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...The frozen hamburgers that the Smiths ate, which were made by the food giant Cargill, were labeled "American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties." Yet confidential grinding logs and other Cargill records show that the hamburgers were made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin. The ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Uruguay, and from a South Dakota company that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria…

An excerpt from alumnus Michael Moss' Pulitzer Prize-winning story on food safety and E.coli, "The Burger That Shattered Her Life," The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2009. The prize was announced April 12, 2010


"You're going to change the base of the food web. Going ahead with experiments like these without knowing what's up the chain is foolhardy."

William Cochlan, Romberg Tiburon Center senior research scientist, on his study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which suggests that fertilizing oceans with iron in hopes of curbing global warming could backfire, leading to toxic algae blooms, Wired News, March 16, 2010


"It's a tool to build friendships."

Allison McConaghay, a teacher at Grattan Elementary, on playground equipment Associate Professor Pamela Wolfberg helped bring to the school -- a wall and dome designed to promote the inclusion of autistic children, San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2010


"They were housed in ships run aground, in tents, in whatever shanty was available. Not surprisingly, there were no fire codes, so this was a very flammable city."

Professor Robert Cherny on the mushrooming population of San Francisco in the mid-19th century, San Francisco Examiner, April 16, 2010


"I was shocked at the number of people that wanted to get involved."

Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn on her Great Sunflower Project, an innovative effort to shed light on the health of native pollinating bees with the help of thousands of "citizen scientists" nationwide, Inter Press Service, April 29, 2010

 

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