Entomologist Receives $10,000 Grant as Part of the Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative

Quinn S. McFrederick, an assistant professor of entomology, received funding as part of the Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative of the Bayer Bee Care Program to determine how Nosema ceranae infection alters the honey bee midgut biome.

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Quinn S. McFrederick
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Nosema ceranae is a microsporidian (a type of fungus) pathogen that spread from a southeast Asian bee (Apis ceranae) to European honey bees due to the international movement of bees.

“Nosema infection spreads between bees and colonies via sick bees,” McFrederick explained. “It can cause dysentery in honey bees.”

His research group will target the bee microbiome, which is thought to be extremely important in honey bee nutrition and for pathogen protection.

“Our aim is to determine if there are bacteria in the bee gut that allow the bee to be more resistant to Nosema infection,” McFrederick said. “If so, we will determine if we can increase the prevalence of those bacteria.”

The $10,000 grant to McFrederick is for one year.

“We have just started the research,” he said.

The goal of Healthy Hives 2020 is to improve the health of honey bee colonies in the United States by the year 2020. McFrederick’s research proposal is one of only seven selected for funding. The seven recipients were selected from a total of 23 research proposals seeking to provide practical and tangible solutions to the key issues affecting the U.S. beekeeping industry.

McFrederick is also a member of a team led by Cornell researchers that received a five-year, $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop an approach to better understand how pathogens that infect bees and other pollinators are spread.

Graduate Student is a UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellow

Neema Adhami, a graduate student working with Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience at UC Riverside, is one of only four students (and one of only two graduate students) to receive the new UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Award.

The goal of the fellowships, open to all UC undergraduate and graduate students, is to develop the next generation of leaders in reducing the harms and social costs from smoking and use of tobacco products worldwide. Fellows are expected to conduct their proposed projects within a year.

UC Riverside graduate student Neema Adhami has been awarded a UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship. Martins-Green lab, UC Riverside.

Neema AdhamiMartins-Green lab, UC Riverside

“Neema is an excellent student, very smart and eager to make a difference in the field of thirdhand smoke-induced damage to health,” Martins-Green said. “He is an author on two seminal papers in this field, one showing that exposure to thirdhand smoke toxins leads to a pre-diabetic condition that mimics the initial stages of type II diabetes and the other confirming experimentally observations made by physicians that children living in the homes of smokers can develop many behavioral problems including hyperactivity. The latter paper was instrumental in helping pass California Assembly Bill 1819 CHAPTER 459 that prohibits smoking after hours, inside and outside, in home daycare centers.

Read more on Neema Adhami’s work.

 Ph.D. Student Working at the National Museum of American History

Mayela Caro, a Ph.D. student studying American history, especially the representations of gender and ethnicities in the media, is spending her summer as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Mayela Caro, a Ph.D. student studying American history. UCR file

Mayela Caro
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Her focus is the creation of podcasts and blogs, using museum collections related to Latino history. She is working closely with Magdalena Mieri, director of the program in Latino History and Culture. They are preparing resources for use during Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.
See more about Latino resources at the Smithsonian: http://latino.si.edu/

UCR Team Awarded Grant to Investigate Impacts of Drought

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy have been awarded $284,680 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action Program to determine whether drought and adverse weather conditions cause health problems, and whether water policy affects the link between extreme temperatures and health. The research will focus on California, but is relevant to many regions of the United States and the world that also suffer from drought, aridity, and water scarcity.

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Kurt Schwabe
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“When drought strikes, water policy often dictates where and to what degree water supply deliveries are curtailed. Water policymakers seek and regularly receive evidence that is relevant to diverse sectors including agriculture, the environment and municipal needs, but rarely health,” explained Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental economics and policy and principal investigator on the project. “One reason for this neglect is that policymakers have not had evidence for action about the connections among drought and extreme temperature, water policy and health.”

Read the complete story at ucrtoday.ucr.edu.

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