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Released: 2-May-2011 2:30 PM EDT
After Bin Laden - UMD Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland experts in terrorism, international security, politics, and more, can discuss the ramifications of the death of Osama Bin Laden - including the grim body count from his attacks, the areas of greatest vulnerability in the future, how the U.S. has improved connecting the dots, and the risks of summary assassination.

Released: 4-Apr-2011 3:00 PM EDT
Ten Best Tips for Beginning Gardeners
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland's Home and Garden Information Center has some great tips for beginning gardeners this spring.

Released: 16-Mar-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Public Health Risks from Japanese Radiation
University of Maryland, College Park

Airborne radiation from a meltdown at Japanese nuclear plants poses no immediate risk to the continental United States, say University of Maryland public health and atmospheric scientists. Drawing on research from Chernobyl, they add that for most Japanese, the long term risk may lie in ingestion of milk, as well as direct exposure to contaminated soil.

Released: 15-Mar-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Worsening Conditions at Fukushima: UMD Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

The situation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility has become increasingly serious with the growing possibility of a complete meltdown, says University of Maryland energy policy expert Nathan Hultman. “Damage to the nuclear fuel containment potentially is a very serious problem that complicates efforts to prevent a total meltdown.”

Released: 14-Mar-2011 3:20 PM EDT
Japan and the Coming Nuclear Energy Re-Evaluation
University of Maryland, College Park

The damage to three nuclear power plants in Japan will renew debate worldwide, prompting a new look at needed levels of safety and redundancy, says University of Maryland energy policy expert Nathan Hultman. “The events at Fukushima Daiichi will complicate planning for nuclear expansion for the coming years in all countries.”

Released: 14-Mar-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Japan Latest in String of Mega-Quakes Since 2004: UMD Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

The devastating Japan earthquake is the latest in a series of 'mega-quakes' over the past seven years, says University of Maryland geophysicist Laurent Montesi, an expert in earthquakes and related phenomena. "I am struck by the frequency of large seismic events we have been having since the 2004 Sumatra one," Montesi notes.

Released: 11-Feb-2011 12:25 PM EST
University of Maryland Professor: "I'm Proud To Be An Egyptian"
University of Maryland, College Park

Assistant Professor of Communication Sahar Khamis comments on today's announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down after 30 years in power. Please feel free to contact her directly. All our Egypt/Middle East Experts can be found at: http://bit.ly/eRV6ck

Released: 11-Feb-2011 11:45 AM EST
Mubarak's Departure Is Just the Beginning of a Process for the Egyptian People Says University of Maryland Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

Institute for Advanced Computer Studies Researcher Aaron Mannes of the University of Maryland comments about Hosni Mubarak's decision to leave office in Egypt after 30 years. Mannes - an expert in Terrorism, Middle East politics and Homeland Security issues is available for interviews. All our faculty experts are available at: http://bit.ly/eRV6ck

Released: 25-Jan-2011 5:00 PM EST
SOU: “Fundamental Reset of the Obama Administration”
University of Maryland, College Park

President Obama is rebooting his administration in the State of the Union Address, “fundamentally resetting” his course, says Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and author of “Next Government of the United States.” “This is… a strategy of trying to get to the middle before the Republicans can get there,” Kettl explains.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 2:00 PM EST
Stuttering and the King's Speech
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Speech-Language Pathologist Vivian Sisskin talks about stuttering in wake of the 12 Oscar Nominations for The King's Speech.

Released: 11-Jan-2011 12:15 PM EST
Marketing Expert Says Verizon’s Success with iPhone Will Depend on Performance
University of Maryland, College Park

The impact of iPhone 4 release by Verizon on the competitive landscape boils down to one word: performance. That is, the performance of iPhone 4 on Verizon's CDMA wireless communications network.

Released: 7-Apr-2010 9:00 PM EDT
Sports Marketing Expert: Questions as Tiger Woods Begins Play at Master’s
University of Maryland, College Park

As Tiger Woods resumes tournament play, the big marketing question is whether it will benefit the PGA,” says University of Maryland consumer psychologist Stephen McDaniel, an expert in sports marketing and fan behavior. “If it’s just morbid curiosity, all the publicity probably won’t translate into a sustained increase in tournament viewership.”

Released: 28-Jan-2010 8:30 PM EST
Obama Back in Swing as ‘Teacher-In-Chief,’ Say Movement Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

The President Obama who delivered the State of the Union Address was one not seen for a while, say movement experts Professor Karen Bradley of the University of Maryland and Professor Karen Studd of George Mason University. They describe him as a teacher instructing a class, followed by a principal. “He was back in the swing,” Bradley and Studd say.

Released: 26-Jan-2010 1:30 PM EST
SOU Nonverbal Preview: Watch for the Serious Side
University of Maryland, College Park

When President Obama gives his State of the Union address, "watch for his serious side" to appear in his voice and gestures, say movement experts Karen Bradley of the University of Maryland and Karen Studd of George Mason University. Especially notice the reach of Obama's arms, for sideways eye movement and a subtle grimace, the two movement experts add.

Released: 15-Dec-2009 9:00 PM EST
Sports Marketing Expert: Lasting Damage to Woods as Endorser
University of Maryland, College Park

The Tiger Woods scandal may have a lasting impact on his endorsement potential, says University of Maryland consumer psychologist Stephen McDaniel, who studies sports marketing and fan behavior. "Nike has historically been less interested in an endorser's virtue and more interested in athletic prowess, but this will not be true for other companies,” he says.

Released: 8-Dec-2009 9:20 PM EST
UM Experts Available to Discuss Copenhagen Climate Summit
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has more than 30 experts who can talk about scientific, technological, economic and policy aspects of climate change that are critical to discussions at the world climate summit in Copenhagen, Dec. 7-18. These include conference attendees, scientists shaping world & U.S. climate research, and a Nobel Prize winning economist.

Released: 11-Sep-2009 11:30 AM EDT
'Public Option' Fight Misses True Measure of Reform, Says Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

The struggle over the 'public option' remains an unhelpful ‘ideological litmus test’ running health reform aground, argues University of Maryland Public Policy Dean Don Kettl. “What ultimately will decide success or failure of health reform isn’t who owns the insurance program, but how well we write and run the ground rules under which they’ll operate.”

Released: 9-Sep-2009 3:30 PM EDT
When the Unimaginable Happens: Unexpected Job Loss and Its Impact on Your Marriage
University of Maryland, College Park

Baby Boomer expert, Emeritus Education Prof. Nancy Schlossberg (University of Maryland), looks at what couples can do when retirement or job loss causes family tension.

Released: 21-Jul-2009 10:00 AM EDT
Maryland Expert Says Despite Omissions - This May be The Best Harry Potter Movie Yet
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland's own Harry Potter expert, Jennie Levine (Director, Digital Collections, University Libraries) weighs in on the latest Harry Potter movie.

Released: 6-Jul-2009 2:00 PM EDT
Robert McNamara Experts - University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has a number of experts who can talk about former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara - who died today at the age of 93.

Released: 18-Jun-2009 8:35 AM EDT
Securing Adequate Social Security Benefits
University of Maryland, College Park

Social Security's long-term solvency is a "manageable problem" that will not require "drastic action," but federal policy makers need to ensure that benefits are adequate for widows and other vulnerable groups to survive, said University of Maryland professor and former Social Security Commissioner Kenneth Apfel in recent Senate testimony.

Released: 30-Apr-2009 11:25 AM EDT
Swine Flu: First Connect-the-Dots Challenge Post-Katrina
University of Maryland, College Park

Behind the scenes and all levels of government, the swine flu outbreak has triggered a rapid, coordinated, "˜connect-the-dots' public health response "“ the first big test of the bio-threat system in the post-9/11 world, says public administration expert Donald Kettl, incoming public policy dean at the University of Maryland. "The issue of coordination is really huge and there will be many lessons about preparedness and response to learn from this outbreak," Kettl says.

Released: 27-Apr-2009 4:45 PM EDT
University of Maryland Swine Influenza Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has a number of experts who can talk about the Swine Flu epidemic.

Released: 20-Apr-2009 11:15 AM EDT
Obama's 100 Days: Fast Moves Need More Thought, Says New UM Public Policy Dean
University of Maryland, College Park

President Obama's first 100 days have been marked by lightning-fast changes, not fully thought out, that are in the process of redefining the role of government, says Donald Kettl, incoming dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and an expert in government management. "While surely needed, they are unrolling without assessment of long-term effects."

Released: 14-Apr-2009 2:40 PM EDT
Transforming Government: Change or Risk Failure
University of Maryland, College Park

Governments at all levels must make major changes or risk failure in the face of unprecedented challenges, says the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Don Kettl. An expert in transforming government, he says the US must get "real smart, real fast." Despite the stimulus, state governments face a "fiscal time bomb."

Released: 4-Mar-2009 3:35 PM EST
Reforming Defense Department Acquisition: Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

There's no silver bullet for reforming U.S. Defense purchasing policies, but they do need reform, says University of Maryland professor Jacques Gansler, who testified yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Gansler directed Defense acquisition in the Clinton administration. He says new approaches are needed to meet new security challenges.

Released: 23-Jan-2009 1:00 PM EST
A Valentine's Day Feature: The May Irwin Kiss
University of Maryland, College Park

Kissing is something humans have done for centuries as a way to show affection. But in 1896 - when Thomas Edison decided to record a kiss on his new device - a kinetoscope - and invite a reporter to see it all happen - the result was nothing less than a sensation. University of Maryland Jonathan Auerbach offers a fascinating look at the "May Irwin Kiss" and its aftermath.

Released: 2-Dec-2008 7:45 PM EST
Snapshot of Recession: Job Loss Figures Tell the Story
University of Maryland, College Park

"The unrelenting, month-by-month loss of American jobs throughout 2008 provides a revealing snapshot of our path into this recession," says University of Maryland economist Peter Morici, who predicted the recession early on "“ late last year when holiday sales proved disappointing. He expects the trend to continue this Friday when November figures come out.

Released: 5-Nov-2008 5:20 PM EST
Advice to the New Administration: UM Foreign and Domestic Policy Guide
University of Maryland, College Park

Obama will confront challenges as serious as any ever faced by an American president, says the dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He asked his experts to create policy briefs for the incoming administration. They recommended a multi-agency approach to security and a diplomacy-first strategy; more aid to endangered businesses; and taking small steps toward health care reform.

Released: 12-Oct-2008 8:15 PM EDT
More TV/Radio Use Likely During Financial Crisis
University of Maryland, College Park

TV and radio use will likely increase during a prolonged recession, predicts University of Maryland media economist Douglas Gomery. He bases his comments of current audience behavior as well as Great Depression era trends.

Released: 8-Oct-2008 1:30 PM EDT
Presidential Debate: Your Eyes vs. Media Eyes
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Communication Professor Kathleen Kendall offers a commentary on media coverage of the second presidential debate Tuesday, October. 7, 2008. She says "The debate you saw, and the debate discussed on television immediately afterwards were strikingly different."

Released: 8-Oct-2008 12:10 PM EDT
Debate Analysis: The Eternal Imprisonment of John McCain
University of Maryland, College Park

Three movement analysts, including Prof. Karen Bradley of the University of Maryland, look at Tuesday night's second presidential debate - who won, and who lost.

Released: 4-Oct-2008 1:15 PM EDT
Biden vs. Palin - Movement Analysis Defines Who Won the Debate
University of Maryland, College Park

Certified Movemement Analysts Karen Kohn Bradley of the University of Maryland and Karen Studd of George Mason University analyze Thursday's Vice Presidential Debate and come up with their own take on who won.

Released: 2-Oct-2008 11:05 AM EDT
Their Movements Define Them: What to Watch for in the Debates
University of Maryland, College Park

Three experts - Karen Bradley (University of Maryland), Karen Studd (George Mason University) and Jennifer Mizenko (University of Mississippi), who are Certified Movement Analysts - offer their suggestions on what to look for during the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates.

Released: 2-Oct-2008 9:50 AM EDT
The Vice Presidential Debate: Do No Harm
University of Maryland, College Park

Research Professor Kathleen Kendall of the University of Maryland gives her take on tonight's vice presidential debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden. She says, " Both of the vice presidential candidates need to be perceived as having adequate leadership qualities. They have been working hard to prepare for the debate, and hope for a strong performance. But their main goal will be to do no harm to their campaigns."

Released: 15-Sep-2008 11:30 AM EDT
Too Bad Greenspan Wasn't So Blunt in Office, Says Historian
University of Maryland, College Park

"The situation we face in financial markets today was largely the creation of a Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan's long tenure," says University of Maryland business and economic historian David Sicilia. "It's a shame he wasn't as forthright then as he is now as a prominent private citizen." Sicilia calls the current credit crisis "the worst in postwar history."

Released: 11-Sep-2008 12:00 PM EDT
Palin ABC Preview: Her Opponents Have Ensured Success, Says Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

"The unusual thing about the current reduction of expectations for Governor Palin's first television interview is that the people predicting she isn't up to the task are her opponents," says University of Maryland political communication expert, Kathleen E. Kendall. "By reducing the expectations for her performance so low, they are unwittingly helping her. That's why I'm sure her interview will be perceived as a big success."

Released: 29-Aug-2008 2:30 PM EDT
McCain's VP Pick: University of Maryland Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

Here are some initial reactions by University of Maryland political scientists and political communication experts to Senator McCain's choice of a running mate. Samples: "...overestimated the influence of gender..." vs."...bold and extremely strategic..."

Released: 16-Jul-2008 8:25 PM EDT
McCain vs. Obama: How Movement Defines Them
University of Maryland, College Park

It's McCain vs. Obama - under the watchful eyes of three university Laban Movement Specialists - who have their own ideas about how this presidential campaign is shaping up.

Released: 27-Jun-2008 8:40 AM EDT
Ancient Olympics: ‘Like Vince Lombardi on the PGA Circuit’
University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, Md. - The modern Olympic ideals differ dramatically from the way the games were actually played in ancient Greece, says a University of Maryland classicist who has heavily researched the Olympic past. The ancient games featured professionals with a "winning is everything" philosophy.

Released: 9-Jan-2008 5:15 PM EST
Analysis from New Hampshire: Hillary's Changed Style Made the Difference; Voters Humbled Media
University of Maryland, College Park

Hillary Clinton's changed campaign style made the difference last night, says a University of Maryland political communication expert just back from New Hampshire. Her colleague says voters there humbled media, pollsters and pundits in yesterday's first primary election of 2008.

Released: 8-Jan-2008 2:00 PM EST
Controversy Over Obama's Rhetoric: Energizing or Just Talk?
University of Maryland, College Park

As voters go to the polls in New Hampshire, Barak Obama's rhetoric has become a "controversial, key storyline" says University of Maryland political communication expert Shawn Parry-Giles, who has been in New Hampshire observing media and candidates and citizens.

Released: 4-Jan-2008 1:00 PM EST
Aboard the Primary Express: A 2008 New Hampshire Diary
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland political communication expert Kathleen Kendall is continuing a 20-year tradition: trailing presidential candidates through New Hampshire from an unusual vantage. Traveling and sitting with the press, Kendall carefully notes the interactions between the candidates, media and citizens. See her dispatches from the Granite State.

Released: 24-Dec-2007 8:00 AM EST
Trailing Media and Candidates in New Hampshire: Experts Available
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland political communication experts Kathleen E. Kendall and Shawn Parry-Giles will be in New Hampshire to observe the final days of campaigning before the nation's first Primary. Kendall has chronicled the interactions between media, candidates and citizens in New Hampshire since 1988. Kendall and Parry-Giles will be available for media interviews and should be contacted directly.


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