El Niño failed.

Richard Minnich, professor of geography, on an El Niño season that failed to meet weather experts' expectations in California

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Why here? Try and get eight acres to put up a giant, modern warehouse in Orange County and L.A. Not going to happen.

Chris Thornberg, director of UCR’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, on Amazon's announcement of its plans to build a second warehouse in San Bernardino, its fifth facility in the Inland Empire

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

The time to take action is now. All sexually active persons should get themselves tested frequently. If it must be just once a year, then let’s make April the month to get tested at the doctor’s office or for free at a local clinic.

Brandon Brown, assistant professor at the School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities, on the importance of getting tested for sexually-transmitted infections

THE HUFFINGTON POST

Universities have long been aware that courses on hip-hop can draw in a number of students, but that’s not the same thing as taking it seriously as a field of study.

Imani Kai Johnson, assistant professor of dance, on the need for universities to create a space for serious dialogue and scholarship on hip-hop studies

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO

Our study helps to further quantify the value of mangrove forest ecosystems, and highlights the importance of mangrove conservation. Hopefully, it will serve to underscore the urgent need for mangrove protection and for the serious appraisal of the environmental services provided by common-access resources.

Exequiel Ezcurra, professor of botany and plant sciences, on his study that highlights mangrove forests' stellar ability to store carbon

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

The well-being of the system’s most vulnerable actors, the athletes, is not being protected, but that’s because the benefits of other stakeholders — coaches and sponsors — supersede any academic obligation.

Eddie Comeaux, associate professor of higher education, on academic fraud in collegiate athletics

INSIDE HIGHER ED

It’s extremely rare to catch a new species in the act of appearing and expanding. And very exciting.

Norm Ellstrand, professor of genetics, on the Salsola ryanii, a newly evolved species of tumbleweed rolling through California

NEWSWEEK

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