It's not mass incarceration. Until ... 70 percent of the people incarcerated (are) white, it's not mass incarceration. ... It's selective, it's targeted, it's structured in race, class, gender and so forth. It is not mass incarceration. We've got to stop saying that.

Dylan Rodriguez, professor of ethnic studies, on prison reform and why the term 'mass incarceration' is misleading in certain contexts


You have two continents directly in contact smashing into each other. When you smash things together, that tends to build up mountains, and this is why the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, are right there.

David Oglesby, associate professor of geophysics, on the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal


Many of the superheroes that you see are scientists and engineers, and they use their science and engineering perhaps just as much as their superpowers to accomplish what they need to do to protect society.

Suveen Mathaudhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on the science in the latest Avengers movie and whether the technology from the film is possible to replicate in real life


Simply overlooking (reclaimed wastewater) because it's recycled water is likely shortsighted.

Kurt Schwabe, associate professor of environmental economics and policy, on how the state should avoid placing exemptions on golf courses using recycled water


The (current) increase is mostly related to the drought, which may, in fact, be related to climate change. ... Insects are nothing if not adaptable.

John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology, about how crop pests have proliferated in the wake of California's drought


Even though he never killed anyone and would never have promoted (the killing of Native Americans), there’s no question that the system that Serra created is culturally and biologically lethal to native peoples.

Steven Hackel, professor of history, on the Vatican’s decision to canonize Junipero Serra despite growing resistance and controversy surrounding Serra’s legacy


Although women (with children) didn't report being happier than women without children, they did report that they felt and thought about the meaning of life a lot more.

S. Katherine Nelson, psychology graduate student, on the benefits of parenthood for fathers and mothers and how mothers seem to derive more benefit emotionally than fathers from having children


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