Monday, March 26, 2018

Sharon Walker named Dean of the Drexel University College of Engineering

Sharon Walker, Interim Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and ETOX faculty member, as been appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Below are excerpts from the email that was sent out by our Provost Cindy LaRive. 

"Sharon was appointed interim dean in July 2016, after Dean Reza Abbaschian stepped down following 11 years leading the Bourns College. She brought continuity of leadership, a keen focus on student success, and intense advocacy for her faculty colleagues and the needs of the College. Sharon eagerly initiated new collaborations with other academic units and embraced the decanal role with her characteristic optimism and perseverance. She has continued to champion diversity and made a number of impressive faculty hires during almost two years as interim dean. An accomplished scholar, Sharon also worked to raise academic sights for the College, prioritized student achievement, and has been an active and successful fundraiser.

Sharon arrived as a new assistant professor in 2005 and quickly earned the respect and admiration of her faculty peers. Her research program focuses on water quality, particularly the fate and transport of bacteria and nanoparticles in water. She was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Grant to continue her research into desalination and water treatment at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sharon has also received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation including a CAREER award and was a co-PI on NSF ADVANCE and IGERT grants. She received the Chancellor’s Award for mentoring undergraduates in research and previously served as associate dean of the graduate division.

... She will begin her new role at Drexel on September 1, 2018, so we will have an opportunity before then to celebrate her service and wish her well. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Professor Sharon Walker for her service as interim dean of the Marlan & Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Photos from the ETOX mixer at the SOT meeting

On Sunday March 11, the ETOX Program held a mixer at the Iron Cactus restaurant during the Society of Toxicology meeting that was taking place in San Antonio, Texas.  Below are a few photos of the gathering.  Our thanks for Dave Volz for organizing the event. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cindy LaRive to receive ACS award


Cindy LaRive, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and ETOX faculty member has been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society's Division of Analytical Chemistry.  An article about the award as well as an overview of her research and previous awards can be found in the latest UCR Today issue.  Our congratulations to Cindy for this very nice recognition.  [The photo is from the UCR Provost's website.]

Friday, March 2, 2018

Toxicology internship at Amgen

I received a message from UCR's career center indicating that Amgen is actively working to recruit summer interns in various areas of the translational sciences, one of which is toxicology.  Apparently, the deadline for application has been extended until March 29.  I found on Amgen's website one toxicology graduate intern position located in South San Francisco.  More information can be found here.  There may be more.  If interested, I would more thoroughly check the Amgen website. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sharon Walker selected for Fulbright Fellowship

 Sharon Walker, interim dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and ETOX faculty member, has been selected to conduct research into desalination and water treatment at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.  More information on her project and the Fulbright program can be found in this UCR Today article.  We congratulate Sharon on this recognition and wish her the best in her research. {The photo is from UCR's 2014 Living the Promise brochure.}

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crystal structure of DNMT3A solved by ETOX team

A research team lead by Jukui Song, a professor in the Biochemistry department and an Environmental Toxicology faculty member, has solved the crystal structure of DNMT3A, a key enzyme involved in de novo DNA methylation.  The study has been recently published in the journal Nature.  Other members of the team include Yinsheng Wang, Director of the ETOX program, Linfeng Gao, current ETOX student, and Pengcheng Wang, Yang Yu and Shuo Liu, recent ETOX graduates.  More information can be found in an article in UCR Today or in the Nature article itself.  Our congratulations to Dr. Song and those involved in the project for this impressive accomplishment. [The image above is from the UCR Today article.]

Monday, February 5, 2018

Frances Sladek co-principal investigator on new Keck Foundation grant

Associate Dean and ETOX faculty member Frances Sladek is a co-principal investigator on a new Keck Foundation grant to study that mechanism by which estrogen hormones enter cells.  Together with the principal investigator Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka and co-principal investigator Naoki Yamanaka, Professor Sladek plans to investigate the potential of membrane transport proteins in the uptake of hormones.  More information can be found on the UCR Today website.  We wish Frances, Sachiko and Naoki success in their studies.  [The photo is from the UCR Today article and was taken by Iqbal Pittalwala.]