UCR In the News

Covid: Could your salad replace the jab?

Juan Pablo Giraldo, associate botany professor, is leading an effort to turn edible plants into mRNA vaccine factories. 
BBC World News | September 20, 2021

Vaccines in your salad? Scientists growing medicine-filled plants to replace injections

Juan Pablo Giraldo, associate professor of botany and plant sciences, is leading an effort to turn edible plants into mRNA vaccine factories.
WKRN | September 18, 2021

California Bill Aims to Track Working Conditions At Amazon Warehouses

Ellen Reese, sociology professor and chair of labor studies, discusses AB 701, which would require companies operating warehouses in California to disclose productivity quotas and tracking information to employees and government agencies. 
KQED | September 16, 2021

Best of Inland Empire 2021 – Editor’s Picks: Local Authors

Tod Goldberg and Susan Straight, creative writing professors, were both selected as best authors of the Inland Empire for 2021.
The Press Enterprise | September 14, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Unveils the 2022 Best Colleges Rankings

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UC Riverside the top university in the nation for social mobility.
Associated Press | September 13, 2021

Michael K. Williams Was a Chronicler of Black Humanity

English Professor Courtney Baker pays tribute to late actor Michael K. Williams.
The Root | September 13, 2021

Gavin Newsom and Larry Elder want votes from Asian Americans. Are they a recall swing vote?

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science, said Asian Americans saw big turnouts in 2018 and 2020, especially among the younger voters. That could continue and be a good sign for Newsom since the population as a whole traditionally leans Democrat.
The Modesto Bee | September 13, 2021

How Amazon Would Be Affected by California’s Warehouse Quotas Bill

Ellen Reese, chair of labor studies, discusses the potential impact of a state law that would require Amazon to disclose any quotas it applies to workers, which would allow regulators to assess whether its employees have sufficient time for breaks, or if performance goals are affecting the health and safety of workers in other ways.
The Wall Street Journal | September 12, 2021

Right wing media's latest misinformation campaign targets the California recall

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy, said an emerging pattern of writing off elections as fraudulent is not a healthy sign for democracy. 
CNN | September 12, 2021

What We Remember and Forget on 9/11

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, novelist and UCR Creative Writing professor Laila Lalami urges us to not only remember 9/11, but also the long-lasting effects of the government's response.  
The New York Times | September 10, 2021

Hummingbirds Are Able to Smell Danger

Entomologist Erin Wilson Rankin finds, contrary to previously held scientific belief, that hummingbirds have a sense of smell, and they use it to stay away from potentially dangerous insects. 
Treehugger | September 9, 2021

Op-Ed: Watching TV helped me see America. Can it help America see Muslims?

Professor of creative writing Reza Aslan writes about his hopes that the television he creates can help broaden viewers' awareness and understanding.
Yahoo News | September 8, 2021

Patricia Cardoso’s ‘Real Women Have Curves’ was landmark Latina cinema, but Hollywood shut her out. Until now

Professor Patricia Cardoso's groundbreaking film "Real Women Have Curves" will be part of Significant Movies and Movie Makers gallery at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening Sept. 30. 
The Los Angeles Times | September 7, 2021

UC Riverside Team Joining Project to Advance Alzheimer’s Research

Psychology Professor Aaron Seitz talks about a new project to digitize Alzheimer's testing, which could potentially lead to better disease predictions.
KVCR | September 7, 2021

Where Happiness Hides

Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explores why happiness often slips through our fingers, and how we can savor — and stretch out — our joys. 
Hidden Brain | September 6, 2021

Inland Empire universities invest in entrepreneurship programs

Rosibel Ochoa, who leads the innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at UCR’s Office of Technology Partnerships, says programs that help students and faculty start companies also help activate the economy.
The Press Enterprise | September 3, 2021

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

Kalina J. Michalska, assistant professor of psychology, explains why many people are reluctant to return to office work after 18 months of working from home.
Wired | August 30, 2021

Joe Biden Can Cancel Your Student Loan Debt

Brendan Rooks, undergraduate student in international affairs and public policy, explains the reasons the reasons President Biden can and should cancel student loan debt.
The Nation | August 27, 2021

'He Is Both Monster and Hero': Black Horror Scholars Tell The Root What You Should Know About Candyman

John Jennings, media and cultural studies professor, speaks to The Root about the upcoming Black horror film The Candyman.
The Root | August 25, 2021

Can burying power lines prevent California’s next big wildfire?

Sadrul Ula, an energy infrastructure researcher, discusses PG&E's plan to put 10,000 miles of power lines underground.
Grist | August 23, 2021