Ream to Work at the Spencer Foundation

Robert Ream, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, will be on temporary leave from UCR, starting in July 2013, to work as an associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago.

The Spencer Foundation is a leading sponsor of research in many education subfields. The bulk of the foundation’s funding goes to advance the scholarly work and the professional development of members of the education research community worldwide.

UCR Scientists Discover New Uses for Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

Four scientists at UCR have discovered that by adding ionic liquid — a kind of liquid salt — to  single-walled carbon nanotube films, they can modify its optical transparency in a controlled pattern.

“It was a discovery, not something we were looking for,” said Robert Haddon, director of UCR’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He has a joint appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Bourns College of Engineering.

Feihu Wang, Mikhail Itkis and Elena Bekyarova worked with him to try to improve the electrical behavior of carbon nanotubes, and as part of their research they also looked at whether they could modulate the transparency of the films. An article about their findings was published online in April in Nature Photonics.

 

Science Research Grants Related to Immortality Announced

Phenomena related to near-death experiences, immortality in virtual reality, and genes that prevent a species of freshwater hydra from aging are among the first research proposals funded by The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside.

Grants totaling $2.4 million will be awarded to 10 research teams from the United States and Europe in the scientific component of The Immortality Project, said John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy at UC Riverside and The Immortality Project’s principal investigator. The research teams include international collaborations, and some involve cross-cultural studies, Fischer added. The recipients were selected from among 75 proposals, which were reviewed by a panel of seven judges drawn from the disciplines of neuroscience, biological science, philosophy, and psychology.

Preliminary results of the science research projects will be presented at a conference in June 2014. Final results, and the results of philosophy and theology research proposals to be funded in spring 2014, will be presented at a capstone conference June 2015. Both conferences will be open to the public.

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