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LET’S TALK 10th AMENDMENT: Stephen McAllister, professor of law, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal blog about arguments regarding the 10th amendment. McAllister argued before the Supreme Court last month. A case involving defendant Carol Bond centers around whether the federal government can indict individuals, a tactic generally reserved for states. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, Pa., indicted Bond after she was accused of poisoning her husband’s lover. ‘“Although [Bond] may not be a professional terrorist and did not, for example, send toxic chemicals through the mail,” McAllister said in his court brief that her legal challenge could make it difficult to prosecute others with terrorist intentions,’ the article says.

ELECTRIFYING RESEARCH: Carey Novak, director of business relations and development in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was quoted in a FOX4 story about an electric car charging station that will be included in KU’s new Center for Design Research. “We think that Lawrence is an early adoption community, that people here get it. If you can get it to work together, you’re going to get efficiencies, you’re going to get synergies, and everything gets better,” Novak said of combining electric car charging research with studies into smart grid technology.

ALLOWING ASSASSINATION: Melanie D. Wilson, associate professor of law, was quoted in an Iowa Independent story about bills in that state that could potentially allow for justifiable homicide of abortion providers and family planning doctors. If passed into law, the two bills would allow for defense claiming deadly force is justifiable if it prevents greater harm. A similar defense was attempted by Scott Roeder, the man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller in Wichita. “When [Roeder] presented the necessity defense, he failed because the legislature had basically already decided the abortion issue,” Wilson said. “So, as long as Tiller was performing legal abortion, [Roeder], as a defendant, didn’t get to re-decide the case [of abortion's legal status]. Just as a matter of law, the judge wouldn’t allow that argument.”

UNHEARD OF HEALTH CARE: Jean Hall, associate professor, Center for Research on Learning, was quoted in an ABCnews.com story about a relatively unknown provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the establishment of PCIPs, or pre-existing condition insurance plans. The plans give individuals with pre-existing conditions options for coverage, before it will become illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to such individuals in 2014. “"They really just level the playing field for the individual market," Hall said of the plans. "They're still going to be expensive, but it's better than what people [with pre-existing conditions] would have to pay if they had to buy from private companies."

MATERNAL ALZHEIMER’S: The Los Angeles Times recently cited the work of KU School of Medicine researchers in an article about inherited risk of Alzheimer’s. The research shows that people whose mothers have Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the debilitating condition in their own lives. “Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine recruited 21 adult children (age 63 to 83) of Alzheimer’s patients who were still ‘cognitively intact.’ They examined their brains using an MRI scanner on two occasions, two years apart. Then they compared those brain scans with those of 32 other healthy adults in the same age group with no family history of Alzheimer’s. Members of both groups had similar levels of education and cognitive performance,” the article states.

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