Seen and Heard


It’s just a wrong term to use descriptively, proscriptively. All it does is reach the ears of white voters in a particular way.”
N.D.B. Connolly
Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History
The New York Times, October 2016, on why the term “inner city”—as used by politicians during the presidential campaign—is not precise in describing today’s urban reality.

We run physics simulations all the time to prepare us for when we need to act in the world. It is among the most important aspects of cognition for survival. But there has been almost no work done to identify and study the brain regions involved in this capability.”
Jason Fischer
Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Cosmos, August 2016, on how our brains are hard-wired to do physics.

There is little risk and considerable potential benefit from running the labor market somewhat hot for a while” [because it could draw more discouraged workers off the sidelines].
Jonathan Wright
Professor, Economics
The Washington Post, September 2016, on why he supported the Fed’s Janet Yellen in her decision to delay an interest-rate increase.

When whites look backwards, they compare themselves to a generation that was doing better. Blacks and Hispanics [who face less overt discrimination today] compare themselves to a generation that was doing worse.”
Andrew Cherlin
Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy
Detroit News, October 2016, on why minority Americans are more optimistic about the future than whites.

When you are doing something that physically difficult, your brain can’t really do anything except quiet down. It is also on long runs or rides that I come up with some of my best ideas or solve problems I’ve been working on.”
Sarah Hörst
Assistant Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences
WIRED, September 2016, on why so many scientists—like herself—engage in endurance sports. She is a runner and triathlete.