Dr. Gerald Maguire was recognized at the second annual Recognition Dinner & Dance

Dr. Gerald Maguire, associate dean of graduate medical education and chair of psychiatry, at NAMI event

For his accomplishments in mental health awareness and treatment, Dr. Gerald Maguire, associate dean of graduate medical education and chair of psychiatry, was recognized at the second annual Recognition Dinner & Dance hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Riverside branch.

Maguire has engaged the community in mental health issues. In 2017, he partnered with NAMI to host a community lecture series on the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses in children and adults. He has also worked to grow the School of Medicine’s residency programs in psychiatry as well as the UCR Health psychiatry practices.

The Recognition Dinner & Dance took place on Feb. 24 at the Marriott Riverside.

Iqbal Pittalwala

Astrobiologist Recognized by Geochemical Society

Noah Planavsky

Noah Planavsky, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at Yale University and a member of UC Riverside’s Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center and its team within the NASA Astrobiology Institute, will receive the 2018 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society. Planavsky received his doctorate at UCR under the direction of Timothy Lyons, distinguished professor of biogeochemistry and director of the Astrobiology Center.

The Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. Planavsky is recognized for his work on mid-Proterozoic oxygen levels, as defined by his novel application of the chromium (Cr) isotope proxy. This approach is a critical part of the research within the UCR Astrobiology group.

-Sarah Nightingale 

Plant Biologists Dominate at the Western ASPB Conference

(Left to Right) Irma Ortiz, Claudia Sepulveda, Pablo Martinez, Jocelyne Aranda, Danielle Garceau

The Department of Botany & Plant Sciences received graduate and undergraduate awards in multiple categories at the most recent American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Western Section Conference on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Pablo Martinez (Carolyn Rasmussen lab) was awarded Best Graduate Student Talk for his work using a single-molecule approach to determine how the microtubule-binding protein TANGLED influences the dynamics of cell division.

Danielle Garceau (Linda Walling lab) received an Honorary Mention in the Best Graduate Student Talk category for her research using RNA sequencing to elucidate the cassava’s defense-signaling to identify its whitefly-resistance genes.

Irma Ortiz (also in the Walling lab) received the Best Graduate Student Poster Award for her use of proteomics-based technologies to characterize the function of LAP-A to control wound signaling in tomato.

Jocelyne Aranda (Rasmussen lab) was honored with the Best Undergraduate Poster Award for her use of mathematical cell-shape modeling to determine whether a mutant with defects in division plane orientation initiates divisions in predicted locations.

In a tie, Claudia Sepulveda (of the David Nelson lab), was honored with the Best Poster Award for her research using gene editing technology to characterize the function of KUF1, a gene upregulated by the smoke-derived germination stimulants karrikins.

Founded in 1924, the ASPB is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences. It publishes two highly-cited journals and organizes conferences and other activities that are key to the promotion and growth of plant science, including molecular and cellular biology.

Nelson, Rasmussen, and Walling are all members of UCR’s Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) in the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB). The IIGB addresses significant questions in plant biology on a molecular level to meet global challenges such as improved nutrition, increased crop yield, resistance to pests, and sustainable biofuels.

Sarah Nightingale 

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