UCR In the News

We asked authors what they read, hear and watch in quarantine. Here’s Susan Straight’s diary

Creative writing professor Susan Straight shares her recommendations for quarantine entertainment. 
Los Angeles Times | April 7, 2020

Vehicle Emissions Have Dropped (Duh), But The Effect On SoCal's Air Is Complicated

LAist highlights research by Cesunica Ivey, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, in a story about COVID-19's impact on air quality. 
LAist | April 6, 2020

This Is a Great Time to Busy Yourself With Bees

Hollis Woodard, an assistant professor of entomology, shares why now is an excellent time to plant things. 
Atlas Obscura | April 2, 2020

UC to ease admission requirements: No SAT, no letter grades due to coronavirus

Eddie Comeaux, an associate professor of higher education, discusses the importance of flexibility in admissions standards amid COVID-19. 
Los Angeles Times | April 1, 2020

Census outreach efforts hampered by coronavirus pandemic

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science, comments on why the census is more important than ever when it comes to investments in community health and federal relief. 
Orange County Register | March 31, 2020

How Asian-American Leaders Are Grappling With Xenophobia Amid Coronavirus

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science, comments on the implications of referring to COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus." 
The New York Times | March 29, 2020

6 tips for throwing a virtual happy hour

Elizabeth Davis, an associate professor of psychology, discusses the therapeutic benefits of online hangouts. 
Los Angeles Daily News | March 27, 2020

Here’s what happens to science when California’s researchers shelter in place

CalMatters spotlights the work of multiple UCR researchers in a story about science in the time of COVID-19. 
CalMatters | March 26, 2020

Will coronavirus precautions hamper our ability to fight California wildfires later?

Marko Princevac, a professor of mechanical engineering, discusses the efficiency of controlled burns in a story about how they're being affected by COVID-19. 
Desert Sun | March 25, 2020

Primordial worm-like creature was forerunner to most animals — including us

This 555 million-year-old creature may be one of the most important primordial animals ever found, according to a team led by UCR geologists. 
Reuters | March 23, 2020

Nearly All Animal Life Evolved From This Gross Worm Creature, Including Us

Vice spotlights the discovery of a new "granddaddy of the animal kingdom, including humans," discovered by a team led by UCR geologists.
Vice | March 23, 2020

Coronavirus testing hits another snag as labs need emergency funding to meet high demand

Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine, comments on the importance of "flattening the curve" through isolation to curb the spread of COVID-19. 
Los Angeles Times | March 20, 2020

Trump's 'Chinese' Virus Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Other Countries for Disease

Kim Yi Dionne, an assistant professor of political science, discusses America's "long history of immigrant exclusion on the basis of disease" with Time magazine. 
Time | March 20, 2020

‘Extraordinary Measures’

William Grover, an associate professor of bioengineering, speaks with Inside Higher Ed for a story about how institutions are approaching scientific research during COVID-19. 
Inside Higher Ed | March 18, 2020

How will students take AP tests with schools closed? At home, College Board proposes

Eddie Comeaux, an associate professor of higher education, discusses alternative means of testing students online using third-party proctoring platforms. 
Los Angeles Times | March 17, 2020

California colleges are going online. How ready are they?

CalMatters speaks with Dylan Rodríguez, chair of the UCR Academic Senate and a professor of ethnic studies, about faculty members' reactions to the transition to online education. 
CalMatters | March 17, 2020

How to Explain a Global Health Crisis to Children with Autism

Katherine Stavropoulos, an assistant professor of special education, shares advice for talking to kids with autism about COVID-19.
Psychology Today | March 16, 2020

California adds online triage for coronavirus to help with test shortages

Frances Sladek, a professor of cell biology and toxicologist, discusses the process of testing for coronavirus in humans. 
CalMatters | March 16, 2020

How to Avoid Coronavirus on Planes, Trains, and Buses

Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine, says alcohol-based cleaning products and those with diluted bleach can help kill coronavirus on transit surfaces. 
Self | March 13, 2020

An invisible disorder, stuttering deserves accommodation in the workplace

Canada's Globe and Mail speaks with Dr. Gerald Maguire, chair of psychiatry and neuroscience in the UCR School of Medicine, about stuttering and potential treatments.
The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2020