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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1992 | NONA YATES
An educational way to spend summer vacation time is available by joining a research project, and the Foundation for Field Research has several options. Volunteers are needed on projects ranging from surveying archeological sites on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico July 21-Aug. 6 to studying elephants in West Africa. No research experience is necessary. Volunteers are taught field methods and contribute physical and tax-deductible financial support.
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March 30, 2014 | By Emily Koss
"Emily, would you please put a bowl of water on the floor so I can drink like a dog?" It was a sweet and funny request, and I was happy to do it. But it was also a reminder, once again, that I work for a 4-year-old. You've probably heard about the vast array of problems facing my generation as we graduate and attempt to enter the job market. As a 24-year-old recent college grad, I can tell you that what you've been hearing is true. I graduated last May with unpaid internships waiting for me in Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Cal State Northridge students and faculty got a glimpse Thursday of some of the research taking place on campus during the second annual Faculty Poster Fair. Organized by CSUN's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union, the event showcased 51 research projects from CSUN faculty members.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.  How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1996
It is National VA Research Week at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles, and the hospital is marking the occasion by inviting students, residents and health organizations to the facility to talk about ongoing research. Researchers at the West Los Angeles facility are working on about 500 research projects at any given time, said Dr. Stephen Pandol, research director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
A plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to boost public funding for cutting-edge research could prove to be a boon to some of the state's top universities -- and to private companies that leverage their breakthroughs into big profits. The proposal, which is to be included in the budget unveiled by the governor early next month, calls for investing $95 million in four research projects based at the state's public universities.
NEWS
December 19, 1988 | Associated Press
A review panel today recommended against farming out research projects of the National Institutes of Health--the government's chief research arm in the fight against AIDS, cancer and other major diseases--to private companies or turning it into an independent agency. The committee of the National Academy of Sciences also recommended higher salaries and greater independence for top scientists at NIH.
NEWS
September 2, 2001 | From Reuters
For a majority of U.S. teenagers, "homework" is finally living up to its name. Thanks to the Internet, research projects and other school assignments are being completed at home, online, replacing last-minute trips to the library, according to a study released Saturday.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By Emily Koss
"Emily, would you please put a bowl of water on the floor so I can drink like a dog?" It was a sweet and funny request, and I was happy to do it. But it was also a reminder, once again, that I work for a 4-year-old. You've probably heard about the vast array of problems facing my generation as we graduate and attempt to enter the job market. As a 24-year-old recent college grad, I can tell you that what you've been hearing is true. I graduated last May with unpaid internships waiting for me in Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
Cal State Fullerton students will be in Sacramento today to discuss research projects with local legislators. A delegation of 18 students and 11 faculty members will meet with county officials and members of the California Legislature to spotlight the school's achievements in undergraduate research. The 14 scientific research projects range from bacterial antibiotic resistance to teacher education. Among the assembly members will be Dick Ackerman (R-Fullerton).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Could Los Angeles prosper without electricity from fossil fuels? Could the city shun water imported from the Sierra Nevada, even as a changing climate brings hotter days and a declining snowpack? Those are some of the questions being tackled by a new research initiative at UCLA that seeks to confront and adapt to climate change at the local level. The project, to be announced Friday, aims to unite more than 60 faculty members from a range of disciplines around an audacious goal: shifting the Los Angeles region to 100% renewable energy and local water by 2050 without harming biodiversity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, ]This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Earlier this month, USC students and alumni were gloating about how their school had hired two top neuroscientists from UCLA, and UC system officials said they were upset by the loss. This week, however, UC announced that it has wooed away a prominent USC faculty member and former administrator at that campus. Howard Gillman, a longtime USC political science professor and former dean of the university's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal, Los Angeles Times
The blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park," being re-released in 3-D on April 5, wouldn't be the same place without paleontologist Jack Horner. In addition to advising the production on scientific matters, Horner provided inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original 1993 movie. Universal Pictures is preparing to shoot a fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series and will once again tap Horner to serve as an advisor. "It's fun to see a lot of the stuff that I do in there," said Horner, curator of the Museum of the Rockies and professor at the University of Montana.
OPINION
September 2, 2012
Re "No traffic fines for research," Editorial, Aug. 28 I wrote AB 1657 because budget cuts eliminated the state general fund's support for spinal cord research that existed since 2000. I disagree with the Times' conclusion about the state's role in research when we have one of the most renowned research institutions in the world - the University of California. UC medical researchers represent some of the top scientific minds in the field. They are not “outside interests,” as you refer to them.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The upshot of months of controversy over whether to publish research that used the H5N1 avian flu virus -- experiments in which scientists engineered forms of the bug that could spread through the air to infect mammals -- was that scientists got to publish their work in full in a special issue of the journal Science on Thursday.  At the same time, the U.S. government and health officials around the world continued to ponder what...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison announced Friday that it will collaborate with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on seismic studies looking at offshore faults near the San Onofre nuclear plant, beginning later this year. Edison requested approval last year from the California Public Utilities Commission to recover $64 million from ratepayers for seismic studies that will help to determine the future of the plant. Caroline McAndrews, Edison's director of nuclear strategic projects, said the collaboration with Scripps will account for about half of that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1985
About 80 members of Students United Protesting Research on Sentient Subjects picketed Sunday the Hollywood home of Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren Thomas, demonstrating against a proposal to build a facility to house monkeys used in University of Southern California research projects on the grounds of the Los Angeles Zoo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1999
Provided by the University of East Anglia of Norwich, England, the Oceanography at UEA Web site includes a wealth of information on research projects in oceanography. Each project is described briefly, in some cases with links to research results, summarized data or maps of field work areas. The site is an excellent resource for other researchers. http://www.mth.uea.ac.uk/climateinfo.html
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A University of Connecticut researcher who worked on the health benefits of a chemical in red wine fabricated data in 145 separate research projects, a three-year investigation has found. University officials have notified 11 scientific journal studies co-authored by Dipak Das, whose work focused on whether resveratrol -- an antioxidant found in grape skin -- can prevent coronary heart disease or kill cancer cells, according to the Boston Herald. Resveratrol has been linked to these benefits in a number of studies -- just recently, Times health writer Melissa Healy explained a study that showed obese men who took resveratrol in high doses saw their metabolic function improve and evidence of inflammation fall -- almost as if they were becoming more "athletic" without raising a single dumbbell.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Harney
Home energy efficiency and sustainability have been major policy priorities for the Obama administration, but lurking in the background are two consistent questions: Beyond the documentable savings on utility bills, do such steps add to the resale value of a home? And do they make it easier or faster to sell your property? Housing groups and housing officials say that definitive statistical data covering multiple regions of the country are scarce. But some localized research projects in Oregon, Washington and California offer promising hints.
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