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Close-up of crane fly

He didn't bring her flowers. They were already sharing a sunflower leaf. He didn't bring her candy. They'd already dined on nectar. It was Labor...

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Newspapers dying, but the written word is not

The 103-year-old newspaper that covered my hometown, The Clovis Independent, printed its last edition this summer, suffering from the Internet surge and economic slump that has many print media outlets cutting staff and shutting their doors.

The Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee and Fresno Bee have offered buyouts to their employees. The San Francisco Chronicle is looking for 125 staff to take buyouts before the end of this year, according to Editor and Publisher. The "Newspaper Cutback Tracker" on the blog Recovering Journalist says, "More than 6,300 employees at the 100 largest newspapers have lost jobs through buyouts or layoffs in the past year."

But this dismal news doesn't mean there will be a shortage of reading material for Americans, quite the contrary. Here's a case in point: UC communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey distributed a news release last week about a new odorless mosquito attractant developed by UC Davis entomologists. No major media outlets picked up the story, but it was all over the Internet:

Do you think American newspapers can be saved? Post a comment with your thoughts.



Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:34 AM
Tags: media (6)

Ain't No Moths on Me

Light brown apple moth, female

Bam! LBAM is back in the news. The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Aug. 29 that it has established a 19-square-mile...

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Big on Butterflies

Feline entomologist

Our cat is an entomologist. She has no formal training in the science of insects, but she can catch insects with the best of 'em. Plus, her...

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Food-related courses up 50 percent at universities

This week, the Pioneer Press, which serves Minnesota's Twin Cities, ran a Washington Post story about a new food trend. This time, the trend isn't a new product or fad diet, but emerging university-level education about the politics, psychology and production of food.

The story noted that Boston University and New York University have offered food studies programs for more than a decade, and Yale's food studies program includes a high-profile on-campus farm and dining halls stocked with organic and local food. Now, however, food is entering the "academic mainstream," it said.

To wit, the University of New Hampshire will launch a dual major in eco-gastronomy and UC Davis will introduce a food concentration for American studies majors this fall.

UC Davis associate professor of American Studies Carolyn de la Peña, who launched the new concentration, said when she first taught a food course seven years ago, it was hard to find books. She sent her students to restaurants to observe and to their home kitchens to cook comfort food, the article said.

Academic acceptance of interdisciplinary fields, such as American or women's studies, has helped pave the way for food's debut as a legitimate subject.

"Food studies answers the craving for interdisciplinary exchange among professors across the sciences and humanities that has been growing for a decade," de la Peña was quoted.

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM
Tags: food (6)

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