Category Archives: Social Science

Why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

In his new book, political scientist Richard Nielsen proposes a “blocked ambition” hypothesis. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by an MIT political scientist…

MIT-Haiti, Google team up to boost education in Kreyòl

Institute-led effort to create STEM lexicon is now available for global translation. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In recent years, MIT scholars have helped develop a whole lexicon of science and math terms…

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct

Approach may enable robots to move around hospitals, malls, and other areas with heavy foot traffic. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow…

Darwin visits Wall Street

Andrew Lo’s new book urges a rethink of financial markets, along evolutionary lines. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — If you have money in the stock market, then you are probably anticipating a profit…

Developing Smoking Cessation Practitioners through SCOPE

Malaysia has implemented a number of legislative activities over the decade of participation in the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC). NARCC (UM) developed a training program…

The power of day care

One of the first, formal evaluations of a day care program in India for lowincome households could provide empirical evidence that will improve gender equality across the country and beyond….

Japanese literature course leads to the ultimate field trip for UW students

Late last semester, UW–Madison professor Adam L. Kern sent an urgent, cryptic email to four of his students. He summoned them to his office early the next morning, promising something…

Global agreements

In new book, MIT linguist expands the horizons of language analysis CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Many linguistics scholars regard the world’s languages as being fundamentally similar. Yes, the characters, words, and rules…

The corporate debt trap

Study: Firms that owed more also laid off more workers during the 2007-2009 recession. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The debt levels of large companies just before the Great Recession of 2007-2009 are…

Measuring “diagnostic intensity”

New study maps U.S. regions where patients appear more ill than they are. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In some areas of the U.S., medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for…