Puzzle less perplexing
The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg in a March 13 report on the identification by SF State researchers of a common North American frog as the carrier of a deadly amphibian disease. The chytrid fungus has caused "the worst population crash of animals in history," Vredenburg said. "We've figured out one piece of the puzzle and understanding the genome will help us to understand differences between those two species of frog."
Multimedia Studies Instructor David Hogue's speech at the South by Southwest Festival was featured in a March 10 PC Magazine article. In software design, "complexity is easy. We can make anything complex," Hogue said. Relevance of the information is most important, he tells developers, "don't conflate complexity with difficulty, they are two different things."
A guiding hand
Professor of Health Education Mary Beth Love commented for a March 7 Community College Times article about SF State's Metro Academies program. To many students, the first two years of college seem like "a solo journey through a series of disconnected courses," Love said. The program is essentially a "redesign of the first two years of higher education… If we can just get them to their junior year, they are almost home free."
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