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450-million-year-old sea creatures had a leg up on breathing

A new UC Riverside study has found the first evidence of sophisticated breathing organs in 450-million-year-old sea creatures. Contrary to previous thought, trilobites were leg breathers, with structures resembling gills hanging off their thighs.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

$1.7 million grant to unlock barley’s genetic superpowers

Barley is important for more than beer. A UC Riverside geneticist has won $1.7 million to study how one of the world’s staple foods might survive climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

This is the dawning of the age of the vaccine passport

The vaccine passport is coming. The likelihood of a “passport” being required — or perhaps just requested — for travel, and to return to school and work, seems a certainty. New York state is testing a smartphone app that would verify vaccine status for entry into events. IBM is developing...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Fall won't be just 'either-or'; it may also be 'both'

Only a few weeks ago, it appeared UCR instructors had two choices for instruction in fall 2021: in-person, or remote. A group charged with preparing for fall instruction realized something was missing. Ken Baerenklau, who co-chairs the Instructional Continuity working group, said the committee kept hearing from faculty who wanted...

By J.D. Warren | | University

Fourth generation of e-cigarettes is not harmless

UC Riverside study identified toxic elements in pod atomizers

‘United States of Al’ explores toll of war with humor and heart

The new sitcom, executive produced by UC Riverside Professor Reza Aslan, premieres April 1 on CBS

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Mystery of four-stranded DNA begins to unravel

DNA is usually depicted as double-stranded, but not much is known about parts of the genome that adopt four-stranded structures known as quadruplexes. UC Riverside researchers have discovered that they play a key role in keeping cells healthy.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UCR poll: 'If it's Trump vs. Newsom, Newsom wins'

A poll of UC Riverside social sciences professors holds that Gov. Gavin Newsom should prevail in the current recall effort against him. Two committees, RescueCalifornia.org and RecallGavin2020.com, have launched efforts to gain 1.5 million signatures to put a Newsom recall on the ballot. The deadline for submitting signatures is March...

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

New School of Medicine Education Building receives full approval from UC Regents

The Regents of the University of California have given final approval for the construction of the School of Medicine’s new Education Building II at UC Riverside. The vote, which approved the final design, the full budget, and the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, findings, took place during the Regents’...

By Ross French | | University

‘Little Free Pantry’ now available to student parents at Oban Family Housing

Students with families living at UC Riverside's Oban Family Housing now have access to a small pantry at any time of the day. Small hand sanitizers, canned veggies, coffee, and other nonperishable food items sit inside the Little Free Pantry, a roughly 2-foot-by-1.5-foot wooden miniature shed-shaped case inspired by the...

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Students

Should companies let employees choose their tasks?

The tactic can be useful with very skilled employees and independent projects

By Holly Ober | | Business

Why some people vote against their own beliefs

Many low-education voters who embrace social welfare programs vote against their own beliefs, new UC Riverside research holds. The mitigating factor is education: The more education one has, the more likely one is to stick to one’s policy preferences. “It means candidates who employ tactics such as fear and attaching...

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

An ancient Maya ambassador’s bones show a life of privilege and hardship

Ajpach’ Waal forged an alliance between two dynasties but died in obscurity

UC Riverside reaches 77.3% for six-year graduation rate

UC Riverside’s six-year graduation rate — considered a leading measure of higher education excellence — has realized a new record. According to new numbers from UCR’s Office of Institutional Research, among freshmen who entered UCR in 2014, 77.3% graduated by 2020. That breaks the previous record of 76%, set last...

By J.D. Warren | | University, Students

Center for Social Innovation tapped for equity project

The Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities, and more than 18 million residents, has chosen the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside to conduct research and offer insights and recommendations to advance economic inclusion and equity across...

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Searching for elusive supersymmetric particles

UC Riverside physicist on a team that conducted experiments at the Large Hadron Collider

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

‘Barbershop Walk’ offers men fitness and comradery

It’s 6:30 a.m. and a group of men are happily fist-bumping one another, smiles evident under their face masks. The morning’s exercise leader is Bert Wright, ’99, who is about to lead the group on a 3-mile trek around the UC Riverside campus. “We’ve considered writing cease and desist letters,”...

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | University

UCR enters Big West tournament as No. 3 seed, first game Thursday

The UC Riverside men’s basketball team is hoping to cap off the best season in program history with a first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. But the Highlanders will have to win the Big West Men’s Basketball Championship to do so, which begins this Tuesday at the at the Michelob...

By Omar Shamout | | Athletics

How the South African COVID-19 variant was found

UC Riverside biomedical scientists were part of an international team that identified the coronavirus strain

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals

Today’s humans share genes with 555-million-year-old oceanic creatures missing heads.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology