March 18, 2002
Making the News
Scientists detected a subtle movement of the flank of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, and geophysicist Stephen Ward's commentary on the findings led to widespread media coverage. Ward noted that a complete slope failure on Kilauea would generate a huge tsunami that could devastate the California coast. The story was covered by the New York Times, New York Newsday, the Sydney (Australia) Daily Telegraph, the syndicated column Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet distributed by the Los Angeles Times, and local TV stations KSBW (Ch. 8) and KPIX (Ch. 5).
Dana Frank of American studies discussed the fate of K-Mart on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program, which reaches 2.3 million listeners across the country.
Jonathan Fox of Latin American and Latino studies provided valuable context for a San Jose Mercury News story about Oaxacan immigrants and human rights problems.
Garth Illingworth, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, was quoted in stories in the Houston Chronicle and on CNN.com about a new camera installed by astronauts on the Hubble Space Telescope. Illingworth serves as the new camera's deputy principal investigator.
Professor of computer science David Haussler was quoted in recent stories about the human genome in the San Jose Mercury News and on Salon.com.
Associate professor of history Dilip Basu was cited in a Washington Times story on the Satyajit Ray film retrospective in Washington, D.C.
Tom Pettigrew of psychology was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article about the division along racial lines of former Enron employees who are seeking varied solutions to their sudden loss of jobs, severance, and savings.
Theater arts professor of dance Mel Wong was the subject of a feature story
in the San Jose Mercury News.