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March 18, 2015

Making Headlines

Vancouver Sun“A movie is a nonthreatening way to get the conversation started. It’s really exciting because it makes it so much easier to reach out to couples and help them strengthen their relationships on a wide scale.”
—Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology, in the Vancouver Sun. Rogge led a study showing the important role watching movies can have on marriage therapy.

NewScientist“It was an extremely tiny perturbation. It was like a tiny hummingbird flying through.“
—Eric Mamajek, associate professor of physics and astronomy, in New Scientist about the recently discovered flyby of Scholz’s star in the solar system 70,000 years ago.

Time Warner Cable news“There was a very persistent area of low pressure over the eastern potion of North America and there was also an area of high pressure over the eastern pacific and what that’s created is essentially a pathway for the jet stream to dip down lower over the eastern United States, allowing a lot more of really cold air from the arctic to be brought down.”
—Vasilii Petrenko, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, describing the cause of February’s record low temperatures for Time Warner Cable News.

NPRThere was always sort of this musical joke between major and minor. The bass line in the main title stays in A minor all the way through, but the melody actually goes to A major a couple times. And the tension that creates, that dissonance—even though it’s ‘wrong,’ it’s a right wrong note, because it makes you feel a certain way. It’s like, ‘Oh man, something’s weird. Something’s off.’”
—Jeff Beal ’85 telling NPR about composing the theme music for the Netflix series House of Cards.

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