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Volume 53, Number 4   September 6, 2005         

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Rove issue to re-emerge?
Gerard Heather, professor of political science, appeared live July 17 on the KRON 4 News for a discussion on how the allegations that presidential adviser Karl Rove leaked classified information to members of the press will affect President Bush. "There are going to be other things that begin to drive this a little bit off the news," Heather said. "By August you're going to have a nomination of a Supreme Court judge and that's going to move this ... to the background ... But I think the grand jury is due to issue its final report in October which will mean it will re-emerge."

The media and the self
KQED radio "Forum" host Michael Krasny, professor of English, discussed the importance of media literacy with BECA professor Michelle Wolf on the Aug. 3 edition. "It [media literacy] means the ability to access, evaluate, analyze and communicate media messages in a variety of forms," Wolf said. "Self-conception is profoundly shaped by information in environments of all kinds, but because of the proliferation of mass media, media are impacting the sense of self more deeply than ever before. A big part of how you see yourself is in terms of how you think other people see you."

Upwelling late but welcome
William Cochlan, senior research scientist at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, reported in an Aug. 7 Marin Independent Journal article that despite earlier concerns about the West Coast oceanic ecosystem, "the food chain is totally back to normal." A late upwelling of warm waters in the Pacific Ocean had some scientists fearing a major disruption of the food chain, but Cochlan and other researchers who spent part of the summer analyzing Pacific waters found the delay did not create a major disruption. Cochlan's comments were also picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in newspapers -- in print or online -- across the country.

Free trade costs more for some
Krasny discussed the implications of free trade with Latin America on the Aug. 10 edition of "Forum" with Abdiel Onate, professor of history and director of Latin American area studies. "We have to be careful about the benefits of free trade," Onate said. “From the point of view of the less developed societies, like those of Central America whose productivity levels are very low, it is not in their interest to have free trade. How can they compete with top-of-the-line producers in the U.S. or in Europe?"

Working with would-be writers
An Aug. 21 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine article on Bay Area creative writing programs featured comments by SFSU faculty Michelle Carter and Maxine Chernoff. "I need to make what happens in a classroom interesting to me," Carter said. "If not, it won't be interesting to anyone." Carter avoids the peer critique mode of teaching creative writing. Chernoff explained why creative writing courses can be valuable for aspiring writers. "There's someone to show you ways to do something you might not have thought of yourself, who engages you, and you're going to do it more quickly with better results," she said.

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