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March 14, 2019

The steady decline of noncollege-educated men in the labor market may be a combination of several factors — low wages, higher incarceration rates and sharp declines in marriage for men without college degrees, suggests research by economics doctoral student Ariel Binder and John Bound, professor of economics and research professor at the Institute for Social Research.

The Atlantic

March 14, 2019

“Good self-care is typically more difficult and less glamorous than treating yourself. It means doing things like having good sleep hygiene, getting a little more exercise, staying hydrated, taking medication as prescribed, eating at regular intervals, creating healthy boundaries and taking a break from social media,” said Emily Bilek, assistant professor of psychiatry.


March 13, 2019

“Economic insecurity is a national epidemic in need of a government solution. If government can support wealthy corporations with cash, it can support poor people with a basic income. Some say the poor don’t deserve it – as if Amazon ‘deserves’ a billion-dollar tax break. But merit has nothing to do with why we should support the poor. It’s really an investment in protecting our democracy,” said Derrick Darby, professor of philosophy.

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

March 13, 2019

“I think the moon has played a pivotal role in the human imaginary since time immemorial, across all world cultures. We all look up to it. We all are illuminated by it. And it breaks the terror of darkness in the night. For us, it is a symbol of hope, and we project our desires onto it,” said Christiane Gruber, professor of Islamic art in the Department of History of Art and co-curator of the exhibit “The Moon: A Voyage Through Time” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.


March 13, 2019

“There has to be complete equity in terms of the national teams. It’s just really outrageous that the men are getting paid a lot more than the women on a national team in which there should be zero difference. And that’s apart from the fact that the women are insanely successful,” said Andrei Markovits, professor of political science and Germanic languages and literature, on the U.S. women’s national soccer team suing the U.S. Soccer Federation to remedy inequities in wages and working conditions.

The Washington Post

March 12, 2019

Betsey Stevenson, associate professor of public policy and economics, was interviewed about inequality in the labor economy and small steps that can be taken to redistribute wage gains.

Bloomberg TV

March 12, 2019

Nicholas Valentino, professor of political science, says the American public is more polarized now than it was during the Whitewater investigation of Bill Clinton in the 1990s, which may further insulate Donald Trump politically during the current Russian investigation: “There are fewer moderates in the Republican Party now that will be offended by anything Trump does.”


March 12, 2019

“I’m sure new technology can improve handling and stability, but there will be limits. How safe and efficient can a car be with ‘Model T tires’ in car mode even with 21st-century sensors and electronics?” said Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, commenting on a new Goodyear tire designed to support the weight of a car while driving and then tilt horizontally so it can provide lift and forward propulsion for flying.

NBC News

March 11, 2019

“I personally think anybody going to the hospital, for any reason, or any time, you need to have an advocate with you. You need to have somebody who is a second set of ears to go out and advocate for you when you can't advocate for yourself,” said Lisa Kane Low, associate professor and associate dean at the School of Nursing.

USA Today

March 11, 2019

“We might not want to brag about what we're doing publicly, but there is a lot of work and collaboration that goes on,” said Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, addressing efforts by U.S. universities to thwart cybersecurity breaches.

Inside Higher Ed