UCR In the News

How Rage Can Battle Racism

Myisha Cherry, assistant professor of philosophy and author of the forthcoming book The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-racist Struggle, explains how anger channeled into action can help fight injustice. 
The Atlantic | October 17, 2021

Op-Ed: Attacks on school board meetings are threatening democracy. Will educators help save it?

Joseph Kahne, professor of education and co-director of the Civic Engagement Research Group, worries that vitriolic political rhetoric and threatening behavior at  school board meetings across the country are posing a serious threat to democracy.
The Los Angeles Times | October 15, 2021

College students struggle with mental health as pandemic drags on

Jennifer Hung, assistant director of counseling and psychological services, talks about helping students manage their anxiety about coming back to campus.
Washington Post | October 14, 2021

Chloroplasts do the darndest things

Katayoon Dehesh, a molecular biochemist and coauthor of an overview of plant organelle signaling in the Annual Review of Plant Biology, talks about the importance of chloroplasts and related plastids to most forms of life. 
Knowable Magazine | October 13, 2021

Roxane Gay on How Artist Calida Rawles Shows Us a New, and More Humane, Way of Bearing Witness

Courtney R. Baker, associate English professor, discusses the role that visual imagery has played in motivating white people to act against injustice toward Black people. 
Artnet | October 13, 2021

Grant Supports Study of New Catalyst Structures

Matthew P. Conley, an assistant professor of chemistry, has received a three-year grant of $500,000 from the Department of Energy.
Department of Energy | October 13, 2021

UC Riverside fundraising campaign aims to help Afghan scholars

Marko Princevac, interim vice provost of international affairs, and David Lloyd, distinguished professor of English, explain why this campaign is more than a humanitarian effort — it’s about promoting academic freedom.
The Press Enterprise | October 11, 2021

Warehouse jobs — recently thought of as jobs of the future — are suddenly jobs few workers want

“Workers are exhausted, and they’re working very physical jobs,” said Ellen Reese, chair of labor studies at UCR. “Add in the long hours and quick pace of the holiday season, and that can lead to a lot of additional risks.”
Washington Post | October 11, 2021

This trilobite was equipped with a 'hyper-eye' never seen before in the animal kingdom

Nigel Hughes, paleontologist and trilobite expert, talks about the difficulty of trying to learn about the function of ancient animals' body parts through fossils.
LiveScience | October 8, 2021

Revenge of the Silent (Vaccinated) Majority

Richard Carpiano, a UCR public health scientist and sociologist, believes the "silent majority" of Americans who are pro-vaccine and want the pandemic to end will prevail over the vocal minority who refuse to wear masks or get vaccines.
US News and World Report | October 8, 2021

How Gratitude Can Help Your Financial Life

While sadness can increase feelings of “economic impatience” — the desire for a smaller cash award now over a larger one in the future — gratitude has the opposite effect, helping people to delay gratification, according to a 2014 study including researchers from Northeastern University, Harvard and UCR.
Nasdaq | October 7, 2021

Scientists Can Switch On Plants’ Response To Light Resulting In Food Growth

Botany professor Meng Chen lead research that discovered a genetic switch to manipulate plant response to environmental conditions including light and temperature.
Before It's News | October 6, 2021

How a UC Riverside professor got help from her cartoon panda to teach kids online

Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette, researcher with the School of Education, featured in the OC Register.
Orange County Register | October 5, 2021

She questioned having kids. Why she's relieved she didn't

Jade Sasser, associate professor of gender & sexuality studies, has a discussion about how personal experiences with climate change has impacted her family planning decisions as well as her research. 
CNN | October 5, 2021

‘A lot of people with money don’t have wealth’: A political scientist, psychologist and CFP on what makes you ‘wealthy’

Benjamin Newman, an associate professor of public policy and political science, explains that wealthy people justify their class status and assuage their guilt over it by rationalizing that other people could attain what they have, too, if others were to work hard enough. 
CNBC | October 1, 2021

James Webb Telescope will unlock ‘secrets of a star system’ that could help us find alien life

Daria Pidhorodetska, a doctoral student in UC Riverside’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, led research that shows the soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope will be able to show scientists whether Earth-sized planets in our ‘solar neighbourhood’ have the necessary atmosphere to support life.
The Independent | October 1, 2021

Researchers work to develop edible vaccines

Juan Pablo Giraldo, an associate professor of Botany and Plant Sciences, is leading a project attempting to grow protection against viruses like COVID-19 by creating edible forms of the shot.  
ABC 7 News | October 1, 2021

UC Riverside police donate bikes to kids at family housing apartments

UC Riverside police raise $500 to buy bikes for kids at family housing apartments.
The Press Enterprise | September 27, 2021

Hummingbirds can smell their way out of danger

Entomologist Erin Wilson-Rankin helped discover that hummingbirds, contrary to previously held belief, have an active sense of smell that helps them avoid harm.
National Science Foundation | September 23, 2021

Aerial Scanning Illuminates Some of the Unknown History of Ancient City of Teotihuacán

A team of researchers led by anthropologist Nawa Sugiyama are using aerial scanning technology to study Teotihuacán, the sprawling ancient city built over a thousand years before the Aztecs’s arrival in Mexico whose construction remains a mystery.
Hyperallergic | September 22, 2021