News and Features
The 'group mind'
Who gets the blame when a an individual working for a group—be it a corporation, sports team, goverment entity or political party—does something wrong, the individual or the group? The answer may depend on how cohesive the group is perceived to be, according to Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young, co-author of a study published by the journal Psychological Science. | LiveScience via MSNBC | Business News Daily | Yahoo! Canada | Science Daily | PsychCentral | Scientific American
Senses of sophistication
Fruit flies and disease-spreading mosquitoes share similar receptors that allow them to distinguish among thousands of sensory cues as they search for food or try to avoid danger, according to a report co-authored by Biology Professor Marc A.T. Muskavitch in the journal Nature. Public Affairs announcement
A Semester in Nepal
James O'Hara A&S '13 discusses his experience at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, also known as the Centre for Buddhist Studies, at Kathmandu University in Nepal, in a Q&A with the Boston Globe.
O'Connor Stepping Down
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Director Mark O'Connor will step down at the end of the academic year following a tenure of 'profound commitment to students, steadfast belief in the transformative power of the liberal arts, and visionary leadership'. BC Chronicle
Condemnation to conversion
More than two million men and women are housed in prisons throughout the United States, and three out of every 100 American adults are either on probation, in prison or on parole. Theology Professor Stephen Pope writes on the need for restorative justice in the prison system in an essay for America.
A case for Lebanon
A review of Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East: The Case for Lebanon by Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic and Hebrew Franck Salameh in the latest issue of the Journal of the Middle East and Africa calls it 'a valuable, well-documented and rich contribution to the topic of nationalism in the Middle East.' Preview
Challenges for charities
With fewer donations coming in due to the economic downturn, how are Bay State charities coping with the demand this holiday season? Sociology Professor Paul Schervish, director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, discussed the subject as a guest on the 'Callie Crossley Show.' WGBH-FM