July 19, 2010


The news doesn’t stop for summer break and neither have many Emory faculty who have been sought out for their expertise and opinions by media around the world. Here’s a sample of what our faculty are saying in the national conversations of the season:

• The mid-term elections, South Carolina’s ongoing political dramas and the Obama administration have kept Emory’s political science experts, including Alan Abramowitz, Merle Black, Andra Gillespie and Michael Leo Owens, in the news this summer. Outlets include The New York Times, The Economist, CNN, Associated Press, National Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MSNBC, and more.

• “Why is the Gulf oil spill cleanup so slow?” Economics professor Paul Rubin outlined answers to that question in a widely circulated opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal. It was the most e-mailed and read item on the WSJ website for several days and was picked up by numerous blogs.

• Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley spoke to many outlets, including Fox News and Reuters, about the long-term health effects of the Gulf oil spill.

• Emory Law professor Dorothy Brown wrote a featured opinion piece on why BP is right not to pay dividends to shareholders.

• Goizueta finance professor Jeff Rosensweig took a seat in CNN’s live “Newsroom” show in June to talk about growth and pain in the job market.

• Cold War hot again: In the wake of the discovery of a cell of Russian spies in the United States, political scientist and KGB expert Harvey Klehr did several interviews, including the Wall Street Journal, Radio Free Europe, Toronto Star and Wisconsin Public Radio.

• Keeping the stars aligned: Slate magazine and Popular Science featured a fun (and widely popular) web widget developed by Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi. He analyzed past U.S. flags to figure out the most common flag patterns, and worked out which ones are best for varying numbers of stars.

• The June 2 issue of Parade Magazine took note of School of Medicine faculty member Miriam Vos’ widely publicized study linking added sugar consumption to a rise in known risk factors for heart disease. “The more added sugars a person consumed, the worse their good cholesterol and triglyceride levels [blood fats] were,” she says.

• Emory’s commencement with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was included in a national round up on NBC Nightly News in early June, and featured Schwarzenegger's speech in its entirety online.

• Is a $4 coffee really better than a $1 one? U.S. News & World Report noted neuroeconomist and School of Medicine psychiatrist Gregory Berns’ research, which found that when people pay more for products that they believe enhance their mental acuity (such as coffee or energy drinks), then they are more likely to work given the placebo effect. In other words, if you think that $4 latte will help you stay focused at work, it probably will.

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