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July 17, 2006

Providing analysis of the Mexican presidential election, Jonathan Fox of Latin American and Latino studies appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and was interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News.

The new major in computer game design (see Currents story) received extensive media coverage--Ira Pohl, professor and chair of computer science, was interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, TV stations KTVU and KION, and radio stations KGO, KLIV, KSCO, and KCSN. Stories also ran on the AP and UPI news wires, in the San Jose Business Journal, Sacramento Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times, Washington (D.C.) Business Journal, and numerous other business journals across the country, as well online news sites such as, Monsters and Critics, and GameSpot.

The Boston Globe ran a story about Far from the Madding Gerund, a new book by linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Liberman of the University of Pennsylvania, featuring some of the best posts from the blog Language Log.

Brent Haddad of environmental studies discussed desalination on the nationally syndicated radio program A World of Possibilities.

Seismologist Emily Brodsky was quoted in stories about her research on earthquakes and groundwater flow by Scripps Howard News Service, Reuters,, Space Daily, Hindustan Times, and Xinhua General News Service.

Newhouse News Service interviewed psychology instructor Veronica Tonay for a story about dreams that appeared in papers around the country, including the Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Sociology's Dane Archer was featured in an Albany Times Union article about social norms and blunders in public restrooms.

Economist Rob Fairlie was quoted in the Wilmington News Journal regarding Delaware's last-place ranking in a recent national review of entrepreneurial spirit around the country that Fairlie conducted for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Fairlie also appeared in the Columbus Dispatch in an article about business associations that encourage entrepreneurship among immigrants, noting that such networks have helped fuel the growth in immigrant-owned businesses.

Michael Brown of politics appeared on KUSP Radio's Talk of the Bay to discuss Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele's new book, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era.

Psychology's Anthony Pratkanis was quoted in an Associated Press article about people who rent billboards to deliver messages and make personal appeals. The practice can be expensive but effective, he said.

An article in the Fresno Bee about peregrine falcons included quotes from Glenn Stewart of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.

Geophysicist Steven Ward has been featured in several episodes of the History Channel's Mega Disasters series--"West Coast Tsunami," "East Coast Tsunami," and "Asteroid Apocalypse" (see Currents story).

Biologist Daniel Costa's research on fur seals was covered in the Cape Times (South Africa).

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