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Fear of losing employer-sponsored health insurance keeps 1 in 6 workers in jobs they might otherwise leave

WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 6, 2021 – One out of every six adult workers (16%) in the United States are staying in jobs they might otherwise leave out of fear of losing their employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a new West Health-Gallup survey of more than 3,800 U.S. adults. The survey finds the fear is even more pronounced […]

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COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among users of conservative and social media

May 3, 2021 – Belief in conspiracies about the COVID-19 pandemic increased through the early months of the U.S. outbreak among people who reported being heavy users of conservative and social media, a study by Annenberg Public Policy Center researchers has found. Prior APPC research found that people who regularly used conservative or social media during the […]

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How to advance LGBT+ rights? Invest in stocks says tennis legend Martina Navratilova

LONDON, April 13, 2021 ( Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and the first openly gay U.S. Congressman Barney Frank have backed a new LGBT+ investment vehicle, as investors flock to ethically responsible funds. The two gay icons are on the board of LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, a financial methodology and media company that […]

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U.S. History Scholars Urge School Districts to Teach Reconstruction Era

As the nation faces ongoing threats of white supremacist violence and voter suppression legislation, the Zinn Education Project released an open letter signed by more than 180 prominent scholars of U.S. history urging school districts to devote more time and resources to teaching the Reconstruction era in upper elementary, middle, and high school U.S. history and civics […]

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CDC Issues Updated Guidance on Travel for Fully Vaccinated People

April 2, 2021 – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully […]

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Books: Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, by Jean Guererro

March 30, 2021 – Stephen Miller is one of the most influential advisors in the White House. He has crafted Donald Trump’s speeches, designed immigration policies that ban Muslims and separate families, and outlasted such Trump stalwarts as Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions. But he’s remained an enigma. Until now. Emmy- and PEN-winning investigative journalist […]

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‘Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue’ Brings Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Berkeley Law Lecture to the World

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looms large in Berkeley Law Professor Amanda L. Tyler’s life as a boss, a mentor, a role model — and, now, a co-author. Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union, which has been released to great fanfare, bloomed from Ginsburg’s ties to Tyler […]

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How to Counter Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks

PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2021 – Whose job is it to fight misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines? Is it the responsibility of public health agencies, digital platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, fact-checking organizations? In “How to Debunk Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks,” in the April issue of Scientific American (online today), communication scholar Kathleen Hall […]

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Understanding New Guidelines for COVID-Vaccinated People

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2021 – New guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention open up the world just a bit for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But don’t toss away your collection of masks just yet.  “This isn’t an invitation for a free-for-all,” said Michael Ben-Aderet, MD, associate medical director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai. “The […]

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Ditching the daylight saving time change for better sleep, health and safety

March 8, 2021 – If the month of March has you dreading the night when we “spring forward” to daylight saving time, you’re not alone. More than half of Americans say they’re tired after the time change, and 63% of Americans say that they support the elimination of seasonal time changes in favor of a national, fixed, year-round […]

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Study Reveals Extent of Privacy Vulnerabilities with Amazon’s Alexa

March 4, 2021 – A recent study outlines a range of privacy concerns related to the programs that users interact with when using Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Issues range from misleading privacy policies to the ability of third-parties to change the code of their programs after receiving Amazon approval. “When people use Alexa to play […]

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How Black people in the 19th century used photography as a tool for social change

Jubilee singers at Fisk University, in Nashville, Tennessee, pose for promotional photograph, circa 1871. William L. Clements Library Samantha Hill, University of Michigan March 3, 2021 – Frederick Douglass is perhaps best known as an abolitionist and intellectual. But he was also the most photographed American of the 19th century. And he encouraged the use […]