An Ancient ‘Horizon Calendar’ Comes Into View Over Mexico City

Exequiel Ezcurra, distinguished professor of ecology at UCR, led a study showing how the Indigenous peoples in the valley where Mexico City would later arise followed a natural solar calendar that was so accurate it accounted for leap years.
The New York Times | December 13, 2022

Citrus Psyllids Bribe Ants with Strings of Candy Poop

Asian citrus psyllids transmit a disease that can ruin oranges. Even worse, Argentine ants protect them in exchange for the psyllids' delicate ribbons of sugary poop, called honeydew. By studying the ants’ behavior, UCR's Mark Hoddle, found a way to fight the ants leaving the psyllids more exposed to a natural enemy.
KQED Science | December 13, 2022

The Aztecs’ solar calendar helped grow food for millions of people

Exequiel Ezcurra, UCR ecology professor, led a study showing how the Aztecs, or Mexica people, used the Basin of Mexico as a solar observatory to accurately track the seasons and account for leap years. This in turn enabled them to be highly productive farmers.     
Popular Science | December 12, 2022

Bay Area air pollution has stayed low while it’s rebounded in L.A. Here’s why

Francesca Hopkins, assistant professor of climate change at UCR, co-led a study showing that some areas have continued to benefit from improvements in air quality that began during the pandemic. Those that benefitted are generally wealthier places, while other spots have lost most of the gains, or even gotten slightly worse than they were before. 
The San Francisco Chronicle | December 6, 2022

Air pollution rising in some communities after quality boost during pandemic

KCBS Radio news anchor Holly Quan spoke with Francesca Hopkins, assistant professor of climate change and sustainability at UC Riverside, about how the pollution that has come back after COVID lockdowns is hitting some communities harder than others
KCBS Radio | December 6, 2022

School principals say culture wars made last year 'rough as hell'

High school principals reported substantial conflict at their schools over issues like the teaching of race and racism, LGBTQ+ rights and the use of social emotional learning strategies in the classroom, according to “Educating for a Diverse Democracy,” coauthored by the Civic Engagement Research Group at UC Riverside.
NPR | December 1, 2022

“Something Needs to Change or Else We Will All Quit”

Researchers John Rogers from UCLA and UCR’s Joseph Kahne found that high school educators are refraining from teaching topics that could be perceived as controversial. They also found that many considered quitting the profession, and that one-quarter of principals reported an increasing number of incidents of students verbally harassing LGBTQ classmates.  
Mother Jones | November 30, 2022

Want to see more Latinos in books? Start by reading these

LA Times columnist Gustavo Arellano includes UC Riverside English professor Richard T. Rodríguez’s book in his list of must reads.
The Los Angeles Times | November 25, 2022

Remains of a Spider Monkey Traded by Ancient Maya Elites Found in Mexico

UCR archaeologist Nawa Sugiyama led a team that made a surprising discovery in an ancient Maya capital: the remains of a 1,700-year-old spider monkey, which they suspect was once a state gift between elites.
Yahoo News | November 23, 2022

‘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 may be enduring its seventh mass extinction, not sixth

Scientists have long argued that Earth is currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event, losing thousands of plant and animal species each year. However, according to a new study led by the UCR's Mary Droser and her former graduate student Scott Evans now at Virginia Tech, we might in fact be facing the seventh mass extinction. | November 23, 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

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

¿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