Thursday, December 25, 2008

Seasons Greetings from Riverside

Happy Holidays! Last year I posted pictures of the Mission Inn. This year I decided to post a few from a neighborhood near my home in Riverside. All are from a neighborhood (near the intersection of Chicago and Alessandro) where the residents line the streets with luminarios (traditionally, candles inside of paper bags). I hope you enjoy them. In addition, I wish you all a successful and happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In the News

Last week, ETOX faculty member David Eastmond was interviewed by Nathan Baca of KESQ television in Palm Springs for a story about the presence of carbon tetrachloride in two local schools. The news station was interested in the health effects of carbon tetrachloride and its likely source. A news article based on the interview can be found here and a video clip of the interview that was broadcast can be found here. [On my computer, the second link brings up an error message but a pop-up window opens behind it and the video seems to run fine anyway. There is a short 16 sec. advertisement before the segment begins. The video can also be accessed from the first link by clicking the link found in the upper left portion of the screen.]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In the News

The research of ETOX faculty member Prue Talbot (and her CMDB graduate student Sabrina Lin) on the toxicity of smoke from harm reduction cigarettes to mouse embryonic stem cells has recently been spotlighted in the UCR newsroom. Prue recently presented this work to our students at a recent ETOX seminar as well. Access to the new release can be found here.

Position at Health Canada

I recently received information about the following position.

Health Canada is seeking potential candidates for a staff Research Scientist position in situated in Ottawa, Canada. This is the position left vacant by the retirement of George Douglas earlier this year. It does not involve any management or administrative duties; it is strictly a research position. It is a permanent position with laboratory, support staff, and base budget. The successful candidate would conduct research on the applied aspects of mutagenesis (primarily in vivo) in relation to environmental pollutants. The announcement was sent as a pdf document and contains additional information. If interested, please contact me ( and I will forward it on to you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

In the News

Over the past month or two, the research of a number of ETOX faculty members have been featured or the faculty members have been quoted in the news. Here are those of which I am aware.

Sharon Walker's efforts to provide opportunities for minorities and community college students to conduct research is spotlighted in the UCR Magazine. One of the programs entitled "Building Bridges Across Riverside Through Water Quality Research" is a collaborative effort funded by the USDA that involves ETOX alumna Heather Smith who is a professor of life sciences at Riverside Community College. The article can be accessed here.

Carl Cranor was recently quoted fairly extensively in a recent article on the new report on risk assessment published by the National Academy of Sciences. His comments were published on-line on the Environmental Health News website which can be accessed here.

Dave Eastmond was briefly quoted in the November issue of Self Magazine responsing to questions about Kinoki foot patches that are purported to have benefits in helping to eliminate toxins from the body.

Wilfred Chen, Ashok Mulchandani and Marylynn Yates' research on a new method that will allow the detection of one infective virus within two hours was recently published in PNAS and was spotlighted in InsideUCR. The news clip can be accessed here.

Xuan Liu's recent research on the intracellular relocalization of p53 following treatment of cells with apigenin, a dietary flavonoid, was also recently published in PNAS and highlighted in the InsideUCR news. The news clip can be accessed here.