I would advise parents don’t give your kids caffeine. Monitor what they are doing.

Ken Stewart, preventive care specialist, on the recent death of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, who died of heart problems after drinking two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks within 24 hours


In many ways, my life story is the embodiment of the Master Plan, California’s promise to give students opportunities for a better life through public higher education. The Master Plan is somewhat tattered these days. … But the principles on which the plan was developed are brilliant and remain.

Timothy P. White, chancellor, on the need for the state to invest in higher education


It’s nice to have contests for a change. In the past, outcomes have been about as regular as they are in Cuba or North Korea.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on two congressional races — Rep. Mary Bono Mack vs. Democrat Raul Ruiz, and Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican, vs. Democrat Mark Takano, a Riverside Community College board trustee


You don’t see the same kind of outreach to Asian groups as to other groups such as African-Americans and Latinos. National campaigns with enormous resources at their disposal aren’t paying careful attention, especially when it comes to advertising and education. What they don’t understand is that for these communities with a large foreign-born population, people have less experience with the political system so they need and are willing to learn more.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on how recent voting campaigns have begun to target Asian-Americans


First of all, the authors of the study used a line of rats that was genetically predisposed to form tumors in the first place. So right off the bat the whole study was suspect.

Alan McHughen, plant biotechnologist, on criticism over a recent study linking genetically modified corn to tumors in experimental rats


To predict a large quake on the basis of a relatively commonplace sequence of small earthquakes, and to advise the local population to flee would constitute both bad science and bad public policy. If scientists can be held personally and legally responsible for situations where predictions don’t pan out, then it will be very hard to find scientists to stick their necks out in the future.

David Oglesby, associate professor of geophysics, on an Italian court’s decision to convict six scientists on manslaughter charges for failing to predict the quake that devastated the city of L’Aquila


Our group is among a subset of scientists who imagine that oxygen, once it began to accumulate in the ocean-atmosphere system, may have ultimately risen to very high levels about 2.3-2.2 billion years ago, perhaps even to concentrations close to what we see today.

Timothy Lyons, a professor of biogeochemistry, on recent evidence that suggests a dramatic rise in early oxygen about 2.3 billion years ago followed by an equally impressive fall, an event that may have allowed eukaryotic organisms to advance and thrive


The ‘place for high art’ is as contingent as it has ever been. It relies on times, places, and people decreeing that something fits the category, and something else does not — in ways that will always be contradictory. Every attempt to define high art in absolute terms falters. But whatever high art may be, it certainly doesn’t lack places or contexts. They are what make it.

Toby Miller, distinguished professor of media and cultural studies, on the notion of “high art” and its place in contemporary criticism


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