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  • Early Education for All: Are We In or Are We Out?
    January 22, 2013
    The Huffington Post cites professor of public policy William Gormley's research on Tulsa's pre-K program to advocate for improving early education in the United States.
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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • The Obama Speech: Most Memorable Moments
    January 21, 2013
    "This is his way of saying that in a second term he's going to try to be more inclusive, he's going to try to spread the benefits of his programs to everybody, not just the middle class." Michael Kazin, professor of history, of President Obama's 2013 inaugural address.
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    Source: WSJ Live

  • Top Five Lines from Inaugural Addresses
    January 21, 2013
    "We expect presidents, in most inaugural speeches, to talk about great ideals and great promises and to be optimistic." Michael Kazin, professor of history, on the most memorable lines from past inaugural addresses.
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    Source: WSJ Live

  • The Truth Behind Torture
    January 8, 2013
    "These are issues that get taught and get glamorized, you might say, by television and movies. There's evidence that the utility of harsh interrogation and torture just doesn't work." Nancy Sherman, professor of philosophy, on the portrayal of detainee torture in the film Zero Dark Thirty.
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    Source: HuffPost Live

  • Measures of Segregation
    January 4, 2013
    "It is plausible that an affirmative action ban could decrease measured racial segregation." Peter Hinrichs, assistant professor of public policy, on measuring the extent to which colleges are truly desegregated.
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    Source: Inside Higher Ed

  • Amazon Eyes the Kids' Tablet Market
    December 20, 2012
    "When they touch a tablet, it responds contingently. In that sense, it’s far superior to a television that you’d sit and watch, and it’s much easier to operate than a traditional computer." Sandra Calvert, professor of psychology and director of the Children's Digital Media Center, on Amazon's new tablet aimed at children ages 3 to 8.
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    Source: Business Week

  • Do elections indicate the death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.
    November 15, 2012
    "If we have learned anything from electoral politics since 2000, it is that the nation is deeply divided and that the fortunes of the parties can change significantly from one election cycle to the next, even with just a marginal shift in voting preferences or turnout rates among certain constituencies." Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, on the effect of the 2012 election on the political power of the Christian Right.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • The Case for Barack Obama
    November 2, 2012
    "Obama appears now less as a savior than as a human being with flaws and virtues, failures and successes. The hope of four years ago has transformed itself into something more mature and durable: a confidence in what an increasingly diverse, tolerant and open American can achieve." E.J. Dionne, professor of public policy, on how Obama has changed over four years in the eyes of supporters.
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    Source: TIME Magazine

  • US Presidential Election Actually 50+ Separate Votes
    November 1, 2012
    "There is a patchwork of 50 different states, with 50 different state laws about the times for voting, the processes for registering to vote, the places where you can vote, how you can vote by absentee ballot. All those details of the elections are established by state law, not by federal law." Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on how state voting standards divide the US presidential elections into 50 separate contests.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Sandy: Election 2012’s Surprise
    October 29, 2012
    “The impact on the election lies in the amount of damage and devastation. If people have to decide on how they are going to make their breakfast and repair their home or getting to the voting booth, I suspect it’s going to be the first.” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on how the aftermath of hurricane Sandy could affect the 2012 presidential election.
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    Source: FOX Business

  • Less Guilty by Reason of Neurological Defect
    October 22, 2012
    "As many as half of all violent offenders may be psychopaths, meaning they show little empathy or remorse and are likely to reoffend. Normally a diagnosis of psychopathy is an aggravating factor that results in a longer sentence. But emphasizing the biological basis of the disorder can reduce even psychopaths' sentences." Abigail Marsh, assistant professor of psychology, on the complexity of introducing biological evidence of psychopathy into courts of law.
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    Source: Slate

  • Would You Please Let Me Finish...
    October 17, 2012
    "...a debate is just as much about performance and rhetoric (and snappy one-liners) as it is about meaningful dialogue. But our ideas about conversation inevitably shape how we perceive the debates." Deborah Tannen, professor linguistics, on how viewers perceive interruptions in the presidential debates.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • When parents split, preschoolers show behavior problems
    October 6, 2012
    "Family-structure changes during early childhood at the preschool period seem to matter more than later changes." Rebecca Ryan, assistant professor of psychology, on the effects of divorce or other family disruption on young children.
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    Source: USA Today

  • September Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Pct
    October 5, 2012
    "People have made up their minds that it's a tepid recovery and a difficult situation while it's not at all clear that a challenger will provide a better alternative." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on whether monthly unemployment figures will sway voters as the 2012 election draws closer.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Who's the undecided voter? It may be the 'Walmart mom'
    October 3, 2012
    "It's never good to write off a sizeable constituency. As we saw in 2000, it takes very few votes to switch the outcome of an election." Diana Owen, associate professor of political science and director of American studies, on why personalized contact with undecided voters is an effective and worthwhile way to mobilize them.
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    Source: Reuters

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