Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yinsheng Wang Selected to Hold Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Prof. Yinsheng Wang, Director of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and Professor in the Chemistry Department, has been selected to hold the Donald T. Sawyer Endowed Founder's Chair in Chemistry.  There was a symposium and celebration of the establishment of the Chair today.  Below is an announcement for the event.  Our congratulations to Yinsheng for this very nice recognition.

Visit of Prof. Asoka Pathiratne

Yesterday, Dr. Asoka Pathiratne, a professor of environmental toxicology in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Management at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, visited UCR and met with faculty and students.  I had an interesting visit with her and learned more about environmental issues affecting Sri Lanka.  Below are a couple of pictures from her visit.

Scott, Marissa, Luisa, Prof. Pathiratne and Graciel.  

Professors Pathiratne, Schlenk and Volz
Prof. Pathiratne and Eastmond

Friday, May 5, 2017

Air Pollution Specialist Position with the California Air Resources Board

I received the following email this morning.  If interested, please follow the links below to apply. 

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to announce a second vacancy in my section at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in Sacramento.  This section is responsible for developing CARB’s EMFAC emissions model.  EMFAC is the official model for estimating current and future on-road mobile source air pollutant emissions in California and is used to support transportation and air quality planning, photochemical modeling, and regulations.  The incumbent will be responsible for mining, analyzing, and quality assuring mobile source data in order to develop emission inventories using defensible, well documented methodologies. Candidates with experience in relational databases and programming languages such as Python and SQL are especially desirable.  As this position will be responsible for coordinating with other staff and stakeholders to shape the future development of the EMFAC model, communication skills and the ability to work in a team are critical.

The link to the job announcement is below:

In order to be eligible for this position, candidates must be on the Air Pollution Specialist (APS) eligibility list.  Getting on this list is instantaneous and can be done through our web interface, assuming the candidate meets the minimum qualifications.  The process for gaining APS eligibility can be found through the link below, under “Continuous Examinations”, “Air Pollution Specialist”:

For more information about this position or gaining APS eligibility, please contact Steve Zelinka at  The final date is to apply for this position is 5/17/2017


  Steve Zelinka
  Manager, On-Road Model Implementation Section
  Mobile Source Analysis Branch
  Air Quality Planning and Science Division
  California Air Resources Board

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring wildflowers from Riverside and nearby areas

Because of all the rainfall this winter, the wildflowers in the Riverside area have been particularly pretty this spring.  Below are pictures taken in March and April.

California poppies at the base of the Box Springs Mountains

A view from Sycamore Canyon Park

A bush within Sycamore Canyon Park

A view of the Box Springs Mountains

Castleview Park near my home

 Sycamore Canyon Park

A hill between Rubidoux and Fontana

The same hill between Rubidoux and Fontana 

A view across Sycamore Canyon Park taken last Saturday

Castleview Park

Friday, April 28, 2017

UCR Alumna Haizheng Hong has article in Science

Haizheng Hong, an alumna of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and current faculty member at Xiamen University in China, recently had her research on the effects of ocean acidification on cyanobacteria published in the journal Science.  Haizheng received her Ph.D. in 2007 working with Prof. Yinsheng Wang.  Dalin Shi, another UCR alumnus who earned his Masters degree in Environmental Science working with Dan Schlenk (before completing his Ph.D. at Princeton) and who is also a Xiamen University faculty member as well as Haizheng's husband, was also a co-author on the paper.  Our congratulations to both Haizheng and Dalin for this nice recognition of their work. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Volz Selected for Prestigious NIEHS ONES Award

David Volz, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Toxicology Program faculty member, has been selected for one of the prestigious Outstanding New Environmental Sciences awards by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  The award is intended to recognize outstanding scientists at early stages of their careers.  This five-year NIH R01 award will allow Dr. Volz and his research group to study mechanisms underlying the developmental toxicity of common indoor organophosphate flame retardants using a zebrafish model.  More information on the award can be found in the NIEHS newsletter.  Our congratulations to Dave for this very nice recognition.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UCR Graduate Students serving in Society of Toxicology

I wasn't able to attend the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting this year.  Apparently, UCR was well represented.  Of note, UCR has a number of students serving as graduate student representatives on various SOT committees.  Lauren Walker and Monique Williams, Ph.D. students in the ETOX program serve on the Women in Toxicology and the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation committees, respectively.  Another PhD. student working in Prue Talbot's lab, Giovanna Pozuelos, a CMDB student, serves as the student representative to the Southern California Chapter of the SOT.  Our thanks to these students for their service.