Shankar Vedantam http://wuwm.com en Air Force Academy Squadrons Test Peer-Effect Assumptions http://wuwm.com/post/air-force-academy-squadrons-test-peer-effect-assumptions Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Parents and educators have long assumed that peers matter. If you are at a high school or college where you are surrounded by serious students, you're more likely to take your studies seriously. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 27724 at http://wuwm.com Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://wuwm.com/post/does-diversity-research-team-improve-quality-science As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 27367 at http://wuwm.com Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression http://wuwm.com/post/military-conflict-decisions-why-weakness-leads-aggression Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>From Syria to Afghanistan, to Russia and Ukraine, the United States finds itself confronting some major foreign policy challenges. There are old rivalries and new one testing the limits of the United States.<p>NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam regularly joins us to talk about matters related to individual and organizational behavior, but today, he's found some new research that's relevant to the way we think about foreign conflicts and he's in our studios. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 26460 at http://wuwm.com When It Comes To Vaccines, Science Can Run Into A Brick Wall http://wuwm.com/post/when-it-comes-vaccines-science-can-run-brick-wall The public health community has been trying for years to debunk the spurious connection people have been making between vaccines and autism. Have the messages been backfiring? Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:08:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 26033 at http://wuwm.com Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating http://wuwm.com/post/minority-aspirants-federal-bench-are-hindered-underrating Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. When a president taps someone to become a federal judge, the American Bar Association reviews and rates the nominee. That rating shapes whether the president's pick is confirmed by the Senate. Now, new analysis claims that the ABA ratings are biased. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25646 at http://wuwm.com