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Released: 12-Apr-2018 12:05 PM EDT
To Impress Females, Costa’s Hummingbirds “Sing” With Their Tail Feathers
University of California, Riverside

Unlike related hummingbird species, Costa’s perform their dives to the side of females, rather than in front of them. In a paper published today in Current Biology, researchers at the University of California, Riverside show this trajectory minimizes an audible Doppler sound that occurs when the Costa’s dive.

Released: 7-Mar-2018 2:00 PM EST
Expert Available to Speak About the March for Our Lives and Student Activism
University of California, Riverside

With the student-led March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24, an expert at the University of California, Riverside, is available to comment on topics related to the outpouring of student activism that has occurred in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.Joseph Kahne, a professor of educational policy and politics in UCR’s Graduate School of Education (and a former public high school teacher), studies various aspects of youth political and civic engagement, as well as what schools can do to enable and encourage more thoughtful activity.

Released: 5-Jan-2018 5:05 PM EST
Tobacco Shops Associated With Crime in Urban Communities of Color
University of California, Riverside

Tobacco shops, also known as smoke shops, may represent potential “nuisance properties” in urban communities of color, a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has found. Nuisance properties are properties where unsafe activities affecting public health and safety occur repeatedly. Past research has shown that alcohol outlets such as liquor or corner stores may promote nuisance activities like robberies, drug use, or other crimes in urban communities, rendering them unsafe for residents to walk by or visit. Other examples of nuisance properties are motels, payday lenders, and vacant homes and lots. Add to this list now tobacco shops.

Released: 3-Jan-2018 3:35 PM EST
Concrete or Vague? How CEOs Talk Can Send Stocks Up or Down
University of California, Riverside

UC Riverside business professor says concrete vocabulary can build trust among analysts.

Released: 3-Jan-2018 2:05 PM EST
Genetic Changes Help Mosquitoes Survive Pesticide Attacks
University of California, Riverside

UCR study shows how intensive pesticide use is driving mosquito evolution at the genetic level

Released: 30-Nov-2017 4:05 PM EST
Newly Discovered Exoplanet Will be Swallowed by Own Star
University of California, Riverside

An unusual and unstable eccentric planet orbiting a giant star highlights the diversity of planetary systems

Released: 14-Nov-2017 1:05 PM EST
Researchers Identify Hormone for Treating Sepsis
University of California, Riverside

Biomedical scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a hormone that may lead to improved survival rates for patients with sepsis. Using a mouse model, they have discovered that the human protein resistin could be used to treat this medical emergency. The researchers found that mice expressing human resistin had a 100 percent survival rate from a sepsis-like infection when compared to wild-type mice with the same infection.

6-Oct-2017 8:00 AM EDT
Prototype Shows How Tiny Photodetectors Can Double Their Efficiency
University of California, Riverside

UC Riverside physicists have developed a photodetector – a device that converts light into electrons – by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical processes that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected. The researchers stacked two atomic layers of tungsten diselenide on a single atomic layer of molybdenum diselenide. Such stacking results in properties vastly different from those of the parent layers, allowing for customized electronic engineering at the tiniest possible scale.

Released: 23-Aug-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Smells Like Queen Spirit
University of California, Riverside

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have begun to unravel the molecular mechanisms behind how ants use their sense of smell to distinguish between colony members so they can work together in a complex, hierarchical society.

Released: 2-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls
University of California, Riverside

Ultrasound brain surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancers, but getting sound waves through the skull and into the brain is no easy task. To address this problem, a team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside has developed a ceramic skull implant through which doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on demand and on a recurring basis.

Released: 24-Jul-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Infected Insects Cause a Stink
University of California, Riverside

In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, a team led by Adler Dillman, assistant professor of parasitology in UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has shown how nematodes use smell to seek out uninfected insects, which they then enter and kill. The findings support the group’s long-term goal of improving how gardeners and the agricultural industry use nematodes in biological pest management.

Released: 19-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Squeezing Every Drop of Fresh Water from Waste Brine
University of California, Riverside

UCR research expands efforts to provide clean water for the world’s growing population

Released: 19-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Demand for Housing Fuels Major Jump in Inland Empire Building Activity
University of California, Riverside

Impressive job growth, wage gains, and construction activity all show the region’s economy bucking a broader statewide slowdown.

Released: 20-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles
University of California, Riverside

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops.

Released: 12-Apr-2017 12:05 PM EDT
When Good Deeds Go Unpublished
University of California, Riverside

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Indiana University have shown that women faculty members are doing more service work—primarily internal service—than their male colleagues, which may hinder their overall success in academia. Internal service work, while vital for the day-to-day operations of a campus, typically counts less in promotions and salary increases than research, teaching, or external service activities.

Released: 4-Apr-2017 12:55 PM EDT
Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
University of California, Riverside

A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe.

Released: 15-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
Memoir Illuminates Korean American Experience
University of California, Riverside

When the Los Angeles Riots began April 29, 1992, 12-year-old Carol K. Park was working weekends in her mother’s gas station in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles.Park recalls the “melting pot of violence and discrimination” she experienced in her youth in “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots.”

Released: 13-Jan-2017 3:05 PM EST
Large Scale Study Highlights Challenges Faced by Children with ASD in Early School Years
University of California, Riverside

This research stems from one of the largest studies on young children with ASD as they transition into school. Lead researcher Jan Blacher is available for interviews about parent-student relationships, emotional and behavioral challenges, and parental involvement during this time.

Released: 23-Dec-2016 2:05 PM EST
A Wolverine Inspired Material
University of California, Riverside

Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.

Released: 13-Dec-2016 3:05 PM EST
How Your Parenting Tactics Influence Your Teen’s Problem Behaviors
University of California, Riverside

New study by UC Riverside psychology professor finds discrepancy between parents’ and teens’ views of parenting style contributes to teens’ behavior problems.

Released: 5-Dec-2016 11:00 AM EST
New Mechanism to Control Human Viral Infections Discovered
University of California, Riverside

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics.

Released: 23-Sep-2016 8:05 PM EDT
Are You a Jerk?
University of California, Riverside

Are you a jerk? How do you know? Jerk self-knowledge is hard to come by, says Eric Schwitzgebel, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

Released: 22-Sep-2016 7:30 AM EDT
Study Will Test Ecopipam’s Effectiveness in Treating Stuttering
University of California, Riverside

Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. Currently, no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug treatments are available. In an attempt to find a new medicine, a research team at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside will conduct a study to determine how effective ecopipam, an orally administered medication, is as treatment against stuttering. Ten volunteers will be selected to participate in the FDA-approved clinical trial.

Released: 20-Sep-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Making Catalysts Smarter
University of California, Riverside

The industrial catalysts of the future won’t just speed up reactions, they’ll control how chemical processes work and determine how much of a particular product is made.

26-Aug-2016 4:30 PM EDT
Creation of Coinage Monetary System May Signal ISIS under Stress
University of California, Riverside

ISIS' introduction of a coin-based monetary system may indicate a regime in distress and needing to easily launder its wealth.

Released: 25-Aug-2016 7:05 PM EDT
Blending Wastewater May Help California Cope with Drought
University of California, Riverside

Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can create a water supply that benefits crops and is affordable.

Released: 24-Aug-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Parents, Listen up: Children Keep Still During Prayer
University of California, Riverside

Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. This is according to a new study by Rebekah Richert, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. The paper, titled “Folding Your Hands Helps God Hear You: Prayer and Anthropomorphism in Parents and Children,” was published in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion.

Released: 3-Aug-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Bicycle Justice Elusive for Low-Income Commuters
University of California, Riverside

As California and its myriad communities develop paths and policies to promote cycling, one segment of the bike-riding population remains largely invisible to policymakers: Those for whom bicycles are an economic necessity, not an option to driving a car.

Released: 20-Jul-2016 3:05 PM EDT
UC Riverside Researchers to Study Health Impacts of Drought
University of California, Riverside

The University of California, Riverside has been awarded $284,680 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to determine whether drought and adverse weather conditions cause health problems, and whether water policy affects the link between extreme temperatures and health.

Released: 20-Jul-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Building Lab Instruments One Block at a Time
University of California, Riverside

Building lab instruments for chemistry and biology experiments used to be an expensive, time consuming process only done by scientists with specialized training. A 3D printed, Lego-like system of blocks designed by a UC Riverside team is changing that. As well as real research applications, the system can be used for STEM education, where students gain both an engineering experience by building the instruments and a science experience as they use them.

Released: 19-Jul-2016 12:05 PM EDT
UC Riverside Scholar Translates Korean Immigrant Oral Histories
University of California, Riverside

A collection of oral histories gathered by K.W. Lee, the godfather of Asian American journalism, has been translated into Korean by UC Riverside scholar Edward T. Chang and published in the Republic of Korea.

Released: 18-Jul-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Tiger Moms Are the Same Everywhere
University of California, Riverside

It doesn’t matter if you’re an American “tiger mom,” or a Chinese one, evidence shows that parents’ attempts to control children through psychological means (e.g., shaming children) are associated with academic and emotional distress in children. This is according to a new study by Cecilia Cheung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Cheung’s study, “Controlling and Autonomy-Supportive Parenting in the United States and China: Beyond Children’s Reports,” was published in the journal Child Development.

Released: 5-Jul-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Integrated Trio of 2D Nanomaterials Unlocks Graphene Electronics Applications
University of California, Riverside

Graphene has emerged as one of the most promising two-dimensional crystals, but the future of electronics may include two other nanomaterials, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Georgia. In research published Monday (July 4) in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers described the integration of three very different two-dimensional (2D) materials to yield a simple, compact, and fast voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) device.

30-Jun-2016 1:00 PM EDT
Report Points to Racial Disparities in Nearly All Forms of Political Participation in California
University of California, Riverside

Latinos and Asian Americans are the least likely to have a say in California’s politics, during election cycles and year round. That is one of the key findings of a new report by Advancement Project and the UC Riverside School of Public Policy.

Released: 29-Jun-2016 5:05 PM EDT
UC Riverside Anthropologist Awarded NSF Grant to Excavate Maya Households
University of California, Riverside

An international team of researchers led by UC Riverside anthropologist Travis Stanton will begin excavating household sites along a causeway on the Yucatán Peninsula next summer to determine how life changed for thousands of people who lived along what was the longest road in the ancient Maya world.

Released: 22-Jun-2016 4:05 PM EDT
Philosophers Examine Near-Death Experiences
University of California, Riverside

Drawing from research supported by The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside and their own investigation, philosophers John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin examine the phenomenon of near-death experiences in a book published this month by Oxford University Press.

Released: 14-Jun-2016 1:00 PM EDT
Researchers Find Possible Missing Link Between Sleep and Improved Memory
University of California, Riverside

A team of sleep researchers at the University of California, Riverside, led by psychology professor Sara C. Mednick, has found that the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed (such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestive processes) plays a role in promoting memory consolidation – the process of converting information from short-term to long-term memory – during sleep.

Released: 13-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT
When Selling Good Karma Goes Bad
University of California, Riverside

A new study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside and the University of Louisville has examined how consumers’ beliefs about karma influence their responses to charitable appeals in advertising. The findings show that people who believe in karma, despite seeing the positive benefits of doing good deeds, do not always respond favorably. The results suggest advertisers and marketers should consider customers’ karmic beliefs when seeking to incentivize pro-social behaviors.

Released: 20-Apr-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Inflammatory Protein Involved in Autoimmune Diseases Has Healing Potential
University of California, Riverside

Researchers in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside have found that TNF-alpha, a proinflammatory molecule and protein produced by the body’s cells during infection, also promotes healing. A player in autoimmune diseases, TNF-alpha performs this dual role by promoting the immune system regulatory responses, which it does by first inducing immune surveillance cells, called M cells. The finding could lead to more targeted drug therapies for treating diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.

Released: 18-Apr-2016 6:05 PM EDT
Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, Appointed Dean of the UC Riverside School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside

Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, has been named Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

Released: 31-Mar-2016 5:05 PM EDT
New Tumbleweed Species Rapidly Expanding Range
University of California, Riverside

Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that University of California, Riverside researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a decade.

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