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Our Department, and indeed the UC Riverside campus, continues to be in a period of rapid growth: outstanding faculty continue to join our Department, the numbers of graduate and undergraduate students continue to increase, a new chemistry building has been built.

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Azalea Corral, 22, double majoring in anthropology and Latin American studies. (UCR/Stan Lim)
A drunk driver killed her parents. Now she’s graduating to honor them
Azalea Corral has a family photo that shows her three younger siblings and parents smiling together against a Santa Barbara countryside backdrop. It was taken on February 8, 2020 — the last time they would pose together for a photo.  The following day, both her parents succumbed to bodily injuries after a drunk driver struck them while they were out on their usual evening stroll in Goleta, a community about 12 miles west of Santa Barbara. Corral’s siblings were in the house; she was on a train back to Riverside. 
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R. palmarum is a destructive palm pest in its native and invaded ranges.
Pheromones lure deadly palm weevils to their doom
UC Riverside scientists have a new chemical weapon to seduce and kill the invasive, long-nosed beetles destroying California palm trees by the tens of thousands.
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flooded rice
New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain 
A UC Riverside-led team has learned what happens to the roots of rice plants when they’re confronted with two types of stressful scenarios: too much water, or too little. These observations form the basis of new protective strategies.
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Marilyn Fogel
Remembering ‘isotope queen’ Marilyn Fogel, pioneering scientist, beloved mentor 
Marilyn Fogel, endowed geoecology professor at UC Riverside, died on May 11 in Mariposa, Calif. She was 69. She pioneered the use of isotopes to understand the life history of organisms, both modern and ancient. In so doing, she helped develop biogeochemistry as a new field of science and earned the moniker ‘isotope queen.’
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