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Interstellar: A SciFi Film with Plenty of “Ifs”

During a live Google Hangout, three astrophysicists separated science from science fiction in the blockbuster film Interstellar, revealing a story steeped in real scientific knowledge but not afraid to delve into the unknown.

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This Winter at AU Museum: Argentinian Glass, ‘Locally Sourced’ Art, Photography, Paintings and New Media

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The theme of war runs through two major exhibits opening at American University in January.

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Receives $300,000 Gift from the Howard Corlies Estate

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently received a $300,000 gift from the trust of the late Howard Corlies (1883-1958), of Spring Lake, New Jersey, in support of the hospital. The gift honors the memory of Mr. Corlies, a prominent Monmouth County resident who faithfully served the hospital and its mission to provide the best health care experience for the Jersey Shore community.

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‘Enhancing Life’ Focus of New University of Chicago Divinity School Project

The University of Chicago Divinity School has launched a two-year, interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding what it means to enhance life and how the human aspiration for a better life can be fulfilled.

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Bridging the Gap: Using Dialogues on Race to Bring a Community Together

In the current climate of increasingly strained race relations in cities across the United States, how can communities engage in productive rather than destructive struggle to become more thriving and diverse places? A recent article in the Journal of Applied Communication Research found that dialogue centered on difference can be a powerful force for change.

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National Museum Showcases Art From Dr. J.W. Wiggins Collection at UALR

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Dr. J.W. Wiggins, the collection manager and curator for the Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) at UALR, has in-depth knowledge of Native American artists and their works. Curators and artists alike seek his counsel and occasionally request loans of his artworks for their projects.

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Martin Riesebrodt, Sociologist of Religion, 1948-2014

Riesebrodt, professor emeritus of the sociology of religion in the Divinity School and Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, died Dec. 6 of cancer in Berlin. He was 66.

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The Origins of Santa Claus

Frank Riga, PhD, emeritus professor of English, Canisius College, is a expert on the origins of Santa Claus. The excerpt below is from his many writings on the subject.

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Is It Okay to Vet Candidates on Social Media During Recruitment?

A recent article in the Journal of Applied Communication Research discusses the practice of cybervetting potential employees online as part of the recruitment process. Is such surveillance an unethical invasion of privacy? Or, is it simply a way for employers to enhance their review of formal credentials to ensure a good person-environment fit? The authors explore the legitimacy and outcomes of this practice following interviews with 45 recruiting managers.

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Babson Instructor Michael Gerhard Martin Authors New Book of Short Stories

Babson College rhetoric instructor Michael Gerhard Martin has authored Easiest If I Had A Gun, a heartbreaking and hilarious collection of short stories published by Braddock Avenue Books.

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