Category: College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

China’s Xi Promotes No Clear Heir, Opening Door to Stay in Power For Decades

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a new leadership line-up that didn’t include a clear potential heir, breaking with a quarter-century-old succession system and raising the chances that he might seek to stay in office beyond 2022… Expert quote: “Xi Jinping will dominate China’s politics as nobody did for a long time. This is […]

Anxious about a big speech? This startup wants to calm you down — with a cardiac drug you pop like a mint

STAT Stefan Hofmann The pill works like magic, people who’ve used it say, to quell their anxiety around public speaking… Expert quote: “You want to do a very thorough assessment with a patient before you prescribe a psychoactive drug of any kind. You can’t do this via the internet.” View full article

For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness

The Conversation Rachael Garrett Picture the Brazilian Amazon. You probably don’t see a lot of cows in that image… Expert quote: “Our study, published in September in the journal Ecology and Society, reveals that cattle farming offers numerous perceived social advantages, including a quiet lifestyle, safety and social status.” View full article

‘Blatant Censorship’: Trump EPA Abruptly Muzzles Its Own Climate Scientists

Common Dreams Robinson Fulweiler In what critics are calling “a blatant example of the scientific censorship” being imposed on climate researchers by the Trump White House, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) late Sunday abruptly canceled the presentations of three government scientists who were set to discuss recent climate change findings at a conference in Rhode Island… Expert […]

EPA yanks scientists’ conference presentations, including on climate change

The Washington Post Robinson Fulweiler The Environmental Protection Agency has instructed two of its scientists and one contractor not to speak as planned at a scientific conference Monday in Providence, R.I., sparking criticism from some academics and congressional Democrats… Expert quote: The choice by our government leaders to ignore the abundant and overwhelming data regarding climate change […]

Do Even Famous Battles Ever Really Affect War’s Outcome?

The Daily Beast Cathal Nolan Since the first truly national armies emerged in early 17th century Europe, statesmen, soldiers, and military historians alike have seen battle as the soul of war, and the decisive battle as the chief means for securing war’s political ends… Expert quote: “Singular victories or defeats that created lasting strategic change.” […]

The Confederate memorial: living, breathing — and raging — history – We can’t forget, for a moment, that Civil War was about slavery

The Boston Globe Nina Silber We can’t forget, for a moment, that Civil War was about slavery… Expert quote: “It is, in effect, another way some neo-Confederates have attempted to legally justify an act of treason and obfuscate the real reason for secession — a reason made abundantly clear by the state of Mississippi in […]

ISIS left reeling after coalition drives group out of de facto capital

Boston Herald Michael Corgan U.S.-backed forces claim they’ve routed Islamic State fighters from Raqqa, declaring victory after months of fighting in the terrorist group’s de facto Syrian capital, eroding its ability to launch attacks and delivering a major symbolic loss to the so-called caliphate, experts say… View full article