March 19, 1994
Herbert Busemann, 88, emeritus professor of mathematics at USC honored by the Soviet Union and many others for his solutions to geometric problems. In 1985, Busemann received the Lobachevsky Prize for his innovative book, "The Geometry of Geodesics," published in 1955. He was the first American honored with the Soviet prize, named for the Russian geometrician and awarded every four years.
January 13, 1990 |
Joseph D. Carrabino, emeritus professor of management in the UCLA Graduate School of Management, has been elected president of the state Board of Education. Carrabino has been a member of the board, which sets state policy for kindergarten through 12th grade, since 1986. Marion McDowell, a deputy superintendent in the Sequoia Union High School District, was elected board vice president. Two new members--Gertie B. Thomas of Albany and Kathryn M.
May 20, 2003
"Two's Company, Three's a Graduation at Cal State University" (May 18), on the three graduates of CSU Channel Islands, stated that "Cal State officials say they had to look back to the mid-1800s ... to find an undergraduate class nearly as small." In looking back so far they overlooked the four students in the first graduating class of Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1969. Gene Kalland Emeritus Professor Cal State Dominguez Hills
February 19, 1995
The Atlantic and Indian oceans do not meet at Cape Town, South Africa, as stated by Christopher Reynolds, repeating a common error ("South Africa Calmly Awaits Acceptance by U.S. Travelers," Jan. 29). Instead, they meet about 120 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa and hence of the Old World landmass. In contrast to the spectacular False Cape and Cape of Good Hope (when not fogbound as usual), Cape Agulhas is rather flat, with many rocks extending far south into the ocean, or oceans.
April 26, 2003
Re "A Faculty for Misstatement," Commentary, April 22: So that's where some lawyers learn their specious syllogistic reasoning. The august UCLA law professors Kenneth Klee, Daniel Lowenstein and Grant Nelson, believing the liberation of Iraq to be "just and necessary," conclude that the invasion of Iraq, which presumably resulted in the liberation of Iraq, was also, therefore, "just and necessary." Moreover, they engage in a bit of hyperbole in their claim of having been "mugged" because their endorsement of the war was not reflected in the statement approved by the majority of UCLA academic senate members who voted.
September 28, 1986 |
There is a Russian proverb to the effect that you learn as long as you live. Daniel Rosenthal, an emeritus professor of engineering at UCLA, prefers to put that in reverse: "You live as long as you learn." At 86, with more mental and physical enthusiasm than many half his age, Rosenthal still teaches a weekly class, this one a free course for older people titled "Your Brain: Use It or Lose It."