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Volume 60, Number 32    April 29, 2013         

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Digging deeper
Professor of Civil Engineering Christopher Pong explained in an April 22 San Francisco Examiner article that cost overruns on major construction projects, such as the Central Subway project (also known as Muni Contract 1300), occur mostly because of higher standards for seismic design and public safety protocols. Pong said that a $100 million overage within a $1.6 billion project "can still be mitigated, but it’s going to have to take good scheduling and clear communication."

New pitcher
History Lecturer Mark Sigmon has revived a popular class on the history of baseball that was formerly taught by Professor of History Jules Tygiel, the San Jose Mercury News reported on April 18. "It's sort of like I'm a baseball fan and they're a baseball fan, and all the sudden you are an expert and you are teaching a baseball history class," Sigmon said. "They know a lot about baseball, especially about the Giants. ... It's not like you are explaining what a base hit or an error is."

Tweet from the hip
Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel commented for an April 17 KGO Radio piece on misinformation about the Boston Marathon bomber's arrest reported by mainstream media outlets. "As a journalism professor, I feel like I have to stick up for the importance of really checking out your sources; just because someone reports something on Twitter, doesn't mean that it's right," Kanigel said.


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