What we think we're doing is improving the brain's ability to read out information from the eyes.

Aaron Seitz, associate professor of psychology, on his brain-training research that significantly improved the vision of individual UCR baseball players and reduced strikeouts


One hypothesis is that employers upgraded the quality of the labor force.

David Fairris, professor of economics, in response to President Obama's call for a new federal minimum wage of $10.10 an hour and how the change can cause employers to hire more qualified employees, who are attracted by the better compensation


This work is really interesting, because it puts all the components of atomtronics together, studying collective behaviour of atoms and memory effects.

Shan-Wen Tsai, associate professor of physics and astronomy, on his team being able to see a memory effect that is crucial in electronics — a milestone for atomtronics, a field that seeks to create a whole new class of devices using the flow of atoms rather than electrons in a circuit


Matchmaking may make people happy (because) it increases one's sense of meaning...Connections between others create a more orderly, easier to understand, and a more interdependent, productive, happier world.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on why matchmakers get a happiness boost when they introduce people to each other


The intraparty fighting between Tea Party elements and more mainstream conservatives makes it no longer fun to be a congressman, even if you are in the majority

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on Republican Congressman Gary Miller and his decision to not seek reelection to his Inland Empire seat at the end of this term


This diversity will play an important role in engineering complex behaviors in artificial cells, and we will take advantage of it.

Elisa Franco, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on the discovery that synthetic molecular oscillators behave in a diverse way


We know that oxygen was likely very high a bit more than 2 billion years ago – but there were no animals. Evolution wasn't ready.

Timothy Lyons, professor of biogeochemistry, on the conditions in prehistoric oceans


It's like a switch we can turn on and off to modulate how plants cope with water stress.

Sean Cutler, associate professor of plant cell biology, on the development of drought resistant crops through his discovery of quinabactin, a synthetic chemical that puts plants in standby mode so they conserve water


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