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A tale of conspiracy, biology and big agriculture

For about 15 years, integrative biologist Tyrone Hayes has studied atrazine, an herbicide made by a major agricultural chemical producer, Syngenta. What happened when Hayes' experiments revealed possible harmful effects in frogs is the subject of a Feb. 10 feature in The New Yorker.

Janet Yellen's ascendency to Fed chair Feb. 3 spurs a spate of news stories

Professor Janet Yellen was sworn in Feb. 3 for a four-year term as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, prompting media coverage by news outlets worldwide. We gather a sampling of the reports.

Political scientist finds voters' presidential pick dictated largely by economic happenstance

Voters prefer basing their choice for president on the incumbent's previous four years of economic performance, but patterns of reporting only short-term statistics by media and government offices don't give the electorate the full picture. "The results are pretty shocking," says Associate Professor Gabriel Lenz, coauthor of a study on the subject published in American Journal of Political Science.

NPR journalist heading to Winter Olympics credits philosophy major for training in asking good questions

As a philosophy major in L&S, NPR reporter Tamara Keith says she learned to ask good questions, a skill she uses daily as a journalist. " ...  philosophy is all about taking apart people’s arguments, looking for flaws in their reasoning and asking a lot of questions," Keith says. She heads to Sochi Russia in February to cover the Olympics.

Psychologist's study begs the question: Are the wealthy more rude?

A rigged game of monopoly and a bowl of pretzels can reveal a lot about how narcissistic some Americans have become, according to reasearch by Paul Piff, a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Psychology.

Report from Davos: Economics and poli sci Professor Eichengreen sees jobs growth of 300,000 a month in 2014

Speaking with a Wall Street Journal reporter from the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, foresees an upswing in U.S. jobs growth that could return the country to full employment by late 2014.

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