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Said and Done: humanities, arts, and social sciences digest for January 2010

Said and Done is the monthly communications digest from MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For the complete current review, visit Said and Done.

Highlights include:


Who needs to understand science?
In a word 'everyone,' and science journalists play a major role in the public understanding of science. In the school’s Knight Science Journalism Fellowships program, outstanding journalists from around the globe hone their skills and perspectives for this work. 
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Bookshelf | Spring 2010 Edition
These works, often the result of years of research and thinking, offer new knowledge and analysis, guidance for policy, and nourishment for lives.
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All or Nothing
MIT experts on the future of health-care reform: Congress should still think big.
By Peter Dizikes at MIT News

Joe Haldeman receives science fiction community's highest honor  

Joe Haldeman, Adjunct Professor in the School's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, has received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award for 2010 from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America, the community's highest accolade, recognizing lifetime achievement.
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Nobel laureate Robert Solow on the economic crisis — and how we can recover
Nobel Prize-winning economist, vice chairman of the Urban Institute Board of Trustees, and MIT Professor Emeritus Robert Solow explains in a four-part video series why a stateside housing slump turned into a global economic crisis, why the bailout was necessary, and how we can recover. 

PBS: Professor of Music Ellen Harris on Handel's Messiah
When 18th century composer George Frideric Handel wrote his timeless "Messiah" oratorio, he not only penned a classic holiday composition, he established a foundation for a new business approach to opera. Paul Solman of PBS reports, and interviews Professor of Music Ellen Harris, who sings one of her responses.


Andrea Wirth | Administrative Assistant, Foreign Languages and Literatures
"I work with some of the most creative people on campus," Wirth says. Off campus, the creativity continues: for 20 years, Wirth has donned a Revolutionary War musician’s uniform, picked up her drum, and marched in a 45-member Fife and Drum Corps. 


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