A suggestion for the House Benghazi committee: Let’s talk about private military contractors

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, Newsmakers, 0 comments

By Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

As gunmen swarmed and fires raged two years ago on the United States’ diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, help for Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and six other besieged Americans was less than a mile away…

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Underage, overworked and on their own: How do we protect teen models?

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Ashley Mears, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, 0 comments

Ashley Mears, College of Arts & Sciences

A new law gives models under 18 new protections — but will it make a real difference?…

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Hit songs may be brainwashing you to drink more

September 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers,, School of Public Health 0 comments
Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Drinking songs date back to the Middle Ages. So it’s not particularly surprising that a study of recent hit recordings finds nearly a quarter of them mention alcohol—and almost always in a positive light…

Expert quote:

“Many of the artists of these songs—particularly within the urban genre—have agreements with alcohol companies to promote their brand. Thus, alcohol companies may be indirectly promoting brand-specific alcohol use among underage youth through sponsorship of popular artists.”

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The high cost of giving birth in the U.S.

July 1st, 2013 in 2013, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers,, School of Public Health 0 comments

Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

Giving birth in the United States is far more expensive than in other countries, and the additional cost does not appear to come with additional benefits — Americans do not have more access to care or better access to care than citizens in other developed nations, according to an analysis from the New York Times…

Expert quote:

“It’s amazing how much patients buy into our tendency to do a lot of tests. We’ve met the problem, and it’s us.”

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I made Clarence Thomas laugh

August 21st, 2012 in 2012, Jay Wexler, Newsmakers,, School of Law 0 comments
By Jay Wexler, School of Law

When former Supreme Court law clerk Edward Lazarus published “Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court” in 1998, curious readers bought the book in droves to find out what really happens behind the scenes at the nation’s highest court…

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How Colleges Are Becoming Entrepreneurial

July 8th, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, Peter Russo,, School of Management 0 comments
Peter Russo, School of Management

Colleges are starting to become startup incubators by offering a variety of classes and programs in order to help students pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions…

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Kagan’s Medicaid vote

July 7th, 2012 in 2012, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers,, School of Law 0 comments
Kevin Outterson, School of Law

During the debate over Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, those of us who opposed her selection argued that there was a substantial risk that she would join with the Court’s four right-wing Justices more often than her predecessor, John Paul Stevens, did, and more often than other potential nominees (such as Diane Wood) would, and thus have the effect of actually moving the Court to the right (using “left” and “right” here in its conventional sense)…

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