UCR's new Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies (SFTS) program will give our students the tools to grapple not only with significant works of popular literature, film, and other media but also with the ethical and sociological implications of the technological landscape they inhabit, which science fiction is uniquely suited to address. It's only appropriate that UCR should be the venue for this program, given the preeminence of the library's Eaton Science Fiction Collection as the world's largest archive of materials in the field.

Rob Latham, professor of English, on the recent launch of UCR’s new Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program, which will initially offer a designated emphasis at the Ph.D. level


What worries me is that there are a lot of these moving into natural systems that we don't see.

John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology, on a recent study that shows how pests have been expanding their territory at an average rate of 3 miles each year for the last 50 years


(The San Bernardino County seat Gary Miller occupies) was not one the Republicans should have won, and holding it is going to be difficult. But there are scenarios in which he could still win.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on GOP Rep. Gary Miller, viewed by some as one of the most vulnerable House members in next year's elections, mainly because he holds a seat that the opposite party had been expected to win last year


The Toronto Film Festival began very much as an alternative to mainstream cinema. It was about trying to get away from Hollywood domination, to support local filmmaking and other international cinemas. What's happened in the case of Toronto in recent years is that it's become a marketing device for Hollywood.

Toby Miller, professor of media and cultural studies, on the relationship between Hollywood and the Toronto Film Festival


Typically when you look at pieces of zirconia, it would look very much like your coffee cup, a white, nontransparent material. One of the breakthroughs here is we were able to make a material that is typically nontransparent and make it transparent. That was the enabling technology.

Javier Garay, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on research that allows doctors to place a window on a skull to view and access images of the brain


When I am reading files, I want to hear, in the voice of the recommender, about who this candidate is and why s/he would be a really good colleague.

Marguerite Waller, professor of English and women's studies, on debate over whether letters of recommendation should be required during the hiring process for academic jobs and fellowships


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