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“By casting actors of color, the two seasons of ‘Bridgerton’ challenge a long-held presumption that those circulating in social circles in Britain were historically white,” says Durba Ghosh, professor of history. “To me, that seems a meaningful way to think about colonialism and racism in 1810s Britain.”

“It is clear the police can curb violence in the short run or crime in the short run,” says Jamein Cunningham, assistant professor of public policy. “But then the question is at what cost? That’s the policy question. I don’t think we have a really good answer.” 

“Union victory is contagious,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, senior lecturer in the ILR School. “Once this small boy with the slingshot can knock over the giant, it's like, ‘oh, we could all do that.’”

“When you think about all the cues that birds are getting — from climate, temperature, pollution, competition with other birds — all of these are acting on birds at the same time, and it's really hard to tease apart which specific thing is responsible for the biological outcomes that we're seeing,” says Robyn Bailey, a wildlife biologist at the Lab of Ornithology, who was not involved in the study. 

“It’s kind of a perfect storm,” says Chris Barrett, professor of applied economics and management. “It’s not just a matter of, food prices are going high. It’s food prices are going high at a moment when many places are already crippled by the challenges posed by COVID, by political disruptions elsewhere, by droughts and floods and other natural disasters.” 

In response to Disney’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, workers are threatening a full-day walkout. Patricia Campos-Medina says, “people felt surprised that they [Disney] wanted to stay quiet on this issue,” because Disney has long been influential in Florida politics and has been more open on social issues. 

The U.S. formally accused Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya population. The declaration “adds another layer to the already quite damning accusations against Myanmar for atrocities committed against the Rohingya,” says Oumar Ba, assistant professor of government. 

“We are behind the eight ball, to put it mildly,” says Edwin Cowen, professor of civil and environmental engineering. “I would have loved to see policy help incentivize rooftop solar 15 years ago instead of five years ago in the commercial space. There’s still a tremendous amount of work to do.” 

“On the world stage, China appears to be the only friend that Russia has left. But it would be a mistake to overstate the strength of such seeming Sino-Russian friendship,” says Allen Carlson, associate professor of government. “President Xi Jinping is highly unlikely to allow China to get dragged into the conflict through providing direct military support to Russia.” 

Sarah Kreps, professor of government, discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and whether an agreement between the countries is possible.  

“The war and its spillover effects substantially intensify the conundrum the Fed already faced about how aggressively to tighten [policy],” says Eswar Prasad, professor of international trade policy. “It’s a tough call.” 

 

“The biggest news is that the oxygen abundance in this comet which everyone thought was ridiculously large isn’t quite as large as we thought,” says Jonathan Lunine, one of the paper’s co-authors and department chair of astronomy.