Op-Ed: Watering down AP African American studies is a disservice to students

Suneal Kolluri, an assistant professor in the School of Education, says a new Advanced Placement African American studies course suffers from revisions that sought to strike a compromise.
LA Times | February 2, 2023

How to Be Happy, According to Scientists

Deliberately performing random acts of kindness can make you feel happier and less depressed and anxious, according to a series of studies from UCR's Sonja Lyubomirsky. Varying those acts you do for others has a longer-term effect on your own happiness. 
CNET | February 1, 2023

Why Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay were — and weren’t — typical mass shootings

Professors Benjamin Newman and Dylan Rodríguez speak about the recent mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, and what makes them different.
The Mercury News | January 26, 2023

Eating just one freshwater fish is like drinking a month's worth of "forever chemical"–laced water

An article on the prevalence of "forever chemicals" references a UCR study on how to filter them.
Salon | January 23, 2023

Southern California life expectancy shows huge gaps based on race, gender, county

Richard Carpiano, a UCR sociologist and public health professor, says researchers have long known that there are substantial disparities in mortality rates and health outcomes reflecting the social status hierarchies in this country.
Orange County Register | January 22, 2023

Wesley, Houston Mallette talk about their special bond as a father-son duo

Wes Mallette, UC Riverside director of intercollegiate athletics, and his son Houston, a star athlete at Pepperdine, share about their bond. 
CBS Los Angeles | January 20, 2023

UC housing problem persists for graduate students

Gerry Bomotti, UCR vice chancellor of planning, budget and administration, says the campus housing experience prioritizes undergraduate students, especially freshmen and transfer students. Campus housing allows the UC to integrate undergraduates into university culture and life, which some studies say can lead to better academic outcomes for them.
Cal Matters | January 17, 2023

UC Riverside’s 46th Writers Week returns with live and virtual sessions in February

After two pandemic years with online programs only, Writers Week returns with a hybrid schedule this year. The late creative writing professor Mike Davis will receive a lifetime achievement award when the 46th annual Writers Week takes place at UCR, Feb. 13-17.
Los Angeles Daily News | January 13, 2023

California ERs report 1800% rise in pot-related visits for senior citizens

Asma Jafri, chair of family medicine at UCR, said she’s treated elderly patients who reported feeling extremely paranoid or agitated after smoking, vaping or ingesting marijuana. Others spoke incoherently or made unseemly statements, prompting immediate medical care, she said.
New York Post | January 12, 2023

There Is A New Vaccine For Bees, Which Matters For Us Too

Hollis Woodard, associate professor of entomology and wild bee biologist, joined Larry Mantle to discuss a new vaccine for honey bees. It could help prevent American foulbrood disease, which is a bacterial disease that can spread quickly between hives. 
KPCC Air Talk | January 9, 2023

How This Chemist Is Turning Agricultural Waste Into Water Filters

Science Friday interview with Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, on using corn waste to activated make water filters.
Science Friday | January 6, 2023

El papel de la música y la ayahuasca en el tratamiento del consumo de sustancias en los hombres

Owain J. Graham, doctoral ethnomusicology student, led research on how Perú’s traditional songs, known as icaros, are part of a treatment process for men rehabilitating from drug and alcohol addictions. Combined with traditional Amazonian medicine and psychotherapy, these icaros are used during ayahuasca healing ceremonies at rehabilitation centers in Tarapoto, Perú.   
LA Times en Español | December 23, 2022

Getting Answers: spirituality’s impact on heart health

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and the risk of getting heart disease is even higher for African Americans. Public health professor Mario Sims led a study showing spirituality may help people avoid this killer.  
Western Mass News | December 22, 2022

Researchers just figured out how to filter indestructible "forever chemical" pollutants

Haizhou Liu led a team of researchers at UCR who discovered the most efficient photochemical process so far to destruct PFAS while not introducing undesirable byproducts.
Salon | December 21, 2022

Calls for humans to stop having children, go extinct grow in media circles: ‘To breed or not to breed?’

Several media outlets and talking heads, including UCR professor of gender and sexuality studies Jade Sasser, have encouraged parents to think seriously about having children because human beings risk polluting the world and causing global climate destruction.
MSN / Fox | December 20, 2022

Ancient Mexico's solar calendar in the mountains identified

Exequiel Ezcurra, an ecologist at the University of California, Riverside, discovered that the Mexica, or Aztecs, used the mountains located in the Basin of Mexico, now known as Mexico City, as a solar observatory. By keeping track of the sunrise against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they achieved incredible accuracy in monitoring seasonal variations in weather, like dry springs and summer monsoons, and even accounting for leap years.
Space | December 19, 2022

Argh! New Research Revisiting How Long COVID Stays on Surfaces is Bringing Us Straight Back to March 2020

New research shows the COVID virus can stay on some grocery surfaces for days. Roger Seheult, associate clinical professor at the UCR School of Medicine, weighs in on how COVID lingering on surfaces can infect a body.
MSN | December 17, 2022

Bighorn sheep to get drinking stations as drought becomes new normal

James Cornett, a Palm Springs-based ecologist and who’s taught a course on bighorn sheep at UCR, says habitat destruction and climate change have been particularly hard on bighorn sheep and other native animals with dwindling populations. 
The News & Observer | December 15, 2022

An Ancient ‘Horizon Calendar’ Comes Into View Over Mexico City

Exequiel Ezcurra, distinguished professor of ecology at UCR, led a study showing how the Indigenous peoples in the valley where Mexico City would later arise followed a natural solar calendar that was so accurate it accounted for leap years.
The New York Times | December 13, 2022

Citrus Psyllids Bribe Ants with Strings of Candy Poop

Asian citrus psyllids transmit a disease that can ruin oranges. Even worse, Argentine ants protect them in exchange for the psyllids' delicate ribbons of sugary poop, called honeydew. By studying the ants’ behavior, UCR's Mark Hoddle, found a way to fight the ants leaving the psyllids more exposed to a natural enemy.
KQED Science | December 13, 2022