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  • Chemicals in Dry Cleaned Clothes
    September 30, 2011
    "We also asked the simple question: if you repeat dry clean the same piece of cloth multiple times, does [perchloroethylene] build up? And we answered that indeed it does, for wool - it keeps building up quite a bit, as a matter of fact. Whereas for cotton and polyester, it sort of plateaus after two or three dry cleaning cycles." Paul Roepe, professor in the chemistry department, on his recent study which shows that residues of the potentially carcinogenic dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene remain on dry cleaned clothing.
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    Source: Living on Earth

  • The Strike That Busted Unions
    August 2, 2011
    "More than any other labor dispute of the past three decades, Reagan’s confrontation with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, or Patco, undermined the bargaining power of American workers and their labor unions. It also polarized our politics in ways that prevent us from addressing the root of our economic troubles: the continuing stagnation of incomes despite rising corporate profits and worker productivity." Joseph McCartin, associate professor of history, on Reagan's actions during the strike and their emerging consequences.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • American Politics - Social Issues v. the Economy
    June 29, 2011
    "Economic issues are going to be at the forefront of this campaign ... I think that the economy is definitely number one, but social issues always mobilize base voters and campaign donors." Michele Swers, associate professor of American government, on the role of social issues during a time of economic uncertainty in the 2012 presidential race.
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    Source: The Diane Rehm Show

  • WHO: Cellphones Possibly Carcinogenic
    June 1, 2011
    "This is nothing like asbestos or smoking, which causes cancer in one of 10 people who smoke cigarettes." Dr. Peter Shields, professor of medicine and oncology at Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the possible risk of cancer from cell phone radiation.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Foreign Policy: GOP, Don't Turn Your Back To Teddy
    May 31, 2011
    "Roosevelt presided over the emergence of the United States as a world power and represented, more than any other president in history, a boundless self-confidence and optimism about American ascent. In polls taken last year by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, only 33 percent of Americans thought that their country would still be the world's leading power in 50 years and a meager 8 percent thought the United States should try to remain the preeminent leader in solving global problems." Michael Green, associate professor of foreign service, on the recent comparisons of President Theodore Roosevelt's policies to current U.S. policies.
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    Source: NPR

  • Al-Qaida's Paper Trail: A 'Treasure Trove' For U.S.
    May 31, 2011
    "I think this treasure trove of intelligence reflects the fixation or the preoccupation that al-Qaida always had with massive record-keeping. [That] may be an effective way to run any organization, but also results in a windfall of intelligence to any counterterrorist agency or intelligence community charged with dismantling that organization." Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the windfall of intelligence in the wake of the raid, capture and death of Osama bin Laden.
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    Source: NPR

  • Young Athletes Use Fewer Drugs but More Alcohol
    May 30, 2011
    "These are young people who are typically under pressure to perform athletically and academically [and] drinking might be a coping mechanism." Darren Mays, a researcher at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on his findings while studying alcohol consumption in adolescents.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Egyptian Protesters Seek to Speed Up Reforms
    May 28, 2011
    "The Brotherhood has always been an accommodating, risk-adverse group ... not into radical change or escalating conflict." Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on the Muslim Brotherhood and their, so far, quiet involvement in the current reform-minded protests.
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    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • Documenting Major Gaps in Salaries
    May 26, 2011
    "The bottom line is that getting a degree matters, but what you take matters more." Anthony Carnevale, director and research professor of the Center on Education and the Workforce, on the benefits of a college education in the job market.
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    Source: The Kansas City (Mo.) Star

  • How Will Mubarak's Trial Shape Egypt's Transition?
    May 25, 2011
    "Millions of people demonstrated in Thahir and other squares, calling for President Mubarak to be held accountable as well as regime officials. We have to remember that he stepped down, or was removed on February 11th and was a free man until about April 15th." Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, speaking about the possible future prosecution of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
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    Source: PBS NewsHour

  • Egypt's Mubarak Could Face Death Penalty
    May 24, 2011
    “No one is calling for a kangaroo court. They are not calling for him to be tried and executed in the middle of Tahrir Square. But people want to see justice done. They support the legal investigation into what his involvement was in the deaths of 800 plus people during the revolution. There's no question he was involved in that.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on the possible outcomes for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak if taken to court.
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    Source: PBS

  • The Recession’s Biggest Victims
    May 23, 2011
    “[The recovery's] been very, very slow, and black men are showing the least progress with little sign so far that unemployment rates are improving.” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on how black men have been the hardest hit by the recession.
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    Source: MSNBC

  • Chicago Trial to Put Pakistan Spy Agency on the Spot
    May 23, 2011
    “It is a big deal because it is part of an evolving revelation of things we already knew. For those, in the wake of bin Laden, who are out for blood, this is another opportunity to bludgeon Pakistan for its various, numerous shortcomings in the war on terror.” Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana for the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008.
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    Source: NPR

  • The 'O' Effect and the 2012 GOP Race
    May 23, 2011
    “[Oprah] has had a tremendous cultural impact. She's a role model, a life coach, even acts as spiritual leader. If you take a look at her fan web page and all of the fan comments, it's clear that they are so sad she is ending her show ... You can tell that they have developed real personal relationships with her. In communications literature this is something called parasocial interaction. It's where views form feelings of intimacy with on-screen performers.” Kim Meltzer, assistant professor in the communications, culture and technology, on the end of Oprah Winfrey's talk show after 25 years on air.
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    Source: TBD

  • Getting Real About Funding Mideast Reform
    May 21, 2011
    “Many people have spoken about an Arab martial fund,not simply limited to debt relief, to really make an impact on many of these countries.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on a possible way to fund Middle East reform.
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    Source: NPR

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