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How Our Ancestors with Autistic Traits Led a Revolution in Ice Age Art

The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realism to flourish in Ice Age art, according to researchers at the University of York. Around 30,000 years ago realistic art suddenly flourished in Europe. Extremely accurate depictions of bears, bison, horses and lions decorate the walls of Ice Age archaeological […]

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Nabokov’s Synesthetic Alphabet: From the Weathered Wood of A to the Thundercloud of Z

Some of our mightiest metaphors draw on color to describe our perceptual and psychoemotional reality — a blue mood, a red rage. But while for most of us these metaphorical pairings of concepts are a form of abstract thinking encoded in symbolic language, some people experience a literal transliteration of the senses — for them, […]

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Dr. Joanne Allen Wins the 2018 Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Congratulations to Dr. Joanne Allen on winning the 2018 Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award! This award recognizes faculty who have made a significant contribution to research-based analyses of teaching practices or of curricular design. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a movement in post-secondary education that promotes systematic analysis of the […]

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First Native American Population Was Just Around 250 People

No one knows exactly the population of Native Americans when contact with Europeans occured. There are some estimates claiming there were 18 million in North America and upwards to 40 million in the combined continents. It’s estimated that the population in the Americas dropped by almost 90% within a few hundred years after the arrival of […]

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The too-believable truth

This weeks, bound proofs of my forthcoming book dropped through my letterbox, signalling the start of the pre-publication marketing and publicity campaign. Years ago, authors wouldn’t have had much to do with his. Now, like many others freelancers and gig workers, we have had to become our own publicists, all year round. The culture of […]

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Binghamton University Art Museum hosts “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting”

On Thursday, May 3, 4:00-7:00 pm, the Binghamton University Art Museum will host a public event entitled “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting.” It will feature talks by Owen Pell ’80, Partner at White & Case LLP & Chairman of the Auschwitz Institute, and Tim Corbett, Inaugural Prins Foundation Postdoctoral […]

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In the wake of Wakefield

Colin and I were just interviewed on BBC Radio 4 for a commemoration of sorts. It’s been 20 years since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous paper, “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” alleging an MMR vaccine/colitis/autism link. This paper was retracted after Brian Deer’s and the Lancet’s investigations revealed: -severe undisclosed […]

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Art History major and graduating senior Isabella Gaitán receives Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award

Congratulations to Art History major and graduating senior Isabella Gaitán, recipient of AU’s Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award. The award honors a student who has contributed most to the University through the arts while maintaining a high academic average. Isabella received her award in a pre-commencement ceremony officiated by President Sylvia Burwell. A native of Colombia […]

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The Presence of the Frontal Opercula in Homo naledi

When it comes to the evolution of the human brain, size isn’t everything. In fact, shape is a huge determinant. A new study from Hawks in PNAS suggests that morphology may proceeded size in the evolution of hominin brains. Hawks and team performed a comparative anatomy study of Homo and Australopithecus brains based on endocasts. Endocasts […]

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