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Tucker: Akin’s Science Sound…For the 12th Century

Writing for The New York Times OpEd pages, Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker says that the science behind Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments on rape is  completely sound, at least from the perspective of the 12th Century. Tucker, who is an associate professor of history, associate professor of science and society, chair and associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, says that what may be worse is that, as a current member in the House of Representatives, Akin sits on the House Science and Technologies committee.

Cutler Discusses Union Busting In Connecticut

A piece in The New York Times explores the situation of 600 SEIU workers from five nursing homes owned by HealthBridge who staged a walkout on July 3 when asked to pay for their health care. The ensuing relationship between the workers and HealthBridge have become “toxic” with charges of sabotage and misdealing flying. Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology, says the situation looks more and more like a case of union busting by the employer.

How the Civil War Became a Revolution

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times and an interview on NPR’s Fresh AirEmeritus Olin Professor of English and American Studies Richard Slotkin discusses how the North and South strategies changed in the summer of 1862, marking a turning point in the Civil War. At that time, both sides committed to an all-out total war and Lincoln squared off against Gen. George McClellan, an ardent Democrat who held fantasies of both a dictatorship and a military coup against the Union.

Bloom ’75 Publishes Children’s Book

The New York Times reports that Amy Bloom ’75, the Kim-Frank University Writer in Residence, will publish a children’s book under the name Amy Beth Bloom titled Little Sweet Potato (Harper Collins) in August. According to The Times the story “follows the trials of a “lumpy, dumpy, bumpy” young tuber who is accidentally expelled from his garden patch and must find a new home. On his journey, he is castigated first by a bunch of xenophobic carrots, then by a menacing gang of vain eggplants.”

Lim on Cuomo’s “Historic” Governorship

The New York Times turned to Associate Professor of Government Elvin Lim for a story examining New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s frequent use of the term “historic” to describe legislation passed under his watch. From legalizing same-sex marriage in the state to establishing a loan program for energy-efficient home improvements, Cuomo’s administration has “made history” more than 80 times since taking office 16 months ago, judging by press releases issued by his office. “A rich person does not brag about it — only the nearly rich does,” says Lim, who is author of “The Anti-Intellectual Presidency,” a critique of presidential oratory.

Yohe Refutes Climate Change Skeptics

In The New York TimesDot Earth” blog, Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, gets the last word with some climate change skeptics who published an OpEd in The Wall Street Journal recently. The OpEd, signed by 16 researchers from various backgrounds, asserted, among other things that a “lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause.”

Yohe, a senior member of the IPCC, not only published a letter co-signed by 35 other climate researchers in The Wall Street Journal refuting these claims, he is quoted at length in the Dot Earth blog, saying in part: “Proposing delay (of measures to address climate change) for decades is an irresponsible option that is offered by those who (1) really do not understand climate science and, (2) perhaps more importantly, really completely misrepresent the economics of the problem.”