Paying to learn
Jimmie Wilder, associate director of financial aid, was interviewed by
ABC 7 News for a story on new financial aid legislation that will pump
$20 billion into loans and grants for college students. "I think
it’s time, especially with the rise in educational costs at most
institutions around the country," said Wilder. "This is
enabling individuals to go through school and not necessarily have
to take out a loan and go into debt. So that's a positive." Psychology
student Katrina Surprise was also quoted saying that it will take her
about 15 years to pay off her loans.
Saving a species
In a Sept. 30 article in USA Weekend, Assistant Professor of Biology
Vance Vredenburg discussed California's endangered mountain yellow-legged
frog. "Unless things start turning around for this frog, it is
headed for extinction," he said. "Just five years ago, it
was possible to see the mountain yellow-legged frog populations with
thousands of adults and tens of thousands of tadpoles. Today, that
is nearly impossible to find."
Consuming our happiness
"The best things in life are not things," said Joel Kassiola, professor
of political science and dean of the College of Behavioral and Social
Sciences, in an Oct. 1 KALW-FM "City Visions" broadcast.
Kassiola was featured as a scholarly expert during an interview on American
consumerism alongside the founder of The Compact, a group that takes
pledges to buy nothing new, and Eugene Muscat, professor of management
at the University of San Francisco. "We have the first society
that has defined happiness through acquisitions of material goods," Kassiola
said. "We could have different definitions of happiness. We could
have different definitions of success."
Science for all
In the Sept. 30 San Mateo
County Times, Teaster Baird, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry,
commented on his National Science Foundation CAREER award and his desire
minority students to pursue science careers. Baird recounted his own
difficulties entering the science world, which fueled his motivation to
become a mentor and role model. "I
think kids need to start earlier [in the sciences] these days, because
it's more competitive," he said. "I want the kids to be
aware of opportunities and possibilities out there."
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