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April 2006 Newsmakers

Blink of an eye
Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto was interviewed regarding his research on microexpressions on National Public Radio's Science Friday program on May 10. "We believe and there is some data that they (microexpressions) are signs of the fact that you are having an emotion but you are trying to control it… because the macros (expressions) are cross-cultural, we believe the micros are cross-cultural as well," Matsumoto said. "Everybody that we train and everybody we talk to, we always say… use them as investigative or interview aids to help you follow up in a way in which you can then ferret that information out. What you don't want to do is jump to conclusions based on these kinds of things."

Stretched thin
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Alex Gerould commented for a May 9 San Jose Mercury News report on rising rates of property crime in the Bay Area. "When you look at the last 20 years, there's been a substantial drop in crime from the early 1990s, and a great deal of that was attributed to policing strategies," Gerould said. "When you have a 20 percent cut (in police), you reduce the ability of police to mobilize specialized task forces that saturate particularly troublesome neighborhoods and areas," which creates "seams and opportunities" for professional thieves to exploit.

Real fixes, quick
Associate Professor of Geography Jason Henderson discussed his new book Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco and the future of transportation in the Bay Area for a May 8 San Francisco Bay Guardian article. "Transportation is the fastest growing sector of energy use and (greenhouse gas) emissions… Americans must undertake a considerable restructuring of how they organize cities, and that must include the rethinking of mobility and the allocation of street space," Henderson said. "It's actually quick and easy to retrofit suburbia. Existing communities like Walnut Creek are eminently bikeable -- we could easily get 20 to 30 percent of the trips by bike" by expanding development in three-mile circles around BART stations.

 

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