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Archive for 2010

Finding Health Care in Appalachia
July 31st, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Access to health care is still a major challenge for many Americans, even with the recent government overhaul.  In Appalachia, access can be even more limited.  With the nearest  health specialists sometimes hundreds of miles away, many people rely on free clinics for their medical, dental, and vision needs.  Thousands travel to Wise, Virginia each year for a weekend of teeth […]

Brain Painting and Music of the Mind
July 24th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

You know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head. But what if your brain was constantly making music of its own without your knowledge? “Brainwave Chick” Paras Kaul (George Mason University) has found a way to tap into the natural melodies of her mind, convert them to digital sound, and make […]

Making the Invisible Cloak
July 17th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Before Harry Potter had a cloak that made him invisible, the Romulans had a cloaking device that made their space ships invisible to crew of the Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek.  Sir John Pendry says the power of invisibility could soon become a reality thanks to the use of materials which bend light.   […]

Arab Defamation in Film
July 10th, 2010 - (4 Comments)

Author and media critic Jack Shaheen has watched over 1,000 films from the last century to see how Middle Eastern characters fare.  Not so well.  More often than not, the silver screen resorts to demeaning Arab stereotypes.  Hanadi Al-Samman (University of Virginia) studies contemporary Arabic literature and culture and joins the conversation.  Also featured:  Iraq […]

Hard Cider: Early America’s Drink of Choice
July 3rd, 2010 - (9 Comments)

In the 18th century it was hard cider, not beer, that was the alcoholic beverage of choice. Even children often drank hard cider with breakfast and dinner because it was safer than the water. So how did this preference for hard cider disappear from the American palate? David Williams (George Mason University) investigates the demise […]

Achieving Love and Intimacy in Marriage
June 26th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

After teaching courses on marriage and family relations to community college students for 40 years, it’s clear to Russ Crescimanno (Piedmont Virginia Community College) that most couples don’t have a clue on how to compromise.  There is, he says, a science to love and intimacy, and many rocky marriages could thrive if couples would just […]

Children Seen and Heard
June 19th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Historians have long held that children of 17 th and 18 th century Europe were thought of as incomplete adults who were not yet worthy of love or compassion. However, historian Michael Galgano (James Madison University) says actually children were understood to be in a different stage of life, and they were celebrated and loved.  […]

More College Women are Drinking Hard
June 12th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

The last decade has seen an increase in the rate of college women who engage in high risk drinking, especially among sorority women when they drink at fraternity parties.  Jill Russett (College of William and Mary) is studying the trend.  Also featured: Much has been written about the way our culture raises girls.  But what […]

Bible Babel
June 5th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In her new book “Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time”, Kristin Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) explains what the Bible is, where it comes from, and shows how people use the Bible to argue today’s most controversial issues.   She also speaks about the Bible’s universality and relevance in our […]

Apologizing Works
May 29th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

For years, lawyers have advised parties in high stakes cases to avoid apologizing, because doing so could be construed as an admission of guilt.  However, Rick Warne (George Mason University) shows that apologizing may not only sometimes be the right thing to do, it can also save people from paying higher damages.  Also: The recent […]