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Study examines how governments inform public about pandemics

Study examines how governments inform public about pandemics

ScienMag, November 4, 2021

Governments that prioritize the economy over public health are more likely to downplay, rather than exaggerate, the severity of a pandemic, and vice versa, according to a recent study from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Congressional maps should be federal priority

Congressional maps should be federal priority

The Daily Herald, November 3, 2021

Sheldon Jacobson writes in his column Sunday that the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has given the new Illinois congressional map a grade of F, and he uses that metric to conclude that Illinois needs an independent redistricting commission. However, there is more to the story.

Challenges could hinder pediatric COVID-19 vaccination effort

Challenges could hinder pediatric COVID-19 vaccination effort

Roll Call, November 3, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids, but it could be months before most children in this age group are vaccinated because of hesitancy, a lack of access and relaxed mitigation efforts in schools once the vaccine becomes widely available.

Harvard Business School Professor Alvin J. Silk, Dies at 85

Harvard Business School Professor Alvin J. Silk, Dies at 85

Harvard Business School, November 2, 2021

Alvin J. Silk, a renowned marketing expert and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School (HBS), passed away in October, 2021. He was widely recognized as an influential scholar and educator in the field of marketing.

Enhancing Value By Evaluating Health Care Services

Enhancing Value By Evaluating Health Care Services

Health Affairs, November 1, 2021

As we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans grapple with the enormous strain on humanity and the health system. We are presented with the challenge—and opportunity—of asking how health care can adapt to provide more efficient methods of addressing the needs of patients, fostering resiliency and preparedness for the future, and providing higher-value care. For decades, the field of economics and outcomes research has designed and deployed methods to conduct clinical and economic evaluation of health interventions. These tools serve as an important foundation to derive information on value and efficiency across the health care system.

Why remap Illinois when the redrawn map is even worse?

Why remap Illinois when the redrawn map is even worse?

Daily Herald, October 31, 2021

The Illinois remapping committee posted a blatantly gerrymandered Illinois congressional map on Oct. 15. Our research group scored the map across multiple fairness metrics and found all but one clearly indicating gerrymandering.

LA’s Port Crisis Is Snarling the Economy. These Quick Fixes Would Help.

LA’s Port Crisis Is Snarling the Economy. These Quick Fixes Would Help.

Barron's, October 26, 2021

Los Angeles’s notorious traffic jams are a common sight, but the current logjam at its ports is something new. To alleviate the snarled supply chain issues at these ports, President Biden announced on Oct. 13 that the Los Angeles port will follow the Long Beach port to operate 24 hours per day. But there is no sign of the crisis abating. The number of ships waiting to unload hit a new record of 100 container ships on Oct. 19 with 45 more arriving the following 3 days. 

The next vaccine exemption debate: 'My child, my choice'

The next vaccine exemption debate: 'My child, my choice'

The Hill, October 25, 2021

The options for Americans who refuse to get vaccinated are rapidly shrinking. President Biden’s blanket COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers or contractors and companies with over 100 employees means that vaccination is required for over 100 million people.  Only some workers under the mandate have the alternative of weekly testing — the rest, face seeking alternative employment if they do not take the jab. Over two-thirds of unvaccinated Americans have indicated that they would quit their job rather than be vaccinated, although many more are submitting to vaccination than expected