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Are e-cigarettes cool?

The ads have the familiar pitch of cigarette companies back when they could advertise freely – a suave, evening-suited man, seated and smoking, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful, admiring women in sequined cocktail dresses. A “slim, charged” woman in a bikini bottom. The assurance that smokers are free spirits, unafraid of good taste and good times.

But do e-cigarettes really rate high on the “cool” scale with college students?

Putting Flesh on Bones

Linda Spurlock, Ph.D., sharpens her pencils when the coroner calls.  An anthropologist and forensic artist, she is at home sketching crime victims’ faces from skull remains and reconstructing the pelvis of the 4.4 million-year-old Ardi skeleton.

The Better to See You With

Robert Clements, Ph.D., is developing new imaging techniques that give a 3D or even 4D look deep inside the brain and body, giving new insights to researchers and clinicians. See the video and read the story.

Chaucer penetrates the psyche

There was a time in England when it was more common to read and even speak in French, if you were to gain entry to the highest social class.

That English ultimately prevailed as the language of a country conquered in 1066 by the Normans is remarkable, said Susanna Fein, Ph.D., whose scholarly life has centered on the first great poet to write his most important work in English, Geoffrey Chaucer. She is the editor of The Chaucer Review and a former trustee of the New Chaucer Society.

Designing Healthy Housing

Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D., is an architectural researcher with a passion for creating buildings that are comfortable for people in all states of health.

She is particularly attuned to the needs of the elderly, whose eyesight or balance may be poor or who may live with dementia.

Putting Violence in its Place

James Tyner

James Tyner has made many expeditions to Cambodia as part of his research on the violence that occurred in Cambodia’s “killing fields.” When he’s not teaching, Tyner, professor of geography, spends most of his professional time helping the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) piece together the locations and conditions that led to the deaths of approximately 2 million Cambodians.

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Long before emails, text messages and tweets became preferred for personal communication, hand-written letters carried news, gossip and intimate details of life from one person to another. Letters, like their electronic counterparts, were sometimes indiscreet. They conveyed anger, exasperation, humor, observations about life and love, and family history. Unlike their 140-character successors, they could range for pages, but like them, they might be sent – and delivered by the postal service – more than once a day.

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