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  • Monnat weighs in on CNY COVID-19 deaths in article

    During December in Onondaga County, COVID-19 far outstripped the monthly average deaths from the typical leading cause of death: heart disease. "To keep things in perspective, there have been 330 COVID deaths in the county over the whole year so far," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "There are still far more deaths annually from heart disease and cancer," she adds. But, "If these numbers are similar for 2020," Monnat says, “COVID will be the third-leading cause of death in the county this year." Read more in the article, "COVID-19 is killing more people in CNY right now than anything else."



    Purser discusses the right for renters to have legal counsel with AP

    Fewer than 10 cities and counties nationwide guarantee tenants the right to a lawyer in housing-related disputes, and for people struggling to make ends meet, an attorney is beyond their means. Unlike criminal cases, an attorney won’t be assigned if someone can’t afford one. "The push for right to counsel preceded the pandemic, but it’s particularly acute and particularly urgent in light of the pandemic, given just the overall precarity that renters are facing," says Gretchen Purser. Legal representation "is going to be one of the most important things that groups around the country can be pushing for," Purser says. She was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Cities helping renters get right to lawyers in housing court."



    Radcliffe quoted in Deseret News article on COVID-19 double standards

    For people struggling to stay motivated to continue social distancing and wearing masks, cases where public officials ignore the very rules they are imposing on others can be frustrating. Officials should be held to a higher standard, says Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs, especially when public health is on the line. "People who have considerable power or ability to influence others have a greater obligation to make sure that their actions match their words—because their words and actions can affect the behavior and welfare of others," says Radcliffe. Read more in the Deseret News article, "7 times public officials had double standards on COVID-19."



    Schwartz discusses challenges of post-COVID school mobility in The 74

    "The literature says, 'These [mobile] kids do worse,'" says Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs. "But really, on the whole, we’re unable to fully disentangle the effects of moving from the underlying factors that led to it. And from a policy point of view, I’m not sure it matters: You show me a kid who’s moved three times in the last eight months, I’ll show you a kid who needs special attention," she says. Read more in The 74 article, "Research Shows Changing Schools Can Make or Break a Student, But the Wave of Post-COVID Mobility May Challenge the Systems in Ways We’ve Never Seen."



    Wiemers examines vulnerability to COVID-19 complications in new study

    "Disparities in vulnerability to complications from COVID-19 arising from disparities in preexisting conditions in the United States," co-authored by Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Emily Wiemers, was published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Using a model validated on COVID-19 hospitalizations, the authors show large disparities across education and income in the prevalence of conditions associated with adverse outcomes, and in the overall risk of severe complications. These disparities emerge early in life, prior to age 65.



    Landes study on COVID-19 impact on people with IDD in CA published

    "COVID-19 outcomes among people with intellectual and developmental disability in California: The importance of type of residence and skilled nursing care needs," co-authored by Scott Landes and sociology student Ashlyn Wong, was published in Disability and Health Journal. The study shows that California residents who receive services for intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) have lower COVID-19 case rates but a higher case-fatality rate than the general population. The lower case rate is being driven by those with IDD who live in their own home or a family home, while those living in congregate settings are more likely to be diagnosed with, and die from the virus.



    Sultana weighs in on NY State fossil fuel divestment in City & State

    New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced a plan on Wednesday to get New York’s $226 billion pension fund to review and divest from many fossil fuel companies and reduce carbon emissions in its portfolio. Farhana Sultana, associate professor of geography and the environment, says the plan could push other states to consider divestment seriously. "This divestment of the pension fund is one of the components of the multi-pronged approach that is absolutely critically essential in moving toward more climate just futures," she says. Read more in the City & State article, "DiNapoli opens up fossil fuel divestment."


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  • Innovation in the Salt City

    As an extension of her work as community geographer, faculty member Jonnell Robinson now serves on Syracuse’s new "innovation team".


    Local Influence

    The mayor of Syracuse highlights the number of alumni in Syracuse city and Onondaga County government.


    Win-Win-Win Situation

    The Maxwell X Lab benefits government and nonprofits, in turn helping the clients they serve, while creating a sandbox in which to study real world policy challenges.

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    Creating public health programs that are  effective replicated in community and national prevention programs.

    Autonomous Systems Policy Institute
    Exploring new frontiers in policy, law, and governance of autonomous systems.

    Campbell Public Affairs Institute
    Serving contemporary challenges in democratic governance 

    Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
    Exploring environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects.

    Center for Policy Research
    Focusing on domestic policy concerns — among them health studies, econometrics, public education, public finance, social welfare, poverty and income security, and urban and regional studies.

    Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
    Enhancing knowledge about social conflicts and collaborative governance and collaborative problem solving.

    Aging Studies Institute
    Promoting aging-related research, training, and outreach. 

    Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
    Facilitating research on issues raised by an increasingly interdependent world and studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.

    Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute
    Bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and implement new infrastructures.

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