Engaging students at any time is a challenge for a professor, but the beginning of the year is critical for both new students and returning students...There's a lot at stake. You need to gain the trust of students and have them understand that being challenged is a worthy effort.

Richard Cardullo, professor of biology and associate vice provost, in an article examining the thoughts of professors and instructors in California as they begin the new school year

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

People have been trying to do video conferencing in education for a long time, going back to the '80s...Certainly in the corporate world, the quality of web conferencing has become very advanced.

Frank Vahid, professor of computer science, on Harvard's new 'virtual classroom' and how the idea of video conferencing in education has been around since the '80s

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

One challenge of the GLO-Roots system is that it works for very thin roots. (This system might not work) with the larger, denser roots of corn and rice.

Julia Bailey-Serres, professor of genetics and plant cell biology, commenting on a study that makes plant glow with the aid of genetic implants and the setback of the GLO-Roots system

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

California was once a major battleground for opposition to unauthorized immigrants, but after years of measures that actually help those immigrants, Californians show overwhelming support for them.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on his opinion piece discussing how California is a model for immigration reform

THE NEW YORK TIMES

The idea is to take the time to rinse your produce and eliminate anything that might be stuck in those nooks and crannies.

Sharon Walker, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, on her lab’s finding that current methods of disinfecting produce are inadequate

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Books contain a more diverse set of words than child-directed speech...This would suggest that children who are being read to by caregivers are hearing vocabulary words that kids who are not being read to are probably not hearing.

Jessica Montag, assistant research psychologist, on her lab's discovery that reading books to children exposes them to more diverse sets of words and how literacy promotion is crucial for all developing children, starting at birth

THE POST AND COURIER

Every family in California, Oregon, Washington and even Nevada should have an earthquake kit handy, and it wouldn’t hurt for everyone in the country to have one.

David Oglesby, professor of geophysics, on the importance of owning an earthquake kit, especially for people living in California, Oregon and Washington

BUZZFEED

While we use language to communicate, ants use the language of chemistry.

Anandasankar Ray, associate professor of entomology, on his lab’s finding that ants can tell each other apart in their colonies based on tiny changes in how other ants smell

THE WASHINGTON POST

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