UCR In the News

Following Cockroach Photobomb, Could ‘The Talk’ Set Be Infested?

Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist at UCR's Entomology Research Museum, says a single roach on set may not indicate an infestation. The roach is able to fly quite well, and is attracted to lights, therefore may have flown solo.
The Hollywood Reporter | June 26, 2021

Being Vaccinated Isn’t a Private Matter. It’s Everyone’s Business.

Richard Carpiano, a professor of public policy and sociology, says though trust in celebrities may be misplaced, their influence is undeniable.
The New Republic | June 24, 2021

Geckos are skilled hunters even after they lose their tails

Marina Vollin and Tim Higham, in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, find that losing a tail doesn't mean geckos will be unable to capture prey.
Earth.com | June 23, 2021

Geckos that lose their tails are still deadly predators

New research from biologists Marina Vollin and Tim Higham shows geckos are still able to hunt, albeit awkwardly, after defensively dropping their tails.
BBC Science Focus | June 23, 2021

If You’re Anxiously Awaiting News, Do This One Thing to Feel at Ease – Researchers Say

Psychology professor Kate Sweeny has found that awe, a transportive mindset brought on by beautiful music, or a deeply affecting film, is the best antidote to anxiety induced by having to wait for information.
Good News Network | June 22, 2021

California deserts have lost nearly 40% of plants to hotter, drier weather, satellite data shows

Conservation biologist Lynn Sweet notes that the loss of so many plants to climate change has clear ramifications across the food chain.
Desert Sun | June 22, 2021

Why are so few people getting vaccinated in the Inland Empire?

Richard Carpiano, medical sociologist, says messages that downplay the significance of the pandemic feed into problems with vaccination uptake.
The San Bernardino Sun | June 18, 2021

In case of death: Researchers should plan for how our work can continue without us

Brandon Brown, associate professor in the School of Medicine, argues that people leading scientific studies should prepare for unexpected death.
Science | June 17, 2021

What will returning to normalcy look like in the coming months?

 Kalina Michalska, assistant professor of psychology, discusses what it means to return to "normalcy" after more than a year of isolation.
KCBS Radio | June 16, 2021

Can Myelin Repair Lead to the Reversal of Multiple Sclerosis?

Seema K. Tiwari-Woodruff, professor of biomedical sciences, says drugs that protect or regrow myelin are needed to reverse the course of Multiple Sclerosis.
Brain & Life | June 12, 2021

Researchers Create Soil Catalyst to Make Farming on Mars a Reality

 Jinyong Liu, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and Changxu Ren, a doctoral student, have developed a way to simplify and destroy perchlorate, a dangerous chemical on Earth and Mars.
Vice | June 8, 2021

Acne Can Take Serious Toll on Adolescents' Self-Esteem, Study Results Show

Psychologists Misaki Natsuaki and Tuppett M. Yates co-authored a study about the psychological effects of acne among adolescents, particularly on females with darker skin.
Pharmacy Times | June 8, 2021

A New Way to Shape Metal Nanoparticles—With a Magnetic Field

New work from Michael Zachariah, a professor of chemical engineering and material science, and Pankaj Ghildiyal, a PhD student in Zachariah’s lab, could make it easier to build the exact particles engineers want, for uses in just about anything.
Wired | June 7, 2021

Op-Ed: The complex link between population decline and a warming planet

Jade S. Sasser, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, argues that it’s time to stop blaming overpopulation for environmental woes and start looking at resource consumption and toxic exposure as population growth and fertility rates show downward trends.
Yahoo News | June 7, 2021

The Cost of Being an ‘Interchangeable Asian’

Donatella Galella, associate professor of theatre, film and digital production, was quoted in the New York times for the article "The Cost of Being an 'Interchangeable Asian.'"
The New York Times | June 6, 2021

Simple catalyst could clean contaminated water on Earth and soil on Mars

New research led by environmental and chemical engineers Jinyong Liu and Changxu Ren has identified a relatively simple catalyst that can remove perchlorates, which can cause thyroid problems. The discovery could help future Martian settlers, and reduce water and soil pollution here on Earth too.
New Atlas | June 6, 2021

NASA's going to send new spacecraft to Venus. Here's why

Planetary scientist Stephen Kane is a key participant in NASA's newly announced missions to Venus.
ABC News Australia | June 4, 2021

Dark matter's weirdness could be explained by a new, as-yet-unseen fundamental force

New research from  Flip Tanedo, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, suggests that dark matter could be explained by a fifth fundamental force.
Salon | June 4, 2021

UCR Professor to Join NASA Team in Expansive Study of Planet Venus

Astrobiologist Stephen Kane and planetary science graduate student Colby Ostberg will play important roles in NASA's newly announced missions to Venus.
My News LA | June 3, 2021

The Covid Vaccine Is Free, but Not Everyone Believes That

Americans with medical debt are more likely to skip needed care than people who hold other types of debt, like outstanding credit card bills or student loans, according to a 2013 study by Lucie Kalousova, an assistant professor of sociology.
The New York Times | June 1, 2021