I think the opposition to affirmative action was organized earlier and more effectively than anyone expected. … (Asian-American lawmakers) were very well-organized, they knew where the pressure points were, and they went after them.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on how Asian-American lawmakers overturned a push to reverse California’s 16-year-old ban on affirmative action in college admissions


People who find potential benefit in possible bad news will likely respond with less distress should the negative outcome actually occur. … Consequence mitigation serves not only to prepare for the future, but also to manage anxiety in the present.

Kate Sweeny, assistant professor of psychology, on the psychology of waiting and hope


Social networks are intertwined in the daily lives of youth in an unprecedented manner. Social network-centered activism is an extension of that social-technological fabric. Also, such activism does not require a 'leader' to mobilize resistance. Issues of concern can emerge from a more democratic bottom-up logic as we saw with the Egyptian Spring revolts and the organizing around Trayvon Martin.

Vorris Nunley, associate professor of English, on the significance of social media to political activists


This has the potential to save lives and crops. My feeling is that in the next year or two, there will be a lot of applications for this.

Eamonn Keogh, professor of computer science, on a sensor developed at UCR that can instantly identify insects that fly past it


The parents tend toward ‘probably God can hear you,' not ‘yes, definitely,' (...) The kids are mostly saying, ‘No, God really can't hear you if you're not doing … (prayer the way it's most often taught).'

Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology, on differing views between parents and children about prayer


Farmers are scared over food and safety rules. And there's government control over food prices. Farmers want government out of agriculture.

Milt McGiffen, plant physiologist, on attitudes among farmers toward the government and the changing perceptions of the agriculture industry in America


Despite all the focus on urban water conservation, agriculture consumes some 80 percent of California water. California is basically a dry state, subject to periodic severe droughts. So ... why do we see so few elementary efforts to conserve water, such as drip irrigation or mulching fields to protect the soil? Why are irrigation canals not lined and covered to prevent water loss? Why? Because California farmers get their water free, or close to free.

Mason Gaffney, professor of economics, on droughts in California


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