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Jennie Z. Rose

Writing on Adaptations & Emerging Solutions

Location icon United States

When I'm visiting the haunts where great stories are found — pool halls, bathroom stalls, coffee shops, comedy clubs — I am looking for ideas on new fixes to less new social problems.

A couple of the irons in the fire right now are on mental health reporting. One is a look into the fascinating world of service dogs trained to detect and intervene on suicidality in patients with PTSD. Another one is following behind a group of folks working to translate mental-health research data into policy.

I also look for emergent ideas in the climate crisis. The first link below is my recent short piece on what happens when big oil gets into Direct Air Capture.

In general, I bring a decade+ of experience in editorial with bylines in the Independent Lens TV blog; Lateral Magazine; Bay City Beacon; Daily Climate; A Beautiful Perspective; Wired; MTV; Time Out Guide; Berkeley Ecology Center, and the PBS-affiliated KQED. My style aims for brevity without sacrificing nuance and detail.

Portfolio
Alternatives Journal: Canada's Environmental Voice
09/04/2019
Carbon Capture — The First May Not be the Last

In the race to remove the trillion tons of excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the treatments we choose for this problem ought to at least be slightly better than the problem itself.

A Beautiful Perspective
08/29/2017
Can fashion find its moral fiber?

It takes 2,700 liters of water to grow the cotton for one "Nevertheless, She Persisted" or "We Should All be Feminists" T-shirt, often sewn by a worker making just a few dollars per day. "Let's take a look at where that T-shirt was made. Where are the rights of the woman at the other end?"

Medium
09/12/2018
The First Rule of Suicide

September brings the end of summer vacation and the equally sobering National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I wanted to write a suicide myth-buster, but from a mental health standpoint, it's a tough subject. Social stigma doesn't make it any easier.

Berkeley Science Review
2006
From Noise to Signal

A seismic hum and what it could mean for the Earth Sciences community.

Independent Lens
2017
Banking on Seeds: Rare, Diverse, and Endangered

When National Geographic Magazine reported that about 94% of the world's vegetable seeds circa 1903 are now missing from the Earth, Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz promptly started work on a feature-length documentary about the seed saving movement.

Independent Lens
2018
Remember These? A Look Back at Pollution Public Service Announcements

As a lead in to the Independent Lens premiere of What Lies Upstream , which is an exposé about what led to a major source of water becoming poisoned after a disastrous chemical spill and the government's response thereto, take a trip down memory lane to look at how we used to warn people about pollution, chemicals, and other environmental hazards.

SEED Magazine
2006
50th Anniversary of DNA

A survey of the trivial, the provocative and the outright revolutionary since the discovery of the double helix.

Bay City Beacon
09/18/2017
Pension System Balks at Calls to Divest from Fossil Fuels

While the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously since 2013 for full divestment from fossil fuels, the San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS) has postponed its decision, even in the face of dismal returns. SFERS is now accused of "dithering" on the financial challenges of climate change.

KQED
09/28/2012
What Can 135 Million Video Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?

Flickr:Blakespot By Jennie Rose An estimated 135 million people play video games, spending three billion hours a week glued to a screen. But that's not necessarily bad news. In fact, playing video games may be part of an evolutionary leap forward, according to Howard Rheingold, educator and author of the book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.

KQED
01/18/2013
Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

So how do educators help kids become problem-finders when they don't know what the problem is or where the next one might be coming from? "A lot of people hate this word but I think we have to take it seriously, which is relevance," Pink said.

KQED
07/27/2012
Can Kids Be Taught Persistence?

Flickr:Miish By Jennie Rose In his new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, author Paul Tough makes the case that persistence and grit are the biggest indicators of student success. Being resilient against failure, he says, is the fundamental quality we should be teaching kids, and he gives examples of where that's being done.

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