David Freidel spoke to NBC News (and many other news outlets) about this intricately carved stone monument his group of archaeologists unearthed in summer 2013.

Game of Thrones … George Lucas … Steven Spielberg … Nobody could write this story the way the Maya actually lived it.

— David Freidel, PhD, professor of anthropology in ArtS & Sciences, to NBC News. As co-leader of the archaeological excavation at El ­Perú-Waka’ in Guatemala, Freidel unearthed an intricately carved stone ­monument with hieroglyphic text detailing the exploits of a little-known ­sixth-century princess whose progeny prevailed in a bloody back-and-forth struggle between two of the civilization’s most powerful royal dynasties.

If there aren’t enough jobs in general, then we have a systemic problem that threatens the American Dream.

— Steven Fazzari, PhD, ­professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, to CNBC on the American recession and recovery

On Earth you cannot find Mars, so you find someplace similar. That’s why we go to Atacama.

— Alian Wang, PhD, research professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & ­Sciences, to the Weather Channel on the testing of her NASA-backed rover for future Mars exploration in the Atacama Desert in South America, the driest place on Earth

The law is struggling. The ­reason it’s struggling is we have legal rules that are pegged to a state of ­technology that is out of date.

— Neil Richards, JD, ­surveillance expert and ­professor of law in the School of Law, to Forbes magazine on the revelations that the ­government has been ­examining phone and Internet data from ­individual users in the name of security

There may be some genetic factor that, if it’s tipped one way, it may cause abnormal cell growth, and, if tipped another way, it may cause abnormal cell death.

— Catherine Roe, MD, research assistant professor of neurology in the School of Medicine, to New Scientist on a new Italian study that confirms her 2005 paper suggesting an inverse relationship between cancer, which is associated with cell growth, and Alzheimer’s, which is associated with cell death

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