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UCR-Mexico Initiatives

With funds made available by the UCR Chancellor's office beginning in 2004, this program is intended to support the projects of UC Riverside faculty and researchers who wish to develop collaborative research or creative activities in any discipline with colleagues at Mexican institutions of research and/or higher education. The primary objective of the program is to expand and enhance academic exchange between UCR and Mexico and provide seed funds for starting projects that will lead to the development of major, long-term, interdisciplinary research and academic activities with strong potential for extramural funding. The Principal Investigators, departments, Mexican collaborators, Mexican institutions, and project titles of the selected projects are listed below.

2007 | 2005 | 2004


Marc A. Deshusses, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside
Juan Carlos Loyola Licea, Depto. de Metal Mecánica, Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo
Bi-National U.S.A.-Mexico Biofiltration Research and Training Program

Robert C. Graham, Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside
Juan José Jiménez Osornio, Manejo y Conservación de Recursos Naturales Tropicales, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Importance of limestone bedrock and subsurface pockets of soil as potential sources of water for dry deciduous tree species in Northern Yucatan

Yat-Sun Poon, Mathematics, UC Riverside Rafael Herrera, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas
Geometry of Quaternion-Kahler manifolds



Jianzhong Wu, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside (Carlos Lira-Galeana and José Luis Mendoza de la Cruz, Mexican Institute of Petroleum). Phase Behavior of Asphaltene Containing Petroleum Fluids in Porous Media.



Guillermo Aguilar, Engineering, UC Riverside (Santiago Camacho-López, Física Aplicada-Optica, CICESE). Effects of ultrashort laser pulse (USLP) irradiation on melanocyte viability.

Michael F. Allen, Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside (Juan-Jiménez-Osornio, Manejo y Conservación de Recursos Naturales Tropicales, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, and José María Ramos Prado, Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales (CITRO), Universidad Veracruzana). Additional Academic Participants : Edith Allen and Bai-Lian Li, Botany and Plant Sciences, UCR. Carbon dynamics of Mexican tropical forest ecosystems: beyond a project to a program.

Janet Arey, Air Pollution Research Center, UC Riverside (Rafael Villalobos-Pietrini, Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Assessment of the contribution by atmospheric formation of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to the genotoxicity of ambient air in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.

Allen P. Mills, Physics, UC Riverside (Rolando Castillo, Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico). Additional Academic Participant: Gabriela Diaz, Física, UNAM. Preparation of sol-gel glass having a distribution of pore sizes for Bose-Einstein condensation of positronium.

Daniel Schlenk, Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside (Susan C. Gardner, Programa en Planificación y Conservación Ambiental, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C.). Effects of contaminants on shellfish fisheries of Baja California Sur.