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Study deepens understanding of how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago
By IQBAL PITTALWALA on
Thomas Kuhlman, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who came to UC Riverside from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in July 2018, is the lead author on a study that attempts to explain how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago.   The study, published in the Proceedings of the National…
HIV study explains how latent and rebound viruses are related
By Igbal Pittalwala on
John Barton, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert in statistical physics and evolutionary dynamics, is a coauthor on a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines how latent HIV viruses – viruses that are inactive and “hiding” within cells – relate to the viruses…
Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: ‘electron quantum metamaterials’: UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
By IQBAL PITTALWALA on
When two atomically thin two-dimensional layers are stacked on top of each other and one layer is made to rotate against the second layer, they begin to produce patterns — the familiar moiré patterns — that neither layer can generate on its own and that facilitate the passage of light and electrons, allowing for materials that…
Physicists explain how large spherical viruses form. UC Riverside-led study deciphers key elements for the assembly of a large virus; understanding its formation could contain viruses’ spread
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
A virus, the simplest physical object in biology, consists of a protein shell called the capsid, which protects its nucleic acid genome — RNA or DNA.  The capsid can be cylindrical or conical in shape, but more commonly it assumes an icosahedral structure, like a soccer ball. Capsid formation is one of the most crucial steps in…
Study provides new insight into why galaxies stop forming stars A team of UC Riverside-led scientists get best measure yet of why star formation stopped in galaxy clusters in the early universe
By IQBAL PITTALWALA on
Galaxy clusters are rare regions of the universe consisting of hundreds of galaxies containing trillions of stars, as well as hot gas and dark matter. It has long been known that when a galaxy falls into a cluster, star formation is fairly rapidly shut off in a process known as “quenching.” What actually causes the stars to quench…
New UCR/Carnegie Collaboration in Astronomy
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
The University of California, Riverside, and the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena have established a UCR-Carnegie Graduate Student Fellowship program that will greatly benefit students in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. At any given time, the program will support two graduate student fellows. The…
Physicist to use optical trapping methods to study basic properties of solid-state materials
By IQBAL PITTALWALA on
Boerge Hemmerling, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study “Nonlinear Optical Properties and Novel Quantum Phases of Polar Molecules in Optical Lattices.” Hemmerling is the grant’s…
UCR physicists contribute to major Higgs boson discovery
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
On Aug. 28, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, announced that two experiment teams at the Large Hadron Collider discovered decay in the Higgs boson particle, an integral component of our universe, that was found by scientists at the center in 2012. UC Riverside physicists Gail Hanson, Robert Clare,…
Nobel Laureate Barry Barish Joins UC Riverside Faculty:
By Igbal Pittalwata on
Physicist, whose contributions enabled the first observation of gravitational waves, is the university’s second Nobel Prize winner RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Physicist Barry C. Barish, who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of gravitational waves, will join the faculty of the University of California, Riverside, on…
Early Opaque Universe Linked to Galaxy Scarcity: Team led by UC Riverside astronomer George Becker used the Subaru telescope to make the discovery
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A team of astronomers led by George Becker at the University of California, Riverside, has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relatively little matter. It has long been known that the universe is filled with a web-like network of…
NAS Committee Unanimous in Support for Proposed Particle Accelerator
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
On July 24, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee issued a report of its findings and conclusions related to the science case for a future U.S.-based Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a particle accelerator in which electrons collide with atomic nuclei. Four University of California campuses (UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, UCLA,…
In Search of Dark Matter: Researchers, including a UC Riverside particle physicist, interpret new experimental data aimed at showing dark matter interacts with ordinary matter — an unmet challenge in modern physics
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — An international team of scientists that includes University of California, Riverside, physicist Hai-Bo Yu has imposed conditions on how dark matter may interact with ordinary matter — constraints that can help identify the elusive dark matter particle and detect it on Earth. Dark matter — nonluminous material…
Research Center Receives Additional Funding From Department of Energy: SHINES at UC Riverside pursues fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems center, known as SHINES, at the University of California, Riverside, has received funding for two more years from the Department of Energy. SHINES received $12 million from the department in 2014. The new funding of $1.9 million is part of $100 million in…
Facebook Live interview with Mario De Leo Winkler
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
Facebook Live interview with Mario De Leo Winkler - View video here  
Teaching the Teachers: Weeklong Summer Physics Teacher Academy at UC Riverside serves a large region in Southern California
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
Kenneth Barish (standing), the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, welcomed the participants with opening remarks. Kenneth Barish, the chair of the UC Riverside Department of Physics and Astronomy, formally began the Summer Physics Teacher Academy this year with opening remarks that included the following sobering…
Ten UC Riverside Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards. The awards support early career leaders in research and education.
By Holly Ober on
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Ten UC Riverside assistant professors have received prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. CAREER Awards last for five years and support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and…
Science Fair Aimed at Spanish-Speaking Families Set for May 19
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
“Fiesta Familiar: Explorando La Ciencia Juntos” at UC Riverside will include activities such as smelling the universe, touching meteorites, and getting a close look at the DNA molecule RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside, is hosting a free, public event on Saturday, May 19, aimed at the…
Two UCR Undergraduates Named Goldwater Scholars
By Madeline Adamo on
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Two University of California, Riverside undergraduates — one studying physics and the other engineering and applied physics — have each won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive undergraduate STEM awards. UCR, which is one of the leading UC campuses for Goldwater Scholars…
NOVA Wonders Episode to Feature UCR Expert on Dark Matter
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
UC Riverside’s Flip Tanedo is featured in the NOVA Wonders episode “What’s the Universe Made of?” airing May 30 on PBS; will participate in Harvey Mudd College panel to discuss the episode on May 2 RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, Flip Tanedo watched PBS, especially documentaries like NOVA, all…
UCR Physicist Visits Nuclear Physics Day in Washington, D.C.
By Iqbal Pittalwala on
Kenneth N. Barish (second from left), professor and chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, visited Washington, D.C., on April 9 for Nuclear Physics DC Day, and met with lawmakers and their staff.  Nuclear Physics DC Day is an annual event that gives physicists like Barish an opportunity to advocate for the national…
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