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News on our founder: Dr. Gary Michelson
January 14, 2013
As a medical student, Gary Michelson objected to learning by operating on live dogs. Today, he is the sponsor of the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology, which offers $25 million for the first researcher to create an easy, affordable means of sterilizing animals.
LA Times: Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills
October 03, 2012
California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free.
Twin bills by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will give students free digital access to 50 core textbooks for lower-division courses offered by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. Hard copies of the texts would cost $20.
"Many students are paying more than $1,000 every year on their textbooks, sometimes having to choose between buying the books they need or paying for food and other living expenses," Steinberg said in a recent statement.
KQED MInd/Shift: Will Free Online Textbooks Become a California Reality?
September 06, 2012
A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, If the bill passes, students of 50 most popular lower-division courses could access the content through an online portal at little or no cost. Faculty members would be able to remix and repurpose the digital content as they see fit, rather than having to rely on print textbooks.
VENTURE BEAT: CA PASSES BILLS TO CREATE OPEN-SOURCE DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS
August 31, 2012
The California State Senate today passed two bills, SB 1052 and SB 1053, designed to provide students at public postsecondary institutions with access to free digital textbooks for popular lower-division courses and to open source the curriculum to facility members