Content Authored by: J.D. Warren

Campus community gets first look at OASIS

On a campus already actively growing its footprint in Inland Southern California, a proposed clean technology park would lead to a reinvention of UC Riverside’s relationship with the city and region. The park is Phase I of a more ambitious research and economic development project. The Opportunities to Advance Sustainability...

Want to know L.A.'s Latinx story? Follow the music posters

Beginning around 1990, the demographic landscape of the Los Angeles area changed dramatically through an infusion of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. But historian Jorge Leal says its impact on the neighborhoods of the Los Angeles area has never been charted in earnest. With his recently published research, Leal...

University of Maryland scholar is UCR’s next CHASS dean

Daryle Williams is a historian who co-directs the online database Enslaved.org.

'Love thy neighbor, mask up'

Both religious and patriotic messages helped persuade white evangelicals to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. The lessons may carry over to vaccine messaging.

The new provost is ready to get started

Elizabeth Watkins is UC Riverside's new provost and executive vice chancellor. The provost is eager to help raise the profile and funding support for UCR's research enterprise, and to work with its high-achieving students — this past year, UCR set a new six-year graduation rate record — many of whom...

By J.D. Warren | | University

Scholar will learn Indigenous language with grant

Alejandra Dubcovsky, an associate professor of history at UC Riverside, has received a $231,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a fellowship during which she will work to become one of the few historians working with the Indigenous language Timucua. The fellowship, called a New Directions Fellowship...

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

Color tiers will end; UCR revisits fall plans

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement about a full California reopening on June 15 didn’t scramble UC Riverside’s plans for fall 2021, but it threw in some hot sauce. “It made us more progressive in our planning,” UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said. “If COVID-19 vaccinations continue to trend as they are...

By J.D. Warren | | University

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

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

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

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

Navigating the $1.9 trillion stimulus

March 8, President Biden was set to sign into law the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus that will provide $1,400 checks to millions of low- and middle-income Americans, new child tax benefits, and extend unemployment payments. It also includes a restaurant rescue fund, money for reopening schools...

Partners help us stay connected during pandemic

A pair of UCR studies reveal that living with a romantic partner helps people feel more socially connected during COVID-19. But no other pandemic-era social dynamic carries notable benefits, the researchers found: not your kids, not kibitzing with your bestie on FaceTime, and not your adorable-adoring pets. “Research prior to...

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

Study: acne treatment only addresses half of the problem

Severe acne often leaves deep psychological scars, disproportionately affecting women and people with darker skin. Researchers say dermatological treatment isn't enough.

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

Creator of 'The 1619 Project' to deliver 52nd Hays P-E lecture

This year’s Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture will feature “The 1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones. The 3:30 p.m., March 4 event will be online, and registrations are required in order to receive a Zoom link. New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project” – named for the year the first enslaved Africans arrived...

By J.D. Warren | | University

Family is our focus during pandemic, study finds

More fully appreciating family and engaging in more conflict are among the heightened experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new UC Riverside study. The study from David Funder’s psychology lab looked at how people experience everyday life and its situations and how those experiences change because of an...

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

UC Riverside celebrates campaign completion Feb. 18-20

More than 66,000 donors made gifts during the Living the Promise campaign, and the total amount raised will be announced at a live virtual event on Feb 20.

By J.D. Warren | | University

Pandemic hasn't deterred UCR applicants; new record is set

Defying pandemic-influenced predictions and national trends, the University of California, Riverside has posted record freshman applications for fall 2021. A total of 52,263 applications were received for the fall 2021 freshman class. That represents an increase over the previous record of 49,252 for fall 2020. It follows the trend of...

By J.D. Warren | | University

UCR campus set to reopen in fall 2021

On Jan. 11, UC President Michael V. Drake announced a fall 2021 systemwide return to in-person instruction.

By J.D. Warren | | University

How you measure happiness depends where you live

The meaning of happiness varies depending where in the world a person lives and so benefits from using different measures, new UC Riverside research finds. Happiness studies historically have focused on the Western ideal of happiness, which is relatively self-centered and big on thrills. “Accordingly, the prevailing conceptualization of happiness...

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