Prop 30: A lift for rideshare companies, at the expense of the uber-rich?

Proposition 30 would call for Californians earning more than $2 million per year to help fund zero-emission vehicle purchases and infrastructure, and — to a lesser extent — to fund wildfire response and prevention. It would generate between $3.5 to $5 billion annually by taxing the personal incomes of 35,000...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Taking photos of slides helps students remember

Students often take camera-phone photos of slides during an instructor’s presentation. But the question has lingered whether this practice helps students remember information. A first-of-its-kind study answers the question, finding that taking pictures of PowerPoint slides during an online presentation helped students remember the slide content better than for slides...

Do you act before you think or think before you act?

UC Riverside psychologists’ experiments explain which choice rules daily life

Liking another group doesn't mean you dislike your own

More than 70 years ago, a pair of psychologists conducted a study in which they asked young Black girls to choose between Black and white dolls. The girls overwhelmingly chose white dolls, ascribing positive attributes to them. The Black girls’ choices and reasoning were interpreted by study authors to indicate...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Latino census data points to college-graduation disparity

Sept. 25, the Center for Social Innovation released a report based on census data that asserts only 11% of Latinos in the Inland Empire have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 35% overall in California and 33% nationally. Latinos comprise 51 percent of the 4.65 million people who live...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Ukraine advances don't equal Russian retreat

The past week has been one of alternately hopeful and discouraging news in the 7-months-long invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We asked Ukraine expert Paul D'Anieri for guidance on whether the developments signal a winddown in Russian aggression or if they foretell a next, more perilous chapter. D'Anieri wrote the...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

A new look at ‘The Chicano Experience’

Professor Alfredo Mirandé’s 1985 foundational sociology book has a completely revised second edition.

The queen is dead. Will the monarchy survive? Should it?

Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96 after a 70-year reign, the longest of any British monarch in history. We asked a UC Riverside British history expert, Jonathan Eacott, and a British-born UCR political scientist, Shaun Bowler, to assess the future of the monarchy. Q: At the queen’s passing...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

'The Most Important World Leader Since World War II'

Mikhail Gorbachev is the man whose actions inserted the terms perestroika and glasnost into the international vernacular. In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union, presiding over a remarkable five-year span during which until-then unimaginable democratic reforms were instituted, the Berlin Wall fell, communism was virtually wiped...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Expert: Student loan forgiveness is a win - but only for some

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced a student loan debt program that would forgive $10,000 in debt for borrowers who earn less than $125,000 and an additional $10,000 for those who received Pell Grants. Many borrowers are celebrating the liberation from debt that — for some — has prevented them...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

Girly and a fighter. But are MMA women breaking barriers?

Study finds male-dominated MMA is not friendly to gender equality.

Personal stories on sexual abuse, self-worth, and academia 

Associate Professor Victoria Reyes published her new book, “Academic Outsider: Stories of Exclusion and Hope.”

Would you get bored of eternal life?

John Martin Fischer’s videotaped lectures on near-death experiences and immortality have garnered the most views of any content on UCR’s YouTube site. Fischer, who is a UC Riverside distinguished professor of philosophy, is a world-leading expert on free will and moral responsibility, as well as immortality and near-death experiences. Recently...

By J.D. Warren | | Social Science / Education

What guides our attention to faces in videos changes with age

UC Riverside study has implications for children’s television and autism spectrum disorder

New dean of School of Education named

Joi Spencer has been named the dean of UC Riverside’s School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Spencer is a professor of Mathematics Education at the University of San Diego, in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, or SOLES. During 16 years at USD, Spencer has been associate dean...

School of Public Policy names its second dean

Mark Long has been named dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy effective Jan. 1, 2023. Long is a professor in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Washington. He previously served as the Evans School’s associate dean...

Expert: NATO has a workaround to naval blockade

NATO member countries have walked a line in the months since Russia invaded Ukraine: Supporting Ukraine short of triggering large-scale war with Russia. That line may soon become more difficult to navigate, with Russia now threatening a member of NATO. We asked UCR political scientist and NATO expert Kelechi Kalu...

‘I am the product of rape. Here’s why I support abortion rights’

Victoria Reyes, an assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies at UCR, speaks from personal experience in this Q&A.

New report highlights key findings on the health, mental health, and social service needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California

Data from the California Health Interview Survey and the American Community Survey highlight diversity and needs of California’s fastest growing population groups.

By UCR News | | Social Science / Education

Who benefits from brain training and why?

Joint UC Riverside and UC Irvine study shows “near transfer” predicts “far transfer”