“Even when the sexual harassment entails nothing but sexist insult without any unwanted sexual pursuit, it takes a toll. It's about pushing women out," said Lilia Cortina, professor of psychology and women's studies, who served on a national committee that authored a report on sexual harassment in higher education.
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Daniel Cooper, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, believes the U.S. can slash steel and aluminum imports, not by imposing duties but by boosting the reuse and recycling of old metal products: “Making far more of the nation’s discarded steel and aluminum scrap as good as new would have many advantages aside from its diplomatic dividends, such as cutting pollution and energy consumption.”
Richard Teague, a research fellow in astronomy, and colleagues discovered three infant planets orbiting a young star 330 light-years from Earth — the first planets to be found using the powerful ALMA telescope in Chile, which is searching for our cosmic origins.
“The United States is ritually ripped for not sufficiently appreciating (soccer), but any attempt to elevate its status in the United States threatens the rare and delicious opportunity to defeat, if not abjectly humiliate, the world’s superpower …” wrote Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management, and Silke-Maria Weineck, professor of German and comparative literature.
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Research by Z. Morley Mao, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and EECS doctoral student Qi Alred Chen found that next-generation transportation systems are relatively easy to trick: “Just one car that’s transmitting fake data can cause enormous traffic jams, and several attack cars could work together to shut down whole areas.”
John Cheney-Lippold, associate professor of American culture, said that as their industry struggles, dictionaries have had a particular interest in promoting their brands since President Trump catalyzed a post-truth news environment: “They are trying valiantly to reassert themselves as the epistemic chiefs of the world.”
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"It's striking in its narrowness. The court found a way to rule for the baker without making the First Amendment a license to exempt oneself from anti-discrimination laws," said Richard Primus, professor of law, on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
"Our immigration system has been weaponized to disrupt and destroy 'undesirable' reproduction and family-making," co-wrote William Lopez, research fellow at LSA's National Center for Institutional Diversity and the School of Public Health.
Elizabeth Tibbetts, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted in a story about how guppies darken their eyes when they get angry: "Eye color is one of those traits that's easy for us to ignore. … There is a whole world of animal social signals that humans overlook."
"While greater public awareness of implicit bias can't hurt, there is no way to ensure that callers will always make justified requests. For that reason, policymakers must consider reforms for call-takers, not just call-makers," writes Jessica Gillooly, a doctoral student in public policy and sociology, on the recent rash of racially driven 911 calls.
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