Officials drafting plan for oak-killing beetle in San Bernardino National Forest

Mark Hoddle, director of UCR’s Center of Invasive Species Research, says a certain beetle has been ruinous to the Cleveland National Forest northeast of San Diego, where dead trees increased the risk of fire, limbs dropping and resulted in the closure of hiking trails and campsites.
Victorville Daily Press | August 3, 2022

What Language Reveals About the Quality of Relationships

Research from UC Riverside psychologist Megan Robbins has established a strong correlation between the frequent use of pronouns like ‘we” and “us” and the quality of romantic relationships.
Medium | July 29, 2022

Is THIS the cure for baldness? Researchers discover protein at the root of hair loss ... and believe it can be manipulated to regrow a lost head of hair

Mathematical biologist Qixuan Wang said her research has moved scientists one step closer to 'controlling' the mechanisms causing baldness.
Daily Mail | July 28, 2022

California’s economic recovery slowing down | Dan Walters

“After an impressive start to the year, in which the state added jobs at a rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation, we shouldn’t overinterpret a slowdown in one month,” Taner Osman, research manager at the UCR Center for Economic Forecasting, said in an analysis of employment data released last week.
KVPI NBC6 Idaho | July 28, 2022

Protein In Hair Follicles May Hold Cure For Baldness – And Maybe More

Mathematical biologist Qixuan Wang co-authored a study linking a single protein to the growth – and death – of hair follicles. The work could potentially help speed wound healing or help regrow lost hair.
IFL Science! | July 27, 2022

Climate change exposes growing gap between weather we've planned for — and what's coming

Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental economics, says using the most current climate data isn't always the first choice of policymakers and state and federal agencies, because it doesn't look as good for their constituents. 
MSN | July 27, 2022

Climate change exposes growing gap between weather we've planned for – and what's coming

UCR professor Kurt Schwabe is quoted in an article on government decision-making in a time of sudden, extreme climate change. 
USA Today | July 27, 2022

Asian American voters remain largely ignored by political parties, according to new survey

Karthick Ramarkrishnan, dean of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, said the major political parties and candidates are still waking up to the potential of the Asian American electorate. 
ABC 7 News | July 26, 2022

Jupiter's rings may be so puny because of the planet's massive moons

Astrophysicist Stephen Kane and his graduate student Zhexing Li conducted a study to learn why Jupiter's rings are so faint and if the gas giant once had thicker rings and somehow lost them.
Space | July 25, 2022

Scientists identify hair loss regulator protein, could be reversible

Mathematician Qixuan Wang helped identify a single protein that seems to control when hair follicles die. Armed with this new information, it might eventually be possible to reverse the process and stimulate hair regrowth.
New Atlas | July 25, 2022

Corpse flower blooms for first time at UC Riverside

“Little Miss Stinky,” the rare corpse flower on display at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, has bloomed. The endangered tropical flower blooms only once every seven to nine years, sometimes as long as a decade.
The Press Enterprise | July 24, 2022

How Plants Produce their Own 'Aspirin' to Protect themselves From Climate Change

A study from the laboratory of Katayoon Dehesh, distinguished professor of molecular biochemistry, shows how plants produce salicylic acid to help them withstand stress. The acid is essentially aspirin, and increasing plants' ability to produce it could help ensure continued food supply as the climate changes.
CNN NEWS18 | July 21, 2022

Jupiter's Huge Moons Prevent It From Developing Beautiful Rings Like Saturn

Astrophysicist Stephen Kane and his doctoral student Zhexing Li determined that Jupiter's gigantic Galilean moons prevent ice from forming big, bright rings.
CNET | July 21, 2022

Plants Produce Aspirin To Self-Medicate When Stressed, Study Shows

Molecular biologists Katayoon Dehesh, Jin-Zheng Wang, and Wilhelmina van de Ven studied the stress response in plants and could use their findings to boost crop response to adversity.

No indoor mask mandate planned in Riverside, San Bernardino counties

Richard Carpiano, professor of public policy, believes Inland officials should confront the latest surge by stressing the advantages of masking up, but stopped short of recommending an Inland Empire mask mandate like the one planned for LA County.
The Press Enterprise | July 14, 2022

There’s a Citrus Pandemic Lurking in California Backyards

Plant geneticist Hailing Jin discusses the peptide she identified that can protect citrus from greening disease. "Normally, a peptide either has antibacterial activity or they can prime the host to be more immune against a pathogen. Ours is unique that it has both activities," said Jin.
Slate | July 11, 2022

STEAM: Insect neuroscientist Anandasankar Ray

Show highlights Professor Anandasankar Ray, a neuroscientist who studies how insects can detect smells in their environment using different scents that react with their brain.
CBS Los Angeles | July 6, 2022

How the Yankees' Chewing Gum Game Could Impact the Environment

Environmental scientist Win Cowger discusses the environmental impact of chewing gum, particularly when it lands outside the trash can.
NBC Universal | June 30, 2022

Ancient bacteria could help astronomers find alien life, scientists say

UC Riverside astrobiologist Eddie Schwieterman helped reconstruct the biological processes in some of the Earth’s earliest life forms, an advance that could help find alien life on other planets with atmospheres similar to those on early Earth.
The Independent UK | June 29, 2022

Bad news for Paxlovid? Coronavirus can find multiple ways to evade COVID-19 drug

Adam Godzik, a UCR bioinformatics expert, has co-authored a study showing that drug-resistant coronavirus is already circulating in the general population.
Science | June 29, 2022