CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 |
Lindsay Garcia was teaching a roomful of Gage Middle School students about the science behind a runner's high last week when someone raised her hand from the back of the class. "How do you know personally that [exercise] relaxes you?" asked Joele Hodgson, 36, a veteran instructor who co-teaches the class. Garcia, 23, barely skipped a beat, saying that she goes jogging every day, and it helps her clear her mind and work off stress; then she moved on to the next slide in her presentation.
August 1, 2013 |
As a teenager in the 1960s, Cheryl Boone Isaacs would often spend summers visiting her older brother, an advertising and publicity executive at United Artists in New York City. He would leave her in a screening room to watch movies all day long, fueling her love of film - and a career ambition. After graduating from Whittier College, she landed a job at Columbia Pictures as a film publicist. She remembers pinching herself when she first walked onto the studio lot, then in Burbank.
July 31, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the film industry's Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening by the academy's 48-member board of governors over Rob Friedman, a board member and Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair.
July 29, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad" is about to end its acclaimed run on AMC, but two guys from another cable outlet are scrambling to pay their respects. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery Channel series "Mythbusters" are dedicating their Aug. 12 episode to the meth and crime series. Joining Hyneman and Savage on this episode are "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul, who plays meth dealer Jesse Pinkman. But don't go in execpting Hyneman and Savage to try to re-create Walter White's supposedly top-notch blue crystal meth.
July 27, 2013
Re "L.A. River at a watershed," July 24 There is a critical benefit missing from the discussion on restoring the Los Angeles River: public health. With obesity in Los Angeles nearing 40% in low-income areas - often the same areas that lack adequate park access - Angelenos are in urgent need of healthful and attractive places to walk, run, bicycle and play. Even mild physical activity such as walking 30 minutes a day can protect against chronic diseases, and several studies have concluded that actively commuting through walking or bicycling can meet physical activity requirements.
July 25, 2013 |
Discovery's Science Channel will premiere its first original scripted feature on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it airs "The Challenger Disaster," starring Academy Award-winner William Hurt. A trailer for the film was shown Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hurt plays U.S. physicist Richard Feynman, who worked tirelessly to discover what was behind the tragic space shuttle Challenger Disaster of 1986, which killed all seven of the craft's crew members, including the teacher Christa McAuliffe.
July 22, 2013 |
On a recent Tuesday, the leader of the French Toast Mafia looked harmless. She wore a lime-green shirt featuring Carlton from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and her mafia "thugs" were 17 smiling high schoolers in slacks and black polos. But she does want her bunch to enter some big battles. Specifically, Kim Merino is worried because of the nearly 4,000 students who took the Advanced Placement computer science exam in California last year, not even 400 of them were black or Latino.
July 18, 2013 |
In the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Congress and the Obama administration, the House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding package that restores some funding to the planetary science budget, including money to help pay for the next rover mission to Mars and exploration of Jupiter's moon Europa. The new Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations package includes $1.315 billion for planetary science in NASA's budget, close to $100 million more than the $1.217 billion the Obama administration had requested.
July 13, 2013
Re "More lab time for youths?," July 10, and "Delay on science standards," July 11 Augmenting time in the lab at the expense of understanding the fundamental concepts of basic scientific disciplines, as proposed in the Next Generation Science Standards, is almost certainly another ineffective ploy to divert attention from the failure of our public schools to provide a viable scientific education to young people. To teach "climate change" without a rudimentary understanding of thermodynamics, and "genetic engineering" without a fundamental understanding of genetics, is social science sophistry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
State Board of Education officials delayed a decision Wednesday on adopting new science standards that would tackle fewer subjects more deeply and favor hands-on experiments over rote memorization of facts. The board decided to take up the issue again in the fall, after educators return from summer break and can weigh in on the proposed standards. But board members -- along with 21 speakers from academia, business and community advocacy groups who attended the meeting -- expressed support for the proposed benchmarks, saying they would make science more exciting for students.