A nuclear deal may accomplish what all Iranians in Southern California — my father’s generation and mine — dream of: an Iran that is a responsible actor on the global stage, that respects the rights of its citizens and that has warm relations with the rest of the world. As we Iranians like to say, inshallah. God willing.

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, on the emerging nuclear deal between Iran and a United States-led group of world powers


Flipping through a photo album or watching old video clips (us at the Grand Canyon, me driving my motorbike) helps us relive the positive experience and the positive feelings we had at the time.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on strategies for maintaining the warmth and positive feelings felt after a vacation


This project is so large that it will have consequences for the region.

Ronald Loveridge, professor and director of the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, about the potential consequences of the proposed World Logistics Center, a planned warehouse development in Moreno Valley


We've got to diversify our talent pool at a very, very early stage. We have to bring in groups while they're young and encourage and mentor them and keep them from getting discouraged on their way up.

Suveen Mathaudhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on the importance of encouraging young students in America to pursue STEM careers


We can still have a functional lawn that may be a little less green but still be able to do the things we want it to do.

Jim Baird, scientist and turfgrass specialist, on how low-water lawns can help homeowners reduce their water bill


If a plant can fight off an infection on its own, we can reduce the amount of pesticides needed. Similar to how children are vaccinated to protect against future diseases, plant pathologists are using the same methodology to “immunize” plants against pathogens, with the goal of strengthening their immune defenses against invaders.

Jeannette Rapicavoli, doctoral candidate, on her research in ‘defense priming’ and how plant pathologists are working to protect crops by improving plant immune systems


Whereas Chinese students of a generation ago admired Western life and values so much that they built a statue, Goddess of Democracy, on Tiananmen Square, today, after decades of government-sponsored anti-Western indoctrination, many see the West more as a hostile rival than as a friend.

Perry Link, distinguished professor of comparative literature and foreign language, on nationalism and identity in China and what it means to be Chinese in the modern age


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