CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992
In response to "Try 'Choice' Among Public Schools," Commentary, Feb. 12: It is sadly amusing to see the familiar fat cats of the educational Establishment rush to adopt "choice"--but only in public schools, please. As a professor who must repair damage done in the public schools, I find it cynical for LEARN members to suddenly start advocating restructuring and some kind of undefined choice now, when they opposed it for decades. They claim to see "light at the end of the tunnel" but all studies show decline in public education quality.
May 21, 1989
What will the future hold? Sociologists and pollsters can try to predict, but no one knows for sure. We decided to have some fun and asked three novelists with ties to Orange County to let their imaginations run wild and give us a glimpse of the Orange County we might inhabit in the year 2020. Laguna Beach resident Gregory Benford, a professor of physics at UC Irvine conducting research in plasma physics and astrophysics, has written a dozen novels and won several literary awards, including the Ditmar Prize for International Novel.
April 24, 1986
Orange County authors who had books published in 1985 will be honored at the 21st annual Authors Recognition Dinner hosted by the UC Irvine Friends of the Library on Sunday at the Registry Hotel in Irvine. Among the 50 authors to be honored at the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. are Gregory Benford, a UCI physics professor and author of the science-fiction novel "Artifact." Other authors include T.
August 22, 1999
Over the past few years, I've noticed that most people have come to use the word "technology" to denote computer and information technology. So you can understand why I was skeptical when I opened the July 25 Special Millennium Issue devoted to science and technology ("One Big Think Tank"). But you clearly got it right, from our ancestors' use of stone implements to today's sophisticated and varied technologies. Thank you for reemphasizing the fact that technology is a broad term. Don Maurizio, chair Department of Technology Cal State L.A. That was a much needed millennium issue on technological achievements and sunshine science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1987
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh will explain in a lecture next week at UC Irvine how incompetence and abuse of sophisticated computer systems were to blame for the 1983 Korean Air Lines disaster. Hersh, a writer for the New York Times, spent two years investigating the KAL incident in which 269 people died when a Soviet fighter shot down an off-course airliner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Prof. Gregory Benford's letter (Jan. 15) regarding the failure of the K-12 system to produce the kind of freshmen he feels are worthy of UC and the state colleges is typical of the ivory tower mentality. If the public schools in California are turning out less-than-competent graduates, it might have something to do with the conditions under which they must operate. Unlike Dr. Benford's situation, teachers at my school teach five classes a day with a six- minute break in between them, do not have access to teaching assistants, grade all their own papers, are never guaranteed a free lunch hour, must take whomever is sent to our class (regardless of ability or class size)
May 3, 1987
Elizabeth Mehren's piece on Harvard Prof. Thomas McMahon ("Scientist, Novelist: A Tradition of One," April 15) perpetuates C. P. Snow's myth of "The Two Cultures." McMahon does disservice to novelists, scientists, the intellectual community, The Times and himself by insisting that there are no other scientist novelists: "Zero . . . name one." Less than a week earlier The Times ran an obituary on the internationally famous chemist/novelist Primo Levi. A few weeks ago, an obituary praised aerospace researcher Tom Scortia, co-author of "Glass Inferno," the basis of the film "Towering Inferno."