Astronomy is a little bit like archeology ... as we dig deeper into the sand, we are probing earlier periods in history.

Naveen Reddy, assistant professor of astronomy and physics, on UCR’s discovery of the most distant known galaxy and the value of studying such distant galaxies


The Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck telescope complement each other and pave the way for finding more and more of these distant galaxies. By looking, we essentially look back in time. The further away we look, further back in time we look.

Bahram Mobasher, professor of astronomy and physics, on his team’s return to the Keck telescope in November and December 2013 to examine other galaxies at even larger distances


During the recession private colleges had to increase and broaden the discounts they offered because so many families’ incomes took a hit. Some private colleges suffered financially, because they were not able to achieve the size of incoming classes that they needed in spite of higher discounts.

Steven Brint, professor of sociology and vice provost for undergraduate education, on how the Great Recession of 2008 affected higher education in the United States


I would define happiness as a combination of pleasure as well as meaning. Pleasures are generally short lasting, and meaning can be generally long-lasting. By meaning I mean meaningfulness in your life.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, defining happiness


I never wanted to be the kind of academic who just writes these small articles that are for internal digestion. I wanted to take the information I was learning, which I found to be interesting and fascinating, and share it with those who are outside the ivy walls.

Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing, on his latest book, 'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,' which came to the attention of many after a video of his controversial Fox News interview went viral


The usual rule is when you’re in a hole, stop digging, but the state GOP seems to be digging a hole for itself.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on California’s GOP Congressional delegation and how California’s 15 GOP members were split almost down the middle with eight yays and seven nays


The findings confirm our hypothesis that experience and acquired knowledge from a lifetime of decision-making offset the declining ability to learn new information.

Ye Li, assistant professor of management and marketing, on how, being older is better when making money decisions due to the gain in life experiences making up for the decline in the ability to learn of new materials


People need to look at the flip side. Every fire reduces the fire hazard in some region of the forest.

Richard Minnich, professor of geography, on the 10-year anniversary of the Old Fire, a 91,000-acre fire fanned by Santa Ana winds that destroyed hundreds of homes and caused six deaths between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2, 2003


What makes this discovery particularly noteworthy is that we mapped out a landscape of bioessential elements in the ocean that was far more perturbed than we expected, and the impacts on life were big.

Timothy W. Lyons, professor of biogeochemistry, on a UCR-led study that quantifies the toxic ocean conditions during a major extinction 93.9 million years ago


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