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  • Yingyi Ma examines role of school counselors in China in new study

    "Educating the Elites: School Counselors as Education Nannies in Urban China," authored by Yingyi Ma, was published in Comparative Education Review. Ma's qualitative study of 18 school counselors across eight international divisions in Chinese public high schools reveals that school counselors are like “education nannies” to the children of elites in China. This means that they work assiduously and relentlessly to provide around-the-clock services to students and their parents, who target top-ranked colleges overseas. Their work is complicated by the differences between the U.S. and Chinese school systems, so that much of their job is to shepherd anxious children and their parents through the muddy waters of the cross-cultural straits of college admissions.

     

    Monnat discusses the US drug crisis on CBS News Radio

    Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, was interviewed on CBS News Radio's "America: Changed Forever" podcast about drug abuse and the role the COVID-19 pandemic may have played in last year's drug-related deaths. "COVID-19 has really contributed to a perfect storm of factors that have created the worst drug overdose conditions in the history of this country," says Monnat. Her interview begins at 21:54.

     

    Monnat talks to NBCLX about the overdose crisis in the US

    Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed on NBCLX's LX News about the overdose crisis in the U.S. "I think that there's no magic bullet and even after COVID goes away we'll probably continue to see drug overdoses increasing well into the next several years," says Monnat. "Until we can get some control over the drug supply and put interventions in place to make the supply of drugs safer for people who are going to use or people who are struggling with addiction...we are going to keep seeing overdoses go up and ultimately, if we want to reduce the drug overdose crisis, we're going to have to deal with long-term social and economic determinants that are at the foundation of the crisis," she says. Her interview begins at 14:20.

     

    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."

     

    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 put 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."

     

    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."

     

    Sociologists explore veteran service-connected disability in new study

    "Service-Connected Disability and the Veteran Mortality Disadvantage," co-authored by Maxwell sociologists Scott Landes, Andrew London and Janet Wilmoth, was published in Armed Forces & Society. Their results indicate that service-connected disability status accounts for some variation in, and may have a cumulative effect on, the veteran mortality disadvantage. Future research should account for service-connected disability status when studying veteran–nonveteran mortality differentials.

     

    Maxwell scholars publish book on public policy and the life course

    Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London, two professors from the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology, the Aging Studies Institute and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, co-edited a new book “Life-Course Implications of U.S. Public Policies” (Routledge, 2021). Professors Colleen Heflin, Madonna Harrington Meyer and Jennifer Karas Montez, along with Ph.D. student Amra Kandic, contributed to the book.

     

    Yingyi Ma weighs in on lack of AAPI history taught in schools in SCMP

    Asian Americans represent a diverse population of more than 23 million—or about 7 per cent of the total U.S. population, yet Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history remains largely absent in U.S. schools. "There are a lot of reasons, but I think it’s largely the ‘invisibility’ of Asian-Americans," says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. "They’re almost like a forgotten minority in our discussion of social justice and equality." Read more in the South China Morning Post article, "Amid a wave of violence against Asian-Americans, some push for more of their history in classrooms."

     

    Maxwell faculty, staff and students honored with 2021 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2021 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

     

    Maxwell students chosen to be 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars

    Eight Maxwell School students were among those named 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships, now in their 32nd year, were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Those students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among the 270 people who perished in the bombing. The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations.

     

    Ma examines science identity change, college major shifts in new study

    "Math and Science Identity Change and Paths into and out of STEM: Gender and Racial Disparities," co-authored by Associate Professor of Sociology Yingyi Ma, was published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Using data from the Pathways through College Study, Ma and Ph.D. candidate Shiyang Xiao '20 M.A. (Econ) find that science identity changes matter more than math identity changes in their association with the decision to switch majors. Most notably, underrepresented racial minority women are the most vulnerable in terms of decreasing science identity and the associated probabilities of leaking out of STEM.

     

    Purser quoted in Law360 article on extended CDC anti-eviction order

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a 90-day extension of a national anti-eviction order slated to expire on March 31. In place through June with minor modifications, the policy effectively extends an anti-eviction order enacted in September under the Trump administration. "The need for rental assistance and a massive influx of cash to deal with this is really, really great," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. "The question now is what will happen [after] June." Purser was quoted in the Law360 article, "CDC Extends Federal Anti-Eviction Order Through June."

     

    Ma featured in Chronicle piece on international students, racism in US

    The shootings at Asian-run spas near Atlanta were a dark moment in a grim year for anti-Asian racism—since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group Stop AAPI Hate has catalogued nearly 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination or xenophobia. "The very fact that six out of eight victims are Asian women definitely makes the violence racialized and gendered," says Yingyi Ma. "And given that 70 percent of all international students in the United States are from Asia, I think that would definitely make them very, very afraid." But, adds Ma, "I would argue that anti-Asian racism is always there." Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, "How International Students' Perception of Racism in the U.S. Has Changed."

     

    Montez discusses state policies, life expectancy on Innovation Hub

    Policymakers have a thumb on the scale when it comes to how long we live. Jennifer Karas Montez, professor of sociology and Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, has spent her career studying the social causes of death and disease in the United States—how differing state policies have contributed to a seven year gap between the state with the highest (Hawaii) and the lowest (West Virginia) life expectancy in the U.S. Montez was interviewed for the segment, "Your State’s Politics Might Be The Death of You," on Innovation Hub podcast.

     

    Monnat examines opioid misuse, family structure in new study

    "Opioid misuse and family structure: Changes and continuities in the role of marriage and children over two decades," co-authored by Lerner Chair for Health Promotion Shannon Monnat, was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The authors found that married young adults and those with children have a lower probability of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.

     

    Landes talks to CBS about lack of COVID reporting on people with IDD

    Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology and co-author of a recent study that found that those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) living in group homes may be more likely to die from COVID-19, says the pandemic has exposed shortcomings in the medical community "as we've made decisions on who we collect data on, what we report, who we emphasize, who gets prioritization. I think on a philosophical, underlying level, it's because we have failed to value this group," he says. Read more in the CBS News article, "COVID cases in New York group homes under scrutiny after nursing home controversy."

     

    Harrington Meyer talks to AARP about grandparenting special needs kids

    Being the grandparent of a child with special needs can bring incredible joy but is also complicated. About 17 percent of children are diagnosed with some kind of disability, says University Professor Madonna Harrington Meyer, co-author of the book "Grandparenting Children With Disabilities." "Sometimes the grandparents are actually out in front," says Harrington Meyer. "But then they learn what it is. They learn what it means. And then they hit the ground running." Read more in the AARP article, "How to Grandparent a Child With Special Needs."

     

    Five Maxwell scholars contribute to aging studies handbook

    Four professors and a doctoral student from the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology and Department of Public Administration and International Affairs have contributed to the completely revised ninth edition of the “Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences” (Elsevier Academic Press). In three chapters, Maxwell scholars explore a range of issues related to aging and the life course, including: the link between education and adult health, the life-course consequences of women’s direct and indirect ties to the military, and how intergenerational family ties shape well-being over the life course.

     

    Landes quoted in CTV story on COVID vaccine, people with disabilities

    Canada's national advisory committee on immunization released updated guidance for vaccine prioritization and disabled people living in group homes are mentioned under "Stage 2," but there is no direct mention of those not living in a group home. Advocates argue that disabled people should be included in the initial stages of vaccination because some disabled people struggle with public health measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing. In addition, "Susceptibility to pneumonia and respiratory diseases are typically higher" for people with disabilities, says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. He was quoted in the CTV article, "Advocates worry as most disabled people left off vaccine priority list."

     

    Monnat discusses increase in overdoses during the pandemic in VICE

    Between May 2019 and May 2020, according to CDC data, more than 80,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, a rise of nearly 20%. The most pronounced jump in deaths during this period occurred between March and May last year, when COVID-19 lockdowns took effect. "At its core, I think addiction is about a need for connection," says Shannon Monnat.. "My research shows that work, family and community are the three most important factors for understanding why drug overdose rates are higher in some places than others. ...If we don’t have those connections, we might seek it out elsewhere, for example with drugs," she says. Monnat was quoted in the VICE article, "Pain and Isolation Are Driving America’s Lockdown Overdose Surge."

     

    Monnat quoted in Syracuse.com article on Onondaga County deaths

    Onondaga County saw more people die in 2020 than any year since at least 1970—but COVID-19 isn’t likely the only reason. The reason behind 2020′s death toll is further muddied by the fact that the shutdown might have, paradoxically, saved some lives. "It could be that deaths from certain causes declined and therefore offset the increase due to COVID," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "For example, there may have been a decline in motor vehicle fatalities due to less traffic, thereby offsetting the increase from COVID deaths." Monnat was quoted in the Syracuse.com article, "More Onondaga County residents died in 2020 than in at least 50 years. It wasn’t all COVID."

     

    Monnat study on US policies, rural population health published in PPAR

    "The Unique Impacts of U.S. Social and Health Policies on Rural Population Health and Aging," co-authored by Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion Shannon Monnat, Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Rhubart, and Lerner Graduate Fellow Claire Pendergrast, was published in Public Policy & Aging Report. The authors discuss three large, national policies/programs as exemplars of how policies differentially affect population health and aging in rural versus urban populations: the Older Americans Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. They also discuss implications for policymakers and identify promising areas for research on the spatially disparate impacts of policies on population health and aging.

     

    Monnat featured in INET article on deaths of despair, COVID-19

    "The supply chain for drugs, just like the supply chain for toilet paper, has been significantly interrupted by COVID-19, causing further chaos," notes Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "Fentanyl is increasingly showing up in pressed pill format," says Monnat, "so people think they’re buying an Oxy on the street but it’s actually a fentanyl pill." Read more in the Institute for New Economic Thinking article, "Epidemic of Despair Could Haunt America Long After COVID."

     

    London, Hoy examine same-sex sexuality and divorce risk in new study

    "Same-Sex Sexuality and the Risk of Divorce: Findings from Two National Studies," co-authored by Professor Andrew London and Aaron Hoy '14 M.A. (Soc)/'18 Ph.D. (Soc), was published in the Journal of Homosexuality. London and Hoy use data from the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) and the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to examine the likelihood of divorce among the once-married. Specifically, among those who are or were married once and only once to a person of a different sex, they ask whether the components of same-sex sexuality—desire/attraction, behavior, and identity—are associated with an increased risk of divorce, net of demographic and early-life controls.

     

    Montez quoted in Undark article on state policies, life expectancy

    In a study published in September 2020, Professor Jennifer Karas Montez and her colleagues merged state policy data with life expectancy data for each of the 45 years to see whether there was any association. Their finding: States that implemented more conservative policies were more likely to experience a reduction in life expectancy. "We know states that we can look to: What is Connecticut doing? What did New York state do?" Montez says. "We can also look to the states that are declining and say, 'What did they do wrong?'" Thus, the U.S. offers 50 individual case studies that show how policies are linked to health, Montez says. Read more in the Undark article, "Are Conservative Policies Shortening American Lives?"

     

    Landes study on signature authority, cause of death accuracy published

    "Assessing state level variation in signature authority and cause of death accuracy, 2005–2017," co-authored by Associate Professor of Sociology Scott Landes, was published in Preventive Medicine Reports. The authors examined whether variation in death certificate certifier type predicts the accuracy of cause of death reporting in the U.S. Their findings suggest that state-level differences in statutory signature authority may contribute to inaccuracies in U.S. mortality data, especially when considering myriad professional groups that can certify the cause of death.

     

    New study explores effect of preemption laws on infant mortality rate

    "Effects of US state preemption laws on infant mortality," co-authored by Maxwell professors Douglas Wolf, Shannon Monnat and Jennifer Karas Montez, was published in Preventive Medicine. States are increasingly preempting city and county governments from enacting policies that benefit workers, such as raising the minimum wage. The authors found that each additional dollar of minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% annually in large U.S. cities. Additionally, in the 25 states that preempted minimum wage increases since 2001, over 600 infants could have been saved annually if localities had been allowed to raise their wage to $9.99.

     

    Landes, London study on self-reported ADHD and adult health published

    "Self-Reported ADHD and Adult Health in the United States," co-authored by sociologists Scott Landes and Andrew London, was published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Landes and London investigated the relationship between self-reported ADHD diagnosis status and adult health, and whether observed associations are attenuated by biomedical and socioeconomic factors. They concluded that research on adult health outcomes for those with ADHD should include consideration of the mechanisms by which a diagnosis of ADHD leads to cumulative social disadvantages that independently contribute to poorer health outcomes.

     

    Landes comments on vaccine prioritization for people with IDD in WaPo

    "To me, it’s unconscionable. We know this is a vulnerable health population. We can show they’re not doing well. I just cannot fathom why states are being allowed to not report," says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. If states had a greater focus on the pandemic’s impact on the disabled, he says, "vaccination prioritization would be much clearer. You would have the evidence to tell you what needs to be done." Landes was quoted in the Washington Post article, "People with disabilities desperately need the vaccine. But states disagree on when they’ll get it."

     

    Monnat weighs in on CNY COVID-19 deaths in Syracuse.com 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 Syracuse.com 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."

     

    Monnat discusses COVID’s role in rising drug overdose deaths with the AP

    The number of deaths in the U.S. is expected to hit a record 3 million this year – the largest in recorded history. In addition to COVID-19, which has killed more than 318,000 Americans, deaths from other causes including drug overdose are on the rise. According to Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and associate professor of sociology, this could be due to disruptions in the supply of drugs.  "I don’t suspect there are a bunch of new people who suddenly started using drugs because of COVID. If anything, I think the supply of people who are already using drugs is more contaminated."

     

    Purser cited in Washington Post article on economic relief package

    According to research by Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology, somewhere between 2.4 million and 5 million American households are at risk of eviction in January alone if Congress fails to reach an agreement on economic emergency relief. Her report was cited in the Washington Post article, "Momentum grows on Capitol Hill for economic relief package as bipartisan group releases two bills."

     

    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.

     

    New study examines age‐at‐death disparity, people with and without IDD

    "Evidence of continued reduction in the age‐at‐death disparity between adults with and without intellectual and/or developmental disabilities," co-authored by sociologists Scott Landes and Janet Wilmoth, along with social science PhD student Erika Carter Grosso '10 MA (PSc), was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Evidence from the study demonstrates that the age‐at‐death disparity between adults who did or did not have an intellectual and/or developmental disability reported on their death certificate continues to decrease, but the magnitude of the remaining disparity varied considerably by type of disability.

     

    Monnat discusses COVID impact on rural communities with KCUR

    "It’s not just the rural health care infrastructure that becomes overwhelmed when there aren’t enough hospital beds, it’s also the surrounding neighborhoods, the suburbs, the urban hospital infrastructure starts to become overwhelmed as well," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. She was interviewed for the KCUR piece, "Coronavirus Patients From Rural Communities Without Mask Orders Are Crowding Kansas City Hospitals."

     

    Landes quoted in NY Times article on COVID-19, people with IDD

    "Historically, it’s been a challenge for this population to receive good medical care," says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. Because of their disabilities, they may have difficulty wearing a mask or maintaining social distance, or even understanding why the precautions are needed, he says. "If you’ve got someone whose cognitive ability is severely reduced, just understanding what’s going on and why they have to wear a mask would be very confusing," Landes says. Read more in the New York Times article, "Covid Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges."

     

    Monnat talks to Vox about the dichotomy between public health, economy

    "If we want people to feel comfortable enough to go back out to bars and restaurants, to travel, and to send their kids to school, we need to see a decline in cases, and people need to feel confident that their peers will behave responsibly for the greater good," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. She was quoted in the Vox article, "Exit polls suggest significant polarization about the pandemic and its economic fallout."

     

    Monnat part of team recognized for research on rural America

    A research team of 39 investigators from 28 colleges and universities from across the United States has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture with its National Excellence in Multistate Research Award. Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology, currently chairs the research coalition and accepted the award on behalf of her colleagues in a virtual ceremony.

     

    Harrington Meyer discusses new book on Colgate University podcast

    University Professor Madonna Harrington Meyer and alumna Ynesse Abdul-Malak ’13 MA (Soc)/’17 PhD (Soc) of Colgate University discuss their research related to grandparents caring for grandchildren with disabilities in an episode of 13, a bi-weekly podcast from Colgate University.

     

    Monnat talks to BuzzFeed News, Vox about COVID-19, Trump voter support

    There’s no overstating the size of the challenge the former vice president faces in rebuilding America — but he’s the candidate who is owning up to the scale of the problem, says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "The president has been asking Americans to deny what they see happening right in front of them," she tells Vox. "People are tired. They want to see some leadership and a coordinated national coronavirus response." Monnat was quoted in the Vox article, "Polls show Trump is losing ground where the coronavirus is surging," and the BuzzFeed News article, "Trump And Republican Senators Are Losing Votes Due To Coronavirus Deaths, A New Study Says."

     

    Ma quoted in SCMP on Trump's efforts to use China as a campaign issue

    "Most Americans do not necessarily view their problems with China as having much to do with their problems domestically," says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. "I attribute this view to their critical thinking skills despite the Trump narrative blaming China." Read more in the South China Morning Post article, "‘The dog that didn’t bark’: Donald Trump’s use of China as a campaign issue never got traction, analysts say."

     

    Purser looks at teaching thrift in job readiness programs in new study

    "Both sides of the Paycheck: Recommending Thrift to the Poor in Job Readiness Programs," co-authored by Gretchen Purser and Brian Hennigan, PhD student in geography, was published in Critical Sociology. The article documents how job readiness programs—as anchors of the devolved organizational landscape of neoliberal poverty governance in the United States—endeavor to instill within the poor not simply the virtue of work, but the virtue of thrift, and thus orient them to "both sides of the paycheck." Using a comparative ethnographic study of two community-based, government-funded nonprofit job readiness programs, Purser and Hennigan show that this pedagogic focus on budgeting is central to the overall goal of conditioning clients to embrace and endure a degraded labor market.

     

    Ma examines stigma of wearing masks for Chinese students in new study

    "To mask or not to mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic: how Chinese students in America experience and cope with stigma," co-authored by Associate Professor of Sociology Yingyi Ma and sociology PhD candidate Ning Zhan, was published in Chinese Sociological Review. Drawing from stigma theory, Ma and Zhan argue that what Chinese students experience when it comes to mask wearing is an exemplar of how stigma is socially constructed by power.

     

    Montez study on population health, policy trends published in MQ

    "US State Polarization, Policymaking Power, and Population Health," written by Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies Jennifer Karas Montez, was published in the Milbank Quarterly. The troubling trend in US life expectancy and the widening disparities in life expectancy across the United States have deep roots. In the article, Montez posits that both trends are grounded in the dynamic changes in the policy and political landscapes since the 1980s.

     

    Landes cited in HPR article on disability housing, COVID-19

    A recent study led by Scott Landes found that the COVID-19 case rate for people living in New York’s residential group homes was disproportionately high. The fatality statistics reported for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in congregate settings are even higher than those reported for Black Americans, Landes explains, which are already exposing some of the nation’s worst inequities. "If you look at those mortality rates that we report, those are worse than any that I’ve seen from any minority in this country," he says. "That just makes the point." Landes was cited in the Harvard Political Review article, "A Crisis Decades in the Making: Disability Housing Policy and COVID-19."

     

    Yingyi Ma named Provost Faculty Fellow

    Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu has recently announced the appointment of faculty member Yingyi Ma to serve as a Provost Faculty Fellow, focused on internationalization. “We are incredibly fortunate that Professor Ma will be serving as a Faculty Fellow to provide leadership and expertise in international programs,” says Liu. “Her specific expertise will benefit Syracuse University’s international students, programs and partnerships in tangible ways.” Ma is an associate professor of sociology and director of Asian/Asian American Studies in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

     

    Monnat reacts to Amazon tracking opioid use in VICE article

    "This is news to me, and it's disturbing," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "I asked around to other drug experts I know, and none of them knew this was happening. I am a bit shocked but shouldn't be. Corporations increasingly have access to a litany of data and know more about us than anyone else." Read more in the VICE article, "Why Is Amazon Tracking Opioid Use All Over the United States?"

     

    Ma discusses issues facing Chinese students studying online in CHE

    Students in countries such as China must worry about censorship and running afoul of local security laws. As remote learning stretches into fall and beyond, they may find themselves pursuing an American education without the benefit of academic freedom and open discourse. Some faculty members have suggested that students wait until they are back on campus to enroll in certain courses. But Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology, says that while instructors are well-meaning, they could have the effect of limiting academic options for Chinese students alone. "I worry that this potentially undermines Chinese students’ learning opportunities," she says. Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Instruction Under Surveillance."

     
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