April 3, 2000
Making the News
Psychology's emeriti have been out in force lately. Elliot Aronson penned an op-ed on school violence for the Los Angeles Times following the Michigan tragedy. And his colleague Tom Pettigrew was tapped by the Times, as well as the San Francisco Examiner, for comment on John McCain's use of a derogatory term to refer to his captors in Vietnam.
Continuing their quest for planets outside the solar system, professor of astronomy and astrophysics Steven Vogt and his colleagues recently discovered the smallest extrasolar planets yet detected, although these Saturn-size planets are still much larger than Earth. Vogt was interviewed by local TV stations KION-Channel 46 and KSBW-Channel 35 and was quoted in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel. His role in the findings was also mentioned in articles in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and in an Associated Press wire story.
The San Jose Mercury News sought the expertise of Manuel Pastor for a story on changes among the Latino electorate. Pastor also coauthored a commentary for the Los Angeles Times about pollution risks faced by minorities in southern California.
The Farm was a lovely backdrop for a recent CNN story about Aptos organic foods maven Nell Newman.
Russia's recent presidential election kept political scientist Michael Urban
busy fielding media calls from the BBC, as well as KPFK Radio in Los Angeles.