Academia

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Who is the next great science communicator?

This post was co-authored with Eric Berger, science writer at The Houston Chronicle. It’s been nearly two decades since Carl Sagan, the great science communicator, died. Since that time public trust in science has eroded, and no one has emerged as Sagan’s clear successor. At the same time popular culture is littered with faux science…

Academic Warfare?

This post was co-authored by Ali Arab, Ph.D., an assistant professor of statistics at Georgetown University. We are living in a global society driven by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Success depends upon free access to information and unfettered research by scholars. Yet targeted academic boycotts are increasingly common, throwing more and more roadblocks on the…

It was an unexpected journey, from the George W. Bush Shake, the Barack Obama Hug to the Harlem Shake. Appreciation from the President of the United States is one of the highest honors any American can receive. No, it wasn’t me, but the best part is that it was one of our students. I have…

Getting Along to Get Ahead

This article was co-authored with Felice Vazquez, Esq., Special Counsel to the President, Kean University. What, really, do our children learn in school? While standardized tests and teacher accountability are the buzzwords of the day, our schools may be missing one of the most important lessons our children must master in order to reach their…

This article was written with Corina Hernandez, a Public Administration major at Kean University. The “college student” is fictional. On Election Day, New Jersey voters will be asked: Do you approve the “Building Our Future Bond Act?” This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate principal of $750 million to provide…

Taking a Bite from the Poisoned Apple

This post was co-authored by Natasha Bahrami, a foreign policy researcher, and Ali Arab, Ph.D., an assistant professor of statistics at Georgetown University. Last month, a young American woman was blocked from purchasing an Apple product at a local store in Alpharetta, Georgia. After overhearing her speaking Farsi, the second generation Iranian-American was informed that…

Class of 2012: You Need to Fail More

At my Commencement Speech to the Class of 2012 at Carteret High School this Thursday, I will deliver something like this: Class of 2012: You need to fail more …. take chances …. Reach. Let me explain. After hearing my bio, some of you might think of that person who has succeeded at anything. You…

Mindful Elephants Don’t Stomp on Grass

Photo source. “There’s an African saying: When the elephants fight, the grass suffers.” Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim on the greatest challenge in global health, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, pointing out that the “poorest of poor suffer the most.”

Whitney Houston’s Legacy, A Life Too Short

Photo source. Such sad news today – Whitney Houston died at the young age of 48. I have always enjoyed, and admired, her soaring soulful voice. What will her legacy be?

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