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  • 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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  • 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

  • Is Hillary Clinton Laying the Groundwork for Election 2016?
    January 28, 2013
    "I think clearly the purpose was to thank [Hillary Clinton] for being Secretary of State but also to elevate her because everyone knows that she's considered the front runner for 2016 and the fact that she agreed to it means that she's not ruling that out." Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on the purpose of Hillary Clinton and President Obama's joint '60 Minutes' interview.
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    Source: WSJ Live

  • Former Latina Chief Economist advocates for immigration reform, family-friendly policies
    January 25, 2013
    “First of all, it would benefit us economically, since undocumented immigrants would become greater contributors if they are legalized. Also, it is a good time to do it, since for the first time we are at negative net migration; we don’t have floods of people coming in.” Adriana Kugler, professor of public policy, on why now is the right time to pass immigration reform legislation.
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    Source: NBC Latino

  • 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

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