“In the News” reports on faculty and staff who
are featured or quoted by the media, with particular attention to
media outside Chico. Please send submissions to Kathleen McPartland,
Inside Chico State editor, at x4260, or Joe Wills, public
affairs director, at x4143.
Jury consultant Ed Bronson, Political Science,
was interviewed for an article about the Scott Peterson murder trial,
published Nov. 14 in the Sacramento Bee. Bronson said Peterson’s
defense attorney, Mark Geragos, would try to tap any lingering doubt
over whether Peterson was a calculated killer, and that the defense
was expected to remind jurors that Peterson has no criminal record.
Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, was interviewed and
quoted widely as an expert on the biomechanics of stretching in
the cover story ofBioMechanics, October 2004 (www.biomech.com/).
Don Miller, Biological Sciences, was featured
in a Sept. 9 Paradise Post article describing the biology
of “meat bees,” which are actually yellow-jacket wasps
with a powerful sting.
Turhon Murad, Anthropology, was quoted in an
article about the Redding murder trial of Heather Carpenter, published
Nov. 19 in the Redding Record Searchlight. Murad assisted
in the recovery of Carpenter’s remains. He analyzed them and
testified at the trial on the cause of Carpenter’s death.
Robert Ross, Political Science, was interviewed
for an article about a San Joaquin County murder trial, published
Nov. 20 in the Lodi News-Sentinel. Ross conducted a telephone
survey of possible jurors to help determine if the defendant could
receive a fair trial in San Joaquin County. The survey indicated
that 37 percent of those polled thought the defendant was guilty.
The trial was moved; meanwhile, the defendant accepted a plea bargain.
John Swiney, Admissions, was cited as an expert
in the new SAT and quoted in an article about the test, published
Nov. 16 in the San Jose Mercury News.