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"It's kind of a magic molecule… If you can find this, you'll be famous."
Jiayu Liao, assistant professor of bioengineering, on a specific type of molecule that would stimulate insulin production.
SAN BERNARDINO SUN
"It's huge. Wow. We're down the street, we're in LA ... the excitement is as high as it can get. Then you have an opportunity to be in the NCAA tournament, the opportunity to be close to home so that people can get to it; what better situation."
John Margaritis, women’s basketball coach, on playing the opening round game of the NCAA tournament against Arizona State University at the USC campus.
THE PRESS ENTERPRISE
"We have an advantage being a college station where we are not driven by market pressure."
KUCR station manager, Louis Vandenberg, on the benefit of the campus radio station’s freedom in programming, in response to the move of a popular FM classical music station to a less accessible AM station.
“It's all about hearing the silent world. Lots of things, like an empty room, don't make a sound, but they do structure it. They give it shape, which people can see without seeing.”
Lawrence D. Rosenblum, professor of psychology at UC Riverside, on echolocation, which allows people to perceive their surroundings by interpreting sound waves that are reflected off of objects.
"This is a very important and strategic acquisition for the University and for the UC research community. In its 52 years, UCR has evolved into a leading research institution that is unique among Southern California universities. Today we turn to the next chapter – one written by technology pioneers inspired by a spirit of discovery and fueled by a passion for innovation."
Chancellor France A. Córdova, on the acquisition of the SGI Altix 4700 supercomputer, which will serve as a resource for a new generation of studies in computer-based modeling and simulation, Internet architectures, bioinformatics, machine learning and data mining.
“We have models but they need to be extended mathematically and algorithmically. By doing this we can have a higher degree of accuracy in approximating inferences as to how a group of people will react.”
Christian Shelton, assistant professor of computer science, on the computer modeling work he will do to help predict the behavior of groups, such as terrorists.
"It's very nice work. Some people have always said that if we make these things transgenic, they'll just be so unfit because they're genetically altered that they'll never be of any use, [so] it's actually very encouraging news."
Peter Atkinson, professor of entomology, on a recent discovery that transgenic mosquitoes out compete normal mosquitoes when feeding on infected blood.
“. . . proteins typically are not what we’d like to use in large quantities in the lab because they are expensive. We will work on finding chemicals that mimic the action of neurotrophin. Compared to proteins, chemicals compounds are much easier and cheaper to make in a very pure form.”
Michael Pirrung, a professor of chemistry and the holder of the UC Presidential Chair in Chemistry. He was one of two UCR professors to receive funding to conduct research on the growth of human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory, and to explore whether a type of RNA – a single-stranded molecule that translates genetic information – can help stem cells differentiate into specific kinds of cells.
THE BUSINESS JOURNAL