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Volume 56, Number 23    February 16, 2009         

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The greatest purchase of all
A Feb. 10 CNN story featured research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell. Howell conducted a study that found that in the long run, experiences make people happier than possessions. Howell said that people using experiential gifts feel bonded to other people who share the experience. "As nice as your new computer is, it's not going to make you feel alive" Howell said.

An unlikely path to negotiations
In a Feb. 10 KCBS story on Israeli elections, Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies Uri Bar-Joseph commented on the possibility of conservative candidate Benjamin Netanyahu becoming prime minister. Bar-Joseph said that because Netanyahu has the support of hardliners, he might be prepared to negotiate with Palestinians, which reflects President  Obama's administration goals in the Middle East. "Paradoxically, I think that if Netanyahu becomes prime minister, the administration will find it more convenient to deal with him," Joseph said.

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