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Stories for Jan. 27, 1999

Public Affairs' New Leader Brings Extensive Background

Boomtown Scars -- Then and Now

Profile: Ergonomics Specialist Mallory Lynch

Cooperative Theme House Provides Support, Eases Housing Crunch

Modern Custody Disputes and Child Welfare

Teen Crime: Myths and Facts

Photo: Body Work

Nobel Prize-Winner Presents Passionate Poetry and Prose

Berdahl Takes Campus Agenda to State Capitol

Photo: Powerful Pair

Japanese Foreign Affairs Official Visits Berkeley

Tamara Keith: Have I Gotten Boring Already?

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Staff Enrichment

Photo: Hydraulic mining at Malakoff Diggins, 1871

Hydraulic mining at Malakoff Diggins, 1871. Photo courtesy of Bancroft Library. Carleton Watkins photo.

Boomtown Scars -- Then and Now
Geographer Draws Parallels Between 19th Century Mining Towns and Silicon Valley's "Golden Triangle"

A campus expert on mining in the American West sees a strong parallel between mining boomtowns that sprang up throughout California and the West in the 1800s and today's Silicon Valley.

"When I look at Silicon Valley I see a typical mining landscape," said Gray Brechin, an architectural historian and geographer, in a Jan. 22 session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Anaheim, Calif. "I see the same sort of development with little planning or sense of civic responsibility. (continues)


January 27 - February 2, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 20)
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