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  • 'The Last Name Effect' -- Study Says Your Name Affects Your Buying Habits
    January 24, 2011
    "There are certain consumer promotions that look a lot like lining up -- limited time offers, limited availability, limited supply deals -- people near the end of the alphabet find these offers more appealing and are more likely to respond to them."

    Kurt Carlson, assistant professor of business, on his recent study that shows a consumer's last name affects their buying habits.

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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • A Statistical Look at the State of the Union
    January 24, 2011

    "There are two ways you evaluate a presidency. One, in terms of what he does. And the other, in terms of the difference it makes in people's lives. [President Obama has] done a lot [legislatively]. But many people have not seen enough of a difference in their lives to give him support."

    Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on President Obama's first two years in office.

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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Veterans in Congress at lowest level since World War II
    January 21, 2011
    "What this reflects is a classic debate of descriptive representation, meaning do I need a person that is a member of my group to adequately represent my views in Congress," Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on veterans' concerns with the lack of veterans serving in Congress.
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    Source: CNN

  • Veterans in Congress at Lowest Level Since World War II
    January 21, 2011
    "What this reflects is a classic debate of descriptive representation, meaning do I need a person that is a member of my group to adequately represent my views in Congress."

    Michele Swers, associate professor of American government, on lack of military veterans in Congress.

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    Source: CNN

  • Tunisia and the Arab World
    January 20, 2011
    "Disturbance erupted in Tunisia after Mohamed Bouazizi, a young, unemployed graduate, who was going down to sell, like, fruit and vegetables on the street, immolated himself in protest after authorities had beaten him [to] prevent him to work. Then his act crystallized and ignited ... the Tunisians' feelings of humiliation and lack of justice to which they had been subjected for more than 23 years. "

    Noureddine Jebnoun, adjunct assistant professor in Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the catalyst of the Tunisian uprising.

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    Source: NPR

  • Jobs Outlook Careers Headed For The Trash Pile
    January 18, 2011
    “The kinds of jobs that are disappearing are the jobs that pay really well [for] relatively unskilled workers. The combination of technological advancement and off-shoring has shrunk these jobs.”

    Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the rise in unemployment rates.

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    Source: Forbes

  • Get Smarter: A Group of Thinkers Explains How
    January 17, 2011
    Humans are “capable of inventing wonders and still capable of forgetting what we’ve done and blundering stupidly on. Our poor cognitive toolkits are always missing a screwdriver when we need it.”

    James O'Donnell, university provost and professor of classics, on the human ability to understand knowledge.

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    Source: Newsweek

  • In New Military, Data Overload Can Be Deadly
    January 16, 2011
    “The whole question we’re asking is whether we can rewire the functioning of the attention system through mindfulness.”

    Elizabeth Stanley, assistant professor of security studies, on her mind-fitness training for the military. 

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    Source: The New York Times

  • LA Times Reveals Advances in Tinnitus Research
    January 13, 2011
    Josef Rauschecker, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center, and his team were covered in the Los Angeles Times for their research on the causes of Tinnitus.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Even Tombstone Had Gun Laws (Politico)
    January 10, 2011

    "The irony of Dupnik’s remark is that Tombstone lawmakers in the 1880s did more to combat gun violence than the Arizona government does today. "

    Katherine Benton-Cohen, associate professor of history, on the history of Arizona and violence in the wake of the recent shooting in Tuscon.

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    Source: Politico

  • Workers fear a permanent jobless class
    January 9, 2011
    "The U.S. economy churns a lot, more than in most countries. A lot of jobs are created and destroyed, and it creates a lot of anxiety. In a recession, the insecurity is even worse."

    Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the U.S. job market and its effect on the economy.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Obama Shift to Center Takes Business-Friendly Tone
    January 9, 2011

    "Liberal Democrats will yell, but they will stay with him. Where else could they go?"

    Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on President Obama's re-election chances within his own base.

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    Source: CNBC

  • Economists See Growth with Unemployment Report
    January 7, 2011
    "There's only so much the government can do, especially in times of very large deficits. I think the government should be active and should be engaged but with a realistic sense of what it can or can't accomplish."

    Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the level of unemployment in the United States.

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    Source: The Takeaway

  • Blood Test to Spot Cancer
    January 7, 2011

    "The dream is, a woman comes in for her mammogram and gets a tube of blood drawn so doctors can look for cancer cells in her blood as well as tumors on the imaging exam."

    Minetta Liu, breast cancer specialist at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, about a test has the potential to transform care for many types of cancer, especially breast, prostate, colon and lung.

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    Source: Associated Press

  • Baby bin Ladens' Posing New Threat to West
    January 6, 2011
    "Bin-Laden's become the new Ché Guevara. He's become an icon for the rage of all kinds of people with all sorts of causes."

    C. Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on Bin Laden's popularity in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

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    Source: The Telegraph (UK)

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