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Center for Research on the Regional Economy: San Diego’s Unemployment Down to 5.9%
Look out Orange County, San Diego County is hot on your trail. An article published earlier this month in U-T San Diego reported that the September unemployment rate in San Diego County is down just slightly to 5.9%, not seasonally adjusted, which sets it equal to the national rate. The rates for the state of […]
Let’s Get Technical: “Short, Direct, Simple, and to the Point”
INSTRUCTOR PROFILE, TEN QUESTIONS: Bonni Graham Gonzalez has a distinctly technical bent. Over the past 18 years, she has created large-volume instructional manuals for employees of such corporate giants as Sony, Kenwood USA, Nissan North America, and Hewlett-Packard. A UC San Diego Extension instructor in two courses — Critical Thinking for Communicators and Project Management for […]
Dean Walshok Moderates U.S.-Mexico Diaspora Session
UC San Diego Extension Dean Mary L. Walshok recently moderated a roundtable on the dynamics of the San Diego-Baja region’s binational economy, held at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies. The Oct. 13 event was part of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance’s world-wide tour, dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. […]
New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni: Avoiding the “Customized Cocoons” of Technology
What fuels Frank Bruni’s unflinching curiosity – and often, his New York Times opinion column – frequently comes down to his penchant for seeking out the strange over the familiar. In a 45-minute presentation Wednesday evening at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium, Bruni delivered a well-crafted case for why he’s become wary of the all-too-convenient […]
U.S. News & World Report: UC San Diego ranked No. 18 in World
UC San Diego is one of only five top public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 list in a new ranking of the world’s top 500 colleges. The campus took the No. 18 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever global ranking of universities which measured factors such as research, global […]
Career Talk is a 15-minute interview hosted by John B.B. Freeman, UC San Diego Extension's Director of Communications.

Each month, Freeman talks with successful, interesting and provocative guests who have a direct connection to Extension's wide-ranging courses and certificate programs.
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The Promise of Clean Tech: What’s Our Energy Future? with Jacques Chirazi (Career Talk audio)
Date: 10/9/2014
The manager of CleanTech San Diego, Jacques Chirazi's role is to support and develop the region's fast-growing clean tech industry. He works closely with a wide range of private, public and nonprofit groups, spreading the word about the economic and healthy-living benefits of clean energy. An expert on biomimicry, he's one of three instructors for Extension's "Clean Energy/Clean Tech" course.

Overcoming Stage Fright: What’s So Scary About Acting Class? With Jacole Kitchen (Career Talk audio)
Date: 9/11/2014 Listens: 372
As casting director at San Diego Repertory Theatre, known as "The Rep," Jacole Kitchen works with professional actors who have devoted a lifetime to their craft. As an Extension instructor, she teaches the craft of acting to serious theatre students, as well as to non-actors, those who desire to gain confidence as public speakers.

Predictive Analytics: We’ve Come A Long Way Since Palm Reading with Alex Guazzelli (Career Talk audio)
Date: 8/14/2014 Listens: 492
We find out the latest from Alex Guazzelli, an expert in brain neurology who's responsible for developing the core predictive technology for Zementis, a San Diego-based technology firm. A UC San Diego Extension instructor in PMML (Predictive Model Markup Language), Guazzelli manages all scientific aspects and advanced analytics for the company. Recorded on 08/14/2014.

Chilling Crime Stories: Writing About the Unspeakable with Caitlin Rother (Career Talk audio)
Date: 7/10/2014 Listens: 526
Host John B.B. Freeman talks with Caitlin Rother, the best-selling true crime author who teaches "Writing Narrative Non-Fiction" at UC San Diego Extension. Rother is best known for "Lost Girls," her 2012 book that tells the gruesome story of convicted killer and sexual predator John Gardner. Instructive and inspiring, the 30-minute interview reveals how a professional author crafts her books and tells her stories, deals with criticism, and how she transfers her writing talents to the classroom.

Internet Privacy: What’s Our Vulnerability? (Career Talk audio)
Date: 6/12/2014 Listens: 443
Christopher Vera, privacy manager at SDG&E, discusses the issues of privacy and cybersecurity as they relate to the workplace and our every-day lives. Vera develops and implements a customer privacy program for SDG&E, the public utility that provides energy services to 3.5 million consumers throughout San Diego and Orange County. He describes himself as an agent of positive and collaborative change, specializing in the building of information-security programs. Among his specialties are security strategy, incident response, vulnerability management, and security awareness. Away from cybersecurity, Chris prides himself as a cyber-poet, artist and writer within the mysterious cosmos.