What explains JFK’s enduring hold on the national imagination? Why does Kennedy figure so largely in American memory when his presidency was so short, his accomplishments so few (particularly in the domestic arena where he cannot compare with his successor) and his legacy transient? Is our collective fascination with Kennedy just superficial — a product of the remarkably attractive, compellingly visual nature of his presidency?
Of this article published by The Guardian, anthropology Fellow Ilana Gershon writes, “I am fascinated by what happens when people use technology designed to connect people and use it instead to disconnect. What do you do with the traces of a romantic relationship left on Facebook after you have broken up? Do you remove the pictures of the two of you together? Do you delete their wallposts? And you still have their phone number in your cell phone – do you delete that to prevent the possibility of calling them when you are vulnerable or drunk?
Morris (Mo) Collen was a Fellow in Medicine in 1986, where he worked his book, A History of Medical Informatics in the United States, 1950-1990, part of the Center’s Tyler Collection. The Tyler Collection consists of books conceived, written or completed by Fellows during their time of Fellowship. Collen is working on an updated edition.
He was, according to Bob Scott, one of the Center’s former associate directors, “largely responsible for developing the computer-based system for medical care for which Kaiser is renowned.” Even today, Collen is called on as a consultant whenever Kaiser rolls out a new application of computer science with regard to medical information.
And he just renewed his driver’s license last week.
What can history tell Americans about the controversial rollout of Obamacare?
The tortuous, often controversial implementation of both Medicare and Social Security makes clear that the Implementation of massive public programs on a national scale takes time — especially in the United States, when responsibility for administering them is divided not only among local, state and national governments, but between public agencies and private actors like insurance companies, hospitals and doctors.
Philosophy Fellow Sam Fleischacker offers this article in TheTorah.com on Hearing God's Voice: Two Models for Accepting the Torah.
Religious believers would like clear evidence that their religious scripture is God’s word — if God has spoken to us, we would like to know that God has spoken. But mature, reflective religious belief needs to be based on the recognition that we cannot have such evidence. Sam contrasts here, within a Jewish framework, the model of revelation we yearn for with the model of revelation we should accept on reflection.
“I realize the significance of the SAGE-CASBS Award and am very touched to be receiving it,” said Kahneman, who was a fellow at CASBS in 1978. “There is a broad community of behavioral and social scientists which the CASBS has done much to bring together over the years. An award shared by our diverse disciplines highlights the truth that we have much in common.”
Listen to CASBS Fellow Tomás Jimenez and Gregory Rodriquez in the 2013 Oregon.org "Think & Drink" series, How to Love America, explores our relationship to the nation we call home. The conversation looks at immigration and national identity
Biologist and past fellow Deborah M. Gordon's decades-long study of the collective behavior of harvester ant colonies has provided a rare real-time look at natural selection at work.
In ancient Greece, the city-states that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community's crops often experienced better long-term success.
It turns out that ant colonies that show similar selectivity when gathering food yield a similar result. The latest findings from Stanford biology Professor Deborah M. Gordon's long-term study of harvester ants reveal that the colonies that restrain their foraging except in prime conditions also experience improved rates of reproductive success.