On the limitations of electronic toys:

“While playgrounds are open-ended, playpens are limited. The playground promotes while the playpen hinders important aspects of human development. Unfortunately, from a developmental perspective, many of today’s technologies for young children are playpens and not playgrounds.”

—Marina Umaschi Bers, professor and chair at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, on The Conversation, December 13, 2018

On the surge in youth voter turnout:

“This is a sea change. . . . [Current college students are] the most diverse generation in history so they don’t point their finger at the other. They’re used to growing up as a generation of others. . . . This generation is about ‘us’ more than about ‘me.’”

—Alan Solomont, dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, in the Christian Science Monitor, November 15, 2018

On the spread of fake news:

“Since repetition matters so materially in the uptake of rumors, conspiracy theories, and other forms of extra-factual information, when the media repeats [such information]—even when they do so to try to debunk it—its repetition inadvertently increases the perceived credibility and veracity.”

—Kelly Greenhill, associate professor and director of the international relations program, on City Lab, November 2, 2018


“I think the nutrition and health side of it is probably the game changer. And it’ll be interesting to see what happens to broader opinions about this if a consumer could look at it and say, ‘Oh, that actually might be better for me.’”

—Tim Griffin, division chair of agriculture, food and environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, November 30, 2018

On humanity’s role in sea level rise:

“All things being equal, an identical storm a hundred years ago and an identical storm today, that water’s going to be about thirty centimeters higher today than it was a hundred years ago, of which about two-thirds of that is anthropogenic, one-third is subsidence that’s occurred over the last hundred years.”

—Andrew Kemp, assistant professor of coastal processes and climate change, in the Washington Post, September 13, 2018

On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing:

“The fact that it occurred in a consulate just put all of this in bold relief. Embassies and consulates are supposedly safe zones. These are places where one seeks refuge, so it’s all the more brazen.”

—Michael Glennon, professor of international law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, in the New York Times, October 24, 2018

On how studying cancer in dogs helps people:

“Cancer tends to be noisy. . . . Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s important versus what’s not important in that noise. One of the things that including dogs in therapeutic development can do is to help identify patterns that are consistent across species that can help cancel out the noise.”

—Cheryl London, Anne Engen and Dusty Professor in Comparative Oncology and director of the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in U.S. News & World Report, November 7, 2018