Content Authored by: Sarah Nightingale

Raising the bar through authentic research

Boil the water, add the ingredients, stir. The instructions given in undergraduate science labs can feel a bit like making ramen noodles. “Lab courses that accompany many large science undergraduate lectures often adopt a cookbook-type approach, where students follow a series of instructions in a stepwise process without really understanding...

$1.5 million gift creates Sean and Stella Harper Endowed Scholarship Fund

Sean Harper is the first person to admit he wasn’t the most disciplined student when he came to UC Riverside as a biomedical sciences student four decades ago. “I was still 17 for my first few weeks at UCR,” Harper said. “I knew that I wanted to study medicine but...

In sexual conflict, ant queens prevail in evolutionary arms race

It’s hidden from sight, but there’s an epic battle of the sexes raging in the leafcutter ant species Atta colombica. Competing males deliver sperm in a fluid that’s toxic to rivals’ sperm, while females quash their efforts in order to ensure their own reproductive success. For the first time, a...

Where taste and smell collide, you'll find Givaudan

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The first bite of a tangy orange; a field of fragrant wildflowers; the sweet aroma of roasted hazelnuts. The natural world is filled with tastes and smells that delight our senses and calm our frayed nerves. If only we could package them up and take them home...

When life gives you sour lemons, use genetics to find out why

A team of researchers, including two from the University of California, Riverside, has identified the genes responsible for the hallmark sour taste of many citrus fruits. Published Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Nature Communications, the research could help plant breeders develop new, sweeter varieties. Modern citrus varieties have been bred over...

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat 

Study led by UCR researcher explores how climate change affects nature’s ability to recycle

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life

Collection edited by UCR researchers focuses on the role of rising oxygen in the birth of complex life

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

UCR recognizes longtime generosity of Campbell family with building renaming

The University Laboratory Building is being renamed the “Rochelle and Allison Campbell Hall”

By Sarah Nightingale | | University

Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers

Molecular fossil evidence suggests sponges lived on the ancient ocean floors 100 million years before the Cambrian period

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Two-Minute Earthquake Drill Set for 10:18 a.m. on 10/18

Faculty, staff, and students on campus are gearing up to participate in the Great California ShakeOut

By Sarah Nightingale | | University

Hook injury from catch-and-release can reduce fish feeding

Study shows mouth injuries caused by hook removal reduce feeding performance in suction-feeding fish

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Rewriting the textbook on how steroid hormones enter cells

Identification of a transporter that ferries steroids into cells could bring widespread benefits for human health

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

$2.3 million NIH grant will support efforts to stop mosquito-borne diseases 

National Institutes of Health award to UCR’s Naoki Yamanaka recognizes highly innovative research

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Picking the perfect pomegranate

Consumer sensory panel shows several promising alternatives to the industry-standard ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Climate-induced soil changes may cause more erosion and flash flooding

More intensive water cycle could have impact on biodiversity, human health, and water and food security

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Measuring greenhouse gases on the go

New mobile emissions van allows UCR researchers to track atmospheric emissions anytime, anywhere

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Climate change predicted to bring more extremes to inland southern california

Regional report authored by UCR researchers is included in California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Professor receives grant to study how fish hunt

NSF grant will support research on how fish coordinate different body parts to catch prey

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Marilyn Fogel and Timothy Lyons will be honored as new fellows during December meeting

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Omega centauri unlikely to harbor life

Close encounters between stars in the Milky Way’s largest globular cluster leave little room for habitable planetary systems

By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology