Claire Morgenstern Contributing Editor

Class of 2009


  • Ignoring foreign languages in U.S. schools a disservice

    Too little, too late. That’s the unfortunate truth when it comes to foreign language education in the United States. In 2008, only 25 percent of elementary schools offered foreign language instruction, a decrease from gains made over the previous decade. When school budgets are slashed, foreign language programs are among the first to get cut. While high school foreign language programs are more c...

    Forum | April 6, 2009
  • Hybrids could be more efficient

    Not all hybrids are created equal, reported a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers upon testing the efficiency of large- and small-capacity battery packs used to operate plug-in hybrid vehicles. An electric vehicle with a large, heavy battery pack will require 10 percent more energy per mile than a similar vehicle with a smaller battery pack.

    News | March 30, 2009
  • Lecture preview

    Title: University Lecture Series — “Technologies of Surveillance: Tracking People as Economic Subjects”

    News | March 30, 2009
  • Lecture Previews

    Title: University Lecture Series — Yossi Klein Halevi

    The Basics: Yossi Klein Halevi, senior editor at The New Republic and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will discuss the role of religion and culture in resolving conflict.

    News | March 23, 2009
  • Nine rules for appropriate university gym behavior

    Last week, during a routine set of crunches in the UC gym, I was unsuspectingly assaulted by a complete stranger, otherwise known as a fellow member of our campus community. While I was sprawled out on that germ-laden mat in the corner of the room in between two similarly sprawled-out fellow gym-goers, a male student doing a brief walk-by stopped, stared at me, and cocked his head to one side so h...

    Forum | March 2, 2009