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Innovative Thinking. Breakthrough Research. Real-World Solutions.

UC Riverside embodies the historic and contemporary promise of the Golden State by serving as an incubator of new knowledge and a catalyst for breakthroughs in many of today’s most relevant fields. As a leader, partner, source of innovation, and developer of solutions, we share that promise with our community, our region, our nation and the world.

HEALTH

Bioengineers turn science into technologies that improve our quality of life in innumerable ways. Because a living organism is a complex interactive matrix of chemistry, physics, biology and mechanics, bioengineers (sometimes called biomedical engineers) specialize in using scientific principles from these and other diverse fields to solve problems in health care and medicine.
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Jerome Schultz Jerome Schultz
Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering
Bioengineering
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Biomedical engineers discover powerful new pharmaceuticals and design novel vaccines that target specific cells, creating new needle-free drug delivery systems.
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David Lo David Lo
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Needle-free Drug Delivery
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Jiayu Liao Jiayu Liao
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Drug Discovery/ Diabetes
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Experts in neuroscience develop innovative new diagnostic treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and new therapeutics for neurodevelopmental disorders such as Fragile X syndrome and autism.
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Devin Binder Devin Binder
Assistant Research Scientist
Biomedical Sciences
Traumatic Brain Injury
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Iryna Ethell Iryna Ethell
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Fragile X
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UCR’ s Department of Chemistry, ranked among the world’s leading chemistry programs, is working to understand how molecules mimic biological activity so that their properties can be developed into new synthetic medical treatments for diabetes and other conditions.
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Dallas Rabenstein Dallas Rabenstein
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Peptides and Proteins
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Psychologists develop and test new strategies designed to improve doctor-patient communications, enabling more effective treatments and improved health outcomes.
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Kate Sweeny Kate Sweeny
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Doctor-Patient Communication
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SUSTAINABILITY

The unique climate and geography of California provides diverse ecosytems which are perfect for the establishment of a diverse variety of destructive pests that threaten agricultural and other interests. Leading researchers with UCR’s Center for Invasive Species Research determine how pests enter California, where invading populations came from and how to combat and contain them.
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Mark Hoddle Mark Hoddle
Director, Center for Invasive Species Research
Red Palm Weevil
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Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell
Director, Lindcove Research & Extension Center
Citrus Pest Management
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Tim Paine Tim Paine
Professor of Entomology
Ash Whitefly
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Tom PerringTom Perring
Professor of Entomology
Date Palm Industry
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The UCR Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) brings together scientists, policymakers and government leaders to address local, regional and international water scarcity and water quality challenges.
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Ariel Dinar Ariel Dinar
Director, Water Science and Policy Center
Water Policy
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POLICY

UCR’s Graduate School of Education (GSOE) contributes to regional and national policy-making by launching innovative collaborations like C-4, a consortium of California community colleges and the University of California, designed to enhance and accelerate the development and matriculation of teachers educational leaders.
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John Levin John Levin
Director, California Community College Collaborative
Community College Collaborative
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In addition to providing policymakers with the best of UC research on special needs students, GSOE is also home to SEARCH (Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope), a center which provides resources and education to families dealing with autism-related disorders, particularly lower income and Latino-speaking populations.
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Jan Blacher Jan Blacher
Director, SEARCH
Autism/Special Education Policy
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The UCR Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) brings together scientists, policymakers and government leaders to address local, regional and international water scarcity and water quality challenges.
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Ariel Dinar Ariel Dinar
Director, Water Science and Policy Center
Water Policy
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UCR researchers provide new data and analytical tools for national and international government and business leaders, including a real-time recession prediction model that is guiding fiscal policies responsive to current economic cycles. This same model successfully predicted the end of the 2001 recession 16 months before the National Bureau of Economic Research announced the recession was over.
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Marcelle Chauvet Marcelle Chauvet
Professor of Economics
Recession Forecasting/Economic Policy
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At a time when the health of the world may rely on bridging the divide between the U.S. and the Middle East, Reza Aslan, a professor of creative writing, is someone who is qualified to mediate the dialogue. His ability to bridge the gap between east and west has earned time on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he comments regularly for the Anderson Cooper 360 Weblog on CNN.com. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, the Nation and others.
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Reza Aslan Reza Aslan
Associate Professor, Creative Writing
Middle Eastern Culture, Politics and Policy
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TECHNOLOGY

From the discovery of powerful new drugs and diagnostic tools to the development of novel biocompatible materials that will revolutionize 21st century medicine, UCR researchers and graduates collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and other organizations to put the power of groundbreaking ideas to work in the real world.
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Nosang Myung Nosang Myung
Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
TB Testing
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Ashok Mulchandani Ashok Mulchandani
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Environmental Toxins
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UCR nanoengineers produce many new types of materials with unique applications, leading to such innovations as reusable, low-power electronic papers and sources of clean, hydrogen-based fuels.
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Yadong Yin Yadong Yin
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Artificial Atoms
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