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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.

The Office of Communications collects and archives news reports featuring expert faculty commentary. To read or listen to Georgetown faculty members in the news, visit the GU in the News archive.

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  • 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

  • Listening to Music can Prompt the Brain to send Positive Signals Throughout the Body
    March 4, 2011

    "We have musicians here who play for people who have just come out of a surgery-a flautist goes up and plays for them and these patients, who are in tremendous pain, at the end of the playing, they are almost pain-free."

    Nancy Morgan, director of the Arts & Humanities Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehsive Cancer Center, on how providing music therapy programs increases dopamine levels to the brain, and helps to heal patients.

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    Source: Washington Post

  • Gulf War Illness 20 Years Later
    March 3, 2011

    "Let's understand what the mechanisms are, and let's find drugs, new drugs, and new combinations of medicine to treat them."

    James Baraniuk, associate professor of medicine, on conducting a series of clinical trials for veterans with Gulf War syndrome.

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    Source: Associated Press

  • Tunisia Not Sudden Paradise After President's Ouster
    March 1, 2011
    "The best thing to do is to postpone as long as possible these elections, in order to provide time and space for new parties to organize. Otherwise, you will help the entrenched incumbents and end up with the same party [in power] with a new name."

    Noureddine Jebnoun, adjunct assistant professor in Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the process towards elections in Tunisia.
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    Source: NPR

  • The West and Russia Real Rapprochement on the Horizon
    March 1, 2011
    "These are not the best of times for the Euro-Atlantic community. The European Union (EU) is struggling to shore up the Euro-zone – a task that has exposed worrisome political fissures and raised troubling questions about the overall health of the Union. Meanwhile, the United States is suffering through a prolonged economic downturn and an era of intense political polarization."

    Charles Kupchan, a professor at the School of Foreign Service, on the European-U.S. relationship.
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    Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

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