Rice survive droughts, floods thanks to gene network producing suberin - study

UCR geneticist Julia Bailey-Serres led a team that mapped out rice's response to drought and flooding, in order to help it survive in both climate extremes.
The Jerusalem Post | May 19, 2022

Danone North America Celebrates a Decade of Commitment to Exploring Impact of Gut Microbiome on Human Health

Neuroscience graduate student Elena Kozlova has been awarded $50,000 from Danone North America's annual gut microbiome, yogurt and probiotic program.
Associated Press | May 17, 2022

NASA Announces New Collaboration Probing How Life Evolved From Single-Cells On Earth

Paleobiologist Mary Droser will co-lead NASA's new research coordination network looking for clues about life on other planets by delving into Earth's ancient past.
Forbes | May 17, 2022

Marilyn Fogel, ‘isotope queen’ of science, dies at 69

Marilyn Fogel, endowed UCR geoecology professor, was dubbed the “isotope queen” for illuminating fundamental scientific questions through analysis of atomic isotope ratios. She died May 11 at her home in Mariposa, Calif. 
Washington Post | May 16, 2022

Benzene, a Known Carcinogen, Has Been Found in Some Spray Sunscreens, Deodorants, and Other Products

David Eastmond, UCR toxicologist and professor emeritus, worries about the risk posed by repeated exposure to benzene. It is the combined exposure from multiple sources that poses the biggest health risks, he said.
Consumer Reports | May 12, 2022

Want To Help Southern California's Bees? Plant More Things That Flower And Skip Pesticides

Boris Baer, a professor of pollinator health, keeps bees on campus. He says last year UCR lost 90% of its bees last year due to pesticide use in the area.
LAist | May 8, 2022

A Gene Hack Might Save the Wine Industry From Disease-Carrying Bugs

Scientists from three UCR agricultural research departments used CRISPR to change the eye color of the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Their work opens the door to new genetic tools to end the insect’s bacteria-spreading reign of terror and save countless vulnerable vineyards from infection.
The Daily Beast | May 5, 2022

Why Are Some Cities Not Affected By The New Drought Restrictions?

Kurt Schwabe, an environmental economics and policy professor, explains that just because one source of water isn't imperiled doesn't mean people can feel free to waste water. “That is not the case; it seems like if there's ever a time to play it a bit safer, now is the time," he said.
LAist | May 4, 2022

Coral-Algal Symbiosis: Hope for Bleached Coral Reefs

Robert Jinkerson, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, has new research offering clues on how to save coral reefs being killed by climate change and ocean warming. 
LA Progressive | May 4, 2022

California’s new drought rules: will they be enough to halt the ‘alarming challenges’ ahead?

Kurt Schwabe, associate dean and professor in UCR's School of Public Policy, says California should enforce more strict water reduction rules for consumers than it currently is. “The water we have now is 40% lower than the worst-case scenario in the models ever predicted,” he said. 
The Guardian | May 3, 2022

Los Feliz intersection dedicated for Nobel-winning physicist Barry Barish

An intersection adjacent to John Marshall High School in Los Feliz was dedicated Tuesday as Dr. Barry Barish Square, honoring the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who graduated from the school, and serves as UCR distinguished professor of physics and astronomy.
Spectrum News | May 3, 2022

Underwater farm and Martian eclipse — April’s best science images

Mycologists Sydney Glassman and Dylan Enright share the fascinating photo of a fungus they found thriving in the soil after 2016's Soberanes megafire in Monterey County.
Nature | May 3, 2022

COVID has subsided. Why are so many people in California still seeking unemployment benefits?

While California’s March unemployment rate of 4.9% remained one of the nation’s highest, it’s dropped sharply since the depths of the COVID-triggered recession of two years ago. “You’re seeing ‘help wanted signs’ everywhere,” said Christopher Thornberg, director of the UCR of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.
The Sacramento Bee | May 3, 2022

Another pandemic is inevitable, scientists say. Mass vaccination is not.

Vaccine misinformation will harm our ability to respond to future pandemics, and have made responding to this one more difficult as well, said Richard Carpiano, a UCR public health scientist who studies issues surrounding vaccine uptake.
Yahoo News | May 2, 2022

The Future of Work Is Flexible. Will Higher Ed Stay Stuck in the Past?

Thomas Dickson, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education, tells Ed Surge that he doesn't feel remote or flexible work arrangements compromise the student experience at all. In most cases, he believes remote options only serve to expand access for many student services areas.
Ed Surge | May 2, 2022

How two friends brought back Ebon, one of the first Black superheroes in a comic book

John Jennings, professor of media and cultural studies, and Stacey Robinson, an artist and professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are creating original art rooted in hip-hop and Afrofuturism.
The Los Angeles Times | April 28, 2022

How fire management can be cost-effective way to limit emissions

Sydney Glassman, UCR mycologist, tells ABC News that microbes are key to any restoration effort after a fire. Her work is furthering the understanding of fungi and bacteria that transform post-fire soil and supply plants with nutrients. 
ABC News | April 27, 2022

Does a Face Mask Work if You’re the Only Person Wearing One?

Brandon Brown, M.D. and associate professor in the Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health, says it is still safer to wear a mask in public, regardless if those around you are not wearing one.
AARP | April 26, 2022

Resources For Parenting Students On College Campuses Are Improving. Often, It’s Due To Their Own Advocacy

KPCC/LAist interviews Brian Haynes, vice chancellor of Student Affairs and student Yvonne Chamberlain Marquez for a story regarding the student parent experience. 
LAist | April 26, 2022

Study reveals possible link between soybean oil and neurological conditions

Poonam Jot Deol, cell biologist, Frances Sladek, toxicologist, and Margarita Curras-Collazo, neuroscientist, found that America's most commonly used oil - soybean oil - induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice.
Tasting Table | April 23, 2022