They are the panda bear of the insect world. They are big and fuzzy and they move really slow.

S. Hollis Woodard, assistant professor of entomology, about bumblebees

NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE FACEBOOK VIDEO CHAT

Sleep helps transform short-term memories into long-term memories by helping make stronger connections between these new experiences and our old memories, that allows the new experiences to be integrated with our general knowledge and understanding of the world.

Sara Mednick, assistant professor of psychology, on her research that explains how there is a link between sleep and improved memory

CNN

Can you imagine Southern California with no palm trees or ratty-looking, dying palm trees? It's a sight most people won't want to see.

Mark Hoddle, director of the Center for Invasive Species Research, on the impact of pests on trees in California

KABC

The U.S. developed in a way that was self-consciously inclusive and the core values embrace diversity, differences of opinion and outlook.

Kevin Esterling, professor of political science and public policy, discussing the topic of patriotism

WALLETHUB

Is the Great American Novel one you love so much you keep it secret, as a talisman, or the book you love so much you give it to everyone for years?

Susan Straight, professor of creative writing, giving her definition of the Great American Novel

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Fire and especially wildfire is a really complex phenomena. I hear people talking about being able to control fire. I don’t think that’s something that will happen soon, but here at least we are trying to understand fire.

Marko Princevac, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on his lab's research that examines how wildfires burn and spread

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Trump and his followers define patriotism very narrowly. It’s about displaying the flag and celebrating an abstract idea of the United States or one set in the past. It’s their vision of what the United States should be.

Susan Zieger, associate professor of English, on Donald Trump's vision of patriotism and on how Americans' viewpoint of patriotism might depend on the presidential candidate that they support

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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