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Monnat comments on impact of COVID-19 on minorities in Daily Gazette

"This is just another example of the negative health impacts of structural racism," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "Across all institutions, blacks are disadvantaged."

April 29, 2020

Burman discusses additional coronavirus stimulus checks with CNBC

Successfully getting more money out to Americans could be tricky, if the experience from the recent stimulus checks is any indication, says Len Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics.

April 29, 2020

Perry Singleton funded by University of Kentucky poverty center

Perry Singleton received a $46,500 grant from the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research to fund his project, "The Effect of Social Security Retirement Benefits on Food-Related Hardship among Older Americans."
April 27, 2020

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Popp’s work on government research support funded by Sloan Foundation

David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs, has been awarded a $349,380 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His research will examine how government funding influences the direction of clean energy research, focusing on whether increased government spending attracts more researchers to the field, or merely substitutes for other funding sources within the field.

April 23, 2020

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Heflin speaks about SNAP benefits, federal stimulus bill on NCPR

"The population that has the lowest income and has the least other sources of support have not been given any increase in the ability to provide food for their family," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.

April 22, 2020

Monnat discusses racial disparities, COVID-19 deaths in Miami Herald

"Without widespread testing and without knowing the infection rate, we can’t responsibly predict when things could open back up," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

April 20, 2020

Monnat discusses COVID-19 testing with Miami Herald,

"If people aren’t being tested, you’re risking not only spread, but greater severity of the illness," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

April 17, 2020

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Monnat comments on fairness of stay-at-home orders in Wisconsin Examiner

"A crisis like COVID-19 is bound to exacerbate existing racial-ethnic and socio-economic disparities. Not only within the healthcare system, and in terms of health outcomes, but also within the criminal justice system," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

April 16, 2020

Lutz receives NSF RAPID grant for COVID-19 research

Amy Lutz, associate professor of sociology, has received a $97,058 grant from the National Science Foundation's RAPID program for her research project “Working and Teaching from Home in New York State Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
April 14, 2020

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Rosenthal paper on spatial reach of agglomeration economies

John P. Harding, Jing Li, Stuart S. Rosenthal & Xirui Zhang
April 13, 2020

Monnat discusses COVID-19 with D Magazine, Stateline, the Verge

"At the front end, not testing these groups [poor and racial-ethnic minority populations] at the same level is increasing the risk of fatality rates," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

April 13, 2020

Heflin study on disability, immigration, and food insecurity published

Claire E. Altman, Colleen M. Heflin & Hannah Akanksha Patnaik
April 9, 2020

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Hamersma’s research on SNAP access funded by WT Grant Foundation

Sarah Hamersma, an associate professor of public administration and international affairs, recently won a $140,058 award from the WT Grant Foundation to support her project “Keeping the ‘Great Equalizer’ Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adult’s Educational Engagement.” 

April 3, 2020

Popp quoted in S&P Global article on electric vehicles, 2020 election

David Popp was interviewed for the S&P Global story, "Biden, Sanders eye broader EV adoption on road to 2020 election," stating that he is "highly skeptical" of reaching 100% EV sales by 2030.

March 16, 2020

Shi’s education research funded by Russell Sage and Gates Foundations

Ying Shi, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, recently won a $29,809 grant jointly funded by the Russell Sage and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations for her upcoming research related to educational inequality and opportunity. John Singleton, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Rochester, will also be an investigator on this project.
March 13, 2020

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Monnat awarded grant by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Shannon Monnat, the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, has received a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for her project, which is designed to improve education for health care providers concerning Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and for babies who suffered opioid exposure prior to their birth. 

March 5, 2020

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Complementary projects on food insecurity funded by Russell Sage

The Russell Sage Foundation has announced funding for two complementary projects related to food insecurity among older adults, and conducted by Maxwell faculty members. One is a qualitative assessment funded at $48,191 and led by Madonna Harrington Meyer, University Professor of Sociology, while the other, funded for $34,997, involves quantitative analysis, conducted by Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs. These complementary projects, which are expected to result in a book-length manuscript, will assess the social, political, and economic dimensions of old-age food insecurity.
March 3, 2020

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Russell Sage funds Michelmore’s study of single mothers' job quality

Katherine Michelmore won a $29,272 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to study the effect of the earned income tax credit on job quality among single mothers. 
February 27, 2020

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