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

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

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

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

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

Culture war battles at schools harm public education, UC report finds

Educators have sought to avoid controversy by pulling back on teaching lessons in civics, politics, and the history and experiences of America’s minority communities.

By David Danelski | | Social Science / Education

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: UCR experts discuss the annual shopping binge ritual

As the nation’s retailers prepare for upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, they expect their holiday revenues to grow moderately over last year. The National Retail Federation has forecast a 6% to 8% increase to $942.6-$960.4 billion in sales. This growth would follow last year’s surge of 13.5% that...

By David Danelski | | Business

The Colorado River is imperiled; why it matters to you

UC Riverside experts discuss the decline of this major water source for nearly 40 million people in seven states.

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

Upward ventilation offers better protection from indoor coronavirus transmission

A simple change in the direction of the air forced through indoor gathering spaces by heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, could reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

UCR ecologists work toward post-fire rebirth of healthy landscapes   

The worst fire impacts this year are predicted to hit Northern California’s higher elevation forests and Southern California’s chaparral-clad mountainous National Forest lands. To aid recovery, UC Riverside ecologists are collaborating with the US Forest Service to target these spots with new post-fire ecological restoration strategies.

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology