We're still trying to gear up for it. It's coming.

Kenneth Han, chief physician of UCR Campus Health Center, on the recent flu outbreak, which has spread at an alarming rate and has left several dead.

USA TODAY

A pat on the back, a squeeze of the hand, a hug, an arm around the shoulder — the science of touch suggests that it can save a so-so marriage. Introducing more (nonsexual) touching and affection on a daily basis will go a long way in rekindling the warmth and tenderness.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on ways to improve marriages and keep love alive.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

What we're hoping to do is go to Arizona and find those insects that are specialized to only feed on goldspotted oak borer and are efficient at controlling the population.

Vanessa Lopez, entomologist, on the goldspotted oak borer, a beetle that has killed more than 20,000 oak trees in San Diego County and continues to spread throughout California.

ABC NEWS

The kinds of problems in China that, in different ways, Mo Yan and Liu Xiaobo bring to our attention—suppression of speech to protect state power, harassment and prison for “offenders”—can also be found in democratic societies. But to stand on that discovery and say “look, the whole world is the same, so let's calm down” is not only intellectually feeble; when uttered by people who live at comfortable distances from true suffering, it is also morally indefensible.

Perry Link, distinguished professor of comparative literature, on Mo Yan, recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature, and how criticism of Mo Yan’s work is warranted and necessary.

NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS

The idea is that a lot of procrastinators are perfectionists. No, they're not perfectionists in the sense that they do things perfectly. I mean, I've never done anything perfectly. But when I get a new task, I often fantasize about doing it perfectly. You set the bar so high in this first rush of enthusiasm, and then you look at the bar and say, ‘I'm not going to try to jump over that.’

John Perry, distinguished professor of philosophy, on his book, “The Art of Procrastination” and how procrastinators procrastinate.

NPR

I am excited to return to the campus both to teach and to lead CSSD. The center will support, and connect, the best of academic research with important policy choices for a sustainable future for this region and Southern California.

Ron Loveridge, associate professor of political science and former mayor of Riverside, on the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) and his goals as newly-appointed director.

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY NEWS

Putting together a list of the jobs I've had either before or after becoming a professor, I find radio DJ, newsreader, sports reporter, popular-culture commentator, speech-writer, cleaner, merchant banker, security guard, storeman-packer, ditch digger…Some of these positions were very fleeting; some were longer-lasting. Perhaps as old-school industrial models are replaced by precarious employment, my experience will become more typical.

Toby Miller, professor of media and cultural studies, on his atypical trajectory through academia and how it shaped his views of the scholarly world.

TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

This year is a transition year. So in 2014, the insurance exchanges are going to come into place and it will be a whole different ball game, but at the moment, some of the provisions of the healthcare reform have gone into place, but not all.

Mindy Marks, associate professor of economics, on how insurance companies are seeking significant premium hikes and how people’s ability to afford medical coverage will suffer until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect in 2014.

EVERYDAY HEALTH

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