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The politicization of the CDC was under way before Trump

The politicization of the CDC was under way before Trump

October 23, 2020

The CDC’s vulnerability to political interference is rooted in its role working in health risk assessment, write University of Rochester health policy historian Mical Raz and her coauthor in a Washington Post op-ed.

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Rochester pop music expert on guitarist Van Halen’s ‘deep roots in rock’

Rochester pop music expert on guitarist Van Halen’s ‘deep roots in rock’

October 7, 2020

In an opinion article for CNN, rock historian John Covach writes that behind Eddie Van Halen’s “blistering guitar solos” was an “exceptional musical gift and keen pop intelligence.”

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Detained migrants susceptible to a range of reproductive abuses and medical neglect

Detained migrants susceptible to a range of reproductive abuses and medical neglect

September 22, 2020

The history of eugenics in the United States leaves today’s migrant women vulnerable, argues University of Rochester history professor Brianna Theobald in a Washington Post “Made by History” op-ed.

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NFL owners are now willing to support players’ protests

NFL owners are now willing to support players’ protests

September 14, 2020

“[T]he National Football League’s newfound appreciation for its players’ civil rights gestures is likely to be tested by the election season and by fans’ spending power,” says political scientist Bethany Lacina.

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Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

September 11, 2020

Political scientists explore how the November election will be viewed if there’s a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College count.

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Voting by mail limits the spread of COVID-19. But is the ballot really secret?

Voting by mail limits the spread of COVID-19. But is the ballot really secret?

September 9, 2020

While voting by mail would allow tens of millions of people to participate safely in this fall’s election, it carries its own risk to the integrity of the voting, say the authors of a forthcoming book on secret balloting.

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Time to combat coronavirus disinformation in ethnic communities

Time to combat coronavirus disinformation in ethnic communities

June 5, 2020

In a New York Times op-ed, Adnan Hirad ’20M (MD/PhD) writes that the deliberate spreading of misleading information about COVID-19 “has metastasized among Somalis in the United States and abroad.”

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Historian: US once saw World Health Organization as part of foreign policy

Historian: US once saw World Health Organization as part of foreign policy

June 5, 2020

When the World Health Organization was founded, the United States saw it as an extension of US foreign policy, says a University of Rochester historian.

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COVID-19 demands a reckoning with hospitals’ fee-for-service business model

COVID-19 demands a reckoning with hospitals’ fee-for-service business model

May 11, 2020

A health care system that prioritizes volume over routine care is “structurally incapable” of responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19, writes Mical Raz in a Washington Post op-ed.

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Cleaner air a ‘short-term’ silver lining of COVID-19

Cleaner air a ‘short-term’ silver lining of COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Environmental scientist Lee Murray tells City Newspaper that the area’s nitrogen dioxide concentrations in March were 30 percent lower than in March 2019. But the benefit won’t last, he says.

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