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  • London study looks at COVID-19 through lenses of HIV, epidemic history

    "'It’s history in the making all around us': examining COVID-19 through the lenses of HIV and epidemic history," co-authored by Professor Andrew London, was published in Culture, Health & Sexuality. The study aims to determine how men living in the USA make sense of COVID-19 in the light of their collective knowledge and/or memories of the HIV pandemic, and provides evidence regarding the social organization of a contemporary pandemic and how individuals perceive and guard against risk, assign responsibility for virus transmission and acquisition, and navigate the threat of a potentially deadly infection.


    Zhang cited in WIRED article on the responsible use of AI

    There are inherent conflicts in tech companies sponsoring or employing researchers to study the implications of technology they seek to profit from. But despite this, Baobao Zhang, assistant professor of political science, says the U.S. public still seems to broadly trust tech companies to guide development of artificial intelligence (AI). Read more about her recent survey findings in the WIRED article, "Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center."


    Reeher discusses Chris Cuomo's role in brother's scandal with Spectrum

    Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from CNN this week amid questions about his role as part of a circle of informal advisors to his brother, Andrew Cuomo. The nearest analogy for the unusual arrangement of powerful brothers advising one another is the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert, who would serve as his attorney general, says Professor Grant Reeher. But Chris offering to call sources on behalf of his brother crossed a line, Reeher says. "You're shifting from that into actually drawing on your professional contacts in a way that are not supposed to be done with that kind of favoritism," he says. Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Indefinitely suspended from CNN, Chris Cuomo's role in brother's scandal under scrutiny."


    Monmonier weighs in on where Upstate NY begins in Westchester Magazine

    While many believe Westchester to be part of Upstate New York, the truth is a bit more complex. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment, weighs in on the upstate-downstate breakdown—mentioning late-night host Stephen Colbert, who invented the concept of "truthiness," suggesting different levels of being factual. "Stephen might say something like 'upstatedness,'" says Monmonier. "Westchester County has a relatively low degree of upstatedness. Dutchess has more upstatedness. Albany has a considerably high level of upstatedness." Monmonier was quoted in the Westchester Magazine article, "So Where Does “Upstate” New York Really Begin?"


    Allport's Britain at Bay wins HWA 2021 Crown Award for nonfiction

    "Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War: 1938-1941" (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2020), written by Professor of History Alan Allport, won the Historical Writers' Association 2021 Crown Award for nonfiction. According to the judges, "It changed our perspective, not just on Britain in the Second World War but on British national identity and the way that we deploy history more generally."


    Zwick explores the relationship between technology and cities

    In his new book, “The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), Maxwell School faculty member Austin Zwick explores the intersection between urban planning and technological change.


    Lovely talks to Politico about the China-directed USICA

    The House will soon be moving ahead on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s China-targeted $250 billion U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), designed to preserve a competitive technological edge over China through the injection of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars for various initiatives. Chinese officials have warned that reprisals are coming, should the bill become law. "China does not have many ways to hurt the U.S. now without damage to itself, but reducing the flow of strategic inputs for electrical vehicles would be a possible avenue for retaliation," says Professor Mary Lovely. She was quoted in the Politico article, "China blowback looms for Schumer’s Innovation and Competition Act."


    O'Keefe quoted in BBC article on the need for new spacesuits

    Little has changed in the way of spacesuits since 1983 and now NASA's Johnson Space Center has called for private sector proposals for new ones. They would be used for spacewalks on the International Space Station (ISS) and during future Artemis missions to the surface of the moon. University Professor Sean O'Keefe says that he is not really surprised that the space agency has turned to the private sector for help. "Every variant of every space suit NASA has ever used was developed in concert with the private sector," says O'Keefe. Read more in the BBC article, "Upcoming Moon missions spur the search for new spacesuits."


    Reeher weighs in on Onondaga County reapportionment process on WAER

    Last Friday marked the final public hearing in what many democrats have called a partisan, political and broken process of redrawing Onondaga County’s legislative district lines. Despite the outcry, Professor Grant Reeher says it’s not clear if the results would have been dramatically different. "The party's problem has to do with turnout in these off-off-year elections, and also the apparent fact that there are quite a number of democrats that are ticket splitting," says Reeher. Listen to the full interview, "SU Political Science Prof. Questions Whether Onondaga County Democrats Could Have Made Gains In Redrawn District Maps," on WAER.


    Excerpt of Lasch-Quinn's Ars Vitae published in Montréal Review

    An excerpt of "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living” (Notre Dame Press, 2020), written by Professor of History Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, was published in The Montréal Review. In the book, Lasch-Quinn explores Americans’ stirring interest in ancient Greco-Roman philosophies including Cynicism, Platonism, Gnosticism, Stoicism and Epicureanism, and whether they can offer any alternatives to contemporary consumer culture as a means to happiness and well-being.


    Monnat quoted in BBC article on annual US drug overdose deaths

    More than 100,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses over a year-long period during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the highest yearly death toll from drugs ever recorded in the U.S. "Even after COVID is over, overdoses will likely continue to increase. We have to attack this crisis from multiple angles," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology. "But beyond this, we need to recognize that the increase in drug use disorders over the past 20 to 30 years is a symptom of much larger social and economic problems," she says. Read more in the BBC article, "US annual drug overdose deaths hit record levels."


    Williams talks to BBC Newshour about Russian cybercriminals

    Many of the people on the FBI's cyber most wanted list are Russian. While some allegedly work for the government earning a normal salary, others are accused of making a fortune from ransomware attacks and online theft. If they left Russia they'd be arrested—but at home they appear to be given free rein. This has a damaging impact on countries and states around the world. "It undermines sovereignty, it makes governments look incompetent, it causes billions of dollars in damages and ransom, and it can also endanger lives," says Associate Professor Michael John Williams. Listen to the full BBC Newshour interview, "Cybersecurity: wanted criminals living freely in Russia," beginning at 7:56.


    Griffiths explains how aspiring nations go about winning sovereignty

    What is the strategy of secession and how do tactics vary by the kind of independence movement? In his new book, “Secession and the Sovereignty Game: Strategy and Tactics for Aspiring Nations” (Cornell University Press, 2021), Maxwell School faculty member Ryan Griffiths argues that the rules and informal practices regarding state recognition create a strategic playing field between existing states and aspiring nations.


    Lovely discusses the upcoming Biden-Xi virtual summit on Bloomberg TV

    President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China will meet for a virtual summit on Monday evening amid economic and military tensions. "We hope that tensions don't continue to rise because as we know, they're high enough already," says Professor Mary Lovely. "There's many issues on which the U.S. and China both need to cooperate but have different views about. We certainly believe that there are some deals to be struck." Watch the full interview, beginning at 5:38, via Bloomberg TV.


    Heflin quoted in AP article on food insecurity among military families

    As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families, underscoring how long-term food insecurity has extended into every aspect of American life, including the military. Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs, says the lack of Pentagon interest has led to a critical shortage of proper study or data on the issue. "In my experiences, it’s hard to explain this to Department of Defense officials," she says. "They find it embarrassing and something they would not like to acknowledge." Read more in the Associated Press article, "Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity."


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