Category: College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas

Los Angeles Times Curtis Runnels, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping […]

Francis faces political, religious land mines on Egypt trip

National Catholic Reporter Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts and Sciences, Padree School of Global Studies As Pope Francis prepares for a two-day visit to Egypt at the end of this week, experts on the country say he will face a series of difficult choices while he’s there… Expert quote: “Augustus Richard Norton, who has […]

Column: Teaching students to appreciate a world of religions and resist intolerance

PBS Newshour Stephen Prothero, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Events like the closing of schools in Virginia’s Augusta County over a world history lesson about Islam in 2015, or the common misconception that Sikhs are Muslims, illustrate the importance of teaching religion in public schools — and some of the controversies that come with […]

Where Does the Brain Store Long-Ago Memories?

Scientific American Howard Eichenbaum, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “When the now-famous neurological patient Henry Molaison had his brain’s hippocampus surgically sectioned to treat seizures in 1953, science’s understanding of memory inadvertently received perhaps its biggest boost ever…” Expert quote: “The study “provides compelling evidence about where and when specific neurons contribute […]

Mass bleaching hits Great Barrier Reef for second year in a row

New Scientist Randi Rotjan, College of Arts and Sciences The bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef just keeps on getting worse… Expert quote: ““This is really scary, because the Great Barrier Reef is losing its insurance policy,” says marine biologist Randi Rotjan at Boston University in Massachusetts.” View full article