On November 21 I had the pleasure of joining Jerry Menikoff of OHRP and Kathy Hudson of NIH on an episode of the Kojo Nnamdi Show entitled, “Rethinking the “Common Rule”: The Ethics of Research with Human Subjects.” We received many thoughtful, informed comments and questions.
I am quoted in Patricia Cohen, “Questioning Privacy Protections in Research,” New York Times, 24 October 2011.
Dana Hedgpeth, “Wary eyes on Dulles rail project’s bottom line,” Washington Post, 1 October 2011.
The original Metro system was estimated to cost $2.5 billion in 1969, but it came in at $3.8 billion — not counting inflation, according to Zachary M. Schrag, associate professor of history at George Mason University and author of “The Great Society Subway,” a history of Metro.
“It would be somewhat surprising for a major rail transit project to be completed on budget,” Schrag said. “Most major projects of any kind go over budget, that includes road projects, weapons systems, space programs, stadiums.”
Typically, overruns hit because it is hard to predict the cost of such expenses as materials and the relocation of utilities in a construction area, Schrag said. “It is kind of a vicious spiral where people low-ball the estimates to get their project approved,” he said.
Kevin Sieff, “Virginia approves revised history texts,” Washington Post, 30 September 2011.
“I don’t have much confidence in these textbooks,” said Zachary Schrag, a history professor at George Mason University who enumerated his concerns in a four-page memo to the state.
Thanks to John Kelly for a nice mention of The Great Society Subway: “Could D.C.’s Metro stations be prettier? Or do they reflect the city perfectly?,” Washington Post, 19 September 2011.
I am quoted in Dana Hedgpeth, Metro gets to work on ‘transition’ map Washington Post, 5 September 2011.
I am cited in Mollie Reilley, “Washington’s Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales—Some of Which Are True,” Washingtonian, 29 August 2011.
Am quoted in Nick Desantis, “The Social Subway,” Washington City Paper, 12 August 2011.