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News organizations often turn to Georgetown faculty members for insightful, expert commentary on current events. From opinions on unfolding events to providing in-depth analysis, Georgetown scholars and researchers appear daily in local, national and international news reports.

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  • IRS Cracks Down on Millionaires
    March 29, 2011
    "There's always been this public perception that the rich are getting away with murder and the poor guy is left footing the bill. It's true that historically the low-income earner was more likely to be subject to an examination than a high-income earner, but now the higher-income taxpayer is getting the greater focus."

    Thomas Cooke, distinguished teaching professor at the McDonough School of Business, on the IRS looking more closely at higher income taxpayers.
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    Source: CNN

  • Going Nuts
    March 28, 2011
    “It’s hard to believe nuts had such a bad rap during the low-fat craze. They’re really so good for you.”

    Thomas Sherman, an associate professor of physiology, on the benefits of nuts in one's daily diet.

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    Source: Washingtonian

  • What The No-Fly Zone in Iraq Reveals About the Challenges in Libya
    March 25, 2011
    "In the years between the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the start of its successor in 2003, the United States and its allies set up no-fly and no-drive zones for Iraq, imposed economic sanctions, bombed Iraqi military forces and otherwise engaged in actions that look a lot like the limited war the Obama administration is helping wage against Gaddafi’s regime today."

    Daniel Byman, professor of security studies, on the similarites between Obama's actions with Libya to those of Clinton's with Iraq.

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    Source: The Washington Post

  • How Will Radiation Burns Affect Japan Plant Workers?
    March 25, 2011

    "The burns should be covered by a clean, dry dressing as soon as possible to prevent infection."

    Itzhak Brook, professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, on how radiation burns that affected Japanese plant workers should be treated.

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    Source: ABC News

  • Sperm Grown in a Dish
    March 23, 2011

    "In men, you could freeze a sperm sample before treatment, but in [prepubescent] boys, you can't. But they do have testes cells, and if you could develop those in culture, they could be used in in vitro fertilization down the line."

    Martin Dym, professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology, on the use of developed testes cells for in vitro fertilization.

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    Source: Technology Review

  • In Egypt, 'Vibrant' Political Culture After Voters Approve Reforms
    March 21, 2011
    "There haven't been free and fair national governmental elections in Egypt for 60-some years. So, regardless of what the outcome was, people's votes counted. And that's certainly significant."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on the upcoming elections in Egypt.

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    Source: PBS NewsHour

  • Medical Students Meet Their Match
    March 21, 2011
    “I knew this is what I wanted to do, and I knew I could do well.”

    Kevin Handy (M’11), a student at GUSOM, on receiving the news he had been matched at his top-choice residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Japan Disaster Analysis
    March 15, 2011
    “[The] Japanese are working with an abundance of caution, and I think everything they are doing is appropriate and keep their public informed.”

    Timothy Jorgensen, PhD, MPH, chair of the radiation safety committee at GUMC, on radiation concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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    Source: WTTG, Fox 5

  • Commentary By John DeGioia: Don't Cut Federal Student Aid
    March 15, 2011

    "As students across America await college admissions decisions, we must actively work together to help them afford to go. As a university president, I'm making sure we do our part. Now is the time for Congress to do theirs. Student financial aid is truly a public-private partnership essential to helping our young people make the most of their promise and potential."

    John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, on the need for Congress to keep available access to federal financial aid.

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    Source: WAMU

  • Giving up Facebook for Lent
    March 10, 2011

    "It’s a relatively short period of time, 40 days, and so it gives you an opportunity to think about if there is something I am doing in my life that I need to stop or is there something I am doing in my life that I would like to do more of."

    Jeanine Turner, associate professor of communications, culture and technology, on giving up Facebook for Lent.

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    Source: CNN

  • King Hearings To Revisit 'Radical Muslim' Question
    March 10, 2011

    "It's perfectly legitimate to investigate radicalism. There has been an increase in people drawn to these movements, and there has been a rapidity to their radicalization — though their numbers remain infinitesimal."

    Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on congressional hearings held by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)on U.S.-born Islamic extremism.

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    Source: NPR

  • Mexican Church Takes a Closer Look at Donors
    March 7, 2011

    “This is an endemic problem. If they just issue statements and don’t analyze the roots of the situation, they aren’t going to change anything.”

    Joseph Palacios, assistant professor in the Center for Latin American Studies, on the Catholic Church's response to the drug cartels in Mexico.

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    Source: The New York Times

  • Why the Mideast Revolts Will Help Al-Qaeda
    March 4, 2011

    "Each new regime is likely to host a more open, religion-friendly environment for speech, assembly and press freedoms than did Mubarak and his ilk. So it will be easier for media-savvy Islamist groups - whether peaceful or militant - to proselytize, publish and foment without immediate threat of arrest and incarceration."

    Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor of security studies, on the revolutions happening in North Africa and the Middle East.

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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Why Lousy Jobs Numbers Look Good (And Vice Versa)
    March 4, 2011

    "After you see the jobs number go up above the 200,000 range. Then you want to see whether that will extend beyond a couple of months."

    Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the 150,000 jobs gained in February 2011.

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    Source: NPR

  • Job Growth Still Won't Be Big Enough for a While
    March 4, 2011

    "Well, [the 1990s tech boom] was kind of fun, frankly.  Because it was not hard to crow about those numbers."

    Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on what kind of numbers it would take to decrease unemployment.

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    Source: Marketplace

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