‘Hyper-Partisanship’ Is Making It A Lot Harder To Run Public Schools, New UC Research Finds

School of Education Professor Joseph Kahne co-authored a study of 682 high school principals across the U.S., and found extreme political views on both side of the spectrum are taking a toll on public schools students as well as educators.
LAist | November 23, 2022

Earth's earliest mass extinction uncovered in fossil record

Researchers at UC Riverside and Virginia Tech have found evidence of a mass extinction event that took place about 100 million years earlier than scientists previously realized.
New Atlas | November 22, 2022

When diplomacy fails: After gifts, Teotihuacan turned on Maya cities

ArsTechnica interviews Nawa Sugiyama, UC Riverside anthropological archaeologist in this article, “When diplomacy fails: After gifts, Teotihuacan turned on Maya cities.”
ArsTechnica | November 22, 2022

¿Viva Hate? Mexican fans ‘Negotiate Morrissey the person and Morrissey the music.’

Gustavo Arellano interviews Richard T. Rodríguez, professor of English and media and cultural studies. Rodríguez explains why Latinos love Morrissey’s music, despite not being fans of his stance on borders and immigration.
Alta | November 17, 2022

Here's why the cost of lettuce is skyrocketing in California

Bruce Babcock, UCR agricultural economist, says the Salinas Valley is the primary source for lettuce, the Salinas Valley, is having a terrible year.  Lettuce there has been infected with a virus, and causing yields to be down 75%. The virus, INSV, is getting worse and there are few ways to treat it.
ABC 7 News | November 15, 2022

Symptoms of Cute Aggression: Why Do I Want To Murder Adorable Things?

Katherine Stavropoulos, UCR associate professor of psychology, explains the desire to crush something adorable isn't the same as the desire to cause real harm. 
IFL Science! | November 14, 2022

Want kids but afraid of climate change? So are these people

UC Riverside Gender Studies Professor Jade Sasser explains that the U.S. birthrate is the lowest it has ever been in part due to climate change. Some factors include lower infant mortality rates and economic uncertainty. However, she explains that younger people increasingly feel it is not ethical to bring a person into a planet in crisis.
KCRW | November 14, 2022

Broccoli in Space? What a Revolting Thought

UCR planetary scientists Eddie Schwieterman and Michaela Leung have discovered that the methyl bromide gases emitted by broccoli—one of the most repellent foods known to mankind—could be pivotal in discovering whether life exists on other planets.
The Wall Street Journal | November 10, 2022

If You Live Here, Watch Out for These Venomous Spiders That Cause Disfiguring Bites

Rick Vetter, a retired UCR entomologist, says venomous brown recluses can be found through in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as parts of Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio,  and Tennessee. While it's possible for one of these spiders to be found outside these states, it is not likely. 
Yahoo Life | November 10, 2022

A plan to tax the rich to fund electric defeated by California voters

Bruce Babcock, UCR professor of public policy, tells CNN that the law might not have given electric car sales the boost backers were looking for. Counterintuitively, a dedicated funding source might have resulted in less state incentive funding for electric vehicles.
CNN Business | November 9, 2022

In some tight House races, Asian-American voters could determine the winner

Orange County has been a Republican stronghold for nearly a century, but has veered left in recent decades. One force behind that shift is the county's growing share of Asian American voters. Karthick Ramakrishnan, public policy professor, discusses this movement of Asian American voters away from the Republican Party.
NPR | November 2, 2022

Review: Christina Fernandez’s photographs, on view in Riverside, are a major pivot in Chicano art

Los Angeles Times reviews UCR ARTS’ exhibition, “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” curated by Joanna Szupinska, senior curator at UCR ARTS.
The Los Angeles Times | October 31, 2022

The hunt for habitable planets may have just gotten far more narrow, new study finds

A planet orbiting the most common star type in the universe, an M dwarf, is not able to hold onto an atmosphere. The findings don’t bode well for other types of planets orbiting M dwarfs, said  Michelle Hill, a UCR planetary scientist and co-author of a study describing the no-atmosphere planet.
CNN | October 26, 2022

The vibes were off during the pandemic

Kalina Michalska, assistant professor of psychology at UC Riverside and director of the Kind Lab discusses research showing a person’s ability to socialize worsened during the pandemic. In the case of young adults, the pandemic had a profound effect on their maturation process. 
KPCC Air Talk | October 25, 2022

There’s New Data on How Antibiotics Affect Your Workout

UCR's Monica McNamara and Theodore Garland conducted a study showing that mice bred for running are deeply affected by antibiotics.
Outside | October 14, 2022

Thirdhand smoke can trigger skin diseases, study warns

Smoke dust may lead to initiation of inflammation-induced skin diseases like contact dermatitis and psoriasis, according to research led by a team of scientists at UCR.
The Independent UK | October 12, 2022

'Broccoli Gas' Could Be a Clue to Life on Distant Planets

Astrophysicists Michaela Leung and Eddie Schwieterman led a study indicating a type of gas produced by broccoli and other plants on Earth could indicate life on distant planets as well.
CNET | October 11, 2022

To find alien life, scientists suggest searching space for this party drug

Astrophysicist Eddie Schwieterman suggests in a new paper that the same stuff college students huff for a quick high could also be a new indicator for whether or not a planet is habitable.
Futurism | October 9, 2022

El gas de la risa podría ser la clave para descubrir vida extraterrestre, según estudio

UCR astrophysicist Eddie Schwieterman finds in a new study that laughing gas could be found in the atmosphere of another planet, and if it is found, would likely indicate the presence of a living thing.
La Opinion | October 9, 2022

How did we forget about the first Koreatown in America, right here in Riverside County?

Edward T. Chang, professor of ethnic studies and founding director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies, co-authored this piece about Pachappa Camp. The camp, a self-governed California community made for and by Korean Americans, was a mecca for the Korean independence movement and a bulwark against anti-Asian racism in America.
Desert Sun | October 8, 2022