A number of forces are at play in the U.S. to encourage universities to expand their role as engines of economic development. These include programmes in each of the 50 states to encourage technology-based economic development. Many of these programmes provide resources to university researchers.

Steven Brint, distinguished professor of sociology and public policy, on the role of universities in groundbreaking innovation and development

TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

Here’s the ecological bottom line: The more burns in a given forested area, the smaller and more manageable fires will be in the future.

Richard Minnich, professor of earth sciences, on the risk of wildfires throughout and near the San Bernadino Mountains

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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