There are a lot of (biological oils) inside the ocean coming from other swimmers and animals. Even one person can make a difference. This is the idea.

Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering, on her lab's development of a bathing suit that is made from a sponge-like substance that repels water, absorbs harmful chemicals or toxins and could help clean the world’s oceans


Just knowing someone is Asian tells you very little about what they've gone through.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, about how Asian ethnic groups are unfairly classified under the umbrella term, 'Asian,' and how the broadness of the term and its application has harmed certain Asian ethnic groups by not allowing them to pursue financial aid or government assistance


It requires a crisis (real or perceived) to get people to consider change since change can be frightening and challenge our way of life. Beyond that, it requires both an understanding of the science as well as how the policy might affect different user groups and the environment.

Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental sciences and public policy, about the drought in California and how California lawmakers are looking to Australia as a role model for water conservation policies


Even if you don't have the Ebola virus in your bloodstream it can be hiding out. And we need to be aware of that because it's setting up the stage for potentially new outbreaks.

Ilhem Messaoudi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, on the recent discovery that Ebola survivors can suffer life-threatening relapses


This is really a phenomena in computer history, in which users are essentially voluntarily launching attacks against their own devices to gain control.

Zhiyun Qian, assistant professor of computer science, on his research into improving the security settings and capabilities of Android devices


People who suffer through a period of uncertainty respond more productively to bad news, and more joyfully to good news.

Kate Sweeny, associate professor of psychology, on her lab's finding that when a person is awaiting life-altering news, they are able to best handle the results when they are not overly optimistic about the potential outcome


Damage on desert ecosystems takes a very, very long time to recover. Desert vegetation and desert biota is like a non-renewable resource. Its dynamic is so slow that for all practical purposes, once we destroy it, it’s gone forever.

Exequiel Ezcurra, desert ecologist, about the importance of protecting desert ecosystems due to the long recovery time of desert plant and animal life


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