Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Grosovsky selected to be Dean at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Andrew Growsky, a faculty member who helped establish the ETOX Program and has played a key role in its growth and success, has accepted a position to serve as Dean of Science and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. For the past three years, Andrew has been serving as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at UCR. He will be sorely missed.

Update from Alumna Cherlyn Seruto

Cherlyn Seruto received a Master's degree in 2004. She conducts ecological risk assessments at Geomaga in Boulder, Colorado. Above is a picture of Cherlyn backcountry trekking near Berthod Pass, Colorado. Her husband Bill is on the left, Cherlyn in the middle, her pup Tunga is in the background, and her friend Jason is on the right.

Update from Alumnus Jim Adams

Jim Adams graduated in 1994 with a Master's degree. He works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon and it sounds like he is doing well. Above is a picture of Jim, his wife Deborah, daughters Leah (age 8), Sophia (age 6), and Charlotte (age 4), Sandy (the dog), Chewy (the
cat), and Tommy (the Guinea Pig). Fish and chickens not shown.

In the news

David Crowley

David Crowley's research identifying hundreds of new species of bacteria that are able to live in the La Brea tar pits and degrade the oil and natural asphalt has been the focus of several news articles. To see the full article from the UCR website, click here

Marylynn Yates quoted in Science Today

D. Can One Become Immune to Contaminated Drinking Water?
Narrator: This is Science Today. Immigrants from developing countries often become sick when visiting their countries of birth. According to Marylynn Yates, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of California, Riverside, the cause of sickness is usually from drinking contaminated water.
Yates: Some microorganisms, once you're exposed to the organism, you actually develop a lifelong immunity. Other organisms, it's very short-lived and so you can be exposed to it, get sick, have a very short-term immunity, be exposed to it again and get sick again.
Narrator: Yates says the children of immigrants who were born in developed countries are most vulnerable to sickness because they have never been exposed to contaminated drinking supplies. Yates' tip – drink bottled water when traveling in countries where you are unsure of the water quality.
Yates: If you don't have the immunity or if you've lost the immunity, you will very likely get ill if you're exposed to those organisms. So, you do have to exercise common sense.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.