Showing that emotion can foster self-control and discovering a way to reduce impatience with a simple gratitude exercise opens up tremendous possibilities for reducing a wide range of societal ills from impulse buying and insufficient saving to obesity and smoking.

Ye Li, assistant professor of management and marketing, on how practicing gratitude can decrease one’s stress and anxiety


We have to provide for the physician manpower for inland southern California, we also have to train doctors that are going into the fields that society needs. … We want the physicians that we train to be reflective of the cultural, ethnic and economic diversity of our region and we want to improve the health of the community we serve.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, founding dean of the School of Medicine, on how UCR’s School of Medicine is working to address a growing shortage of doctors in the Inland Empire


These models allow us to then calculate the effect of this earthquake on all the other faults around this area and whether the stresses on them have changed as a result of this earthquake happening. ... We want to know whether an earthquake on another fault has become more likely because of this one.

Gareth Funning, assistant professor of geophysics, on the recent Napa earthquake and its potential origins and consequences


It is time to make good on the promise that a college degree is possible for people of all family backgrounds. This is not just a personal goal. If we want to continue to compete successfully on the world stage, it is one of our most important national goals. If the U.S. wants to climb back to first in the world in baccalaureate-level graduates, public universities will need to take the lead.

Kim Wilcox, chancellor, on the myth of the four-year degree, and how public universities differ from private universities in serving diverse populations of students


I'm trying to mix what I love about literary fiction with what I love about crime fiction. And what I sometimes find silly about crime fiction is that lack of regard for human life. I'm still writing commercial fiction with this novel. … But I feel like I can do the things I want to do emotionally, and be invested in the characters, and still make it fun and something you can read by the pool. That was sort of my hope.

Tod Goldberg, director of the UCR Palm Desert MFA Program, on his newest novel, ‘Gangsterland,’ about a Mafia hitman who must assume a new identity after an uncharacteristic mistake


Only after it gets onto the ballot do potential opponents really get to hear about it and mobilize.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on how support has declined for Proposition 46, which would raise California’s four-decade-old $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards


For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to write uninterrupted, and, during the years I had the MacArthur, I produced at least one book a year. It doubled my productivity.

Mike Davis, professor of creative writing, on receiving the MacArthur Fellows 'genius grant' in 1998 and how the grant helped him in his personal and professional life


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