The Science of Olympians
Once every four years, people from all nations marvel at the incredible feats of the greatest athletes in the world. What is it that allows them to run, jump and throw faster and farther than the average person? Is it good genes, or sheer hard training?
David Bassett, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, is an expert in physical activity and has developed a course called “Physiology of Athletes: Exploring the Limits of Human Performance” to answer that question. Read more.
Political Correctness in Campaign Rhetoric
In a column for The Hill, Stuart Brotman, Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and the Beaman Professor of Communication and Information, writes that “from the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has led the charge against political correctness. Trump has continuously tested the boundaries of civic discourse.”
Brotman has served in four presidential administrations and is an expert in media law, digital economy, the media industry and the US government. Read more.
2016 Presidential Race
The 2016 presidential elections will likely be one of the nation’s historic races—both because of the presumptive candidates and the voter groups each will drive to the polls.
Richard Pacelle, head of the Department of Political Science, is an expert in American politics and can discuss the key groups and issues that will determine the nation’s next leader. “Fifty years from now, are we going to say this was just a crazy election or is this going to be the start of something different?” he said. Read more.
Anthony Nownes is a professor of political science whose research looks at lobbyists and interest groups at local, state, and national levels. His books include Interest Groups in American Politics: Pressure and Power, and Total Lobbying: What Lobbyists Want (and How They Try to Get It). “As always, interest groups will play a substantial role in this race, primarily by contributing money to candidates and forming super PACs,” Nownes said. Read more.
Nathan Kelly, associate professor of political science, can address the policy implications of election outcomes, voting behavior, and the psychology of voting decisions. His research helps explain how the choices we make at the ballot box can increase or decrease the income gap between the rich and the poor. Kelly’s primary research agenda examines how different parts of the US governing system (from Congress to public opinion to public policy) influence one another and respond to stimuli over time. Read more.
Poetry and Tragedy
The past month has yielded back-to-back tragedies in the United States and around the world that have left many reeling.
Marilyn Kallet, professor of English and a poet, put pen to paper in response to one of these tragedies. “Why do we turn to poetry when we suffer a collective shock? In many tribal societies, songs of healing and chants for wholeness are offered in times of crisis,” Kallet wrote. Read more.
LGBT Issues and Race
The mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, is stirring conversation over the multiple discriminations gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color may face over their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Patrick R. Grzanka is an assistant professor of psychology and affiliate faculty of women’s studies and American studies. Grzanka’s interdisciplinary work broadly encompasses the study of emotions, mental health, and intersecting systems of inequality. Read more.
Paul Erwin, head of the department of public health, is a board-certified doctor of internal medicine. His topics of expertise include public health, international health and infectious diseases of public health significance.