Professor Puzzle

24 Apr 19
WLP Library Recommends

1 in 66 children are diagnosed as on the Spectrum. April is World Autism Month and a good time to learn a bit about the experiences of those with autism. From amazing fiction to awe-inspiring memoirs, check out this list of books about autism and Asperger’s available at the library. Fiction Ginny Moon by Benjamin […]

23 Apr 19
IttyBittyKittyCommittee

Hi r/cats –As you may be aware, we have the #1 vet school in the nation, #2 in the world which means we have a lot of expertise to share! We’ll be joined by two of our colleagues to answer your cat questions!Dr. Mikel Delgado is a UC Davis researcher and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist […]

23 Apr 19
Team Common Ground

This post is inspired by Professor Peter Newell’s encouragement to look at some of the existing literature on multinational military operations. Following our early post, “Literature on Comradery/Cohesion in Multinational Operations”, this post emphasizes the significance of language in coalition operations. Key takeaways: The most fundamental challenge to coalition interoperability is language. Language issues impair the […]

23 Apr 19
Scientific Inquirer

Patients with cystic fibrosis are often infected by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs and prevents breathing, often causing death. P. aeruginosa itself can also be infected by viruses, which can affect the clinical outcomes of cystic fibrosis patients. “Just like humans get infected by bacteria, the bacteria get infected by viruses,” said […]

23 Apr 19
ReJoyce

Well folks, the Endgame is upon us. I’m seeing it Thursday night, and I’m very excited. I’ve been doing a lot of research (read: watching a lot of YouTube videos) to prepare, and I’ve seen a lot of theories about what could happen in this movie. I’m trying my hand at doing the whole “predictions” […]

23 Apr 19
It's Interesting

Williams Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about one in 10,000 babies born in the United States, produces a range of symptoms including cognitive impairments, cardiovascular problems, and extreme friendliness, or hypersociability. In a study of mice, MIT neuroscientists have garnered new insight into the molecular mechanisms that underlie this hypersociability. They found that […]

23 Apr 19
Queering Euterpe: the Musings of a Radical Music Lezbrarian

Hello and welcome to my blog about all things queer, musical, and critical librarianship. I am a very busy person currently working full-time and enrolled in a distance MLIS program, so I won’t be able to update this blog super frequently, but I will make the effort to post at least once a month. I […]

23 Apr 19
Joytush Sengyung

Coffee-free energy revvers Caffeine is a tried-and-true tool for dragging yourself out of a slump, sure, but wheeling around an IV drip full of coffee all day is just so inconvenient. If you’re looking for a new way to feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, look no further—we’ve got 27 of ‘em. Resist your smartphone A game […]

23 Apr 19
East Bay Times
Beechwood School teacher Konstance Kirkendoll once braved three hours on the road every day with her two daughters – driving from San Leandro, where they lived in a one-bedroom apartment with another roommate, to Menlo Park and back. For many people, surviving the housing crisis in the Bay Area is no small feat. For Konstance, a single mother of a newborn and 7-year-old Beechwood student, the price was family time with her own children and time to fully support her eighth-grade students – never mind time for investing in the community where she was born, or furthering her own education. Especially overwhelming for Konstance was the worry that she’d never find an affordable place to live near where she teaches, the same school she attended growing up. In spite of the high housing costs, Konstance remained committed to her community and her school, even if it meant moving herself and her daughters in with family. Many teachers in similar situations have picked up and left the region altogether. Today, the affordable housing crisis that hits hard our lowest income-neighbors also slams middle-class professionals like teachers and other public service workers. Families are less able to achieve social mobility here than they were 20, 30 years ago. And quality education, a key component to accessing opportunity, is threatened when teachers leave, or aren’t able to fully participate in school life. In my years as a housing advocate here and in New York City, I’ve known many people like Konstance, who are hit head-on by the high cost of housing. My father is an educator and community college professor, and my mother, a former mayor of East Palo Alto, is a lifelong community builder. When I was growing up, they could buy a home and provide for our family. Today, that would be nearly impossible. We all see the challenges. In 2017, Facebook took the area’s first step in addressing this one component of the housing crisis – specifically, creating a pilot program to offer rental assistance for teachers and community-serving professionals. We’ve subsidized rents for the households of 22 teachers so they can live near where they teach. One of them is Konstance. She was selected through the program’s lottery system, using eligibility criteria established by local leaders. The program limits the cost of rent to 30 percent of income. Today, Konstance lives in a modern, two-bedroom apartment in Menlo Park, less than a mile from Beechwood. After school, she participates in civic life, attending community meetings and cultural events. She’s enrolled in classes to continue her own education and expand her skills, an investment that will ultimately benefit her students and the community. “Now we’re not spending hours and hours in the car,” says Konstance. “The pilot program has given my family a sense of stability.” Given the scope of the housing crisis we face, we at Facebook know this is just one creative step toward improving social mobility and stability for families. It’s one piece of the puzzle. And we’re not alone working on this. Support Teacher Housing is raising community awareness about teacher housing, Santa Clara County, under the leadership of County Supervisor Joe Simitian, is seeking a development partner to build teacher housing on county land, and the Mountain View Whisman School District has announced support for a subsidized teacher housing project. Facebook has joined the Partnership for the Bay’s Future (PBF), a regional public-private housing partnership, that is working to solve the interconnected challenges of housing,  transportation, and economic opportunity overall. There are many other efforts under way – from private voucher systems (as chronicled by Matt Desmond in the book, “Evicted”), to special taxes and pledges of state and local funding dedicated to affordable housing. We need all of this, and more: more employers, businesses leaders, and community members collaborating with local elected officials to make housing more affordable for everyone. I believe that all people with stable housing, and those with the ability to advocate for others, have a responsibility to create more opportunities and work toward change. Maya Perkins  is strategic initiatives manager for Facebook.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]        
23 Apr 19
The Mercury News
Beechwood School teacher Konstance Kirkendoll once braved three hours on the road every day with her two daughters – driving from San Leandro, where they lived in a one-bedroom apartment with another roommate, to Menlo Park and back. For many people, surviving the housing crisis in the Bay Area is no small feat. For Konstance, a single mother of a newborn and 7-year-old Beechwood student, the price was family time with her own children and time to fully support her eighth-grade students – never mind time for investing in the community where she was born, or furthering her own education. Especially overwhelming for Konstance was the worry that she’d never find an affordable place to live near where she teaches, the same school she attended growing up. In spite of the high housing costs, Konstance remained committed to her community and her school, even if it meant moving herself and her daughters in with family. Many teachers in similar situations have picked up and left the region altogether. Today, the affordable housing crisis that hits hard our lowest income-neighbors also slams middle-class professionals like teachers and other public service workers. Families are less able to achieve social mobility here than they were 20, 30 years ago. And quality education, a key component to accessing opportunity, is threatened when teachers leave, or aren’t able to fully participate in school life. In my years as a housing advocate here and in New York City, I’ve known many people like Konstance, who are hit head-on by the high cost of housing. My father is an educator and community college professor, and my mother, a former mayor of East Palo Alto, is a lifelong community builder. When I was growing up, they could buy a home and provide for our family. Today, that would be nearly impossible. We all see the challenges. In 2017, Facebook took the area’s first step in addressing this one component of the housing crisis – specifically, creating a pilot program to offer rental assistance for teachers and community-serving professionals. We’ve subsidized rents for the households of 22 teachers so they can live near where they teach. One of them is Konstance. She was selected through the program’s lottery system, using eligibility criteria established by local leaders. The program limits the cost of rent to 30 percent of income. Today, Konstance lives in a modern, two-bedroom apartment in Menlo Park, less than a mile from Beechwood. After school, she participates in civic life, attending community meetings and cultural events. She’s enrolled in classes to continue her own education and expand her skills, an investment that will ultimately benefit her students and the community. “Now we’re not spending hours and hours in the car,” says Konstance. “The pilot program has given my family a sense of stability.” Given the scope of the housing crisis we face, we at Facebook know this is just one creative step toward improving social mobility and stability for families. It’s one piece of the puzzle. And we’re not alone working on this. Support Teacher Housing is raising community awareness about teacher housing, Santa Clara County, under the leadership of County Supervisor Joe Simitian, is seeking a development partner to build teacher housing on county land, and the Mountain View Whisman School District has announced support for a subsidized teacher housing project. Facebook has joined the Partnership for the Bay’s Future (PBF), a regional public-private housing partnership, that is working to solve the interconnected challenges of housing,  transportation, and economic opportunity overall. There are many other efforts under way – from private voucher systems (as chronicled by Matt Desmond in the book, “Evicted”), to special taxes and pledges of state and local funding dedicated to affordable housing. We need all of this, and more: more employers, businesses leaders, and community members collaborating with local elected officials to make housing more affordable for everyone. I believe that all people with stable housing, and those with the ability to advocate for others, have a responsibility to create more opportunities and work toward change. Maya Perkins  is strategic initiatives manager for Facebook.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]        
23 Apr 19
The Adroit Journal

Francesca Bell is an American poet and translator. Her work appears widely in journals such as New Ohio Review, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Schooner. She lives with her family in Novato, California. Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in May, 2019. *** Lisa Higgs: Your debut […]

23 Apr 19
Kmflett's Blog

St George, Karl Marx & Public Holidays   Unlike Billy Bragg I wont be attempting to wrestle St George, what is known of his actual existence or his myth, from the political right in the UK. Why the right want St George, who wherever he was born, was certainly not English, is perhaps less obvious. […]

23 Apr 19
Literary Hub

Bear pit. War zone. Mad house. My first serious contact with 21st-century Shakespeare studies was during my doctorate at Monash University. Rumor had it that the Clayton campus was the main recruiting ground for Australia’s spy agencies. It was also a hotbed of Shakespeare scholarship—mostly unorthodox and not confined to the English department. I met […]

23 Apr 19
Tech Explorist

Blind people often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space. But for years, scientists are in the puzzle that what changes in the brain leads to these enhanced auditory abilities. In a pair of new studies, scientists at the University of Washington […]