UCR In the News

Engaging black youth will strengthen the Inland Empire

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science, co-authors a piece about regional efforts to support the leadership of black youth. 
The Press-Enterprise | June 7, 2020

How to protest in a pandemic: Wear masks, carry signs, bring goggles

Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine, share tips for reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission during protests. 
The Washington Post | June 2, 2020

Camp Is Canceled. Three More Months of Family Time. Help.

Kate Sweeny, a professor of psychology, discusses how accessing "flow," a state of total absorption in a project, can help people cope with confinement. 
The New York Times | May 24, 2020

Death counts become the rhythm of the pandemic in the absence of national mourning

The Washington Post profiles Kim Yi Dionne, an assistant professor of political science, in a piece about the ritual of monitoring coronavirus death counts. 
The Washington Post | May 24, 2020

Why LA County's Unemployment Rate Is So Much Higher Than Most Of California's

Economics professor Gloria Gonzalez-Rivera comments on Los Angeles County's unprecedented rate of unemployment due to the elimination of service-sector jobs in the wake of COVID-19. 
LAist | May 22, 2020

Is There Any Safe Way to Socialize During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine, says with COVID-19 still a major health threat, the most responsible social visits are virtual ones. 
Time | May 19, 2020

Nonprofit Growth in Inland Empire at Risk Due to COVID-19

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science, discusses the findings of a new report on regional nonprofits released by UCR's Center for Social Innovation. 
KVCR | May 19, 2020

‘New-agey types’ and pro-Trump activists. Anti-vaccine crusade finds new allies amid coronavirus

Richard M. Carpiano, a professor of public policy and sociology, explains why different groups have converged to protest stay-at-home orders and other public health guidelines issued in the wake of COVID-19. 
The Sacramento Bee | May 14, 2020

So You Had a Bad Day …

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a distinguished professor of psychology, comments on the mood-boosting benefits of gratitude. 
The New York Times | May 12, 2020

Why We Shouldn’t Quantify the COVID-19 Pandemic in Terms of 9/11

Matthew Byrne, a doctoral student in sociology, notes that comparing the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic to that of 9/11 "rarely achieves its intended aims."
Truthout | May 9, 2020

Anti-vaccine protests hold lessons for journalists covering rallies against shelter-in-place orders

In a co-authored piece, public policy and sociology professor Richard M. Carpiano lays out four recommendations for improving media coverage of the recent rallies.  
CalMatters | May 8, 2020

Fewer international students expected to return to colleges in California and nation, hurting finances

Magid Shirzadegan, director of the International Students and Scholars office, discusses how COVID-19 might affect international student enrollment at UCR. 
EdSource | May 8, 2020

They’re not really called ‘murder hornets.’ And they’re probably not as bad as you think

According to Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist at UCR’s Entomology Research Museum, Asian giant hornets are a much more manageable threat than you've likely been told elsewhere. 
Los Angeles Times | May 6, 2020

Riverside County point-in-time count finds 41% rise in youth homelessness

Students from UCR's Department of Computer Science and Engineering assisted with the annual count. 
Desert Sun | May 6, 2020

Murder Hornets In The U.S. Are Dangerous, But Entomologists Say Don’t Panic

Quinn S. McFrederick, an assistant professor of entomology, explains why fears about "murder hornets" should be based mainly on the ecological consequences of the insect's spread to the U.S. 
Bustle | May 5, 2020

Extroverts are faring surprisingly well in lockdown

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a distinguished professor of psychology, writes in The Washington Post about the remarkable resilience she's observed among students coping with the social restrictions brought on by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Washington Post | May 5, 2020

To have a healthy garden, it doesn’t hurt to have these bugs around

Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist at UCR’s Entomology Research Museum, shares tips for attracting beneficial insects to gardens, including by incorporating native plants. 
The Press-Enterprise | May 4, 2020

'Murder Hornets' are in the United States. These other dangerous bugs are more common

Spider expert and UCR entomologist Rick Vetter discusses the likelihood of being killed by an insect or spider with USA Today. 
USA Today | May 4, 2020

Why is Orange County’s coronavirus death rate lower than its neighbors’?

Richard M. Carpiano, a professor of public policy and sociology, discusses how differences in disadvantage and vulnerability have resulted in COVID-19-related health disparities. 
Orange County Register | May 3, 2020

This is the most dangerous place in the grocery store

When it comes to grocery stores, the cashier's station is the most dangerous spot of all, says Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the UCR School of Medicine. 
CNN | May 1, 2020