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Cancer Research at University of Oregon by Ben Stone

Background About a month ago after dinner, I was eating an apple and talking to my roommate about a class he’d taken on the History of Hip-Hop. He offhandedly mentioned this brilliant, mysterious kid named Opher Kornfeld who had been … Continue reading

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Torrence and the Machine

A UO physics professor balances his life in America with his work at the Large Hadron Collider by Ben Stone Eric Torrence seems to be sitting at his computer. If you passed his office, you would see a reclined man in … Continue reading

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Q&A with Michael Schwirtz of The New York Times

by Ben Stone I recently conducted an interview over e-mail with Michael Schwirtz of The New York Times. According to his biography on the Times’ website, after Schwirtz studied Russian in college and interned at the US Embassy in Saint-Petersburg … Continue reading

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Little Enthusiasm For Oscars In UO Science Department – by Ben Stone

Students weigh in on, and ultimately dismiss the upcoming Oscars ceremony, but respond positively to Django Unchained Eugene, Ore. – Despite the current buzz surrounding all the nominees for this year’s Oscar Awards ceremony, University of Oregon students interviewed this week … Continue reading

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Science Complex Observations

Willamette Hall seems to be the only place in the UO science complex where conversing casually doesn’t carry a fine. The silence in all the long halls and labs and the library in the complex are broken only by the … Continue reading

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Why Is Masha Gessen’s Piece On Putin So Good?

Masha Gessen is, to me, the vital voice on Russian affairs for The New York Times. In addition to her regular column, which dissects Russian news in an insightful and personal way, she wrote a highly publicized, very critical biography … Continue reading

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What’s Good in the UO Science Complex?

To an uninitiated stranger in the science complex at University of Oregon, it will likely seem like a cold, inhospitable place—the concrete castle design of Willamette Hall, the countless long, fluorescent hallways and labs occupied by solitary, intensely focused people … Continue reading

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Russian News Reporters On Twitter

In recent years, Twitter has forced the evolution of a brand of communication that is totally at odds with traditional media in Russia—it is public, off-the-cuff, and usually contains a sort of honesty and transparency that has rarely been seen … Continue reading

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University of Oregon’s Science Campus: Tip of the Iceberg

Today, I took my first trip ever into the quiet jungle of the science campus. I found a library, dark hallways, classrooms, labs upon labs of mysterious and expensive equipment, and not many people. Willamette Hall seemed to have more … Continue reading

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Who Is Reporting Critically About Politics In Russia?

This is perhaps a less exciting question now than it was early last year around the time of Vladimir Putin’s election and during the huge protests around the capital. Now, there is less of a chance that such journalism will … Continue reading

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