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UC Riverside acknowledged for growing its low-income student base

The American Talent Initiative, or ATI, recently named UC Riverside as among the nation’s top universities for enrolling low-income students. ATI was formed in December 2016 to encourage American colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates to enroll more students from low- and middle-income backgrounds. A recent report summarizing ATI’s first three years asserts...
By John Warren | Inside UCR |

Here’s what happens to science when California’s researchers shelter in place

CALMATTERS -- As California officials desperately try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chris Miller is coaxing a sample of the virus to grow in a secure laboratory at UC Davis. Working in a laboratory nestled inside containment rooms and cut off from the world by filters, scientists dressed in space suit-like protective...
By Rachel Becker | CalMatters |

This worm-like creature is the first ancestor on the human and animal family tree

CNN -- Evidence of a worm-like creature about the size of a grain of rice has been uncovered in South Australia, and researchers believe it is the oldest ancestor on the family tree that includes humans and most animals. The creature lived 555 million years ago. It's considered to be the earliest bilaterian. Bilaterians are...
By Ashley Strickland| CNN |

California adds online triage for Coronavirus to help with test shortages

CALMATTERS -- California still does not have enough capacity to test for coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday, despite furious efforts by private, university and government laboratories to scale up to handle thousands of more patients. To help triage the crush of Californians in the Bay Area who want to be tested for the novel...
By Rachel Becker | CalMatters |

Why bees have one of the most important jobs in America

The bee population is declining and experts say that’s a serious issue because they provide us with a very important service … pollination. Professor Boris Baer of UC Riverside talks about how 1/3 of the food grown in the U.S. is pollinated by bees, a process necessary for plants to reproduce. Baer says traditionally, beekeepers...
By "In Focus" staff | In Focus |

Life on Mars: what climate change tells us about the red planet

INVERSE -- Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry, discusses his new research to better understand the history of the atmosphere on Mars. -- Scientists have developed a new model to better understand whether Mars once hosted water — and maybe even life. The Martian surface is an inhospitable place: It is too cold for...
By SOFIA QUAGLIA | Inverse |

UCR ranked among 10 best California colleges

UC Riverside has cracked the top 10 of Money magazine’s 10 Best Colleges in California rankings in 2020. The rankings, released Feb. 18, are based on its 2019 "Best Colleges For Your Money" list, which scores institutions on affordability, quality of education, and student outcomes. UCR jumped 20 places to No. 12 in that list...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Harmful levels of metal linked to DNA damage found in the urine of e-cigarette users

NEWS-MEDICAL -- Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers. They found that the biomarkers, which reflect exposure, effect, and potential harm, are both elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the other groups and...
By Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) | News-Medical |

"Facing Fire" exhibition opens at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside

California residents are acutely familiar with wildfires. Blazes of increasing scale, severity, and destructiveness burn across the state throughout longer and longer fire seasons. Sixteen of the 20 largest fires in California history occurred in the last two decades — six in the 18-month span ending August 2019. Those six fires burned 3.65 million acres...
By Jessica Weber | UCR News |

In the Noah’s Ark of citrus, caretakers try to stave off a fruit apocalypse

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- It has been described as a Noah’s Ark for citrus: two of every kind. Spread over 22 acres, UC Riverside’s 113-year-old Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection was founded as a place to gather and study as many citrus specimens as possible — right now, the inventory numbers at over 1,000. It’s an...
By Gustavo Arellano | Los Angeles Times |

Will There Be a Super Bloom in 2020? Probably Not.

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE -- “Super blooms”–seasons in which unusually high numbers of wildflowers blossom in California’s deserts–can only occur if very specific conditions are met. We saw the phenomenon last year and in 2017, but before that, there had not been one since 2008. And, it seems, there is no reason to expect a super...
By Brittany Martin | Los Angeles Magazine |

UCR is #3 in Hispanic STEM graduates

NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), ranked UCR #3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation, in its 2019 Report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. The report provides statistical information about the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering education and employment. The rankings are available...
By CNAS Communications |

Scientists perplexed by huge, mysterious "Monster" Galaxy that suddenly went dark

INDEPENDENT, UK -- Scientists have been left puzzled by a vast "monster" galaxy that mysteriously went dark. The web of stars, known as XMM-2599, existed about 12 billion years ago, in the early days of the universe, when it was only about 1.8 billion years old. It spewed out a vast number of stars in...
By Andrew Griffin | Independent, UK |

Can Disease-Sniffing Dogs Save the World’s Citrus?

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE -- Tim Gottwald will never forget the sight: the mottled yellow leaves, the withered branches, the small, misshapen fruits, tinged with sickly green. These were the signs he’d learned to associate with huanglongbing, or citrus greening—a devastating and wildly infectious bacterial infection that slashed the United States’ orange juice yields by more than...
By Katherine J. Wu | Smithsonian Magazine |

Ancient life might have escaped Earth and journeyed to alien stars

SPACE.COM -- [Stephen Kane, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Riverside, told Live Science that he was deeply skeptical of the suggestion that microbes from Earth might have actually turned up alive on alien planets through some version of this process.] Imagine this: Millions or billions of years ago, back when the solar system...
By Rafi Letzter | space.com |

Here’s how UCR Botanic Gardens is renovating 25 acres showcasing 3,500 plants

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE -- A public garden in Riverside offers an oasis of nature to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in the foothills of Box Springs Mountain, the 40-acre UCR Botanic Gardens features about 25 acres of gardens nestled against natural habitat. Over 4 miles of scenic trails wander through the gardens...
By Rebecca K. O'Connor | The Community Foundation | PE |

Ecologist Exequiel Ezcurra receives AAAS Science Diplomacy Award

Exequiel Ezcurra has been named the recipient of the 2020 Award for Science Diplomacy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his leadership in bringing together research, education, outreach and policy in service of environmental protection, particularly at the United States-Mexico border. A professor of ecology in the Department of Botany and...
By Andrea Korte | AAAS |

Will there be a super bloom in the California desert this year? Here's where to spot early wildflowers

DESERT SUN -- Wildflowers are fickle. Ample rain is needed each winter month, especially in January and February, in order for the plants to blossom at the proportions that create a superbloom, flower enthusiasts say. Following that rule, this year’s wildflower season might not be as bright as last year’s, when an epic bloom blanketed...
By Rebecca Plevin | Palm Springs Desert Sun |

Pumping out a pure spin current from an antiferromagnetic insulator with sub-THz radiation

NATURE RESEARCH -- Pure spin current is a flow of angular momentum instead of a flow of charge, which plays the critical role of manipulating the magnetic moments by spin-orbit torques in modern spintronic devices. This requires materials and methods that allow the generation and control of pure spin current in solid states systems. Currently...
By Junxue Li, UCR | NatureResearch online |

UC Natural Reserve System Symposium 2020 announced

UC NRS -- The world’s largest university-administered reserve system will hold a symposium this fall to commemorate 55 years of field research and teaching. The UC Natural Reserve System Symposium, to be held in Berkeley from November 12–13, 2020, will feature more than three dozen talks showcasing research, immersive field education, and public service conducted...
By Kathleen Wong | UC Natural Reserve System |
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