UCR In the News

The Biggest Thing Holding Me Back From Having Kids Is Climate Change

Jade Sasser, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, and author of On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change, says it's understandable that the climate crisis can feel overwhelming to many prospective parents. 
Good Housekeeping | January 24, 2022

Worms That Turn Tarantulas Into Tiptoeing Zombies Discovered

Parasitologist Adler Dillman led a team that discovered a new species of nematode that kill tarantulas.
Newsweek | January 20, 2022

Wealthy Residents In Calabasas, Hidden Hills Could Find Their Water At A Trickle If They Won’t Conserve

Mehdi Nemati, who studies issues relating to water resources, says wealthier Californians did not conserve as much as others during the last drought even when the state mandated it. Officials are now threatening to restrict the flow to customers who repeatedly fail to conserve.
KCAL | January 20, 2022

Jeff Daniels, as the worm turns with my name!!! Tarantula-Killer Named After Actor

UCR parasitologist Adler Dillman has named a new species of tarantula-killing nematode after American actor Jeff Daniels, who portrayed a spider killer in the 1990 film Arachnophobia. 
TMZ | January 19, 2022

New classrooms at UC Riverside let students attend remotely or in person

One-third of all UCR classrooms were upgraded before the fall term with new technology, including microphones and cameras, to allow for the possibility of mixing in-person students with remote students. The campus paid for the upgrades using federal Covid relief aid.
Ed Source | January 19, 2022

Students don't want to learn in a 'COVID petri dish.' They're walking out to prove their point.

Joseph Kahne, a UCR professor of education policy,  says a string of walkouts this week are part of a renewed period of student activism sparked by the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, George Floyd's murder and concerns about climate change. He hasn't seen such an upswing in student activism since the 1960s and 1970s.
USA Today | January 14, 2022

How often can you safely reuse your KN95 or N95 mask?

Rich Carpiano, public health scientist and sociologist, suggests having a few masks on hand so you can rotate between them. That way, after wearing one mask, you can set it aside for a few days before picking it up again, allowing viral particles on the old mask to deactivate. 
Washington Post | January 14, 2022

Read Joan Didion's entire "lost" university commencement address from 1975

In 1975, the late New Journalism pioneer and author Joan Didion delivered a commencement address at UCR. While the ending has been frequently quoted, the complete text has been "lost" in the bowels of the UCR library for almost 50 years, until now.
Boing Boing | January 12, 2022

Teaching Civics After Jan. 6

Joseph Kahne, a professor who studies civics education and its impact on civic engagement says, "schools, while not perfect, historically have been a place where young people can learn how to engage in democracy."
Yahoo News | January 11, 2022

Will COVID-19 plague us forever? Here’s what the experts say

Given the ineffectiveness of vaccines against the omicron variant and the number of people worldwide who aren't vaccinated, medical sociologist Richard Carpiano believes the coronavirus isn't likely to become endemic, like the flu, any time soon. 
The Orange County Register | January 9, 2022

Let's respond like Romans to the Jan. 6 attack on the capital

History professor Michele Renee Salzman writes that politicians must publicly acknowledge their responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack on the capital, and that if they cannot acknowledge their guilt they should be removed.
Zocalo Public Square | January 6, 2022

Mapping Teotihuacan’s Past, Present, and Future

Anthropologist Nawa Sugiyama explains how actions from the past affect decisions in present day Mexico. Thousand-year-old underground sediments made people unconsciously follow the same construction patterns through time, he found.
EOS | January 6, 2022

Mystery of abandoned Mayan lost cities deepens with plant discovery

Archaeologist Scott Fedick and plant physiologist Louis Santiago demonstrate that the Maya had nearly 500 edible plants available to them, many of which are highly drought resistant. These findings cast dought on drought as the reasons for the collapse of ancient Maya civilization.
Yahoo News | January 5, 2022

Taking a step back: US colleges returning to online classes

Chancellor Kim Wilcox says a couple weeks of remote instruction at the start of the quarter is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading after students return from holiday travel.
Associated Press | January 1, 2022

Op-Ed: My people aren’t Joan Didion’s true Californians, and I have felt this so keenly

Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Susan Straight writes about Joan Didion's passing and her perspective on the IE. 
The Los Angeles Times | December 28, 2021

Op-Ed: How my family grew with Christmas at the movies

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Michael Jayme writes about going to the movies on Christmas day, and the not-so-pleasant memories that evoke from his childhood — the ones that have shaped him into who he is as an adult.  
The Los Angeles Times | December 25, 2021

Amazon Is Rolling Back COVID Protocols in Its Warehouses. Workers Say It’s Premature

Ellen Reese, professor and chair of labor studies, finds that the nature of Amazon warehouse work makes adhering to social distancing and sanitizing rules nearly impossible.
The Markup | December 21, 2021

What you eat affects taste preference, according to new study

Researchers Anindya Ganguly, Manali Dey, and Anupama Dahanukar find in a study performed on flies that what you eat influences your taste for what you might want to eat next. 
New Food Magazine | December 20, 2021

Mariachi icon Vicente Fernandez’s death hits Inland Empire fans hard

Assistant Professor of Music Xóchitl Chávez talks to Southern California New Group Columnist David Allen regarding Mexican singer Vincente Fernández's death and his "cross-cultural and cross-generational" influence.   
The Press Enterprise | December 15, 2021

NT/ ‘Magic wand’ reveals a colorful nano-world

Ming Liu and Ruoxue Yan, associate professors in the Bourns College of Engineering, developed a unique imaging technology that will help scientists see nanomaterials in enough detail to make them more useful in electronics and other applications.
Medium | December 15, 2021