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Volume 52, Number 21   February 7, 2005         

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Maturing Chinese cinema
Lena Zhang, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communications arts, commented on the Chinese film "House of Flying Daggers" for a story that appeared on the Dec. 17 broadcast of the KTSF 26 Evening News. Although she applauded the movies cinematography and expert use of martial arts, Zhang said that it could have done better at character development. "Martial arts or Gonfu are not the ultimate solution for Chinese movies to gain Academy [Award] recognition," she said. "The focus should be shifted to stories reflecting lives of modern Chinese people."

Liberalism from a Jewish perspective
Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, is the featured interview in the January issue of Promise. One of the topics discussed is his book Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America. "While Jews have a very strong attachment to liberalism, there had been no book on the subject of Jewish liberalism over generations from the 1930's to the 1970's," he said. "I took the main issue for each decade and the Jewish reactions to try to understand what liberalism is about in my book."

Numerous numbers?
The Jan. 14 edition of the CBS Evening News ran a story on the revelation that some banks recycle account numbers. Theoretically they shouldn't have to, said David Meredith, chair of mathematics. "If we had nine digit numbers, there would be 10 to the 9th equals one billion possibilities," Meredith said. But he also pointed out that account numbers "are actually like secret codes and that greatly limits the numbers banks can use."

Researching Reagan
Robert C. Smith
, professor of political science, is one of the academics doing research at the Reagan Library reports the Los Angeles Daily News in its Jan. 23 edition. Smith is researching Reagan's race and civil rights record. When it comes to the issue of affirmative action, "I get the sense that Ronald Reagan was disengaged from the decision-making process and relied heavily on his staff," Smith said. ''His staff was divided, and he said he was waiting on his staff to reach a consensus.''

Syncing it all up
The Feb. 3 edition of the San Francisco Examiner features a story on SFSU's contract with IBM to upgrade the University's technology systems. Using IBM's workplace technology system, SFSU will create "an integrated, one-stop-shop for e-mail, calendars, directories and Web access." Jonathan Rood, associate vice president for information technology, said that the system will create "electronic academic communities."

Vague prescriptions
Gov. Schwarzenegger's plan for the California State Pharmacy Assistance Program "lacks all the parts needed for a plan to achieve large pharmaceutical discounts," wrote Ramón Castellblanch, assistant professor of health education, in an opinion piece that ran in the Feb. 3 edition of the Sacramento Bee. "[T]he governor asserts [the plan] would give 40 percent discounts to nearly 5 million uninsured Californians," he wrote. "But the discounts are vague promises from the pharmaceutical industry; there is nothing in writing."

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