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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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  • Sponsors Take on Risks with Eye on Rewards
    February 5, 2014
    "As a consumer myself, cheering for the U.S. team, I think of it as supporting our athletes and our belief system and acknowledging the injustice being done. Supporting our nation and our nation's sensibilities and sense of fairness," Marlene Morris Towns, teaching professor of marketing, on controversies surrounding the Olympics in Sochi.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Will IPOs Continue to Soar in 2014?
    January 27, 2014
    “There is a lot of pent-up supply with issuers wanting to go public, some of it driven by private equity looking for exits,” Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance and director of the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and Policy, on the high volume of public offerings in 2013.
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    Source: Nasdaq

  • Goo and You
    January 20, 2014
    “I think it’s amazing that a caterpillar can have an experience, go into its chrysalis, 5 weeks pass, emerge as a seemingly different organism and that it still can recall experiences that happened to it when it was a caterpillar,” Martha Weiss, associate professor of biology, on memory through the process or metamorphosis.
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    Source: RadioLab

  • The horrors ‘12 Years a Slave’ couldn’t tell
    January 18, 2014
    “The film — nominated for nine Oscars, including best picture and best director — brings Northup’s remarkable 1853 memoir to life with searing portrayals of torture and survival. It has revived curiosity about Northup’s life and renewed debate over how to depict the pain of the past and the present,” Adam Rothman, associate professor of history, on the historical analysis of “12 Years a Slave.”
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    Source: Al Jazeera America

  • Close look awaits NIST cybersecurity framework due next month
    January 15, 2014
    "While retailing is not deemed critical infrastructure, the episode underscores the economic ramifications of network hacking," Eric Burger, research professor and director of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications, on security risks associated with the recent breach of Target credit card information.
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    Source: Federal Times

  • North Korea announces execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek
    December 12, 2013
    “He’s doing what dictators do, especially somebody young and inexperienced. He’s taking reckless action and doing things that are self-indulgent,” Victor Cha, professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the political priorities of Kim Jong Un.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Use caution in raising the minimum wage
    December 9, 2013
    “The biggest concern among economists is that imposing pay increases on employers will reduce the hiring of low-wage workers and raise unemployment. But in four decades of research by economists, this appears to be a small or nonexistent effect,” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on raising the minimum wage.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Analysis: U.S. retailers brace for margin hit from holiday discounts
    November 20, 2013
    "We're creating a retail market where everything is going to be on sale all the time," he said. "You're killing yourself as an industry, you've trained people to only buy on sale,” Ronald Goodstein, professor of marketing in the McDonough School of Business, on decreased margins during holiday sales.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Microsoft, GE, and the futility of ranking employees
    November 18, 2013
    "The ratings can be arbitrary, and they can have serious effects on creativity and team-sharing, but they can have the benefit of helping cut the deadwood," Brooks Holtom, associate professor in the McDonough School of Business, on employee ranking systems.
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    Source: CNN Money

  • How Aging Baby Boomers and Advancing Technology Represent Healthcare's Biggest Opportunity
    November 15, 2013
    "It will become a question of the technology industry and the healthcare system not waiting for policy to catch up," Bill Novelli, professor of the practice in the McDonough School of Business, on a study suggesting that technology could be better developed for at-home healthcare.
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    Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

  • Ask The Experts: Why is Wall Street All Atwitter About IPOs?
    November 14, 2013
    “There was a lot of institutional investor demand for Twitter, and it popped on the first day of trading. Supply was quite restricted, however, as they sold a very small number of shares,” Reena Aggarwal, Professor of Business Administration and Finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, on Twitter’s initial public offering.
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    Source: Wallet Hub

  • Why Wait Until Saturday? Small Businesses Seek Black Friday Buzz
    November 13, 2013
    “The competitive advantage for small businesses is the ability to provide personalized service. They can help customers pick that thoughtful, relevant gift in a way that Macy’s, Walmart or Target can’t,” Ronald Goodstein, professor of marketing in the McDonough School of Business, on opportunities for small business on Black Friday.
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    Source: Entrepreneur

  • Oklahoma! Where the Kids Learn Early
    November 9, 2013
    The New York Times references research by William Gormley, professor of public policy, on educational gains from Oklahoma’s model of free access to kindergarten.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • Election roundup with Mark Rom
    November 7, 2013
    “They both ran on their principles, they both ran on their ideas but one of the things that really distinguished between the two races is that Christie is by all accounts, a very likeable guy. He lights up the crowd, he can reach across the aisle, he can reach Democrats and Independents,” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on comparing the governor’s races of Christie and Cuccinelli.
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    Source: Voice of Russia

  • Exactly What Tool Is Craftsman's Handsome Model Selling?
    November 7, 2013
    “In both of these ads, there’s an implicit, Pavlovian presumption about the Craftsman brand name,” Kenneth Homa, Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, on brand recognition.
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    Source: AdWeek

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