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artsci update: August 2011

Posted on August 19, 2011

 


New study shows that worrying can
put relationships at risk

Amy Przeworski, assistant professor of psychology, led a research study showing that obsessive worrying can endanger the health of social relationships. People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often put their relationships with family, friends or co-workers at risk by the negative methods they use to cope—from excessive nurturing to extreme detachment. Read more and watch a YouTube video of Przeworski explaining the study.

Was artist Jackson Pollock a physicist?

Were Jackson Pollock’s paintings just the product of random flinging of paint that anyone could do or was he a master of exploiting fluid dynamics? Art historian, Ellen Landau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, and Harsh Mathur, associate professor of physics, weigh in on this intriguing debate. Read more.

CWRU conference inspires book

In 2006, Martha Woodmansee, professor of English and law, organized an interdisciplinary conference at CWRU.  The conference inspired the development of a new scholarly society, the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, for which she is the co-founding director.  Her most recent work in the field is as a co-editor of the new book Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective.


CAS in the News

“Going off the Rails on a Crazy Train”: Study examines congressional infamy

Justin Buchler, associate professor of political science, examines whether the frequency that a Congressional member’s name is on the internet is an asset or liability to achieving infamy. His study looks at internet searches,  predictors of congressional infamy, along with its electoral consequences, and the ability to fundraise. Read more.

Ukulele is strumming a comeback

Daniel Goldmark, associate professor of musicology, says that the ukulele is far more complex than it appears. Thanks to current rock musicians and YouTube, this small guitar is making a big revival.  Read more.

 

New Perspectives on the Middle East

Pete Moore, assistant professor of political science, was featured on WCPN discussing the Northeast Ohio University Consortium for Middle East Studies. The Consortium was formed as a way to encourage public discussion on the diverse cultures, societies, and politics of the Middle East and wider Muslim world. Listen to the broadcast.


 

 

Issue 8 / August 2011

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