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Seen and Heard: Spring 2017

This is a very interesting tension. This is why we play the game. We look for something not fitting.”
Adam Riess
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Thomas J. Barber Professor, Physics and Astronomy
The New York Times, February 2017, on the differing scientific views about how quickly the universe is expanding.

Women are tired that different rules are applied to us in a different way when we claim our power.”
Retired Senator Barbara Mikulski
Homewood Professor, Political Science
CNN, February 2017, on Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) being rebuked by Republicans for a speech questioning the attorney general nominee.

Over the years, we’ve seen the overall poverty rate decrease, but the problem of deep poverty has gotten worse.”
Robert Moffitt
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Economics
The Atlantic – CityLab, February 2017, on his study showing that teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger siblings, due to limited food in the household.

When it comes down to it, what people seem to want more than anything else is dignity.…but a lot of our social policies deny people that.”
Kathryn Edin
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Public Health
Add Passion and Stir [podcast], April 2017, on how current economic, geographic, social, and political systems do not adequately serve the poor.

It is reasonably well-accepted that a current generation of climate models is missing the essential physics in representing the AMOC.”
Thomas Haine
Morton K. Blaustein Chair, Earth and Planetary Sciences
The Washington Post, January 2017, on the concern that climate models inaccurately represent the instability of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, which could affect climate predictions researchers make.