June 16, 2014
Do you know what the most popular drink during World Cup season is? It’s probably beer. CEU Visiting Professor Richard W. Unger studies the best brews from 500 years before the age of LED screens.
June 3, 2014
Why do we prefer riverside living to inland living? How do bridges bring wealth to cities that build them? CEU Associate Professor of Economics Miklos Koren studies the role of bridges in the emergence of cities.
May 20, 2014
When thinking of Hollywood during the early Cold War, Bond films and blacklists come to mind more readily than the U.S.-Soviet Cultural Exchange Agreement. Yet, these biannual agreements included provisions for both film trade and cinematic collaborations. The potential of such film co-productions are the focus of CEU History Associate Professor Marsha Siefert's new book chapter about cultural diplomacy during the Cold War.
April 22, 2014
Is human improvement unlimited? Can we and, more importantly, how can we employ technological innovation to better ourselves? How imminent is the appearance of the man-machine? CELAB Director Judit Sandor hopes to help shape a normative framework underpinning the governance of neuro-enhancement technologies.
April 1, 2014
If you look at standard political theories regarding autocratic societies, the idea already exists that large protests may follow severe economic downturns. In the standard theory, however, the grievances that spark political violence are major imbalances of wealth – a “haves and have nots” scenario. However, after reviewing the Arab Spring and other major protests in the Middle East, CEU School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Michael Dorsch and his colleagues recognized that the catalyst isn't simply the divide between rich and poor, but the inability for the average person to excel...
March 19, 2014
Using identical twins in medical studies has been a common practice for decades as sharing the exact same DNA helps researchers isolate environmental effects, as opposed to genetic determinants. It is newer to the field of political science and CEU Assistant Professor of Political Science Levente Littvay is helping pave the way for twin studies – in the medical and social science realms – in Hungary, where they are rare.
February 25, 2014
Since the 1980s, a number of macroeconomic models have studied how fiscal policies and monetary policies affect the unemployment rate. These models ignored the fact that one could choose not to search for a job. CEU Assistant Professor of Economics Alessia Campolmi’s research into labor market participation covers the movements of the unemployment rate, the decisions behind participation or non-participation, and the effect certain policies might have on these decisions. In what will ultimately be a tool to inform unemployment policy, Campolmi and Bank of Canada Senior Analyst Stefano Gnocchi...
February 12, 2014
Animals and their relationship to humans represent a story as old as time. Animals feature heavily in the Biblical story of creation and beasts dominate Greek mythology. In the Middle Ages, authors and artists continued to discuss and paint animals from many points of view. Ordinary people interacted with everyday beasts as well as animals that they could only know from texts and images. Alice Choyke, professor in CEU's Department of Medieval Studies, is a zooarcheologist, an expert in analyzing animal bones found at archeological digs. Together with fellow CEU Professor Gerhard Jaritz, who...
January 28, 2014
“What does it mean to be gay when it means you aren't considered a 'real' Hungarian?” asked CEU Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Hadley Renkin, whose work focuses on post-socialist sexual politics and sexuality's implications for changing conceptions of citizenship. Renkin, an anthropologist, is currently examining the dramatic rise in public homophobia in Central and Eastern Europe, which has led to violence and cancelation of Gay Pride events.
December 10, 2013
The academic adage “publish or perish” certainly keeps professors busy trying to communicate their research, but how do they measure the real impact of their work? CEU Visiting Professor of Network Science Albert-Laszlo Barabasi sought to quantify the influence of academic papers and subsequent progression of knowledge in a field by creating a predictive tool to determine just how successful an academic paper will be. In October, Barabasi and his co-authors published their paper “Quantifying Long-Term Scientific Impact” in the journal Science.