Our students are not only great students, but they really wanted to come to this medical school because they really believed in our mission. … It has been a herculean effort to get the school not only open but funded. There's a tremendous joy on the part of everyone associated with the medical school.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, founding dean of UCR School of Medicine, on the opening of the medical school following the establishment of continued state funding


Wherever there is very old chaparral, we've got a tremendous threat.

Richard Minnich, professor of earth sciences, on California wildfire season and speculation that it will worsen with the arrival of Santa Ana winds


It is a visible celebration for all of us. For those who are already physicians, it’s a reminder, kind of like a renewal of your wedding vows. It gives you a moment to reflect.

Paul Lyons, senior associate dean of education for the UCR School of Medicine, on the white coat ceremony, which honored and welcomed the school’s inaugural class


The reason there's been so much suspicion about my credentials is because academics tend not to do that. For the life of me, I can't understand why there's so much controversy.

Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing, on his new book and the controversy surrounding it following an interview on FoxNews.com with Lauren Green


It doesn't have to be bungee jumping. It could be meeting new people, going out dancing, learning a foreign language, or volunteering together — anything you don't normally do delivers this boost.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on how variety in a marriage through new and different activities can make married couples happier


Consumption of tuna, salmon, canned goods, sugary desserts, fast foods, and drinking of tap water, caffeinated beverages, and alcoholic beverages during pregnancy have been deemed unhealthy due to the appearance of environmental toxins found to have harmful effects in the developing offspring.

Sarah Santiago, Ph.D. student in psychology, on how the consumption of certain foods by pregnant women poses health and developmental dangers for fetuses


There were predictions that our culture would become extinct, that we were going to die out. But our radio program is a small part of resistance to eradication. It's a place for Indians to go, a way of thinking about the old ways, a way to participate in the culture. A place where out-of-state Indians who relocate to Southern California find a voice that conjures a sense of home.

Robert Perez, assistant professor of ethnic studies, on “Indian Time Radio,” a radio program on KUCR that he has hosted for the past 19 years which attempts to preserve cultural traditions of the Native American community


The wasp is going to be our No. 1 weapon to control Asian citrus psyllid. We have no other choice except to use this natural enemy or do nothing. And the 'do nothing' option is unacceptable.

Mark Hoddle, director of the center for invasive species research, on the use of Tamarixia radiata, a parasitic wasp and natural predator of the Asian citrus psyllid, to control the spread of Huanglongbing, a disease that devastates citrus crops


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