On gender dynamics in diplomacy:

“Gender-blind policy kills people. To me it isn’t, ‘Oh this would be a nice thing if you could do it.’ It’s absolutely essential.”

Dyan Mazurana, research director at the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and associate research professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, in Pacific Standard, April 30

on using charcoal to whiten teeth:

“Many of these toothpastes and these scrubs, they are abrasive and they can take away the outer layer of the tooth structure, which is the enamel, and at the end your teeth may be sensitive or they can look darker.”

Aikaterini Papathanasiou, director of the Advanced Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry Program at the School of Dental Medicine, on WCVB-TV, March 12

On early-life trauma being passed to offspring:

“There is evidence that people who grow up with trauma have children who are at risk for psychiatric disorder…. This study suggests maybe there’s a component that’s passed on.”

Larry Feig, professor of developmental, molecular, and chemical biology at the School of Medicine, in the Boston Herald, May 24


On meal-kit companies and green packaging:

“Recyclable is an important step toward lower waste, although going through the recycling stream itself is reasonably energy intensive. Making something and then recycling it is not the same as never having needed it in the first place.”

William Masters, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in the Boston Globe, June 11


On the Trump Administration’s foreign policy:

“It is possible to win every news cycle and lose in foreign policy. One only learns that by being an old foreign policy hand. This is the exact thing Trump is not.”

Dan Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, in the Washington Post, May 14 


on teen activism around gun violence:

“This movement has real potential to change the course of engagement for a generation. If they can bring about an incredible surge in turnout, I think they’ll change the way that us adults view young people as voting blocs.”

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, in the Los Angeles Times, April 3


On the Cambridge Analytica data scandal:

“To me, the story is 99 percent about Facebook and 1 percent about Cambridge Analytica.”

Eitan Hersh, associate professor of political science, in the Los Angeles Times, March 21


on preventing lyme disease:

“It’s not a matter of finding the infected tick—the infected ticks are out there…. It doesn’t matter whether an expert like me says, ‘Oh this is going to be a good year or a bad year,’ always check for ticks.”

 —Sam Telford, professor of infectious disease and global health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, on WCVB-TV, April 25