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  • Vatican media advisor: Benedict 'very relieved' by retirement decision
    February 28, 2013
    "Everything about this is unprecedented...there are no rules for this." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and its effect on the Vatican.
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    Source: CBS

  • Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
    February 26, 2013
    "The concert affirmed, once again, my Catholic faith, and to lead my life with faith as a central tenet in all that I do." Anthony DelDonna, associate professor of musicology, on a performance of the Stabat Mater, a choral piece which imagines the sufferings of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross.
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    Source: BBC

  • Mindfulness and meditation training could ease PTSD symptoms, researchers say
    February 18, 2013
    “It’s clear that mindfulness can lower stress in many contexts. We think it can work for soldiers dealing with the extreme stress of combat,” former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley, professor of security studies, on using meditation to treat and prevent PTSD.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Is The Call For Universal Pre-Kindergarten Warranted?
    February 18, 2013
    NPR's Morning Edition cites professor of public policy Bill Gormley's research on the cognitive benefits of pre-K education.
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    Source: NPR

  • 62 Comments Barack Obama, Issues Obama and early childhood education: a rhetorical leap of faith
    February 15, 2013
    "...We do not yet know for sure whether the phenomenal short-term gains from a high-quality preschool program that we have documented in Tulsa will translate into equally phenomenal long-term gains.” Bill Gormley, professor of public policy, on President Obama's State of the Union statement that states that have universal pre-K produce students that are more likely to graduate high school, hold a job and form more stable families.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Is Oklahoma the right model for universal pre-K?
    February 14, 2013
    “Oklahoma decided that it was a waste of time and money to have a low quality program, so it decided to have high quality programs…which can produce really big improvement in school readiness for a wide range of children." William Gormley, professor of public policy, on how pre-K programs in Tulsa significantly improved young children's pre-math and pre-reading skills.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Can Obama Sell Universal Preschool to the GOP?
    February 14, 2013
    “...for the second cohort, who participated in pre-K in 2005-06, after the program had a few years to mature (and K-3 teachers had a chance to ratchet up their classroom pedagogy), we do see persistent effects through grade 3, for math.” Bill Gormley, professor of public policy, on the the time it takes for universal pre-K programs, such as that in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be perfected.
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    Source: The Atlantic Wire

  • Obama Focuses on Jobs, Immigration and Deficit in Address
    February 13, 2013
    "He gave specific reforms on things he cares about: immigration, a vote on gun control, making sure every child has a good preschool to attend, on all of those things he was very specific. On topics like Medicare and deficit reduction, he was a little more vague." Michael Kazin, professor of history, on President Obama's focus in the State of the Union address.
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    Source: FOX Business

  • Hey Congress: Pre-K is a better investment than the stock market
    February 13, 2013
    The Washington Post cites professor of public policy William Gormley's research on Oklahoma's pre-K state programs to analyze the return on investment of a preschool education.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • President Obama Pushes For Free Preschool
    February 13, 2013
    "The studies have pretty conclusively shown that a high quality preschool program has really positive consequences for children generally," professor of public policy William Gormley on President Obama's proposal to fund US pre-K programs.
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    Source: WUSA9

  • In speech, Obama to challenge divided Congress to back his proposals
    February 12, 2013
    "He basically has a year for major legislative accomplishments because after the first year you get into the mid-term elections, which will partially be a referendum on his presidency." Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on President Obama's narrow window to push through policy priorities
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    Source: Reuters

  • Papal Expert Weighs In on Benedict's Legacy
    February 11, 2013
    "I think it's a dual legacy; history will tell us what it really is, but in part, he has shepherded the Church through a very difficult period with these sexual abuse crises, which has affected the Church morally, and its standing and its credibility. I think the other part is that he probably leaves behind a more conservative Church." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on what he believes will be the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.
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    Source: WSJ Live

  • Future Smart Devices Will Extend Our Senses
    February 1, 2013
    "I think one of the surprises in that list is how a lot of very sophisticated computational methods for...hearing and vision, have been implemented on these tiny small mobile devices." Mark Maloof, professor of computer science, on the five innovations IBM believes will change the world in the next five years.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Loaded language poisons gun debate
    January 31, 2013
    "What language does is frame the issue in one way that includes some things and excludes others." Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics, on how the language in the national conversation over the future of gun laws makes it more difficult to find common ground.
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    Source: CNN.com

  • Businesses Want Clarity from Immigration Reform
    January 29, 2013
    “Immigrants are also consumers. Consumption and spending are key to the economic revival and once (undocumented workers) become documented their purchasing power rises accordingly.” Adriana Kugler, professor of public policy, on the benefits of easing the path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
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    Source: Fox Business

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