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  • Peace in Sudan’s reach
    November 9, 2010
    "The dusty capital of southern Sudan has enjoyed an economic boom over the past five years, with population surging, newly paved roads crowded with traffic, new government ministries, new hotels and new electric lines rising up amid continuing poverty and underdevelopment in rural areas. But all this would be in danger if the Sudanese government in Khartoum does not allow this region to secede peacefully and become the world’s newest nation next year." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, co-wrote an op-ed on peace in the Sudan.
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    Source: The Boston Globe

  • Mayans Converted Wetlands to Farmland
    November 5, 2010

    "The work shows that this intensive agriculture is more complicated and on a par with these other areas of intellectual development."

    Timothy Beach, Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service, on his researching showing the Mayans were as sophisticated in agriculture as they were in building pyramids, and using sophisticated math and advanced written language.

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    Source: Nature News

  • After Bruising Election, Obama Heads to Asia
    November 5, 2010
    “Much of Asia was watching what happened in these elections and there is already concern about America turning inward and being distracted by two wars and a financial crisis. So there will be a lot of attention to these elections and I’m sure it will be one of the key questions he gets asked by the other leaders.” Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on President Obama's trip to Asia following the midterm elections.
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    Source: National Journal

  • Dolphin Protects Calf from Shark Attacks
    November 2, 2010
    "The film not only lets others share the intricacies of dolphin social life, but also their prowess in hunting and other proofs of their extraordinary intelligence. For instance, in Shark Bay, we have the only dolphins in the world that use tools -- marine sponges to protect their beaks while hunting along the seafloor." Janet Mann, a professor of psychology and biology, on the upcoming dolpin documentary, The Dolphins of Shark Bay, chronicling her research.
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    Source: The (London) Telegraph

  • Even a Dolphin Needs to Learn to Fish
    November 1, 2010
    Given the complexity of their hunting, we have long hoped to see behaviour that looks like 'teaching.' " Janet Mann, a professor of psychology and biology, on finally seeing dolphins teaching their young to hunt.
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    Source: Metro (United Kingdom)

  • Insurance Commissioners Loom Large In Health Law
    November 1, 2010
    "With the insurance market reforms, it's really going to be important for states to take a proactive role in responding to any problems that come up and making sure plans are complying with the law." Sabrina Corlette, professor of research in health policy, on insurance reforms taking place in the new year.
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    Source: NPR

  • Unions Have Much at Stake in Elections
    November 1, 2010
    "Republicans are likely to pursue a version of what Samuel Gompers often said: 'Reward your friends and punish your enemies.' " Joseph McCartin, associate professor of history and director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, on why the unions are worried about a Republican takeover in Congress.
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    Source: UPI

  • “Our goal is to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by five, 10 and even 15 years."
    November 1, 2010
    “Our goal is to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by five, 10 and even 15 years." Scott Turner, director of the Memory Disorders Program, on a gene therapy study--the first study of its kind for the treatment of patients with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.
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    Source: ABC's Nightline

  • What Does Jon Stewart Stand to Gain (or Lose) From the Rally?
    October 29, 2010
    "I don't really see many downsides to them holding this rally, other than the time and financial costs... If anything, I think the rally is going to strengthen the connection their fans and viewers have with them." Kim Meltzer, assistant professor in the Communications, Culture and Technology program, on the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear.
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    Source: TBD

  • Oral Sex Linked to Rise in Men's Throat Cancer
    October 20, 2010
    "There's a lag in information. We physicians have done a poor job of advertising the fact that boys and girls should have the vaccine. This kind of cancer traditionally affects males who have been smoking and drinking all their life, and now in their mid-60s they are getting head and neck cancer. However, HPV cancer we are seeing in younger patients who have never smoked." Dr. John Deeken, assistant professor of hematology/oncology, on the new found facts regarding HPV linking to throat and neck cancer in younger men.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Komen Foundation Honors the 'Father of Tamoxifen'
    October 18, 2010
    "People didn't want to use drugs long term in cancer because the tumor becomes resistant...I found out in my laboratory that longer was going to be better." V. Craig Jordan, scientific director at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on his team who were the first to discover the breast cancer prevention properties of tamoxifen.
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    Source: WUSA 9

  • Without a Loosened Grip, Reform will Elude North Korea
    October 15, 2010
    "The massive Communist Party rallies in North Korea this month provided the world's first real glimpse of that mysterious country's next leader. Kim Jong Eun, youngest son of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il, seen in pictures for the first time, was almost certainly named the successor to his ailing father through his recent promotions to the rank of four-star army general and second-in-command of the party. He is under 30 years of age." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on the current direction of North Korea.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • The Real Question about Pakistan's Border Closure
    October 8, 2010
    "The government's retaliatory closure of Torkham and the ensuing violence against the trucks have discomfited Af-Pak watchers who worry about Pakistan's important source of leverage over the United States and NATO. Some analysts worry that Pakistan will deploy its ultimate -- and only -- weapon as an effort to seek concessions on the end state in Afghanistan or to extract even greater funds from the international community." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the closure of some Afghanistan-Pakistan border checkpoints.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • Tough Realities Plague Planned 2011 US Drawdown From Afghanistan
    October 8, 2010
    "You can kill and kill and kill. But without a reliable partner, counterinsurgency cannot succeed." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the counterinsurgency course of action for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Al-Qaeda is a Bigger Threat Today than 10 Years Ago, says Terrorism Expert
    October 7, 2010
    "At least in the American case, we have a government that's extraordinarily incompetent in terms of experience with these kinds of things. And they are covering their behinds as much as they can. Certainly in the last weeks running up to the midterm elections here in the United States they don't want to be blamed for any kind of a security failure." Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor of security studies, on the recent travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department to travelers heading to Europe.
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    Source: Deutsche Welle

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