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Mar 27, 2017 | The Daily Beast

The Emotional Resonance of Lies — And What We Can Do To Defeat Them

There are simple things we can do to become more rational decision makers, and to avoid being taken in by liars and con-artists who prey on ignorance. Alicia McGill, history, featured.

Mar 21, 2017 | International Business Times

From Atlantis to fake news: People question pseudoscience if they’re taught critical thinking

Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State's Anne McLaughlin (psychology) and Alicia McGill (history). "This drives home the importance of teaching critical thinking, and the essential role that humanities can play in that process,” McGill says. “This is something that NC State is actively promoting as part of a university-wide focus on critical thinking development.”

Mar 20, 2017 | Chicago Tribune

Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

"Without this kind of Census data, people just assume that Arabs or Muslims simply appeared on the scene after 9/11," Akram Khater, director of NC State's Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, told the Chicago Tribune. Khater served on the Census's advisory panel. "To me you don't find safety in hiding."

Mar 17, 2017 | MIT Technology Review

5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

A new report issued by the National Academy of Sciences says U.S. regulatory agencies need to prepare for new plants, animals and microbes that will hit the market in the next five to 10 years. “All these products have the potential to be beneficial, but the question is, how do they compare to the alternative?” says Jennifer Kuzma, co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NC State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee that prepared the report.

Mar 13, 2017 | Oxford University Press Blog

War, Movies and Sam Fuller: Q&A with Marsha Gordon

American screenwriter, author and director of over 20 films, Sam Fuller influenced the work of such filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Luc Moullet. Marsha Gordon, author of Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies, sdiscusses the work of this legendary filmmaker.

Mar 10, 2017 | Associated Press

Dystopian Fiction is Selling Like There’s No Tomorrow

Dystopian works, long staples of English lit courses, are attracting new audiences. John Morillo, English, featured.

Mar 9, 2017 | Pacific Standard

The Syrian Migrant Crisis You’ve Never Heard of — And Why It Matters Today

“We’ve been here a long time, and in fact we are very much part of the fabric of what makes this country what it is today,” says Akram Khater, a history professor at North Carolina State University. In an article by the Pacific Standard, Khater and others speak on the past and present of immigration from the middle east.

Mar 3, 2017 | MIT Technology Review

Big Questions Around Facebook’s Suicide-Prevention Tools

Facebook has rolled out a handful of tools it hopes will be helpful in preventing suicide. Will they help? Willa Casstevens, associate professor of social work at NC State, studies suicide prevention efforts. She's hopeful such intervention might be positively received by younger people in particular, since they’re used to interacting via social media. “In the moment, a caring hand reached out can move mountains and work miracles,” she says. “The question would then be if they would still be in a position to take advantage of it.”

Mar 1, 2017 | Blue Ridge Public Radio

Movies on the Radio: Best in the Western

Host Frank Stasio talks Marsha Gordon, film studies professor at NC State University, about how Westerns have evolved from a lone-ranger narrative to a platform for critiques about race, gender and capitalism.

Feb 25, 2017 | ABC Australia: Radio National

Governance of Gene Editing Technology

Jennifer Kuzma, professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, was interviewed on an ABC Australia science radio show. CRISPR-Cas 9 is a powerful gene editing tool that Kuzma believes should be discussed more openly.