They typically don’t think of engineering (as) something cool or interesting, but when you make the connection that Spider-Man and Hulk are scientists, kids start connecting to what scientists and engineers do.

Suveen Mathaudhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on how stories behind famous comic book characters can act as an aid in teaching science and engineering to the general public


If you have courts telling you one thing and the governor telling you something else, maybe that’s a reason to sit tight.

Kenneth Baerenklau, associate professor of environmental economics and policy, on a recent court ruling that found that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates unconstitutional, and how Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is pulling water departments in different directions


You hear some people talking like, 'I don't want to drink toilet water.' Once it's gone through three stages of treatment, the water that ultimately goes out of there is cleaner than they got and flushed away.

Henry Vaux Jr., professor emeritus of resource economics, on how California’s historic drought is forcing some communities such as Orange County, San Diego and the Silicon Valley to support 'toilet to tap' programs


California estimates are that around 400,000 Asian Americans are undocumented. ... That's important because in most popular conceptions, in most stories that we see or the way that elected officials talk about the undocumented population, they usually talk about it in terms of Latinos, but it's a significant issue for Asian Americans as well.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, about his involvement in the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and its work to reach out and create awareness of the issues faced by Asian-Americans


We already know that mosquitoes will readily fly upwind towards human skin odor. But landing, the final stage of host location which typically takes place indoors, does not happen unless a fluctuating concentration of carbon dioxide indicates that a human host is present.

Ring Cardé, distinguished professor of entomology, on his research regarding the way mosquitoes use human smells to locate the presence of people and their homes


I think those two things, the physical coercion, the diseases introduced by Spaniards that really ran rampant in missions and reduced native peoples, I think that's probably at the heart of the resistance, or the opposition to Serra and his vision.

Steven Hackel, professor of history, on Father Junipero Serra as a controversial figure because of the treatment of Native Americans at the time


When you think of a space shuttle being launched toward the ISS, you have phases: launch, the rocket disengaging, stage separation, then docking. In the same manner, a mosquito flying toward a human has stages.

Anandasankar Ray, associate professor of entomology, on how mosquitoes prefer some people more than others based on genetics and certain body odors


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