August 2013 Archways

Noted and Quoted

Bryn Mawr in the media

“The Secret World of College Cheating”

Bethany Schneider, professor of English, on The Today Show answering the question, “What can you do to stop this [cheating]?”

“Well, I can teach my butt off and make my students want nothing more than to write me an amazing paper.”

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“The Great Gatsby”

Michael Tratner, professor of English, on Radio Times, answering the question “What makes The Great Gatsby so great?”

“It’s about a transformation occurring in the American Dream. Earlier, the American Dream was to be very solid, to have your solid house and your solid family. … The American Dream became, instead, the excitement of being able to have things that you haven’t earned, to be much bigger than you are, to constantly get bigger, to constantly dream.”

“The Radicalization of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev”

Clark McCauley, professor of psychology, in Psychology Today:

“A central mechanism of radicalization is political grievance. Chechens have been fighting Russians for many generations, and some Chechens interpret the conflict as Muslims versus Christians. In this framing, the U.S. and Russia are both Christian countries.”

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“Felony Science: Making stuff explode is a seductive way to become a scientist”

Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry, on

“One fiery, albeit small, explosion in the basement sink might have singed half of my brother’s eyebrows, but it also taught me that I could design and build an apparatus that would let me determine for myself that water was composed of hydrogen and oxygen. I wasn’t learning science by following a teacher’s recipe; I was doing science, unprompted and unscripted.”

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“Does ‘Stress’ Hide Deeper Social Problems?”

Dana Becker, retired professor of social work, in Time magazine:

“The idea of stress does some very heavy lifting for us as a society by helping us avoid the uncertainty and instability that comes along with real social change. While we’re having a national discussion about the high incidence of PTSD among soldiers returning from combat, for example, we’re not having a national debate about the advisability of sending soldiers into combat in the age of the IED.”

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