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Volume 56, Number 25    March 2, 2009         

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April 2006 Newsmakers

A hurting industry
In a Feb. 25 San Francisco Examiner article, Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel commented on financial troubles that could cause the San Francisco Chronicle to close. Kangiel said the Chronicle and other newspapers across the country are being hit by a perfect storm of declining advertising revenue, declining readership and a poor economy. "You're seeing an industry in crisis, and then it’s being slammed by this economic climate," Kanigel said.

Facial features featured
A Feb. 22 Contra Costa Times article profiled Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto and his new research on anger in facial expressions. Matsumoto received a $1.9 million grant from the Department of Defense to devise ways to reliably detect anger in facial expressions, or more specifically disgust, in individuals. "With disgust comes the motivation of elimination and annihilation of objects we view as contaminated or disease-carrying, like vermin," he said. "For example, when we kill cockroaches, we don't sit around and think if there are baby cockroaches and women cockroaches."

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