UCR In the News

You’re vaccinated and ready to travel. Here’s your pre-trip checklist.

Brandon Brown, an epidemiologist and public health and medical ethics professor, says vaccine passports are a helpful way to encourage people to get vaccines, and that a vaccine requirement for travel isn't a new idea.
Washington Post | April 2, 2021

Vaccine passports rekindle fears over data privacy and government tracking

Richard M. Carpiano, professor of public policy and sociology, says the idea of a vaccine passport raises privacy concerns, including fears of government monitoring and how third parties might use medical information.
KCRW | March 30, 2021

New generation looks to fight Asian hate

Edward Chang, a Korean American professor of ethnic studies, says as victims of racial hatred, Asians need to become more active against injustice, reporting cases of hate incidents and  fight back, and demanding representation.
Danville Register & Bee | March 29, 2021

Raised to identify as Black, Harris steps into role as a voice for Asian Americans amid rise in hate incidents

Political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan says that during the presidential race, Vice President Kamala Harris received an outpouring of enthusiasm among South Asians and among Asian Americans more broadly.
Washington Post | March 28, 2021

Over-the-Top Mayan Tomb Reveals Man Who Lived a Bit Too Large

A team led by Kenichiro Tsukamoto, an assistant professor of anthropology, discovered surprising remains near the borders of Belize and Guatemala.
The Daily Beast | March 28, 2021

What can we learn from Venus?

Astrophysicist Stephen Kane thinks one of the best arguments for Venus missions is that they will help us understand exoplanets, since Venus and Earth likely looked very similar for most of their history. 
Chemical & Engineering News | March 27, 2021

90 Percent of Plain Community Households Hit by COVID-19

David Lo, professor of biomedical sciences and senior associate dean of research, says the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in a community is high, because it only takes one infected person to start it.
US News and World Report | March 27, 2021

Why the Falcon Can Save the World but Can’t Get a Bank Loan

Interview with John Jennings, media and cultural studies professor, on whether Black superheroes in fiction can impact the culture at large.
Slate | March 26, 2021

Easing pandemic marks return to gun violence

UCR political scientist Ben Newman adds perspective to a discussion of the mass shooting this week at a Colorado supermarket.
The Hill | March 24, 2021

Can microbes save us from PFAS?

Yujie Men, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, is trying to learn how microbes could help break down PFAS - environmental contaminants that are difficult to degrade.
Chemical & Engineering News | March 21, 2021

I Got My Covid Vaccine. Now Can I Hug My Mom?

Virologist Juliet Morrison weighs in on what people should and should not do after vaccination.
The New York Times | March 19, 2021

Happiness Report: World shows resilience in face of COVID19

Sonja Lyubormirsky, psychology professor, co-authored a report showing the U.S. has dipped in happiness rankings. 
ABC News | March 19, 2021

A Year Later, What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself And Others From COVID-19

Medical sociologist Andrea Polonijo offers her expertise on what steps people can take, now, to stay healthy - and help others stay healthy too.  
Capital Public Radio | March 19, 2021

Happiness Report: World shows resilience in face of COVID19

Psychology Professor Sonja Lyubormirsky’s study on happiness shows the U.S. with larger gaps in rankings between rich and poor than most other wealthy countries.
Associated Press | March 19, 2021

Shaping the Future of Warehouse Work One Year Into the Pandemic

Sociologist Ellen Reese says more and more workers are joining the ranks of the underpaid who have no path to stable employment. To make gains, she says they will need to organize.
KVCR | March 18, 2021

Life where you least expect it: Writer finds inspiration in own experiences

The Press Enterprise reviews “Still Water Saints,” the debut novel by Alex Espinoza, who studied writing at UCR with Susan Straight.
The Press Enterprise | March 18, 2021

Archaeologists Uncover a 1,300-Year-Old Skeleton of a Maya Diplomat

Anthropology professor Kenichiro Tsukamoto helped uncover the 1,300-year-old remains of a Maya diplomat near the border of Belize and Guatemala, and was surprised by what he learned from them.
Smithsonian Magazine | March 17, 2021

Virtual Learning Might Be the Best Thing to Happen to Schools

Education professor Tara Yosso says the pandemic could usher in an increased appreciation for students with strengths from dealing with an untenable set of challenges.
The Atlantic | March 17, 2021

Bones of ancient Mayan ambassador reveal a privileged but difficult life

Kenichiro Tsukamoto, an assistant professor of anthropology, talks about insights from the remains of a Mayan man, buried 1,300 years ago, who helped forge an alliance between two powerful dynasties.
United Press International | March 16, 2021

The history of tensions — and solidarity — between Black and Asian American communities, explained

Edward T. Chang, ethnic studies professor, helps explain conflicts that have arisen at Korean-owned businesses.
Vox | March 16, 2021