On pitching for the Boston Red Sox:

“I was a Yankees fan. The key word there is ‘was.’”

Former UConn star Matt Barnes, ABC News, May 9, 2018

On his book Prince of Providence, about the city’s notorious mayor, being turned into a play:

“Politics is theater, and Buddy’s life was a huge drama.”

Mike Stanton, associate professor of journalism, Associated Press, March 16, 2018

On evaluating how much plastic is in the ocean by viewing it from space:

“To know that it’s actually plastic and not something else floating or even a bubble or a whitecap, we have to have more of a sense of the spectral fingerprint and what’s unique to plastics."

Heidi Dierssen, professor of marine sciences and geography, Newsweek, March 21, 2018

On a study finding that blue light like that from smartphones can be linked to some cancers:

“The most efficient suppression of melatonin is with that beautiful blue light”

Richard Stevens, UConn Health, CNN, April 17, 2018

On how the changing acidity of ocean surface waters is a good thing for seaweed, including edible seaweed:

“There are winners and losers in ocean acidification. Organisms that produce carbonate shells like shellfish, they’re a loser. They can’t handle the lower pH. They can’t deposit as much calcium in their shells. On the other hand, seaweeds like kelp, they actually pick up that carbon dioxide because now it’s easier for them to do photosynthesis.”

Charlie Yarish, marine biology professor, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” April 29, 2018

On helping students who have experienced bullying and violence:

“A trauma-informed approach is critical for schools.”

Sandra Chafouleas, professor of educational psychology, Washington Post, April 3, 2018

On the sexist nature of a new video game called “Super Seducer”:

“The game appears to essentialize women’s and men’s sexuality by assuming that all people are basically the same, leaving no space for individual preferences. The game also seems to fall into the sexist trope of assuming that women’s sexuality is passive — that men ‘make a move’ and that women ‘react.’”

Amanda Denes, associate professor of communication, Newsweek, March 14, 2018

On Kanye West’s take on slavery:

“His music stems from those slave spirituals . . . He ought to know that even when blacks were enslaved, their minds were not enslaved.”

Manisha Sinha, history professor, Time magazine, May 2, 2018


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