UCR In the News

Health Workers Refusing COVID Vaccines in Sluggish Rollout

About half of hospital workers in Riverside County, are passing on the vaccine for now, but Richard Carpiano, a public health scientist and medical sociologist, wonders about the context of this statistic, and what it means.
Government Technology | January 6, 2021

Scent as a motivational muse

Biologists Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka and Theodore Garland Jr. discover that mice bred to exercise had different senses of smell than mice that didn’t exercise.
Chemical & Engineering News | January 2, 2021

Inland Empire now California coronavirus hot zone even as its leaders battle safety restrictions

Richard Carpiano, professor of public policy and sociology, offers some explanation for local residents' behavior relative to virus prevention measures.
The Los Angeles Times | December 24, 2020

Waiting Games

Hidden Brain features an interview with Kate Sweeny, professor of Psychology, and her explanations about the psychology behind the emotions that got us through 2020.
Hidden Brain | December 22, 2020

The Pandemic Has Caused a Gossip Shortage

Megan L. Robbins, associate professor of psychology, discusses the deeper meaning and function of gossip.
Oprah Magazine | December 21, 2020

Joshua Tree National Park Is More Popular Than Ever—But Its Namesake Trees Are Facing Extinction

Feature on ecologist Lynn Sweet's work predicting the demise of Joshua Trees if carbon emissions are not significantly reduced. 
Vogue | December 18, 2020

Ethics Lesson May Hold outside the Classroom

Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel describes the impact of a single class session on its participants' willingness to eat meat. 
Scientific American | December 16, 2020

Nervous About COVID-19 Vaccines? Here's How Scientists Are Feeling

Epidemiologist Brandon Brown weighs in on who should have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine, given the limited supply.
MSN | December 15, 2020

The Pandemic Ruined Time

Kyla Rankin, who studies uncertainty and well-being, discusses how people who had more pandemic-related distress might have experienced more time distortion this year.
The Verge | December 15, 2020

Why heterosexual relationships are so bad for us, according to a sex researcher

Sexuality and gender researcher Jane Ward researched the history of heterosexuality and concluded that straight relationships are "tragic" because of their inherent inequality.
Business Insider India | December 11, 2020

UC Riverside receives over $4 million to help save avocados in CA from devastating fungus

UC Riverside has received more than $4 million to help save avocados in California from Laurel Wilt, a fungus that has the potential to be devastating to crops in the Golden State and elsewhere.
ABC7 Eyewitness News | December 11, 2020

UC Riverside receives over $4 million for avocado anti-fungus research

UC Riverside has received more than $4 million in federal money to help save avocados in California.
Yahoo News | December 11, 2020

UC Riverside receives more than $4 million for avocado anti-fungus research

Patricia Manosalva, director of UCR's Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program, leads a new effort to protect avocado orchards from infections.
KESQ-TV | December 10, 2020

Are You Happy? Your Answer May Depend on Where You Live

New UC Riverside research explores which tests are most effective at measuring happiness among 15,368 worldwide participants.
US News and World Report | December 9, 2020

Is Our Search for Happiness Killing Us?

Gwen Gardiner, psychology graduate student, lead new research on the meaning of happiness around the world.
Psychology Today | December 9, 2020

Turns Out We Don’t Really Know How To Measure Happiness

According to a new UC Riverside study, tests previously used to measure said happiness are flawed and how happiness is measured has a lot to do with where you live.
Forbes | December 9, 2020

We must reclaim the democratic purpose of California schools

Joseph Kahne, professor of education policy, and Erica Hodgin, co-director of the Civic Engagement Research Group, explain the challenge of our increasing inability to solve problems democratically coinciding with crises that demand our collective attention.
Calmatters | December 8, 2020

How You Can Help Count and Conserve Native Bees

Entomologist Hollis Woodard is leading an unprecedented, nationwide consortium of researchers trying to track native bees in order to save them. The group's activities will include training for community scientists as well.
The New York Times | December 7, 2020

Hearts Aflame

Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Susan Straight recalls the violence inflicted on six generations of Black men in her family.
Alta | December 7, 2020

Understanding bacteria’s metabolism could improve biofuel production

Mark Alber, math professor, and William Cannon, adjunct UCR math professor and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory computational scientist, learn about aspects of bacteria's metabolism that could lead to species engineered to better convert plants into biofuels.
Green Car Congress | December 4, 2020