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Elisabeth Best

Elisabeth Best
Former Miller-McCune Fellow Elisabeth Best is currently pursuing a Masters of Pacific International Affairs at the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where she is the editor in chief of the Journal of International Policy Solutions. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2009 with a BA in global studies and a minor in professional editing. As an undergraduate, she wrote for The GW Hatchet and Coastlines magazine and hosted “The Backseat” on WRGW.

Recent articles

In Class-Action Lawsuits, You’re Only Suing Yourself

Feeling let down by that financial firm you invested in? New research suggests class-action lawsuits should go after the people responsible for your loss, not the company.

Alcohol Makes Bigger Guys More Aggressive

One drink of alcohol may make a smaller guy more drunk, but research suggests it makes a bigger guy more aggressive.

Extending the Sin Tax to the Tanning Bed

Research has shown that “sin taxes” help reduce consumption of addictive substances like cigarettes and alcohol. Could the same be true for tanning?

Blondes Have More Funds

If money equals fun, the adage that blondes have more of it appears to be true. Research suggests that blond women make more and marry richer than women with a different hair color.

Rerouting Gray Whales By Audio

Researchers are testing a new technology to protect whales from human enterprises by rerouting them.

Continental’s Charitable Donations May Be In Departure Lounge

Continental and United’s proposed merger entails a relocation of Continental’s headquarters to Chicago. Houstonians (rightfully) fear that this means a relocation of charitable contributions, too.

One Grad Faces Decisions in a Time of Recession

One year out of college, Miller-McCune fellow and economics aficionado Elisabeth Best examines her options for work or more schooling.

Better Weapons Don’t Make for Shorter Wars

In spite of major advances in offensive military technology, researcher Marco Nilsson says the most cost-efficient weapon is a motivated soldier fighting a defensive war.

The Benefits of Broadband on Internet Use

Universal broadband Internet probably won’t help people find jobs, but it may improve their health outcomes (and music libraries).

Science Comes to the Rescue of Lab Rats

Scientists at Tel Aviv University are bioengineering tissues that can take the place of lab rats, saving untold lives.

Bicycles and the ‘Immigrant Effect’

Finally, some research that may have positive public health implications for minorities! (Or at least recent immigrants.)

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Quick Studies

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014