UCR Conference Focuses on Issues and Benefits of Diversity

A two-year research project exploring issues and benefits of diversity at UCR and in Southern California will conclude with the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Conference May 6 to 7 in downtown Riverside. It is open to the public.

Sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, the conference will present research conducted by nearly 50 UCR faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. The public is invited to join the discussion, which will focus on these topics: “Beyond Diversity: Are We There Yet?”; “The Public Practice of Immigrant and Minority Religions in Southern California”; “Civic and Political Engagement”; and “Migration, Displacement & Movement.”

Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May, 6, and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The event will be held in the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, located in UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St., Riverside. The conference is free and open to the public. Attendees may RSVP by emailing cisevents@ucr.edu with the subject line AIS Conference.

The research project, Advancing Intercultural Studies, was funded by a $208,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a two-year series of seminars that examined changing perceptions of ethnic, cultural and cosmopolitan identities, the practices of immigrant religions, and developments in civic and political engagement at UCR and in Southern California.

Read more on the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Conference.

Hailing Jin Gets Paper Published in Nature Communications

Hailing Jin

Hailing Jin

Hailing Jin, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology, had a paper published online April 25 in the journal Nature Communications. The study provided the first example of a microRNA that sequentially silences both negative and positive regulators of plant immunity to fine-tune the timing and amplitude of host defense responses against bacterial infection. The microRNA-targeted negative regulators of plant immunity are two receptor-like kinases that have rather unusual features, which is lacking extracellular domains and kinase activities.

Timothy Lyons Selected to Give the Ingerson Lecture

Timothy Lyons

Timothy Lyons

Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences, will give the Ingerson lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference, the premiere international conference on geochemistry.

The conference, which is owned jointly by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, will be held June 26 to July 1 in Yokohama, Japan.

Lyons lecture, which will be given June 30, is called: “A Decade of Progress in Studies of Trace Metals in the Early Oceans.” This talk will explore the history of studies of metal distributions in the early oceans while also emphasizing the latest frontiers.

Study Offers Insights Into Seasonal Weight Gain in Young Children

Dr. Andrew Alexander

Dr. Andrew Alexander

Dr. Paul Lyons

Dr. Paul Lyons

A question two researchers in the UCR School of Medicine recently set out to explore was: How do students gain weight seasonally?  Specifically, they asked: Do overweight or obese children react differently over time and over seasons to ongoing on-campus obesity intervention programs than do normal weight children?

To answer the question, Andrew G. Alexander, M.D., and Paul E. Lyons, M.D., tabulated the weight gains and height gains of 183 first and second graders of two year-round public K-5 elementary schools (schools without summer vacation) in Palm Springs, Calif., every six months for two years: from April 2011 until April 2013.  Both schools had obesity intervention programs in place.

They found that interventions that aimed at reducing the rate of early childhood BMI gain produced “rebound” BMI gains. Further, this was more pronounced in non-obese children, while hardly affecting obese children.  (A diet-induced weight-gain rebound phenomenon is commonly seen in overweight adults who lose weight, only to regain their initial weight regardless of dietary interventions.)

The study appeared in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of School Health, and was funded by the Desert Healthcare District of Palm Springs, California.

For more information on the study, continue reading on UCR Today.

UC Launches Pilot Fellowship Program to Improve Public Health, Combat Impact of Tobacco Products

The University of California launched a pilot program to foster the next generation of leaders who are passionate about improving public health and combating the adverse effects of tobacco products.

Four UC Smoke and Tobacco-Free Student Fellowships of $12,000 each will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research or projects aimed at reducing the health hazards of smoke and tobacco on campuses.

“UC and California have been at the forefront of tobacco control at a national and global level,” said Dr. Michael Ong, chair of UCLA’s Tobacco-Free Task Force and chair of California’s Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee.

“These fellowships represent UC President Janet Napolitano’s acknowledgement of the complexity and continuing importance of these issues, and the need to develop new leadership for 21st century challenges.”

For more details, read on at the University of California Office of the President website.

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