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  • Obama delivers State of the Union Address on Tuesday
    January 19, 2015
    “‘They like to talk about protecting the rights of the American citizen, and protecting free speech rights against unreasonable searches and seizure, but at the end of the day, politicians are very weary of terrorist attacks,’” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on the 2015 State of the Union address.
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    Source: Al-Jazeera America

  • Teach or Perish
    January 19, 2015
    “But no decision we ever made could have been more catastrophic than this one: Somewhere along the way, we spiritually and emotionally disengaged from teaching and mentoring students,”Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau, professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, on higher education.
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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • What are the Consequences of Cheap Oil
    January 6, 2015
    Cheap oil is "a sign of recession in a number of markets and we don't know exactly how that's going to affect other places in the world," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effect of the declining oil prices.
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    Source: BBC World Service

  • Oil touches $50, and the signs still point down
    January 5, 2015
    There is "a strong chance that President Barack Obama could move to restore talks with Iran without any preconditions. That could also have a short-term affect and mean lower prices," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on falling oil prices.
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    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Will the U.S. exploit the weakened Russian economy?
    December 17, 2014
    Economic tools are “a crude instrument: sometimes they move regimes to change…sometimes sanctions or economic downturn actually galvanizes the population in favor of its government,” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on U.S.-Russia relations.
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    Source: Fox Business

  • Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?
    December 16, 2014
    "The markets that have security-of-supply problems are mostly landlocked, and most of them — even if you could get additional gas supplies there — can’t afford alternative sources of gas," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the prospects of US LNG exports to Eastern Europe.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • What do the plummeting oil prices mean for countries around the world?
    December 11, 2014
    OPEC controls “a minority of the world global oil production, so they really don’t have the power to influence prices like the in the past…There’s no force that controls the oil market...and actually, this period isn’t so special, oil prices are about cycles," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the oil market.
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    Source: Al Jazeera America

  • Fast-food workers’ strike adds momentum to movement
    December 5, 2014
    "These kinds of actions aren’t going to get anywhere without national scope, a big movement — and that’s what they seem to have here. They do have momentum, which is interesting since until the past couple of years the job action had almost fallen out of the repertoire of American workers," Joseph McCartin, professor of history, on fast food workers' strikes.
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    Source: SF Gate

  • For World's Oil Exporters, Falling Prices Have A Domino Effect
    December 5, 2014
    "Things like Russia pulling out of Crimea, or Iran changing its stance on the nuclear program, things that these countries see as national interest, they're not going to give up because of the oil price," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effect of oil price on foreign policy behavior.
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    Source: National Public Radio

  • Cheap oil drives power away from the axis of diesel
    December 5, 2014
    “The key thing to remember is that economic turndown doesn’t necessarily temper foreign policy behaviour. It can galvanise them against foreign enemies alleged, and perceived, to be the cause of their economic misery,” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the economic impact of the price of oil.
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    Source: The Australian

  • Uncertainty Could Undermine Immigration Optimism
    November 21, 2014
    "They’re legally working, but they’re not citizens, so they're not allowed to actually claim any benefits. So if you get all of the benefits and none of the cost, it's a win-win,” Adriana Kugler, Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, on immigrants applying for legal working status under President Obama's executive action on immigration.
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    Source: U.S. News and World Report

  • Cámara de EE.UU. no había querido regularizar a inmigrantes, dice vice-rectora de Universidad de Georgetown
    November 21, 2014
    Adriana Kugler, Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, talks with RCN La Radio about President Obama's executive action on immigration.
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    Source: RCN La Radio

  • Researcher: Don't take screens away from kids, use them wisely
    November 14, 2014
    The Seattle Times reports on Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, on her co-authored report about the impact of two-dimensional screens on an infant's education.
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    Source: Seattle Times

  • Common-Sense, Science-Based Advice on Toddler Screen Time
    November 13, 2014
    Slate reports on a guide released by Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, regarding the effects of screen time on children ages 0-2.
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    Source: Slate

  • Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight
    November 1, 2014
    Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, is the co-author of Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight, an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.
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    Source: Zero to Three

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