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October 25, 2012
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For Presidential Candidates, Image May Trump Debate Issues

The wide swings in debate performances by this year’s presidential candidates reflect the fact that in modern campaigns, a candidate’s image is the message, according to linguistic anthropologists who have studied presidential campaigns. Candidates send important messages to voters through … Continue reading

October 8, 2012
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Questions for Geoff Pullum: The ‘Grammar Gotcha’ and Political Speech

A long campaign season with genuine gaffes and alleged misstatements began its culmination with the first presidential debate. Like many citizens, linguist Geoff Pullum, a visiting professor at Brown, was watching. Grammarian Geoff Pullum is the Gerard Visiting Professor of … Continue reading

September 29, 2012
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Browser Plug-in Helps People Balance Their Political News Reading Habits

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, many voters become voracious consumers of online political news. A tool by a University of Washington researcher tracks whether all those articles really provide a balanced view of the debate – and, if not, … Continue reading

May 4, 2012
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Researchers Determine Vitamin D Blood Level for Reducing Major Medical Risks in Older Adults

In testing older patients’ blood vitamin D levels, there’s uncertainty about where the dividing line falls between enough and not enough. The threshold amount has become controversial as several scientific societies set different targets. To help resolve this debate, University … Continue reading

March 17, 2012
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Science Outreach : Getting Started is Easy!

Sharing scientific knowledge is a fundamental part of university life. Regardless of whether you’re an undergraduate or a tenured professor, everyone has the responsibility of spreading their knowledge as widely as possible. Why would you want to, though? “For a … Continue reading

March 16, 2011
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Reframing Climate Change: It’s as Much Cultural as Scientific

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— While debate on climate change often strikes a caustic tone, the real impediment to meaningful dialogue is that the two sides often talk past each other in what amounts to a “logic schism,” says a University of … Continue reading