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UCR Research Funding Sets Record

Increased funding strengthens support for nanoscience, training science teachers.

(December 2005)

UC Riverside researchers received $109.8 million in sponsored awards in 2004-05, a record amount for the university that reflects its growing stature as a world-class academic research center.

Overall, sponsored awards for the campus grew by nearly 34 percent since last year. In 2003-04, UCR received $82 million in sponsored awards, and in 2002-03, $87.1 million.

Among the major awards received during 2004-05 are more than $22 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for nanoscience research under the direction of Robert Haddon, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and distinguished professor of chemistry, and chemical and environmental engineering; and a nearly $11.6 million award for five years from the U.S. Department of Education to sponsor teacher training and assessment under the direction of Linda Scott-Hendrick, director of UCR Teacher Induction Programs.

“UCR has a strong tradition of research excellence, reflected this year in our passing the $100 million milestone for sponsored awards,” said Charles Louis, vice chancellor for research.

This year’s funding includes awards to 390 investigators. Federal agencies provided about 72 percent of funding dollars, including $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $8 million from the U.S. Department of Education, $23.6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, $13.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $22.1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Among the funding recipients are:

• Julia Bailey-Serres, professor of genetics, received nearly $500,000 of a $1.8 million award from NSF to continue research to assign a function to every gene in a plant called arabidosis thaliana.

• Scott Coltrane, professor of sociology, received nearly $400,000 of a $1.8 million award from NIH to study how fathers impact the mental health and behavioral problems of their adolescent children.

• Joel Martin, interim dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, received $1 million from the Gluck Foundation to continue the Gluck Fellows Program, which takes UCR faculty and students of the arts to underserved communities.

• Gary Zank, professor of physics, director of UCR’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and now director of the systemwide IGPP, received $1.7 million from NSF to advance computational physics and lay the groundwork for a Center for Computational Sciences.

• Norman Ellstrand, professor of genetics, received a $1.5 million award from NSF to examine the factors related to the dispersal of genes in the agricultural ecosystem. His team includes UCR faculty and graduate students in botany and plant sciences, economics, sociology and statistics and anthropologists from UC Santa Barbara.

• Yushan Yan, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, with funding from private industry, is leading a research team to develop zeolite materials at the nanoscale, which will revolutionize the fields of energy, environment and microelectronics.

• Anthony Norman, distinguished professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, received nearly $500,000 of a $1.5 million award from NIH to continue studies on vitamin D and calcium metabolism.

• Alexander Raikhel, professor of entomology, received more than $800,000 from two awards totaling more than $3 million from NIH to continue his research on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

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