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Inaugural Riverside Angel Summit brings region together to invest in its own startups

The most promising startup as judged by Angel Investors will receive over $100,000 in investment

By UCR News | | Business

Chemical discovery gets reluctant seeds to sprout

Seeds that would otherwise lie dormant will spring to life with the aid of a new chemical discovered by a UC Riverside-led team.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Yeast and bacteria together biosynthesize plant hormones for weed control

Synthetic strigolactones could also improve nutrient uptake in crops

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Graduate School of Education changes name

Effective Monday, Sept. 20, the Graduate School of Education will officially become the School of Education, or SOE. The new name will reflect the scope of the school’s research, community engagement, and academic programs, specifically the undergraduate degree program, which was approved in 2017 and now accounts for 60% of...

Grow and eat your own vaccines?

The future of vaccines may look more like eating a salad than getting a shot in the arm. UC Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Medical school led the way for safe return to classrooms

Some students and faculty at UC Riverside, fearful about returning to campus this fall, are wondering if in-person classes will be safe — fearing a COVID-19 outbreak. These fears are challenged by no documented COVID-19 transmission among students in the UCR School of Medicine, where classes began in early August...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, University

Campus housing has changed - a lot - while you were away

As students show up for move-in day at UC Riverside, they are arriving to a campus that –from a housing perspective – is reinvented from the pre-pandemic campus of two Septembers ago. Two residential communities – Dundee Residence Hall and the North District Apartments – are open for students, significantly...

By J.D. Warren | | Students, University

UCR campus establishes remote learning hubs for fall quarter

Several spaces have been outfitted to serve students with hybrid class schedules.

By Jessica Weber | | Students, University

It's a three-peat: UCR again tops social mobility ranking

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UC Riverside the top university in the nation for social mobility. The social mobility category considers the degree to which a university elevates its low-income graduates to a higher standard of living. As rankings leaders such as U.S...

By J.D. Warren | | University

UC Riverside is No. 1 in Pell Grant performance

A dive into Washington Monthly’s recent ranking of 393 four-year universities reveals an important success: UC Riverside is the No. 1 university in the nation for Pell Grant performance. The measure considers how many low-income students a university serves compared with statewide earnings. The Pell Grant is the largest federal...

By J.D. Warren | | University

Benefactor Esther Fincher Hays leaves a lasting legacy at UCR

Esther Fincher Hays, an academic physician, community activist, and philanthropist who supported UC Riverside’s programs in medicine, engineering and music, died June 10, 2021 at her home in Riverside. She was 94 years old. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Ithaca, NY, Hays attend Cornell University, Cornell Medical School...

By Sarah Nightingale | | University

UCR joins Big Brothers Big Sisters in new virtual mentoring program

Born from the pandemic, College Bigs, will count on nearly 150 UCR students to work with local high school mentees.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Students

Hummingbirds can smell their way out of danger

In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That’s the result of new UC Riverside research showing, contrary to popular belief, the tiny birds do have an active sense of smell.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Astronomers explain origin of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies

UC Riverside astronomer and colleagues use simulations to reveal how the very faint dwarf galaxies are born

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Shang-Chi, an Asian superhero on the big screen

Marvel’s first Asian film protagonist marks many milestones.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

Novel mechanism links genetic defect in IBD patients to gut leakiness

A team of researchers led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has identified a novel mechanism by which loss-of-function mutations in the gene PTPN2, found in many patients with inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, affect how intestinal epithelial cells maintain a barrier. The intestinal epithelium, a...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

Dining, library, student services reopenings announced

For 18 months, the most consistent signs of life at the UC Riverside campus have involved spitting nocturnal sprinklers. That’s about to change. The campus is preparing for a full return in fall quarter, for which classes begin on Sept. 23. Long-shuttered dining halls and coffee joints are opening, along...

By J.D. Warren | | University, Students

Silver linings playbook: Think bad news before it's delivered

Psychologists have known there’s value in finding a “silver lining,” in coaxing oneself through bad news. You didn’t get the job? Just as well: That new boss seemed edgy during the interview. Someone outbid you at the last second for that antique something-or-other on eBay? You didn’t really have the...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Washington Monthly ranks UCR No. 28 public university

In its 2021 ranking of top national universities, Washington Monthly magazine has named UC Riverside No. 28 among public universities in the U.S. In the subcategory of social mobility, UCR was No. 29 among the 380 four-year universities ranked in Washington Monthly’s 2021 list. UCR’s social mobility ranking was No...

By J.D. Warren | | University

Scholar compares exits in Vietnam, Afghanistan

Vietnam expert David Biggs compares the U.S. exits from Vietnam and Afghanistan, and finds lessons in Vietnam's eventual prosperity.

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education