There's an app for that
On Oct. 14, the San Francisco Chronicle featured a report about Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi's contract with the U.S. Navy to catalog, track and counter rumors in Iraq, starting with a smart phone app. "Like their explosive cousins, rumors can be created and planted by nearly anybody, require limited resources to utilize, can be deadly for those in its direct path, and can instill fear," said Bernardi, a Naval Reserve officer who has served in Iraq.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel was quoted in an Oct. 15 New York Times/San Francisco Bay Citizen article about the formation of DogPAC in San Francisco and its endorsement of a mayoral candidate. The 2010 census showed the number of children has declined by nearly half since 1970, changing San Francisco into "this place for the relatively young, relatively affluent -- a very educated place, where people are renting and delaying the family decision," McDaniel said. "Instead, we have dogs."
Political Science Lecturer David Lee commented for an Oct. 16 San Francisco Examiner piece on the influence Chinese-language media are expected to have in the upcoming mayoral race. Chinese speakers make up nearly one-fifth of the population and "this is really the first mayor's race that Chinese-newspaper readers feel they’re part of, in a way that I’ve never seen before -- because of the extent of coverage and the fact that you have so many Chinese-American candidates running," Lee said. "I think that is the role the Chinese media is playing, and that’s a critical role: to help the community feel part of this election."
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