First Great White Shark newborn possibly captured on camera

Phillip Sternes, a UCR graduate student, and his photographer friend, Carlos Gauna, have become the first two people to document a newborn Great White shark in the wild.
ABC10 News San Diego | February 27, 2024

Newly discovered roundworm species could help limit pesticide use

UCR nematology professor Adler Dillman's laboratory discovered a beneficial new species of tiny worm that could serve as an alternative to pesticides. 
ABC10 News San Diego | February 27, 2024

Queer Catholic Wedding in San Diego

Kori K. R. Pacyniak, doctoral student, teaching assistant, and associate instructor with UCR’s Department for the Study of Religion and Gender and Sexuality Studies Department spoke with Love Inc. regarding an announcement by the Vatican that seems to be an attempt to welcome the LGBTQ+ community.
Love Inc. | February 21, 2024

Students panic after new financial aid application blocks them: ‘I don’t know who to call’

CalMatters' story about a college financial aid glitch affecting the children of immigrants quotes Jose Aguilar, UCR's financial aid director.
Cal Matters | February 20, 2024

Another Big Question About AI: Its Carbon Footprint

Mother Jones quotes Shaolei Ren, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, in a story about AI's carbon footprint.
Mother Jones | February 19, 2024

UC Riverside PRIME Supports Women, Diversity and Cultural Competency in Healthcare

Diversifying the healthcare workforce: Cheyenne Page and Damola Adeyemo are first-year medical students enrolled in UCR’s Program in Medical Education (PRIME), designed to train future doctors to specifically serve the Inland Empire’s African, Black, and Caribbean communities.
Black Voice News | February 18, 2024

How To Know If Applied Behavior Analysis Or Alternative Treatments Are Best For Your Child With Autism

An LAist story about the use of Applied Behavior Analysis for autism quotes School of Education autism expert Jan Blacher.
LAist | February 17, 2024

Want To Have A Say In The Future Of LA’s Trees? Here’s How

In a story about Southern California "urban forests," LAist references a study by UCR's Dion Kucera and Darrel Jenerette that shows the protective effect of income from climate change has eroded in the past 40 years.
LAist | February 14, 2024

Scientists Discover 'Fascinating' Worm That Can Replace Pesticides

UCR nematologist Adler Dillman's laboratory discovers a new species of tiny worm, a nematode, that can kill insects. Potentially it could be used to control crop pests in places that currently rely on pesticides. 
Newsweek | February 12, 2024

New hard-to-kill bed bug species is invading the US, experts say

Chow-Yang Lee, UCR entomologist, said most bed bug control products were developed for the common bed bug, with the assumption that they would also work on the tropical bed bug. However, biological differences between the species are being discovered that have implications for the management of [the tropical bed bug.
Daily Mail | February 12, 2024

A Mushroom Grew in a Strange Place: The Side of a Frog

A paper about a mushroom spotted growing on a frog in India is making waves. However, Sydney Glassman, a UCR fungal ecologist, isn’t convinced that the growth is a mushroom. Further evidence — obtaining a genetic sample or seeing the gills and spore color — is needed to make an identification, she said.
The New York Times | February 12, 2024

Mosquito Season Isn't Here Yet, But Don't Be Surprised If You Spot A Stray One

It's still too early in the year for most mosquito species to thrive, despite all the recent record-setting rain that the pesky insects thrive on. However, UC Riverside biologist Anandasankar Ray said he couldn't rule out the possibility that some mosquitoes are using the wet weather to breed. He offered tips to keep them away when the season fully begins in March. 
LAist / KPCC 89.3 FM | February 10, 2024

Lakebed dust is a worry in Utah. For California’s Salton Sea, it’s a full-blown problem

Hay bales are appearing in large numbers around the Salton Sea. Charlie Diamond, a researcher with the Salton Sea Task Force at UCR, said it’s a “dust suppression project” aimed to “break up the flow of air right at the ground level.” The goal, Diamond said, is for the hay bales to “suppress the dust production or emission," which is causing serious respiratory distress for area residents. 
KSL TV 5 Utah | February 8, 2024

A Piece of Science Fiction Literary History Comes to the Antiquarian Book Fair

Phoenix Alexander, Jay Kay and Doris Klein, science fiction librarian speak to KQED about the Eaton Collection’s newest acquisition, the original cover illustration of Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness.”  
KQED | February 8, 2024

Lithium extraction project using Colorado River worries Utah residents who rely on its water

A plan to extract lithium — the lustrous, white metal used in electric vehicle batteries — is adding to an anxiety familiar in the arid American West: how the project could affect water from the Colorado River. But geologists and Earth scientists including UCR geologist Michael McKibben, said it’s unclear how water-intensive direct lithium extraction really is.
Associated Press | February 8, 2024

The good news, bad news on California’s water supplies, drought after record rainfall

Water experts say conditions from recent storms haven’t been ideal for bolstering the state’s water supply. That’s because so much rain fell so quickly that agencies controlling dams and reservoirs have to prioritize flood management over water recovery. That means releasing lots of water into the ocean. Agency efforts to capture more stormwater in storage and groundwater recharge basins have improved in recent years, said Medhi Nemati, an environmental policy professor at UCR who studies water infrastructure. But when parts of Los Angeles get 75% of their annual rainfall in just two days, Nemati said there’s only so much water agencies can do to keep up.
East Bay Times | February 7, 2024

California Battered by Flash Floods and Hurricane-Level Winds

Andy Gray, associate professor of watershed hydrology, talks to the Wall Street Journal about the danger of mudslides from the current rains in Southern California.
The Wall Street Journal | February 5, 2024

Some LGBTQ youth look to aunts for emotional support, companionship and housing stability

A recently published study by associate professor Brandon A. Robinson at the University of California, Riverside, and Trinity University underscores the importance of aunts, aunties and tías, whether related by blood or bonds, in supporting LGBTQ youth who don’t necessarily feel supported by their parents.
USA Today | January 31, 2024

That giant extinct shark, Megalodon? Maybe it wasn't so mega

Phillip Sternes, UCR doctoral student in biology, led a massive team of international researchers in a study that changes our understanding of Megalodons - what they looked like and how they likely went extinct.
NPR | January 26, 2024

Bulky or slender? Megalodon study reignites debate over extinct shark.

UCR biology graduate student Phillip Sternes led a team of 26 international scientists in a study that found the ancient Megalodon, though still a fierce predator, was likely thinner and longer than previously believed. 
Washington Post | January 21, 2024