Our temperatures have increased by 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit, and that seems to be enough to keep them from being frozen out during the winter. I suspect that global warming is at least playing a role in this particular insect's spread into California … So if you have an insect with multiple generations, you get more generations. If you've got an insect that occurs early in a crop, it will occur earlier in the crop, and faster.

John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology, on the potato-tomato psyllid and how warmer temperatures have allowed the pest to damage more crops earlier in the growing season and in turn, spread north throughout California

KQED-FM

The proposal today is similar to what was unveiled in 2006 and 2007. It starts on a pretty solid basis. The big question is what happens in the House of Representatives, because it is controlled by Republicans.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on the possibility of immigration reform in America, which could allow a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

I think, like our medical school, we want it to be a school that really focuses on the community. It will focus on policy problems facing inland Southern California. But we want to think globally and act locally.

Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and founding dean of the School of Public Policy, on his appointment as dean and future plans to develop a degree combining a medical doctorate with a master's in public policy to address health issues in the Inland region

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Western leaders may recognize the potential of followers who show enthusiasm, and label and treat these individuals as ‘high potentials.' However, Western leaders may overlook the same potential in equally capable followers who may not exhibit enthusiasm because their cultural values may inhibit expression of emotions (e.g. Eastern cultures such as Japan and China). This bias may also occur for gender.

Thomas Sy, assistant professor of psychology, on his research that shows how managers’ beliefs affect their employee’s performance and how that bias might affect those of a different culture or gender

BUSINESSNEWSDAILY

I have observed many drunk drivers and seen hit-and-runs involving a drunk driver, and in every case … the first question the police have is, 'What's the license plate?’ These things happen so quickly and license plates are quite small, so it's very hard to get it at the time. That's why I was thinking it would be helpful to have a device that's always recording what's in front of the car.

Frank Vahid, professor of computer science and engineering, on the DuiCam, an app he developed with his students that makes it possible to email either snapshots or full- length video recordings of drunk drivers

PALM DESERT PATCH

If teachers had been led to expect greater gains in IQ, then increasingly, those kids gained more IQ.

Robert Rosenthal, distinguished professor of psychology, on his research that shows how teachers’ expectations of their students can positively or negatively affect their IQ

OBSERVER & ECCENTRIC NEWSPAPERS

I would not be surprised if other nocturnal insects — or maybe other animal groups — might be able to use a diffuse but directional cue such as the Milky Way. Maybe this paper will stimulate more studies of that nature.

Bradley Mullens, professor of entomology, on a recent study published in the journal Current Biology, which finds that animals use light from the Milky Way to navigate through their surroundings

LOS ANGELES TIMES

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