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Eco-Puritanism

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | April 28, 2014

For years, political divisions over the environment have had the seemingly odd feature that Americans farthest from the open country have tended to be most supportive of protecting the environment, while those nearest to it — farmers and other rural residents — have been most resistant. This split has been muddled in recent years as … Continue reading »

Squirrely history

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | December 3, 2013

See that cute critter below on the right? It’s an eastern gray squirrel in what seems to be its natural habitat – near a tree, on a garbage can, in a town. The squirrel, so ubiquitous in eastern cities, seems to have been around forever. In fact, Etienne Benson tells us in the December issue of the Journal … Continue reading »

The Nature kerfuffle: Boycott the business model, not the price

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | June 10, 2010

Last week a letter was sent to UC faculty by librarians from the 10 UC campuses describing a 400% increase in the cost of access to the 67 journals published by Nature Publishing Group (including the prestigious research  journal Nature). The letter also described plans being set in motion by some prominent faculty to organize … Continue reading »