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EXPERTS ADVISORY: The University at Albany's new featured experts

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 7, 2005)

Disaster relief policy, capital punishment and immigration reform Covered by UAlbany's Featured Experts:

  • AFTER THE TSUNAMI: The death toll continues to rise, and millions more are at risk of disease and starvation. Could more have been done to limit the devastation, and what should we be doing now to aid survivors? Thomas Birkland, director of UAlbany's Center for Policy Research offers analysis of policy implications of the disaster. Experts Guide >>

  • SIX CONVICTED MURDERERS had death-penalty convictions reversed in Kansas after courts struck down capital punishment. New York's law was also overturned in 2004, with no death sentences having ever been carried out. Will Scott Peterson's sentence ever be enacted? Distinguished Teaching Professor James R. Acker explains why state courts have overturned the law and what it means for the future of capital punishment in America. Experts Guide >>

  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS flood into the U.S. daily, despite improved security measures in a post-9/11 world. Unjustified fears or hope of a new multicultural country aside, are émigrés of today different than those of 100 years ago? Not much, say Sociologist Richard Alba, who cuts through the unsubstantiated claims to detail the immigrant experience in the United States Today. Experts Guide >>

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