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Mentored by John Grisham
March 22nd, 2014 - (4 Comments)

With seven unpublished novels wasting away on his hard drive, Tony Vanderwarker was astonished when world-renowned author John Grisham offered to take him under his wing and mentor Tony on the art of thriller writing. Plus: Novelist Carrie Brown (Hollins University) draws inspiration from her years as a small-town America journalist, and from the mysteries […]

Extreme Nursing in Bush Alaska
March 15th, 2014 - (1 Comments)

There is an extreme shortage of nurses in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.  Maria DeValpine (James Madison University) has spent the last three years learning why nurses elect to stay in this challenging environment on the edge of the earth. And: Courses that include service learning […]

The Art of Giving
December 7th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

As the holidays approach, the pressure’s on to find perfect gifts for your loved ones. Marketing professor Kim Weaver (Virginia Tech) says if you’re thinking about adding a candy bar in with that fancy cashmere sweater you’re sending Mom—think again. Plus: Sometimes translating difficult scientific research to the public is all about presentation. Jenifer Alonzo […]

Good to Great for Nonprofits
November 30th, 2013 - (3 Comments)

Best-selling business writer Jim Collins (Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business) believes the special factors that lie at the heart of rare and truly great businesses are the same factors that make for the most successful organizations in the non-profit world—talented directors skilled at recruiting excellent staff who work for […]

Logos: Then and Now
August 24th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

The power of logos and branding wasn’t lost on the ancients. Bruce MacDonald (Virginia Military Institute) says after William the Conqueror defeated Harold, the Saxon king, William wisely combined the crests of the two forces into a new British logo—two winged lions on a yellow field—which helped him unify and govern his new land. Also […]

Jazz and Civil Rights
August 17th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Antonio Garcia (Virginia Commonwealth University) says that the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane cannot be divorced from the struggle for racial equality—they contributed in significant ways to interracial understanding and social progress.  Also featured: The composers of the Civil Rights anthem “Lift Every Voice and […]

Tomorrow City
July 27th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

In his new novel Tomorrow City, Kirk Kjeldsen (Virginia Commonwealth University) tells the story of an ex-con who is trying to reinvent himself in a new place. The backdrop for the story is Shanghai, a city that has perhaps reinvented itself more than any other city in history. Kjeldsen recently moved to Shanghai, a city […]

Feminists: Intense Mothers?
February 23rd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Sew Katie Did / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Feminists tend to be thought of as “anti-motherhood.” But psychologist (and mom) Miriam Liss (University of Mary Washington) says feminists are actually more likely than non-feminists to be intense mothers who practice parenting techniques like co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and carrying a child in a body sling. Also featured: […]

The Road to Success
October 6th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Daphne Maxwell Reid (Virginia State University) is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Viv in the popular 90’s television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith. But before Daphne was an actress, she was a number of “firsts,” including the first African American homecoming queen at Northwestern University and the first […]

The Coming Prosperity
September 29th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

In spite of the current state of the economy, the next 25 years will see an unprecedented rise in human wellbeing. That’s the argument Philip Auerswald (George Mason University) makes in his new book The Coming Prosperity. He argues that four centuries of technological change are spreading prosperity to new populations in the world and […]