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  • Qatar Invests in Institutions for a Post-Carbon Era
    December 24, 2010
    An issue with bringing "western education to Qatar is between seeing it as a commodity that can be bought as opposed to an intellectual process that can be encouraged. We are now tempting Qatar's leaders to see universities as a commodity."

    Gary Wasserman, professor of government, on the sudden boom in higher education institutions with campuses in Qatar.

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    Source: (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) Gulf News

  • Korean Tensions Leave US With 'Lousy Options'
    December 23, 2010
    "In regard to the artillery shelling, this was a military action. We've seen skirmishes, but not premeditated military action really since 1968, when the North Koreans attempted to raid the South's presidential compound."

    Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on recent military actions of North Korea.
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    Source: NPR

  • A Possible Cure for Diabetes
    December 15, 2010
    “We need to get the amount of insulin up to the point [of] being secreted from each cell that it will be enough to cure diabetes in humans.”

    Ian Gallicano, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology, on investigating how stem cells from testes may cure diabetes.
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    Source: Fox News

  • Stem Cells From Testes May Cure Diabetic Men
    December 13, 2010

    "We need to get the amount of insulin up to the point [of] being secreted from each cell that it will be enough to cure diabetes in humans."

    G. Ian Gallicano, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology at Georgetown University Medical Center, on a new method that has successfully brought down the blood glucose levels of diabetic mice.

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    Source: Fox News

  • Should India Legalize/Regulate Lobbying?
    December 13, 2010

    "The major emphasis on lobbying reforms in the recent years is to try to reduce conflicts of interest. So you want to reduce gift giving, you want to make it so that lobbyists do not provide anything of material benefit to the people they are trying to lobby and if anything is given, then those things are disclosed so that people can judge whether the interest groups have tried to gain undue influence."

    Mark Rom, associate professor of public policy, advising about the regulation of lobbying as it becomes increasingly more popular in India.

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    Source: Money Control

  • Train your Brain
    December 10, 2010

    ““Mind fitness can be maintained even in high-demand and high-stress contexts by regularly engaging in certain mental exercises.”

    Elizabeth Stanley, assistant professor of security studies, on the mind-fitness training program she created for U.S. troops.

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    Source: Military Times

  • Tax Cut Deal: Why It Isn't Enough
    December 7, 2010

    "It would be nice to have certainty on taxes for the long-run. You still have a game of tax code roulette in Washington. As long as you don't have stability, people are going to be jittery."

    James Angel, associate professor of finance, on how the tax cut package currently being considered in Congress doesn't necessarily mean people will spend more money.

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    Source: CNN Money

  • U.S. Unloads Citi Stake for $12 Billion Profit
    December 7, 2010

    "This is a milestone for the government and for Citigroup. It signals the company has been fully privatized and that their parole is over."

    James Angel, associate professor of finance, on the U.S. government's sale of Citigroup common shares in a $10.5 billion offering, making it the largest bank bailout in U.S. history.

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    Source: Fox News

  • Soyfoods protect against breast cancer
    December 3, 2010

    "Soy appears to be protective and is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer re-occurrence for women who have consumed soy throughout most of their life. At this point in time, the effects of soyfoods on breast cancer reoccurrence in patients who have not previously consumed soy are not known.

    Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the relationship between breast cancer and soy consumption.

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    Source: The Times of India

  • Commentary by John J. DeGioia on the DREAM Act
    December 3, 2010

    "Georgetown President DeGioia speaks out in support of Senator Richard Durbin's (D-IL, SFS'66, GULC'69) DREAM Act. The proposed legislation would create a path to legal status and eventual legal immigrant status for young people who came to the United States before age 16 without documentation and who have met many other conditions, including two years of post-secondary education or military service."

    John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, on the DREAM Act.

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    Source: WAMU-FM

  • A Good Diplomatic Cable Tells A Story
    December 2, 2010

    "The key is the lead. Explain what the point is up front and say something colorful, and save the less important stuff for later. But you can get across a moral idea, you can get across a strategic idea, by telling a story."

    Mark Lagon, visiting professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, on the process of writing a diplomatic cable.

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    Source: NPR

  • Considering Culture When Providing Cancer Care
    December 2, 2010
    “The differences lie in how the family hierarchy works, and who decides how much information on prognosis or end-of-life should or should not be given to the family members or the dying child.”

    Aziza T. Shad, director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation at GUMC, on considering culture when providing pediatric cancer care.

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    Source: NCI Bulletin

  • Ruling Party's Grip on Parliament Could Trigger Violence, Opposition Warns
    December 1, 2010

    “The whole thing is an ugly joke. It is a travesty of what elections are supposed to be. There was no resemblance of free and fair elections.”

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, after the first round of the Egypt’s parliamentary elections delivered a victory to President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

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    Source: Al Masry Al Youm

  • Women Crowd Egypt's Ballot
    November 28, 2010

    "Unfortunately, that is (a) certainty of Egyptian elections — death and violence and blood."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the violence surrounding Egyptian elections.

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    Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • Knives, Bribes and Apathy in Egypt's Election
    November 26, 2010
    "People, especially those at lower levels of [the] socio-economic ladder, look to MPs for jobs, help with housing and medical services and help with government bureaucracy." Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the Egyptian elections and what is expected from Members of Parliament.
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    Source: The Huffington Post

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