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  • Guantanamo Ethics
    September 6, 2013
    “It's kind of a moral abyss. And I think there is definitely war fatigue, and the national public interest has deadened a bit to the issues that are alive. But it's not one that should be ignored,” Nancy Sherman, professor of philosophy, on Obama’s promise to shut down Guantanamo Bay.
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    Source: PBS Religion and Ethics Weekly

  • A Political Scientist Seeks to Reinvent the Scholarly Conference
    September 3, 2013
    “The conference is just a way to get reimbursed. People walk in, they listen, and then they leave,” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on problems with the structure of academic conferences.
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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Syrian army has stayed largely loyal to Assad: Georgetown University professor
    September 3, 2013
    “So far, the Syrian army has stayed largely loyal to Bashar Assad. If the army suffers so much that its commanders decide to abandon Assad, then the future of the Syrian regime is not certain. But if the army commanders stay loyal, then the regime will be weakened but is likely to stay in power,” Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, on the future of Syria.
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    Source: Tehran Times

  • Georgetown Scholar to Lead Exploration of Black Washington for D.C. Government
    August 29, 2013
    “Why is it that we see buildings popping up all over the place but we don’t see affordable housing? As African-American families move out, other African-American families cannot afford to move in,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on the declining African-American population in Washington, DC.
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    Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education

  • 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington
    August 28, 2013
    “This is such an exciting time to talk to young people about the ways that they see continuity between President Obama’s success and his message to them as young people who are trying to tackle the same challenges that the Civil Rights generation tackled,” Marcia Chatelain, assistant professor of history, on the significance of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for young men and women.
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    Source: NPR: Here and Now

  • Academic Conferences Are “Lumbering Dinosaurs.” Can Anything Change Them?
    August 22, 2013
    “Rom proposes what he calls the 'customized conference.' He would eliminate panels and create two kinds of presentations: 'teaching' and 'learning.' Teaching presentations are for more polished projects...Learning presentations are for works in progress,” on a study by Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on attendance at academic conferences.
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    Source: Washington Monthly

  • In a city with a rich history, more must be done to promote equality
    August 22, 2013
    “The top 5 percent of D.C.’s households earn an average of $473,000 a year, the highest amount among the 50 largest U.S. cities. The bottom 20 percent earn $9,100. In the District, the rise in poverty has occurred fully among blacks and Latinos, and the rise of affluence has occurred only among whites and some blacks,” Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on measures DC should be taking to fight inequality.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Journalism’s New Marquee Brothers
    August 21, 2013
    “The Nate Silver analogue of the 1800s would have just started his own paper, because it was so cheap to start one,” Jonathan Ladd, associate professor of public policy, on former NY Times reporter Nate Silver’s new position at ESPN.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Dangerous Changes in US-Russia Relations?
    August 8, 2013
    “Putin is also very much driven by what happened in the 1990s...and now he’s trying to prove that Russia has emancipated itself, it’s a sovereign country, it’s a great power and it doesn’t have to listen to what the United States wants it to do,” Angela Stent, professor of government, on the increasingly complicated relationship between the U.S. and Russia.
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    Source: WTOP Radio

  • Cancellation Of Putin Meeting Highlights U.S.-Russia Tensions
    August 7, 2013
    “Ignoring Russia is not a strategy, but dealing with Russia on levels below that of the president's, you can move forward on a number of issues, but obviously you're not going to seal any major new deal, for instance, missile defense,” Angela Stent, professor of government, on the U.S.’s cabinet-level talks with Moscow that will take place this week.
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    Source: NPR

  • Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations
    August 4, 2013
    "Granting Snowden asylum was a clear signal from Putin that it was more important for him politically to do this than to take actions which would have enabled the president to come to have a summit with him, and in a sense validate a lot more of what Russia is doing,” Angela Stent, professor of government, on how the Edward Snowden case demonstrates frustrated U.S.-Russia relations.
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    Source: NPR

  • Women vs. men: Who governs better?
    July 23, 2013
    “There isn’t among the women in the Senate, anyone that is that strongly and stridently ideological that’s looking to push the envelope that way and make that kind of political point,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on the effects of increasing numbers of women in the U.S. Senate.
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    Source: Minnesota Public Radio

  • Stores Use Cell Phones To Track Consumers
    July 19, 2013
    “It can affect their merchandising decisions, what they buy, how they merchandise it, how they display it, how long people stop on the way to their ultimate destination, what things attract their attention on the way, what things keep them in a department longer. Then you can make your purchasing decisions that way,” Marlene Morris Towns, professor in the McDonough School of Business, on why top retailers are using cell phone numbers to track customer movement within a store.
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    Source: NBC News

  • CEO Speeding Tickets, Luxury Spending Could Be Early Warning of Fraud
    July 18, 2013
    “In our fraud sample 21% of CEOs had broken the law, and in the non fraud sample it’s 5%,” Robert Davidson, assistant professor in the McDonough School of Business, on his study that shows that CEOs with even one minor legal infraction are seven times more likely to commit fraud than a CEO with a clean record.
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    Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Dell Shareholder Vote to Take Company Private Delayed
    July 18, 2013
    "This camp will certainly respond and are basically looking for an increase in the initial offer price. Unless this camp is willing to hold Dell for the long-term and take on the risk associated with implementing the proposed change in strategic direction, then I see their move as purely an effort to up the initial offer price," Jason Schloetzer, assistant professor in the McDonough School of Business, on why Dell delayed the shareholder vote of a proposed buyout deal.
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    Source: CIO

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