In the Sept. 26 edition of USA Today, Professor of Psychology David
Matsumoto weighs in on behavior detection techniques used by airlines to pick "apparently
suspicious" people out of a crowd. The article interviewed several
researchers who expressed concerns that these practices can lead to
ethnic profiling and illegal arrests. Matsumoto, who has spent 25 years
studying how people reveal emotion in split-second "microexpressions" that
flash across their faces, said that authorities "are becoming
privy to information we're not consenting to give. We're talking about
feelings we don't want others to know in the first place."
Benefits for all
Gilbert Herdt, professor and chair of human sexuality studies, commented
in an article about the state of health coverage nationwide for same-sex
partners of university faculty in the Sept. 28 issue of Chronicle of
Higher Education. Herdt said that revising university antidiscrimination
policies is the first step to attracting top scholars and making gay
and lesbian faculty feel secure. While these policies do not ensure
benefits of same-sex partners, Herdt said they are "a signal to
faculty that they can be open, they can introduce their partners; they
will not be discriminated against."
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