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Volume 57, Number 19    January 25, 2010          

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April 2006 Newsmakers

Bringing forward new voices
In a Jan. 18 Contra Costa Times article, Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy was featured for her work bringing nature poetry by poets of color to the public. In her new, groundbreaking anthology, "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry," Dungy gives voices to poets who have largely been ignored. "I miss seeing writers of color in the conversation," Dungy said.  "Until we have greater variety in the conversation, it is not a conversation -- it is a monologue."

Working for the weekend
In a Jan. 12 USA Today article, Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented on a recent study that found people were happiest on weekends, regardless of age, education or salary level. Howell said that accomplishing tasks on weekends can lead to increases in happiness. "When you clean the house, it may not make you happy in the moment, but it may make you satisfied, and that will make the weekend better," Howell said.

A fete for Bayliss
Professor of Biology Frank Bayliss was featured in a Jan. 8 San Mateo County Times story after being honored at the White House for his work mentoring students in the sciences. Bayliss founded and runs the Student Enrichment Office, which provides mentoring and financial assistance to students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. In the article, Bayliss spoke of his trip to Washington D.C. The president "was very personable," Bayliss said. "He talked to us in general about his beliefs and said he appreciated the work we did."


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