When most people think of Asian-American, they think immigration, education, language access, and that's about it. ... But it's much more than that. This is a fuller sense of what Asian-Americans are. And it gives you a sense of what an Asian-American agenda might look like.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on how the results of a poll he conducted on Asian-Americans shows that income inequality, affirmative action and gun control are issues of serious concern for Asian-Americans


I think they are learning how to better apply themselves to certain types of tasks. ... Many tasks that we do involve understanding what to look for. This ranges from finding the cereal that we are looking for at the grocery store to the skills of radiologists and even athletes.

Aaron Seitz, professor of psychology, on studies that show how action video games can enhance vision, attention and perception learning abilities in adolescents and adults


Here we are at almost 2015 and the clock is ticking to 2017 and we have no consensus about what to do (about the Salton Sea).

Mark Matsumoto, professor of environmental engineering, on the Salton Sea and ways to sustainably manage the lake


I named it Caloplaca obamae to show my appreciation for the president's support of science and science education.

Kerry Knudsen, curator of lichens in the UCR Herbarium, on why he named his discovery of a new species of lichens after President Barack Obama


We've found that social kinds (of kindness) have somewhat bigger effects overall. ... It could be, 'I helped my sister with her homework,' or 'I helped someone carry a package.'

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on how voluntary social acts aimed at benefiting others can ultimately make the person displaying the behavior more happy


Social media trends come and go, but I think the selfie is here to stay. In fact, its popularity and use is growing.

Scott Silverman, CNAS scholars coordinator, on the role of the 'selfie' in different social media trends


A lot of these kids don't connect to the fact that a lot of these superheroes and super villains are actually scientists that in their line of work have discovered many of these things that gave them their powers.

Suveen Mathaudhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on his role as curator of the “Comic-tanium” exhibit at the Tooseum: Pittsburgh Museum of Cartoon Art and how the stories behind famous comic characters can act as an aid in teaching science and engineering to children and the general public


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