The reason Ebola isn’t being stopped

September 11th, 2014 in 2014,, Donald Thea, Ebola, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments
Donald Thea, School of Public Health

When she was an undergraduate at Princeton University, books like “The Hot Zone” and “Virus Hunters” captivated Rebecca Levine, inspiring her to become a disease detective…

Expert quote:

“With smallpox, we could offer people a vaccine, a carrot in essence to induce them to be cooperative. With Ebola, we have nothing.”

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Things to know about the Russia sanctions debate

July 24th, 2014 in 2014, Alya Guseva,, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea 0 comments
Alya Guseva, College of Arts & Sciences

The United States and its allies in Europe are angrier at Russia now over Ukraine — but will they do anything more about it?…

Expert quote:

“Shell has all kinds of deals in Russia and its one of the biggest employers in the Netherlands. They don’t want any sectoral or widespread sanctions because they’re deeply in it.”

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Creatinina: Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

June 11th, 2014 in 2014,, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments
Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966…

Expert quote:

“The people who are mainly affected are poor workers, typically in agricultural situations. There’s really not much availability of the treatment options.”

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For the love of lightening up

April 30th, 2014 in 2014,, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments
Gail Steketee, School of Social Work

Your Nana’s collection of figurines. The treadmill from your days as a runner. That unfinished five-year quilting project. As spring-cleaning season kicks in, you’re inspired to chuck anything that isn’t being put to good use. But then you falter, since getting rid of stuff can be an emotionally charged process…

Expert quote:

“There has not been much research into why we form these attachments to objects, psychologically, but most of us form them. Sometimes it’s just simple joy or aesthetics — there’s pleasure in seeing an object — but often nostalgia, guilt and anxiety play a role.”

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Why do poor people smoke more?

March 26th, 2014 in 2014,, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments
By Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health
and Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine

Crystal R. takes pictures of her neighborhood as part of Witnesses to Hunger. Among Crystal’s photos of piles of trash, abandoned lots and barbed wire fences is a striking picture: large advertisements for “special prices” of cigarettes promising “Kool — be true” that greet her on her way to shop for food…

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Texts fail when delivering tragic news, experts say

March 26th, 2014 in 2014,, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tammy Vigil 0 comments
Tammy Vigil, College of Communication

For weeks, families of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 endured an agonizing wait — desperate for word of the fate of their loved ones. But when the first piece of definitive news finally arrived, for some of them it came not from a personal phone call or meeting, but a text message…

Expert quote:

“There are several basic things to consider in how to best send a message”

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War affects children in unforeseen ways

March 11th, 2014 in 2014,, Ellen DeVoe, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments
Ellen DeVoe, School of Social Work

When Melissa Seligman’s husband left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2005, their 2-year-old daughter began banging her head on the floor. The Army wife tried to rock the girl, sing to her. With a newborn to care for, too, sometimes all Melissa could do was quickly slide her hand between the toddler’s head and the floor…

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The power of prejudice — and why you should speak up

February 6th, 2014 in 2014,, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Ruha Benjamin 0 comments
Ruha Benjamin, College of Arts & Sciences

An argument between two mothers at my children’s elementary school turned ugly recently when one of the moms was told to “go back to where you came from.”…

Expert quote:

“Virtual solidarity is great, but if you find yourself rallying more on Facebook than you are in your own community, then you need to think about that, both in terms of effectiveness and in terms of displacement.”

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Former NFLer: ‘Your mind just goes crazy’

February 1st, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News,, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments
Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A few years ago, during one of his lowest points, Ronney Jenkins decided to play a game of Russian roulette…

Expert quote:

“The problem is, people are diagnosing CTE clinically all over the place. There is no framework to make that diagnosis while someone is alive.”

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First Major League Baseball player diagnosed with CTE

December 15th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News,, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments
Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

When he was on the baseball field, Ryan Freel was unafraid to fling his body, and his head, into plays — diving after balls and crashing into outfield walls…

Expert quote:

“The real important issue is that he hit his head multiple times — small hits, big hits, in baseball and outside of baseball. When it comes to the development of CTE, our current sense is that it requires repetitive brain trauma and not just a couple of big concussions.”

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