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Sound Bites

  • “Most people believe that given the opportunity, everything else equal, people will lie more online than they would face-to-face,” said Jeff Hancock, associate professor of communication, in an ABC News interview.

  • “We already know bedbugs have become an epidemic, but now we’re seeing bedbugs threaten romance. You basically double your odds of an infestation when you start dating someone,” entomologist Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, PhD ’99, told Marie Claire magazine.

  • “Piracy is not the only robbery on the high seas. A 56-year-old policy known as cargo preference is costing U.S. taxpayers an estimated $140 million each year for humanitarian food shipments and is affecting millions of aid recipients worldwide. . . . Rather than promote ineffective shipping subsidies under the guise of humanitarian assistance, national security, and ‘buy American’ objectives, Congress should revisit the role of cargo preference as it applies to international food aid,” agricultural economist Chris Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, wrote in The Washington Post

  • “People aren’t really the master and commander of what they eat. They’re influenced by a lot of things in their environment—for instance, simple things like the size of their serving bowl and the size of their spoon. People are adamant that these things don’t affect them, because nobody wants to admit that the size of the bowl is smarter than they are,” Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, told Irish newspaper The Independent.

  • “We shouldn’t be trying to trim government spending by cutting things most people don’t understand. We should be helping more people to understand more things, so that the complicated realities of the modern world can be discussed in a rational and informed way,” said Warren D. Allmon, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and director of the Paleontological Research Institution, in a guest column that appeared in The Albany Times-Union.

  • “When it comes to horticulture, grapes are so much more romanticized than any other crop. People don’t realize they are requiring quite a bit of (chemical) spray. Seventy percent of the fungicide used in the U.S. is used on grapes,” Sean Myles, PhD ’10, told The Toronto Star.