Content Authored by: Omar Shamout

Should we live in the moment — or not?

John Martin Fischer, a leading philosopher of free will and moral responsibility, has written two companion essays exploring the ideas of mindfulness and living in the moment, which are often encapsulated in the phrase: “Be here now.” In the first piece, published by Aeon, Fischer sorts through various theories regarding...

Jewish Studies expert discusses rise in antisemitic attacks

The Associated Press reported this week that preliminary data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League shows an increase in violent attacks, vandalism and harassment of Jews in the U.S., around the world, and online, since fighting broke out between Israel and Gaza’s militant rulers Hamas earlier this month. While hatred toward...

By Omar Shamout | | Arts / Culture

UCR enters Big West tournament as No. 3 seed, first game Thursday

The UC Riverside men’s basketball team is hoping to cap off the best season in program history with a first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. But the Highlanders will have to win the Big West Men’s Basketball Championship to do so, which begins this Tuesday at the at the Michelob...

By Omar Shamout | | Athletics

Going Bold

Actor LeVar Burton will highlight a weekend-long celebration commemorating the completion of UC Riverside’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The event, "Future Perfect: A Conversation with Levar Burton," will be hosted by UCR creative writing professor and author Nalo Hopkinson on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. The discussion topic will be...

By Omar Shamout | | University

Can ethics classes actually influence students’ moral behavior?

Philosophers and ethicists have never had scientific proof that university ethics classes affect student moral behavior — until now. A research team led by a philosopher at the University of California, Riverside, has conducted the first controlled study aiming to discover whether such a correlation exists using direct observational data...

By Omar Shamout | | Social Science / Education

A new beat on life

Before they arrived at UC Riverside, Kevin Krause ’92 and Ray Rodriguez ’92 were junior college rivals on the basketball court. So when they got to campus as Highlander teammates, they were surprised — and not altogether thrilled — to discover they would be roommates. “We had played each other...

By Omar Shamout | | Athletics

How UCR student-athletes, coaches, and athletics staff have responded to a shortened spring season

On the morning of March 12, head men’s basketball coach David Patrick was at an Anaheim hotel preparing his team to take on UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the Big West Tournament. But he didn’t really expect the game, which was scheduled to take place in only...

By Omar Shamout | | Athletics

Tantrums, ‘Toy Story’ marathons, and Zoom mishaps

Last week, UCR’s Healthy Campus group released tips for staying physically and mentally healthy while social distancing and working from home. But for many faculty and staff members with young children, a number of these recommendations might seem difficult — if not impossible — to follow. Being forced indoors with...

By Omar Shamout | | University

Research reveals why geography is central to product innovation

UCR researcher and colleagues show that businesses in states with confluence of research universities, venture capital, and government funding innovate at 16-times higher rate when demand increases

By Omar Shamout | | Business