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Kogod in the Media/November 2011


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Life unplugged: Auslander comments on her low-tech lifestyle
Bonnie Auslander, director of Kogod's Center for Business Communications, shared her insight on living without technology at home on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Auslander's commentary discussed raising her children without the constant presence of television, video games, and DVD players. "Lots of studies have linked the ability to play imaginatively and read deeply to success in school," Auslander said in her story. "On the other hand, some neuroscientists now warn that children’s developing brains are becoming habituated to distraction and to switching tasks. And many adults report when they're online all day long they feel stressed." View full article or listen to radio clip here (11/29/11)

Goldberg analyzes the cost of sexual harassment settlements for CNN
In light of recent allegations against republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the topic of settling cases versus defending them in court has flared back up. CNN asked Assistant Professor Caren Goldberg - an employment law specialist - to weigh the possible costs, benefits, and risks to the two sides of the argument. "Sometimes, even if the company is right in principle, it's more cost-effective to settle than fight on a principle. It's the cost of doing business," Goldberg stated in the interview. "It doesn't take many attorney hours to incur five digits' worth of fees. That could be a low-cost settlement right there that makes the problem go away and swears everyone to secrecy." According to Goldberg and other experts, there are risks involved in both courses of action, and the price - both in dollars and in public opinion - can be high. View full article here (11/01/11)