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Volume 60, Number 2    August 20, 2012         

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Biological defense
A July 19 San Francisco Chronicle article featured the efforts of Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg to protect yellow-legged frog tadpoles with the Janthinobacterium lividum (J. liv) bacteria, which has been shown to protect adults from a global fungal epidemic. "It's a really fantastic possibility," Vredenburg said. "This is crisis biology."

Ode to creativity
Professor of Latina/Latino studies Alejandro Murguia commented on his appointment as San Francisco's sixth poet laureate for a July 26 San Francisco Chronicle report. "I came here precisely because it has such a vibrant poetic scene. San Francisco is the city of poets," Murguia said. "I'm not deceived that this is an honor strictly for me, I understand and accept it as an honor for my community in the Mission District and the Latino community."

Sweet victory
WMBF News reported July 27 on body language research by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto. "We found that displays of triumph include different behaviors to those of pride, and occur more immediately after a victory or win," Matsumoto said. "Triumph has its own signature expression that is immediate, automatic and universal across cultures."

Double down
Assistant Professor of Biology Karen Crow's research, which found that the American paddlefish duplicated its genome millions of years ago, was featured in an Aug. 7 article. "Our findings suggest that the results of previous studies using paddlefish as a comparative species (for limb development) may need to be re-interpreted," Crow said. "Our findings on the paddlefish suggest that whole duplication is not as uncommon in animals as previously thought."

Weighty issues
News Medical interviewed Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers for an Aug. 13 article about the history and future of the field of medical ethics. "Philosophy of medicine clarifies what is at issue in regard to these topics, each of which involves complex tangles of values, now made more difficult to sort out by medicine’s enlarged facility to maintain life," Silvers said. "Philosophy of medicine should inform and elevate public policy, which is different from shaping it. Philosophy of medicine can also blow the whistle when public debate threatens to squeeze policy into illogical shapes."


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