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Jeff A. Katz

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Water Treatment in Developing Nations: When Leapfrogging Technology Doesn't Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 3:55 PM

Visit any third-world country and you may be surprised at the number of cell phones you see. Children play their favorite ring tones and locals are eager to exchange cell phone numbers to keep in touch. With cell phones so pervasive in our society and getting smarter by the day,...

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Class of 2012: Get Uncomfortable

(25) Comments | Posted May 27, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Every year it happens, just the same, like turning our clocks back in November (unless you're in Arizona or Hawaii) or filing taxes in April. Come May, as the flowers being to bloom and Al Gore braces for climatic aberration, speakers wax poetic and espouse wisdom upon the graduates of...

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A Short-Lived Tyranny (of Choice)

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 10:03 AM

"A college campus is habitat of abundance and access, with a fluid and fairly ruthless vetting apparatus. A city also has abundance and access, especially for the young..." - Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker

In the sweltering New York City heat, the sunglasses on my face...

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Frat Is the New Black: The Emergence of College-Centric Websites

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2011 | 1:39 PM

What's the first website you check every morning? For many people, my guess would be Facebook, followed by a little New York Times (and of course some HuffPost, duh). But what to do later in the day, when not looking at your own profile or vainly amassing topical knowledge to...

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It Gets Better?

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 5:55 PM

What do Kermit the Frog, Vinny from the Jersey Shore, President Obama, and Ke$ha have in common? Apart from their favorite TV show being the now-defunct family sitcom Dinosaurs (complete speculation), there's not much, unless Kermit, Vinny, and Ke$ha are all Muslim, non-American citizens. Yet, from the different corners of...

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It's Time Four Sanity

(30) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 2:48 PM

"But Mom! I want to go to the park!"

When I was a kid, there were plenty of parts of "no," I didn't understand. As I grew up, I found out it wasn't just my parents I would have to look to for the green light. Until I was 16,...

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We're All DKEs Sometimes...

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 1:40 PM

I'm going to be crucified for this.

Everything I've ever written is going to be put underneath a microscope, injected into a flesh-eating bacteria (that, of course, also has a human brain, a la Christine O'Donnell's scientific acumen) and set upon me like a pack of Michael Vick dogs. Hopefully...

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It's Not You, It's My Disinterest in You

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 8:30 PM

When it comes to relationships, you get what you pay for. If you're not willing to get invested, then your relationship is going for broke. If you, dear reader -- if you don't mind me breaking the fourth wall -- are anything like me, then you are more afraid of...

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Warning: The Dangers of Sexting

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:04 PM

So does sexting -- sending sexually explicit messages or pictures over those pocket-sized connectivity machines that I think the young kids refer to as "cell phones" -- really happen? Is it a big deal? Yes. And yes.

Apart from finally being able to eviscerate my wallet of the string of...

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TextLove -- "Hey Babe, What's Up?"

(13) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 3:01 AM

"Hey babe, what's up?"

You might be thinking this is a casual greeting or, when mingled with a head nod and a smirk, quite possibly the worst attempt at initiating a conversation with a girl. Look through your average college student's text message outbox, however, between the...

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