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  • Syracuse mayoral candidates to debate on Campbell Conversations

    Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, will moderate a debate between Syracuse's mayoral candidates: incumbent Ben Walsh, an independent who is running on the Independence Party line, the Democratic Party nominee Khalid Bey, and the Republican nominee, Janet Burman. The debate will air in two 30-minute parts; Part 1, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m. and Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.; Part 2, Oct. 30 at 6:30 a.m. and Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. via WRVO local stations FM 89.9 and FM 90.3. More information can be found on the Campbell Conversations website.


    Reeher quoted in Newsweek piece on retiring PA, NC congress members

    Two fixtures of the Democratic party's presence in the House of Representatives will retire after 58 years of combined service. Representative Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, and Representative David Price, a North Carolina Democrat, announced that they would not seek reelection. Professor Grant Reeher expects each seat to remain blue. Find out why in the Newsweek article, "Could Retiring Congress Members in PA, NC Spell Trouble for Democrats Struggling Agenda?"


    In Memoriam: Vernon L. Greene, pioneer in the study of aging

    Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and International Affairs Vernon Greene, who passed away on October 10 at the age of 77, saw the aging process as much more than a person getting old, and his vision helped build Syracuse University’s reputation as a national leader in gerontology, home of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI) and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS).


    Wiemers to study challenges of caring for aging parents amid pandemic

    Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, will serve as principal investigator for a two-year, NIH-funded study of the challenges to those caring for aging parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The project also includes researchers at Bowling Green State University.


    Himmelreich named to Syracuse Surveillance Technology Work Group

    Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and researcher with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, is one of five community members named to the Surveillance Technology Work Group that Syracuse Mayor Walsh says will ensure “surveillance tools are implemented in a safe and well-governed way.”


    Gadarian discusses the polarization of the pandemic with Governing

    There has always been resistance to vaccines, but prior to the pandemic, it fell roughly evenly across political parties. From the very start of the pandemic, people’s willingness to change their behavior—for instance, by washing their hands more or staying home—has been determined more by partisanship than any other factor, including age, race or geography, according to Shana Kushner Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. She discusses the issue in the Governing article, "Partisanship = Death: How Vaccines Became a Polarizing Issue."


    Thompson quoted in Times Union article on religious vaccine exemptions

    Debate over religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine is complicated, with employers having to determine if the objections are legitimate religious beliefs. Whether the religious belief is "sincerely held" is a primary metric used by employers when determining whether to grant the requests, says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "The question is whether people are consistent," Thompson says. Read more in the Albany Times Union article, "How does religious exemption to vaccine work?"


    Sultana featured in Carbon Brief piece on diversity, climate research

    A recent analysis entitled "The Reuters Hot List" ranked the 1,000 "most influential" climate scientists—largely based on their publication record and social media engagement. Scientists from the global south are vastly under-represented in the list as are women. "Knowledge production and circulation are skewed and incomplete, and this distorts and impoverishes public discourse on important topics. Ultimately, this has deleterious consequences in policies and practice," says Farhana Sultana, associate professor of geography and the environment. Read more in the Carbon Brief article, "Analysis: The lack of diversity in climate-science research."


    Yingyi Ma discusses experiences of Chinese students in US with NCUSCR

    Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology and director of Asian/Asian American Studies, took part in a virtual program, "People-to-People Exchange: Chinese Students in the U.S.," hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR). The panelists discussed the experiences of Chinese students studying in the United States and their thoughts about such students in the future.


    Reeher quoted in The Hill article on Biden's challenge with Democrats

    President Biden is stuck in the middle of a heated Democratic fight, threading a needle between progressives who want expansive social spending and more conservative Democrats who are skeptical of that effort and prefer to focus on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. "He has got an enormous challenge, because somehow he has to balance all that," says Professor Grant Reeher. Read more in The Hill article, "The Memo: Biden stuck in middle of tricky Democratic fight."


    Researchers examine COVID’s toll on NYC children’s health, education

    Amy Ellen Schwartz, professor of economics and public administration and international affairs, is one of two principal investigators for a five-year research project to examine how, over time, COVID-19 has affected children’s health and education in New York City. Maxwell School faculty colleague Michah W. Rothbart is among the co-investigators. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the $3.5 million study is a collaboration by researchers at Syracuse University, New York University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


    Lovely weighs in on US China trade plan in Reuters article

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai unveiled her plan for trade with China on Monday, pledging to hold talks with Chinese officials over their failure to meet the terms of former President Donald Trump's "Phase 1" trade deal, and to revive a process to grant exclusions from tariffs on Chinese imports. "She's going to re-engage with China and that's a good thing," says Professor Mary Lovely. "But her whole plan seems to be, 'I'm going to have a conversation.'" Read more in the Reuters article, "New U.S. China trade plan leaves industry hungry for specifics."


    Wilson op-ed on fossil fuels, skiing published in Colorado Sun

    In his co-authored op-ed, "Fossil fuels are threatening Colorado skiing," Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment Robert Wilson discusses what's needed in a truly robust climate-funding agenda, including electricity-grid improvements supporting wind and solar farms, green energy development that leverages fossil fuel industry workers’ technical skills, and a Civilian Climate Corps. The piece was published in the Colorado Sun.


    Art of Living, Virtual Memories Show podcasts feature Lasch-Quinn

    Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, professor of history, discussed her book, "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living" (Notre Dame Press, 2020), on the Art of Living podcast and the Virtual Memories Show podcast. In the book, Lasch-Quinn explores how different philosophies of the ancient Greeks and Romans continue to play out in our modern era.


    Purser discusses rent relief, the eviction moratorium on WCNY

    Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology, appeared on WCNY's most recent episode of CONNECT NY, "The State of Homeownership." Purser discussed the crisis facing renters and the eviction moratorium. "What we have right now is a band aid and we're trying to stem this tide of evictions that will take place if the eviction moratorium ended," says Purser. Her piece begins at 33:00.


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