Living wages, health insurance and fair working conditions are some of the things Alexia G. Salvatierra, a recipient of California Lutheran University's first-ever Peace Prize, helps low-wage workers gain. The Thousand Oaks school presented the ELCA pastor with the award on Jan. 19. Salvatierra is executive director of an interfaith alliance called Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California. She's no stranger to justice work. As a pastor in Fresno, she started a gang-prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth. In Oakland, she integrated her congregation with block parties, a community computer center and a garden where elderly members taught at-risk youth to grow produce. In Berkeley, she helped found the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless.
About 400 frozen fish from areas in the Gulf of Mexico affected by the 2010 BP oil spill made it into classrooms at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. Students dissected the fish, collecting tissue samples for Gustavus assistant professor of biology Joel Carlin. He is studying whether the oil spill affected genetic diversity, part of his partnership with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. In the past, that partnership has allowed Gustavus students to do research aboard the NOAA research vessel, Oregon II.
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