Tag: Arizona State University

Dogs Can’t Help Falling in Love

TEMPE, Ariz. — Xephos is not the author of “Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You,” one of the latest books to plumb the nature of dogs, but she helped inspire it. And as I scratched behind her ears, it was easy to see why. First, she fixed on me with imploring […]

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An Academic Take on Sports Rivalries

When the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday and the Patriots face the Jets on Monday night, two fierce N.F.L. rivalries will be renewed. But where do they rank among all the bitter rivalries in North American sports? Any list of “greatest sports rivalries” is bound to be disputed. Make such a list, and be […]

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Kurt Volker, Ukraine and a Turbulent End in the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON — “Please don’t publish this letter,” Kurt D. Volker, a former career foreign service officer, pleaded in 2016 with Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman, two former Republican officials leading a “Never Trump” letter-writing movement. Their arguments were not wrong, Mr. Volker told them, as both sides remember it. But he argued that Donald […]

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When Trump’s Envoy for Ukraine Resigned, a College Journalist Had the Scoop

Kurt D. Volker has traveled halfway around the world as a United States diplomat. He has met with world leaders, negotiated foreign policy and served under multiple American presidents. But when he abruptly resigned from his job as the State Department’s special envoy for Ukraine, it wasn’t an international broadcaster or national newspaper that had […]

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The Meritocracy Is Ripping America Apart

There are at least two kinds of meritocracy in America right now. Exclusive meritocracy exists at the super-elite universities and at the industries that draw the bulk of their employees from them — Wall Street, Big Law, medicine and tech. And then there is the more open meritocracy that exists almost everywhere else. In the […]

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Can We Guarantee That Colleges Are Intellectually Diverse?

According to some critics of higher education, as college students around the country head back to class, they will search in vain for classroom debate where all opinions are welcome. Conservative watchdog groups paint a dark, repressive picture. “The Evil Empire on Campus,” an online resource published by the organization Campus Reform, urges students to […]

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To Map a Coral Reef, Peel Back the Seawater

Coral reefs comprise just 1 percent of the ocean floor yet they are home to 25 percent of the world’s marine fish, a growing source of protein for people. But reefs are imperiled by a range of threats including warming waters, acidifying seas, destructive fishing methods, and agricultural and other runoff. Moreover, scientists have only […]

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