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Sonya Lyubomirsky wins top faculty award for 2023-24

Sonja Lyubomirsky has received the highest honor bestowed on faculty by the UCR Academic Senate, the 2023-24 Faculty Research Lecturer Award. Lyubomirsky is a distinguished professor of psychology and a world-renowned researcher on happiness. Lyubomirsky, who was recently named a AAAS fellow, “is considered as perhaps the top researcher in the...

By J.D. Warren |

Middle schoolers get a crash course in sustainability

About 100 Riverside middle school students recently learned about the importance of sustainable food production through hands-on activities with UC Riverside scientists. Students from the Riverside STEM Academy visited the campus May 9 for the first Circular Economy and Sustainable Food Production Day, hosted by Georgios Vidalakis, a professor and...

By UCR News |

Batchelor Hall renovation nearing completion

A major renovation of UC Riverside’s Batchelor Hall is nearing completion after almost two years of construction. The work, which includes significant upgrades to the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, will be finished by the end of June. Work began in fall 2022. Old and outdated pipes, wiring, and mechanical equipment across...

By Imran Ghori |

Honoring Barry Barish with a day rich in physics

UC Riverside honors the distinguished professor and Nobel laureate for receiving a National Medal of Science

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

New parking dispensers installed in campus lots

UC Riverside Transportation Services has installed new self-service parking permit dispensers at eight lots and the two campus entrance kiosks. The new permit dispensers, installed in March, provide an additional way to pay for short-term parking along with the ParkMobile app. The machines accept most credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet but...

By Imran Ghori |

Research breakthrough on birth defect affecting brain size

Nonsense-mediated RNA decay, or NMD, is an evolutionarily conserved molecular mechanism in which potentially defective messenger RNAs, or mRNAs (genetic material that instructs the body on how to make proteins), are degraded. Disruption of the NMD pathway can lead to neurological disorders, immune diseases, cancers, and other pathologies. Mutations...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR joins international health promotion initiative

UC Riverside has joined an international group of universities and colleges in adopting the Okanagan Charter, pledging to incorporate health and well-being into all aspects of campus policies and practices. The campus marked UCR’s adoption of the principles in the document in a symbolic signing ceremony Tuesday, April 30 at Hinderaker Lawn...

By Imran Ghori |

Donuts, dogs, stuffed bears and more at staff celebration

UC Riverside Staff Assembly brought together staff members for events including crocheting, building stuffed bears, and a pet adoption fair as part of “Thank Goodness for Staff Week.” A series of in-person and virtual free events were held from Monday, April 22, to Friday, April 26. They included free coffee and donuts with crotchet outside...

By UCR News |

UCR getting ready to launch a new kind of research center

UC Riverside aims to offer researchers a chance to collaborate and pursue ambitious projects with centralized funding and administrative support through the first Campus Interdisciplinary Research Center. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Watkins and Rodolfo Torres, vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development, announced the...

By Imran Ghori |

Undergraduate Education to offer student success-focused courses

UC Riverside’s Division of Undergraduate Education is putting together plans to expand the types of courses offered to students now that it has academic status. The department became an academic division following the Feb. 27 approval by the UCR Academic Senate of its bylaws. The new status represents a significant achievement for the division...

By Imran Ghori |

Future Highlanders get a taste of college life

UC Riverside welcomed incoming students and their families for Highlander Day on Saturday, April 13. The event brought more than 2,700 future UCR students and nearly 9,000 people to UCR. Highlander Day is designed for admitted students and their families. Several schools, colleges, and departments held open houses and/or had booths all over campus...

By UCR News |

Poop lagoons, not-so-mysterious military deaths, and child-like self-talk

Nine Highlander Ph.D. candidates presented their research dissertations for a chance at $5,000 at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside on April 8 at the 10th annual UC Riverside Grad Slam Finals. Grad Slam is a University of California-wide speaking competition in which graduate students describe their research in...

By Malinn Loeung |

What UCR is doing to reduce waste

As UC Riverside marks Earth Month with a number of activities, the campus is taking more steps to meet its zero-waste goal. Facilities Services now diverts over half of the material previously sent to landfills to recycling and composting streams. A recent change in waste haulers has allowed the campus to recycle and compost even more material...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus celebrates Native American Garden

UC Riverside’s Native American community celebrated the new Native American Garden on campus with music and dance in the first large gathering in the space since the project opened. The grand opening celebration on Tuesday, April 9, featured the Mountain Cahuilla Bird Singers, who danced and sang in the sand circle at the center of the garden to a...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR sees rise in scooter and bike thefts

Electric scooters and bikes are viewed by students as a convenient, eco-friendly way to get around campus. But the high value of these vehicles, combined with students’ habit of leaving them unattended, has led to a rise in thefts on campus at UC Riverside. Starting in 2024, UCR’s campus police department has seen a rise in personal electric...

By Jordan Cornet |

Molecular crystal motors move when exposed to light

Potential applications include drug delivery

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Extracurricular: Chasing this year’s spectacular solar eclipse

Eclipse enthusiast Morris Maduro joins millions of people along path of totality

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR’s first gala celebration honors leaders

UC Riverside paid tribute to alumni, philanthropic, and humanitarian leaders at UCR Honors: A Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 6. More than 200 guests attended the first-of-its-kind event, held at the Student Recreation Center, which was transformed into a blue carpet, black-tie venue for an evening of music, drinks, dining, and tributes. In...

By UCR News |

New garden enhances UCR’s bee-friendly status

A garden has been planted near UC Riverside’s westside entrance, providing a new look to the strip of land while creating a more sustainable and bee-friendly environment. Facilities Services removed grass turf from the 3,200-square-foot area in front of Parking Lot 1, across from Hinderaker Hall, and replaced it with plants, trees, and cobblestone...

By Imran Ghori |

Spring bloom at the gardens

After a rainy winter, spring has arrived and plants are blooming at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens. Visitors can enjoy sights like a tree peony flower, California poppies, and turtles perching on logs in a creek. The South Africa Garden is full of color with aloes and ice plants while across the trail blooming lilacs have a strong scent. The...

By UCR News |