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Some kids have a harder time getting to a school than others, not for any fault of their own, but because of the way the transportation system is set up, because of the way crime clusters in particular places. Getting kids to school is going to have to be something that we pay more attention to as we open up [school] choice options.”

Julia Burdick-Will, Assistant Professor, Sociology, on her study showing that living in a high-crime area, or passing through one on the way to school, can impact how often students are in class.
NPR, February 13, 2019

This is not the first time the universe has been expanding too fast.”

Adam Riess, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Thomas J. Barber Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Krieger Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy, on a new theory explaining why the universe is expanding faster than expected.
The New York Times, February 25, 2019

Baltimore’s insular politics, with its interlocked civic and political elite, and without clear divides among parties or factions, creates the conditions for scandals like this one.”

Daniel Schlozman, Joseph and Bertha Bernstein Assistant Professor, Political Science, on reports of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s no-contract deals for her self-published children’s books.
ABC News, April 3, 2019

The presidential candidates are finally reflecting the diversity of family life in the country. If they seem a bewildering array of families, well, so does the nation.”

Andrew J. Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Sociology, on the range of family configurations reflected in current Democratic presidential candidates.
NBC News, April 3, 2019

Lehman’s failure caused extraordinary panic. Technically, some of the damage can be traced back to its effect on the money market funds because Lehman defaulted its commercial paper. Absent the Lehman failure, the recession would have been less severe and handled correctly, this period would look more like the dot-com bubble bursting or the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.”

Laurence Ball, Professor and Chair, Economics, on the role Lehman Brothers played in the 2008 financial crisis.
Medium, February 18, 2019