Ghost Light, Marvel’s new cosmic hero, is Black

The once human character is now a superhero, envisioned by UCR professor John Jennings.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

Soil tainted by air pollution expels carbon

New UC Riverside research suggests nitrogen released by gas-powered machines causes dry soil to let go of carbon and release it back into the atmosphere, where it can contribute to climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UCR report explores consequences of high cost housing in the Inland Empire

A report released by the University of California, Riverside, probes Inland Southern California's high rates for cost-burdened households and details the consequences. Entitled “Housing and Sustainability in the Inland Region: Affordability, Equity, and Changing Demographics,” the report cites research that found 41.5% of the households in the region are cost-burdened...

By UCR News | | Business, Social Science / Education

Health impact of chemicals in plastics is handed down two generations

UC Riverside mouse study finds paternal exposure to phthalates increases risk of metabolic diseases in progeny

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

Gun violence pressures elected officials to make reforms

With three mass shooting within a week leaving 24 Californians dead, public policy makers are searching for answers. • Six people on Jan. 16 were found fatally shot inside a home in the Central Valley community of Goshen, Calif., in a case police believe could be tied to organized crime...

By David Danelski | | Social Science / Education

Prof pours cold water on coffee pod controversy

New research from the University of Quebec declares coffee pods are “better for the planet than filtered brew.” Here to weigh in on the matter is UCR's Andrew Gray, who studies the movement of plastic pollutants through the environment.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Asian American shootings: This is ‘not an exception’ and other issues that need to be discussed

Farm working, mental health, and social and cultural barriers that some Asian American communities face.

Gas stoves: Suddenly, the pariah du jour

One-third of U.S. households — more than 40 million homes — cook with gas. There has been much consternation about the danger of gas stoves in the news lately and talk of banning them since a Consumer Product Safety commissioner recently suggested the move. Environmental Protection Agency data show gas...

By J.D. Warren | | Science / Technology, Health

Is ChatGPT a threat to education?

UC Riverside experts share thoughts on the AI-powered language model that understands and responds to natural language

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Black stories, culture, and Hollywood

In this Q&A UCR experts discuss culture, history, and the importance of Black films.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

Kid Kongo Powers: Post-punk, culture, and identity

Richard T. Rodríguez, UC Riverside professor of English and media and cultural studies, will host a joint reading and conversation with Kid Congo Powers, an author and musician widely known for being part of bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, as...

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

Athletics releases spring schedules

UC Riverside’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics this week released schedules for its spring athletic teams. Baseball UC Riverside head baseball coach Justin Johnson has announced the Highlanders’ 2023 schedule. UC Riverside returns more than half of its starting lineup from 2022 and its top three starting pitchers in Tyler Frazier...

By UCR News | | Athletics

Highlanders fend off Cal Poly, move into first place in Big West

UC Riverside welcomed students back to campus on Monday at a packed SRC Arena, treating them to free extra basketball with a thrilling 83-78 overtime win over Cal Poly to move into first place in the Big West. The Highlanders are now 6-1 in conference play, the best start in...

By UCR News | | Athletics

Who'll stop the rain? California's got nowhere to put it

After several weeks of rain, Southern California remains under advisories for flooding, high winds, and high surf. Early this week, 90% of California was under a flood watch. L.A. County — which has received 2 to 6 inches of rain along the coast and in coastal valleys and about 8...

By J.D. Warren | | Science / Technology

Landscaping for drought: we’re doing it wrong

Many Southern Californians plant trees prized for drought tolerance, but a new UC Riverside-led study shows that these trees lose this tolerance once they’re watered.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Studies identify new strategies for insect control

Mosquitoes spread several diseases, such as malaria and dengue. In 2020 about 241 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide, with a few more million cases occurring in 2021. Nearly half the world’s population lives in regions where contracting dengue virus is a risk. Insects also destroy a third of agriculture...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Turning plastic waste into a valuable soil additive

University of California, Riverside, scientists have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans. In a recent study, Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR assistant professor...

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

Writers Week honors authors Percival Everett and Mike Davis

The 46th annual UC Riverside event is scheduled for Feb. 13-17. Writers Week is free and open to the public.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

How the brain stores remote fear memory

UC Riverside mouse study could lead to novel therapies for people living with PTSD

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Mired in silence

Health of Southern California’s farmworkers needs to be a priority, says UC Riverside study

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health