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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

Multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord, affects about 2.3 million people worldwide (400,000 in the United States). She led a study that identified the drug compound indazole chloride (Ind-Cl) that can potentially halt and even reverse the symptoms.
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Seema Tiwari-Woodruff Seema Tiwari-Woodruff
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
SOM
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Studies neural mechanisms of sleep and memory for aging adults, for college students and for military personnel. Her research first established the critical role that sleep spindles play in consolidating memory and how drugs can improve this process.
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Sara Mednick Sara Mednick
Assistant Professor of Psychology
CHASS
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His research focuses on how the brain processes everyday sounds, which may lead to therapies for age-related hearing problems and Fragile X Syndrome.
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Khaleel Razak Khaleel Razak
Associate Professor of Psychology
CHASS
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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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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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Devin Binder Devin Binder
Assistant Research Scientist
Biomedical Sciences
Traumatic Brain Injury
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SUSTAINABILITY

He leads “Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems” (SHINES) with $12 million /four years from the Department of Energy. Research on new ultrathin films, nanostructured composites, high res imaging, transport of electrical signals, to advance U.S. energy usage/applications.
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Jing Shi Jing Shi
Professor of Physics
CNAS
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Research on subtropical crop productivity (specifically, avocadoes) and fruit quality, including rootstocks, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide, and nutrition management strategies.
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Mary Lu Arpaia Mary Lu Arpaia
Subcultural Horticulturalist
Cooperative Extension
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Leading a $50 million grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to try to identify which exoplanets support human life. His team will spend five years mapping the different states of life on Earth from 3.2 billion years ago.
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Timothy Lyons Timothy Lyons
Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry
CNAS
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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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POLICY

Author and media commentator who bridges the gap between East and West. Regular appearances on Meet the Press, Hardball, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper and more.
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Reza Aslan Reza Aslan
Professor of Creative Writing
CHASS
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Research critical issues related to the interactions between water policy, water quality and water scarcity. Contribute policy-relevant research on water management, quality, pricing and sustainability practices at the local, regional, national and international levels.
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Kenneth Baerenklau and Kurt Schwabe Kurt Schwabe
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics & Policy
SPP/CNAS
Kenneth Baerenklau
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics & Policy
SPP/CNAS
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Fire has been with us forever, and it will always be with us. And while it can be a very useful tool, it can also scare us. Marko Princevac is working to understand how fire behaves—how it moves, where it moves and why it moves—so that we can control and fight fire more effectively and safely take advantage of its many benefits.
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Marko Princevac Marko Princevac
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Enhancing Fire Safety and Land Use Policies
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TECHNOLOGY

Developing interactive online "textbooks" that have been shown to help performance in college engineering and math classes. ZYBOOKS have been used by more than 40,000 students and 160 universities.
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Frank Vahid Frank Vahid
Professor of Computer Science
BCOE
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His research on “singlet fission” can increase solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Third Generation solar cells could make use of this process to become more efficient yet stay cost-effective.
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Christopher Bardeen Christopher Bardeen
Professor of Chemistry
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Researches social media data to study health outcomes and also financial markets. A website he developed tool has applications for government agencies to use when preparing for a public health emergency, such as the H1N1 (swine) flu scare in 2009/10.
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Vagelis Hristidis Vagelis Hristidis
Associate Professor of Computer Science
BCOE
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By studying the elasticity, tensile strength, genetic structure and mechanical properties of spider silks, Cheryl Hayashi is helping biotechnologists develop a variety of new materials for industrial, medical and military applications such as super-strong body armor, specialty rope and surgical microsutures.
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Cheryl Hayashi Cheryl Hayashi
Professor of Biology
Discovering the Strengths of Spider Silk
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