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People in the news - Sep 2013


Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of the Africana Studies program, was a featured speaker at an Albany presentation for the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. Her talk focused on continuing inequities in America and society’s response.

Bradley Hays, assistant professor of political science, appeared on WAMC radio after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down by the United States Supreme Court. Hays was also featured on the radio show, “Congressional Corner” with Alan Chartock, discussing the possibility of another fiscal cliff this fall. 

An essay by Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, was featured in the Wall Street Journal. “The Science of Winning Poker” discusses the boom of collective intelligence on winning a game of poker; meaning putting more minds to work on a problem makes the discovery of better solutions more likely. To read the essay, click here.  

FoxNews.com interviewed Stephen Horton, professor and chair of the Biology Department, for a story on packing materials made out of mushrooms. Read the story here

Michele Angrist, professor and chair of the Political Science Department, discussed America’s relationship to Syria and how foreign affairs officials could proceed in the future in interviews that appeared on WNYT and WRGB in the Capital Region. 

George Bizer, professor of psychology, was quoted in a Times Union article about the rise of online fundraising websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Read the full story here

Stephen Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, was featured in a story on WNYT in Albany about American military action in Syria. Berk questioned the area’s congressional representation and their stance on how to proceed in the region. 

Jennifer Sexton ’15 was featured in an article in the Utica Observer-Dispatch about how to furnish your dorm room and save space. Read the story here.  

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