PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE: David Gaston, director of the University Career Center, was quoted in a recent New York Times article about the increasing number of recent graduates who are paying to take internships because of the difficult job market. “It’s kind of crazy,” Gaston said. “The demand for internships in the past 5, 10 years has opened up this huge market. At this point, all we can do is teach students to understand that they’re paying and to ask the right questions.”
SEISMIC QUESTIONS: Rick Miller, senior scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey, was quoted in a recent Joplin Globe story about a seismic study to help determine if the Galena, Kan. area is at risk of cave-ins because of mining in the region. “We probably generated as many questions as answers,” Miller said. “I mean, more questions than answers.” The study did turn up areas for future study, though. One area below a pair of city streets appears to be an area of soft ground between to areas of hard rock. “This was a very rewarding find for us,” Miller said. “What it is, I don’t know. It could be one of about a half-dozen different things.”
STOP TEXTING AND DRIVE: The Kansas City Star Editorial Board cited research by KU’s Transportation Research Institute in a call for Missouri and Kansas legislators to ban cell phone use and text messaging while driving. “One study after another has highlighted the hazards of multitasking behind the wheel.
“According to the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Kansas, cell phone users are more than five times as likely to be involved in a traffic accident as undistracted motorists,” the board wrote.
RIOT ON THE RADIO: Bill Tuttle, professor of American studies emeritus, was recently featured in an interview on Chicago public radio station WBEZ 91.5 FM. Tuttle wrote the book “Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919.” In the interview, he discusses what factors led to the notorious five-day race riots in Chicago that year, such as inadequate housing, job inequality and racism. The interview can be heard at http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=35775.
BEATING DEPRESSION WITHOUT DRUGS: Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of psychology, wrote an article published recently in Psychology Today about beating depression without the use of drugs. “…the conventional wisdom is misguided. Yes, depression entails striking neurochemical abnormalities, but this fact - in and of itself - tells us nothing about how best to treat the disorder,” Ilardi writes. “That's because there are numerous ways of altering depressive brain function, and most of them have nothing to do with psychotropic drugs.”