place on April 10 and 11. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sale will be online. Though vegetables and fruits will not be available, there will be many exciting offerings including shrubs, house plants, climbing vines, cacti and...

By Michaela Miller |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Creating a signature UCR beer

For decades, UC Riverside-grown citrus has inspired a variety of products around the world. Now it can be found in signature beers sold only on campus. As many as five signature varieties including a lemon lager, mandarin ale, and grapefruit IPA, are on tap at the Barn’s Patio Bar, which reopened this summer after an expansion. The brews are the...

By Imran Ghori |

COVID-19 lab begins testing campus community

UC Riverside has begun testing students, staff, and faculty members for the coronavirus with the opening of a new diagnostic lab on campus this month. The lab, located at the Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, began operations in early September. The facility allows the campus to conduct its own independent testing at a faster rate and...

By Imran Ghori |

Pierce Hall renovation progresses

A $62.3 million renovation of Pierce Hall is nearing completion of its first phase while work on the second phase is underway. The first phase improvements can be seen in the north and south wings, which now feature freshly painted hallways, brighter lighting, and modernized class and research laboratories. The 114,000-square-foot facility, built...

By Imran Ghori |

Biochemist helps describe polymerase-ribosome complex

New work illustrates power of cryo-electron microscopy

By Iqbal Pittalwala |