Claire Morgenstern Contributing Editor

Class of 2009


  • Ignoring foreign languages in U.S. schools a disservice

    Too little, too late. That’s the unfortunate truth when it comes to foreign language education in the United States. In 2008, only 25 percent of elementary schools offered foreign language instruction, a decrease from gains made over the previous decade. When school budgets are slashed, foreign language programs are among the first to get cut. While high school foreign language programs are more c...

    Forum | April 6, 2009
  • Hybrids could be more efficient

    Not all hybrids are created equal, reported a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers upon testing the efficiency of large- and small-capacity battery packs used to operate plug-in hybrid vehicles. An electric vehicle with a large, heavy battery pack will require 10 percent more energy per mile than a similar vehicle with a smaller battery pack.

    News | March 30, 2009
  • Lecture preview

    Title: University Lecture Series — “Technologies of Surveillance: Tracking People as Economic Subjects”

    News | March 30, 2009
  • Lecture Previews

    Title: University Lecture Series — Yossi Klein Halevi

    The Basics: Yossi Klein Halevi, senior editor at The New Republic and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will discuss the role of religion and culture in resolving conflict.

    News | March 23, 2009
  • Statistically Speaking

    Spring break is upon us. Whether you're one of the 540,000 students who spend spring break in Panama City Beach, Fla. (the number one spring break destination) each year, or plan to spend the week relaxing in Pittsburgh, everybody could use a break. If you're undecided about what to do during spring break week, here are some statistics to help inform your decision.

    News | March 2, 2009