The Inland Empire suffers from a bit of an image problem. A lot of folks look at it as kind of a blue-collar enclave for the greater Los Angeles economy. Nothing can be actually farther from the truth. ... It’s the third-fastest growing part of the state right now on a percentage basis. So, look, the Inland Empire is here, and it’s about time that some of these retailers began to realize that.

Chris Thornberg, director of UCR’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, on the opening of San Bernardino County's first Whole Foods market


If there is a spike of (dengue, Zika and chikungunya), it could mean the mosquito is becoming more efficient.

Anandasankar Ray, associate professor of entomology, on the explosion of dengue fever in Brazil and the findings that the disease is carried by the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus


President Obama has taken a step forward to preserve not only the beauty of these lands, but also our shared history. ... Now these places will be better protected against theft and damage of Native American objects and artifacts. With respect and good stewardship, these public lands are repositories of knowledge, just waiting to be understood.

Clifford Trafzer, Costo distinguished professor of American Indian Affairs, on President Obama permanently protecting the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains as national monuments in the California desert


I believe that exterminating all mosquitoes could have severe ecological consequences, as mosquitoes make up a substantial biomass in aquatic ecosystems globally. ... Eliminating mosquitoes could leave predators without prey.

Omar S. Akbari, assistant professor of entomology, on the consequences associated with exterminating all mosquitoes on earth


The symptoms of major depressive disorder can have a debilitating effect on all aspects of the lives of adults who suffer from the disease. ... Physicians work closely with their patients to find the treatment plans that are most effective, but unfortunately, even when patients take their medication as prescribed, many still deal with MDD symptoms frequently.

Gerald A. Maguire, professor and chair of psychiatry, on a survey result that showed how nearly two-thirds of surveyed adults with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who reported taking their medication as prescribed still experience the symptoms at least weekly


Often, a drought-friendly landscape is going to have a lot of bare ground in it, so I don't think you're getting the same cooling effect.

Donald Hodel, environmental horticulture advisor for UC Cooperative Extension, on how the Los Angeles trend of homeowners ripping out their lawns to save water during the drought may have aggravated the region's heat problems


Polyamory remains something that older and more conservative people can't quite understand. That said, research suggests that familiarity breeds acceptance. I believe the research actually uses the word 'stigma' and indicates that it is lower among those who know (people) in polyamorous relationships.

Juliann E. Allison, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, on the shifting social attitudes toward polyamory


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