For the average person who has, say, a glass of wine with dinner, it does seem in general to improve health and cardiovascular function. And now we can add the immune system to that list.

Ilhem Messaoudi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, on a study showing how alcohol in moderation can boost immunity to colds and flu


When we apply ethyl pyruvate to a human arm and offer it to hungry mosquitoes in a cage, then very few mosquitoes are attracted ... because only a few of them are able to smell it out.

Anandasankar Ray, associate professor of entomology, on the discovery of ethyl pyruvate, a substance that shuts down the mosquito receptor


The (Fusarium) fungus has been found on more than 117 different plant species in Southern California. It's infected both ornamental street trees and backyard trees.

Akif Eskalen, assistant plant pathologist, on the Fusarium fungus, a tree-killing fungus found in Riverside County that poses a threat to oaks and the county’s lucrative avocado crop


There can be no doubt of the images we show. Polishing the specimens with grinding compound that was made of diamonds was a terrible mistake.

Harry Green, distinguished professor of the graduate division in the earth sciences department, on the findings that earth's oldest 'diamonds' are actually fragments of polishing grit.


In the Los Angeles jails there are layers upon layers of institutionalised violence and racism that inmates encounter. … This FBI probe is a cross section, an infinitely small slice of the everyday reality of the jail system.

Dylan Rodriguez, chair of the ethnic studies department, responding to the L.A. prison sting, where the FBI arrested 18 current and former Los Angeles prison staff


Each action has a cumulative effect. The more nice things you do, the more people will respond positively toward you, and the better you'll feel.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on how volunteering can produce health benefits and add years to your life


It's impossible to describe the 'typical' family today. There is now a broad range of family types ... but children can succeed in all types of families as long as adults provide daily and meaningful interaction.

Ross Parke, distinguished professor of psychology, on family structures


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