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5:35pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

How Thuylynh Nguyen found an affordable home in the Bay Area

Thuylynh Nguyen's family won a housing lottery that placed them in an affordable apartment in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Under CC license from Flickr user Ken Lund.

 

Thuylynh Nguyen’s family came to the U.S. from Vietnam in order to escape political persecution. Her father had spent eight years as a prisoner of war after serving as a soldier in the South Vietnamese army. The U.S. granted her family asylum in 1991.

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5:15pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Transportation

Driverless Distraction: Will we be safe when our cars drive themselves?

 

When you listen to the radio in your car, you’re listening -- but mostly driving. Your hands are on the wheel, eyes on the road, and you’re aware of the cars around you, your speed, and your environment.But, it’s really easy to take our eyes off the windshield, even just for a second.

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6:23pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The Science of Compassion

Photo used through Creative Commons with permission from Zolivier

What makes us want to be good?

“Compassion is complex,” says Emiliana Simon Thomas, the former associate director of CCARE, the Center for Compassion And Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University, adds: “It’s not quite an emotion, is it? It’s more sophisticated.”

Emerging science is exploring how our minds feel for others.

“Can we see it?” asks Knutson. “Does it help people to extend compassion? That would be very exciting.”

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7:40am

Thu June 14, 2012
City Visions: June 18, 2012

Difficult Diagnosis: Treating Mental Illness in the Bay Area

photo from ehealth frontier

On June 18th, City Visions explored new research on and interventions for mental illness. Questions discussed included: how are health professionals in the Bay Area identifying and treating people with mental illness? What is the role of family members and family history in the treatment process? And how does the stigma of mental illness impact patients who seek diagnosis and treatment? Guests were:

Dr. Terence Ketter of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at Stanford University

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3:25pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Stanford sequences the Iranian genome

When scientists started studying genomes, and then sequencing them, their work was hailed as revolutionary. But, they were mostly done in connection with Caucasian genes and some African and East Asian populations. One of the races no one studied was the Persian race. That is, until last year. Stanford researchers received a $250,000 grant from a Persian American foundation called PARSA to study the Iranian genome. The idea is to learn more about the history and varied cultures of the Iranian people, and to explore the field of personalized medicine.

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