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“Desecrating a people’s sacred book is like destroying their soul; you destroy their sense of who they are. It’s about controlling memory. You can oppress people. You can beat them down, but if they can retain some kind of memory of who they were before you beat them down, they can pass that on and when the time is right rise up again.”
Ivan Strenski, professor of religious studies, on a pastor in Florida who threatened to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“We’re not living in a Third World country here. The bottom line is we know they are putting pathogens in the water, and we know that getting them out of the water will protect public health.”
Marylynn Yates, professor of environmental microbiology, on partially treated sewage flowing into the Chicago River and the debate between scientists and policy makers in Illinois over whether or not to clean the river.
“There’s this old Latino stereotype of Latinos sleeping under the nopal cactus with their hats down over their head and what I try to do is have the program work against stereotypes, not reinforce them. When I saw Tiko in the first scene, there was Tiko asleep, I said, ‘No, no, that reinforces stereotypes. Let’s have Tiko active.’”
Carlos Cortes, professor of history, on the 10-year anniversary of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer,” on which he worked as a cultural advisor to create a pan-Latin character that audiences could relate to, yet would not alienate any particular social or cultural group.
“The socially desirable response, the seemingly responsible response, is ‘Yes, I do need to save for retirement more,’ but the reality is the baby boomer generation as a whole ... has not adequately saved for retirement.”
David Stewart, dean and professor of marketing, on an observed trend among individuals of the baby boomer generation to neglect saving for retirement.
“There is no question that cost causes people to make the decisions they make in regards to those forms of transportation. That drives a lot of the decisions. But the first primary thing that anyone looks at is the safety of the people involved in the travel.”
Stan Morrison, athletic director, on regulations at UCR on transportation for sports that cost more, but provide the most safety and security for staff and athletes.
“Happy employees are more productive, less likely to miss work, less likely to burn out, and leaders who are happy are less likely to affect their employees. I remember being in a bad mood one day and a clerk gave me a nice big smile. A tiny little act made me feel so much better.”
Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on findings in research funded by a $150,000 grant from the University of Notre Dame.
“The question is, among the five Californians, are we picking the right one? I would argue that if you want an outcome of someone working in Riverside, maybe we don’t want the kid with the best MCAT score. Given our mission, do we want someone from San Francisco, or do we want someone from Riverside?”
Dr. G Richard Olds, founding dean of the UCR School of Medicine, on concerns over whether students accepted into the medical school will work to serve disadvantaged communities.
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“It’s enormously important. There are people who started in this when they were 13 and are 90 now. ... This is a month-by-month record of the readers of science fiction, their conversations and community. It’s how they became lifetime friends, much like our kids do now on Facebook.”
Melissa Conway, head of special collections, on the importance of sci-fi fanzines, not only to the genre but to the study of the communities and sub-cultures that composed them.
“Most members of Congress aren’t typically the computer nerd or comp geek personality, so I think most members of Congress arrive on Capitol Hill once they’re elected without really having thought too much about web design. In some sense, it’s not much of a surprise that their websites aren’t well designed just because it’s not something that most members of Congress spend a lot of time thinking about.”
Kevin Esterling, associate professor of political science, on a study that aims to improve Congressional Websites.
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