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  • Yingyi Ma examines role of school counselors in China in new study

    "Educating the Elites: School Counselors as Education Nannies in Urban China," authored by Yingyi Ma, was published in Comparative Education Review. Ma's qualitative study of 18 school counselors across eight international divisions in Chinese public high schools reveals that school counselors are like “education nannies” to the children of elites in China. This means that they work assiduously and relentlessly to provide around-the-clock services to students and their parents, who target top-ranked colleges overseas. Their work is complicated by the differences between the U.S. and Chinese school systems, so that much of their job is to shepherd anxious children and their parents through the muddy waters of the cross-cultural straits of college admissions.


    Jackson discusses masculinity for Black boys and men in The 19th

    Young Black men are especially constrained by society’s narrow definitions of masculinity. That’s why having a safe place to be their authentic selves is crucial. Fostering self-care and self-love is part of building healthy masculinity, says Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science. "When it comes to young Black men and performing this masculinity, the stakes are really, really high,” Jackson says. "You can’t, as some people have told me in my research, you can’t wave your hands and be upset in public…when you look irate, you’re more likely to draw attention and you may end up in a confrontation with police officers.” Read more in The 19th article, "Building through affirmation: How one class helps Black boys define masculinity."


    Students help build food system rooted in social justice, equity

    The next big step for the newly formed Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA) started, naturally, with Evan Weissman’s kindness and vision for food justice in the Syracuse community. Jonnell Robinson, Weissman’s close friend and an associate professor of geography and the environment in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was selected by the Lender Center to replace Weissman as the 2020-22 Lender Center Faculty Fellow (Weissman died unexpectedly in April 2020). “This is what Evan had laid out and was really interested to see happen,” Robinson says. “His major vision was that we didn’t just develop a food policy council, but that we developed a food policy council that was rooted in social justice and equality.”


    McCormick quoted in Al Jazeera article on use of spyware in Mexico

    A rights group has called on the Mexican government to suspend all use of surveillance spyware until robust and transparent regulations are put in place that respect human rights. The administration of President Lopez Obrador says previous Mexican governments purchased and used the spyware. "This is something that could potentially be good because it does lend validity to the accusations that Enrique Pena Nieto and the old guard of the political establishment are corrupt," says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. Read more in the Al Jazeera article, "Rights group calls for moratorium on the use of spyware in Mexico."


    In Memoriam: Montgomery Meigs, Retired General and Former Bantle Chair

    Montgomery C. Meigs, a retired four-star general who commanded U.S. Army forces in Europe and served as the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy at the Maxwell School, died on July 6, 2021, in Austin, Texas. He was 76. Meigs joined the Maxwell faculty in 2004, one year after it partnered with the College of Law to form the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)–now known as the Institute for Security Policy and Law. He served as a senior faculty advisor for INSCT, where he taught History of American Strategic Practice, a cornerstone of its certificate programs.


    McDowell study on capital controls published in the RIO

    "Closing time: Reputational constraints on capital account policy in emerging markets," co-authored by Associate Professor of Political Science Daniel McDowell, was published in the Review of International Organizations. The authors show that capital flow volatility is associated with outflow controls, but only when market peers are already closed, suggesting reputational concerns can limit policy autonomy. The study was featured in the Science X article, "When restricting capital movement, don't go it alone."


    Monnat discusses the US drug crisis on CBS News Radio

    Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, was interviewed on CBS News Radio's "America: Changed Forever" podcast about drug abuse and the role the COVID-19 pandemic may have played in last year's drug-related deaths. "COVID-19 has really contributed to a perfect storm of factors that have created the worst drug overdose conditions in the history of this country," says Monnat. Her interview begins at 21:54.


    Rasmussen's book Fears of a Setting Sun featured in NY Times article

    Professor Dennis Rasmussen's book, "Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders," was featured in the New York Times article, "George Washington Feared for America and Other Truths About the Founders We’ve Frozen in Time." In his book, Rasmussen discusses the later-in-life correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, all of who feared for the fate of the American republic following their service in the government they created. The article's author cites the importance of having that perspective, especially now when millions of Americans are fearful for the future of democracy.


    O'Keefe discusses the future of commercial space travel on BYUradio

    Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and former NASA administrator, was interviewed on BYUradio's "The Lisa Show" about the future of commercial space travel, and what it means for the future of humanity beyond the stars.


    Monnat talks to NBCLX about the overdose crisis in the US

    Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed on NBCLX's LX News about the overdose crisis in the U.S. "I think that there's no magic bullet and even after COVID goes away we'll probably continue to see drug overdoses increasing well into the next several years," says Monnat. "Until we can get some control over the drug supply and put interventions in place to make the supply of drugs safer for people who are going to use or people who are struggling with addiction...we are going to keep seeing overdoses go up and ultimately, if we want to reduce the drug overdose crisis, we're going to have to deal with long-term social and economic determinants that are at the foundation of the crisis," she says. Her interview begins at 14:20.


    Reeher discusses NY congressional redistricting in Daily Star

    In New York, drawing new congressional lines is likely to spark turf battles across political circles, as the state will lose one of its 27 congressional districts. Redistricting in New York, says Professor Grant Reeher, has produced "a paradox of good government goals running up against political realities." If the goal is to flip a seat from control by one party to another, he says, a possible target could be U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford. Because Tenney recaptured her old seat in the last election by a razor-thin margin, "you could make a difference pretty easily there" by modifying the district lines, Reeher says. Read more in the Daily Star article, "New Yorkers get chance to weigh in before new political maps take shape."


    Campbell quoted in Guardian article on the death of Haiti's president

    Already facing political, economic and security crises, the violent death of its president is only complicating matters in Haiti, which has been plunged into confusion about who is now in charge of the country. "The nature and manner of the assassination of the president have brought further urgency on the need for genuine reconstruction and support for democratic transition in Haiti," says Horace Campbell, professor of political science. He was quoted in The Guardian article, "What do we know about investigation into the assassination of Haiti’s president?"


    Montez discusses US life expectancy, COVID pandemic in USA Today

    Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year and a half in 2020, according to government data released Wednesday, the largest on-year drop since World War II. Hispanic and Black populations saw the largest declines. "I really hope that this is a wake-up call for the U.S.," says Jennifer Karas Montez, professor of sociology and Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies. "We're relying a lot on a medical fix—on vaccines. And I don't think that's enough." Read more in the USA Today article, "US life expectancy decreased by 1.5 years during the pandemic – the largest drop since WWII."


    Harrington Meyer quoted in NYT piece on vacationing with grandparents

    Many families are vacationing this summer with three or more generations together and experts are offering advice on how best to put it off. One tip is to discuss who pays for what. On family trips, "there is very little money flowing uphill" to the older generation, Madonna Harrington Meyer, University Professor of Sociology and author of "Grandmothers at Work," has found in her research. Read more in the New York Times article, "How to Have a Fun, Multigenerational Family Vacation."


    Popp cited in New York Times article on green jobs

    Industry studies, including one cited by the White House, suggest that vastly increasing the number of wind and solar farms could produce over half a million jobs a year over the next decade—primarily in construction and manufacturing. David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs, says those job estimates were roughly in line with his study of the green jobs created by the Recovery Act of 2009, but with two caveats: First, the green jobs created then coincided with a loss of jobs elsewhere, including high-paying, unionized industrial jobs. And the green jobs did not appear to raise the wages of workers who filled them. Read more in the New York Times article, "Building Solar Farms May Not Build the Middle Class."


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