Music and ayahuasca’s role in treating substance use disorders in men

UC Riverside researcher finds the crucial role icaros, traditional Peruvian songs, play during ayahuasca healing ceremonies.

Decoding the secret language of photosynthesis

For decades, scientists have been stumped by the signals plants send themselves to initiate photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into sugars. UC Riverside researchers have now decoded those previously opaque signals.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Pandemic left behind, the Inland Empire economy flourished in 2022

Despite the recession drumbeat getting louder in many quarters across the nation, the Inland Empire’s economy is not only showing strength, but is outstripping California’s other major metros and the state as a whole along some very key measures, according to an analysis released today by the UC Riverside School...

By Victoria Pike Bond | | Business

Culturally-informed mental health screenings improve student, school and community successes

As concerns about youth mental health, school shootings, and other forms of violence prompt more school systems to conduct mental health screenings, a UC Riverside-led analysis is urging school officials to proceed with deference to student family, cultural, and community backgrounds. Mental health screenings that focus solely on identifying at-risk...

By David Danelski | | Social Science / Education

UCR's founding School of Public Policy dean to step down after a groundbreaking run

As Anil Deolalikar prepared to step down this week as the founding dean of UCR’s School of Public Policy, he reflected on a groundbreaking career marked by repeatedly choosing a more challenging path. Consider when he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Harvard University in 1977 with...

By David Danelski | | Social Science / Education

Does Ticketmaster have a monopoly?

Two UCR experts to weigh in on whether Ticketmaster is a monopoly and should be subjected to antitrust action.

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education, Business

Winter break activities for on the go … or on the couch

Whether you plan to stay indoors or enjoy the outdoors, check out this list of ideas from UCR staff.

By UCR News | | Arts / Culture

Elon Musk: An 'arbitrary' town hall moderator

In October, Elon Musk took control of Twitter in a $44 billion deal, saying he hoped to enhance Twitter’s mission as “a digital town square." His changes to moderation practices have since led civil rights groups to allege his actions will increase hate speech and misinformation. This week, Musk’s Twitter...

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

'Rockonomics' professor: Ticketmaster gets a bad rap

A chaotic rollout of tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour has drawn renewed scrutiny of whether Ticketmaster unfairly dominates the ticketing industry. We asked Carolyn Sloane, a UC Riverside economics professor, whether Ticketmaster has outsized influence on ticket prices. Sloane teaches a "Rockonomics" course and is a "Swiftie" — a...

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

UCR expert: President Biden’s new same-sex marriage law ‘is a reminder that a right won is not a right secured’

The Respect for Marriage Act ‘seems to be an evolution on same-sex marriage support. But I want to caution that we don’t conflate that with LGBTQ support.’

Business activity in the Inland Empire is still on the rise and expected to continue growing in 2023

Business activity in the Inland Empire has continued to rise and despite the turbulence in today’s macroeconomy, is forecast to continue its upward climb in the near-term future. According to the new Inland Empire Business Activity Index released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and...

By Victoria Pike Bond | | Business

Is Swift retribution in the offing for Ticketmaster?

A chaotic rollout of tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour has drawn renewed scrutiny of whether Ticketmaster unfairly dominates the ticketing industry, a charge that first surfaced in earnest in a 1990s skirmish with the grunge band Pearl Jam. We asked UCR experts whether Ticketmaster is a monopoly and should...

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

Cruising past 'good' and setting their sights on 'great'

Coming off its two most successful seasons ever, UC Riverside Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Magpayo said the team was looking to make the jump “from good to great.” The needle is trending toward Magpayo’s goal. Following a win against Idaho on Dec. 11, the men’s team has won five of...

By J.D. Warren | | Athletics

Skip the angry-letter-never-sent; try a grateful one

It’s long been said that writing an angry letter – but not mailing it —– is an effective way of venting without backlash. UC Riverside researchers say the converse — penning letters-never-sent expressing gratitude — carries a benefit, as well. There is an entire area of study in psychology devoted...

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

Are you voting for a populist candidate?

Study highlights potential for populist leaders to undermine democracy.

Precise solar observations fed millions in ancient Mexico

Without clocks or modern tools, ancient Mexicans watched the sun to maintain a farming calendar that precisely tracked seasons and even adjusted for leap years.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Pollution cleanup method destroys toxic “forever chemicals”

An insidious category of carcinogenic pollutants known as “forever chemicals” may not be so permanent after all. University of California, Riverside, chemical engineering and environmental scientists recently published new methods to chemically break up these harmful substances found in drinking water into smaller compounds that are essentially harmless. The patent-pending...

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

Salton Sea dust triggers lung inflammation

UC Riverside study has health implications for people living around California’s largest lake

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

How do worms develop their gut?

The pandemic helped a husband-and-wife team at UC Riverside solve the mystery

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Post-lockdown auto emissions can’t hide in the grass

University of California scientists have a new way to demonstrate which neighborhoods are most affected by air pollution from vehicle emissions. Their technique could help ensure people most affected by pollution will benefit from efforts to reduce it.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology