UCR In the News

Plastic may increase the risk of high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, study finds

Changcheng Zhou, a UCR biomedical scientist, led a team of researchers who discovered that exposure to dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP), a chemical used in plastics, may increase consumers’ risk of developing high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
Consumer Affairs | December 3, 2021

Universities Using GrowPods and Controlled Environment Agriculture to Study Healing Properties of Clean Foods

UCR purchased a controlled environment automated farm that can eliminate pesticides, harmful chemicals and pathogenic contamination. Researchers like Juan Pablo Giraldo could take advantage of it to study whether food can contain the same mRNA as vaccines.
Yahoo Finance | December 2, 2021

The Cause Of Alzheimer’s May Have Been Found

By studying the different forms that a protein called tau can take, chemistry professor Ryan Julian discovered the difference between people who developed dementia and those who didn’t. 
Kaiser Health News | December 2, 2021

UC Riverside MBAs Are Landing Top Jobs At Disney & Amazon—Here’s How

Ranked first for social mobility in the US, UCR is helping underrepresented MBAs land jobs at top firms like Disney and Amazon
Business Because | December 1, 2021

Scientists say they might have discovered the cause of Alzheimer's

Chemistry Professor Ryan Julian studied Alzheimer’s disease from a different perspective and the results may have led him to the cause of the disease.
The Hill | December 1, 2021

Business Insider An FDA expert panel narrowly supports the first COVID-19 pill but suggests restrictions on its use driven by safety concerns

Biology professor David Eastman believes a new COVID-19 pill should be limited to high-risk individuals.
Yahoo News | November 30, 2021

'Vulture bees' have quit pollen to feed their babies rotting meat — a mystery to scientists

Entomologists Quinn McFrederick and Jessica Maccaro discover that unusual meat-eating bees have microbiomes that are very different from the average vegetarian bee.
Business Insider | November 24, 2021

Check out these meat-eating bees found in Costa Rica

Entomologists Quinn McFrederick and Jessica Maccaro believe these bees have been forced to develop a taste for other sources of food as there is too much competition for nectar.
BBC Newsround | November 24, 2021

Meat-eating vulture bees have evolved special gut bacteria to feast on flesh

Entomologists Quinn McFrederick and Jessica Maccaro examined the microbiomes of unusual meat-eating bees, and found their guts look like those belonging to hyenas and other carrion feeders.
CNN | November 24, 2021

Bizarre Biting Bee With Gut Like A Vulture Loves Eating Chicken

New research from entomologists Quinn McFrederick, Jessica Maccaro and Doug Yangea shows remarkable changes in the microbiome of an unusual meat-eating bee species.
IFL Science! | November 23, 2021

Social media use linked to depression in adults

UCR psychology researcher Rachel Wu weighed in on an outside study that ties social media to anxiety and depression in adults. 
NBC News | November 23, 2021

UCR Exhibit Shares History of Riverside's Long Unknown Koreatown

Edward Chang, professor of ethnic studies, discovered Pachappa Camp, the first known Korean American settlement in the mainland U.S.
KVCR | November 22, 2021

Eddie Redmayne reflects on playing trans woman in 'Danish Girl': 'It was a mistake'

Gender and sexuality studies professor Jane Ward says it would be nice if there were enough LGBT roles that any actor could play them, but that isn't the case. 
USA Today | November 22, 2021

“We are going to make you beg for mercy”: America’s public servants face a wave of threats

Joseph Kahne, a professor of education policy, says threats of violence at school board meetings are up markedly, but hard data on this is lacking because it is a new phenomenon.
Vox | November 18, 2021

The Magnificent Orchards That Protect the World’s Fruit

Tracy Kahn, curator of the Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection, talks to Gastro Obscura about the importance of preserving genetic diversity in agricultural crops, particularly citrus.
Atlas Obscura | November 17, 2021

After viral video of teacher, Native Americans offer to help California schools

Ethic Studies Professor Gerald L. Clarke, Jr. spoke during a Riverside Unified School District board meeting on the importance of teaching Native American history and culture in order to prevent another classroom incident like the one at a Riverside high school that produced a viral video and sparked widespread outrage.
East Bay Times | November 16, 2021

Astroworld tragedy offers lessons in crowd safety for Sacramento’s growing live music scene

Rengin Firat, assistant professor of sociology, believes Travis Scott himself bears some of the blame for the tragedy that took place at his concert.
The Sacramento Bee | November 11, 2021

Over The Hump Or Overstimulated? Annual Economic Forecast Conference Finds Near Term Outlook Strong But Long Run Risks Loom Large

The U.S. economy has completely recovered from the pandemic recession, according to a new forecast released at the 12th annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference, hosted by the UC Riverside School of Business.
Yahoo Finance | November 11, 2021

TikTok #CouplePranks and the Disappointments of Heterosexuality

An “exceedingly popular response” to heterosexual discontent and division in popular culture has been “simply to normalize it," said Jane Ward, gender and sexuality studies professor.
Jezebel | November 9, 2021

More ‘Megafires' Burning California Now Than Ever Before

Fire ecologist Rich Minnich believes California may be doing more harm than good by battling fires. Allowing more vegetation to grow provides fuel for future fires, but if we let vegetation burn naturally, he predicts we will see a future with smaller, less destructive fires. 
NBC Bay Area | November 5, 2021