Never give up, really hold on to your dreams, because as long as you're able to stick through it and persevere, you will accomplish your goals.

Festus Ohan, UCR alumnus, on his experiences in the foster care system and how he overcame countless difficulties to gain acceptance into nine prestigious medical schools across the country


We would spend 30 minutes on 15 lines of Tennyson. At first, I considered this a waste of time … but once I slowed down to his pace, I realized this was poetry from the inside, poetry as line, syllable, and ultimately, pleasure.

Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate and UCR alumnus, on the passing of Robert Peters, a Victorian literature scholar, poet and critic who died after a three-decade career at the University of California


Certainly the main effect of the drought is to bring the fire season forward earlier than usual, but it doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to have a severe burning season.

Richard Minnich, professor of earth sciences, on his predictions for Southern California’s fire season


He's communicating not only directly to the fans who know what happened and aren't happy about it. But he's also showing that in general, the U.S. World Cup isn't at the place it should be. … We know what the position is in relationship to basketball and football and baseball. We're sort of this European, effeminate sport in comparison. So, any kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge acknowledgment of that works because it includes us in the joke.

Derek Burrill, associate professor of media and cultural studies, on Landon Donovan, L.A. Galaxy soccer player, and how he has used his exclusion from the 2014 World Cup to spearhead a successful marketing campaign


I'm looking forward to seeing the scientific advances that they come up with. This is exactly the kind of scientific leadership that UC Riverside has been encouraging and supporting. This project will lay the groundwork for energy technology for the nation.

Michael Pazzani, vice chancellor for research and economic development, on the inclusion of a UC Riverside-led research project in the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), which are designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and support the U.S. economy through energy research


Basically, when a ball is spinning there is a force on one side of the ball which is bigger than on the other side and that causes it to curve. Soccer players, the really good ones work very hard on being able to kick the ball both very hard so they can get it going fast, but also with a lot of spin so you get that curve ball.

Robert Clare, professor of physics, on the Magnus effect and how it can be observed in sports such as soccer


This is a good first glimpse of how graphene might behave in the water supply.

Sharon Walker, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering, on her research into graphene, which shows that the nanomaterial may pose risks to the environment if spilled in surface water


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