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  • 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."



    Compassion for Community - Lia Chabot '21 BS (Econ/CCE)

    Lia Chabot ’21 arrived at Syracuse University with a passion for economics, and she’ll graduate with a wealth of experiences that reflect her academic prowess, compassion and commitment to activism. Whether she’s talking monetary policy, crunching data on rental properties, advocating for sexual safety or sharing her love for London, Chabot brings a refreshing perspective to all she does. In the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, she brought her interests together by combining majors in economics and citizenship and civic engagement with a minor in environment and society.



    A Call to be ‘Audacious and Bold’

    At a recent Maxwell Advisory Board meeting, member Mary Daly ’90 posed a question—or perhaps it was a challenge. As she recalls, it went something like this: “What can we do that can move the needle, materially change what we see that we don’t like in our society, with regard to inequities? How are we going to literally be able to hand the next generation a better future than what we inherited?” The meeting’s agenda was to give feedback on a draft of the Maxwell School’s strategic plan for improving diversity, equity and inclusion. “It had all the elements that are often in plans that are making progress on this,” she recalls. Yet, to really move the needle, it requires actions that are, “going to be, by definition, audacious and bold,” she says.



    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 pull 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."



    Maxwell School announces 2021 faculty promotions

    The Syracuse University Board of Trustees has approved promotions for six faculty members at the Maxwell School. They are: Alan Allport, who was promoted to professor of history; Shana Kushner Gadarian, who was promoted to professor of political science; Dimitar Gueorguiev, who was promoted to associate professor of political science; Matt Huber, who was promoted to professor of geography and the environment; Guido Pezzarossi, who was promoted to associate professor of anthropology; and Junko Takeda, who was promoted to professor of history.



    Jacobson discusses US withdrawal from Afghanistan in The Conversation

    In "The US withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this historic moment," published by The Conversation, Assistant Dean for Washington Programs Mark Jacobson offers both personal and professional perspectives on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. "The lack of a U.S. military presence fundamentally changes the security dynamics in Afghanistan, reducing the leverage necessary to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, especially with the loss of U.S. air power," says Jacobson. "Additionally, security is a precondition to development, and it’s unclear how long the international development community, which has had a large presence in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, will be able to work, or whether Afghan nationals will be safe implementing these projects," he says.



    Bendix interviewed by NBCLX on climate change, wildfires

    Jacob Bendix, professor of geography and the environment, was interviewed on NBCLX's LX News about the impact of climate change on wildfires. "I think that both last year and this year we are seeing impact of climate change on fire behavior and the size of the fires we're having because, quite simply, we have higher temperatures and in many cases, more extensive drought as well than in the past," says Bendix. "High temperatures and dry conditions favor fire. The more heat we have and the longer we have heat—that is, higher temperatures earlier in the summer so we have less snow pack—the worse fires we're going to see." His interview begins at approximately 20:00.



    Monnat weighs in on record US overdose deaths in AP article

    Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase. "What’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way. Heroin is contaminated. Cocaine is contaminated. Methamphetamine is contaminated." Read more in the Associated Press article, "US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year."



    Sultana reports on political ecology in Progress in Human Geography

    "Progress report in Political ecology II: Conjunctures, crises, and critical publics," authored by Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment Farhana Sultana, was published in Progress in Human Geography. Sultana critically engages with the conjunctural capitalist crises that led to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses alternative pathways to address growing socio-ecological crises.



    Reeher quoted in LocalSYR article on gun buyback programs

    The City of Syracuse is partnering with New York Attorney General Letitia James on a gun buyback program this summer. Professor Grant Reeher says the amount of guns in the United States keeps growing. When it comes to homicides, he says money should be invested in programs in the places where gun crimes and gang violence happen the most. "Particularly in poorer areas of cities," Reeher adds. "Those are the people that suffer the consequences of this most heavily. Again, that’s a big investment. You’re talking about social programs, you’re talking about job programs, you’re talking about criminal justice initiatives—those all cost a lot of money." Reeher was quoted in the LocalSYR article, "A closer look at the effectiveness of gun buyback programs."



    Michelmore weighs in on Child Tax Credit payments in BBC, MarktetWatch

    The first advance payments on the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) are being distributed through direct deposits and paper checks on this week. Various research shows the timing and certainty of payments and benefits can really matter in a family’s financial life from month to month, especially if the family is struggling, says Katherine Michelmore. Knowing the CTC money is "coming on a specific day is really helpful to families that are living paycheck to paycheck," she says. Read more in the MarketWatch article, "Enhanced Child Tax Credits of up to $3,600 per child start this week: ‘I’m going to be able to do a lot’." Michelmore was also quoted in the BBC News article, "Why the US is launching a $300 monthly child benefit."



    Campbell speaks to LA Times about assassination of Haiti's president

    Last week, Haitian president Jovenel Moise was assassinated inside his home. As officials continue their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing, Haiti’s constitutional crisis deepens, with multiple politicians battling for control of the impoverished country. What is needed, says Horace G. Campbell, professor of political science and African American studies, is for members of Haitian civil society to take the lead in crafting a solution to the current crisis with the support of neighboring Caribbean countries. "The Haitian people need room to create their own democratic spaces," Campbell says. Read more in the Los Angeles Times article, "Who killed Haiti’s president? Plot thickens as Moise’s guards come under scrutiny."



    Bendix quoted in LA Times article CA wildfires, climate change

    California is off to another record-breaking year of wildfires as the state enters its most dangerous months, with extreme heat and dry terrain creating the conditions for rapid spread. More than twice as many acres burned in the first six months of this year than during the same period last year—and hundreds more fires, officials say. "The exceptional fire weather this year and in recent years does not represent random bad luck," says Jacob Bendix, professor of geography and the environment. "It is among the results of our adding carbon to the atmosphere—results that were predictable, and indeed that have been predicted for decades." Read more in the Los Angeles Times article, "California hit by record-breaking fire destruction: 'Climate change is real, it’s bad'."



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