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Teachers Experienced More Anxiety Than Healthcare and Other Workers During the Pandemic
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Teachers Experienced More Anxiety Than Healthcare and Other Workers During the Pandemic

Teachers experienced significantly more anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic than healthcare, office, and other workers, according to new research released today. Those teaching remotely reported substantially higher rates of depression and feelings of isolation than those teaching in person. The study, published in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, was conducted by Joseph M....

Word Choice and Media Exposure Affected Anti-Asian Boycotts During the Pandemic
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Word Choice and Media Exposure Affected Anti-Asian Boycotts During the Pandemic

During 2020, the use of terms like the “China virus” by public officials and in the media negatively connected COVID-19 to China, where the virus originated, causing a detrimental impact. New research from scholars of the hospitality industry at Penn State and the University of Houston found that this type of virus naming contributed to...

Why So Many People Have Moved to Florida – and into Harm’s Way
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Why So Many People Have Moved to Florida – and into Harm’s Way

Hurricane Ian barreled ashore with winds of up to 150 mph (240 kph) on Florida’s southwest coast on Sept. 28, 2022. The storm’s powerful winds and torrential rains reduced entire communities to rubble, killing more than 120 people, including many who drowned in floodwaters resulting from the nearly 18-foot (5.5-meter) storm surge. Bridges connecting Sanibel,...

Slavery Is on the Ballot for Voters in 5 U.S. States
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Slavery Is on the Ballot for Voters in 5 U.S. States

More than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will soon decide whether to close loopholes that led to the proliferation of a different form of slavery — forced labor by people convicted of certain crimes. None of the proposals would force immediate changes inside the states’ prisons, though...

New Survey: 91% of Parents Say Their Family Is Less Stressed When They Eat Together
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New Survey: 91% of Parents Say Their Family Is Less Stressed When They Eat Together

Survey Highlights: 91% of parents notice their family is less stressed when they share family meals together. 65% of surveyed adults say they are at least somewhat stressed, and more than a quarter (27%) are very or extremely stressed. 84% of adults wish they could share a meal together more often. Overall, respondents reported eating...

Black Prosecutors Are More Punitive Toward Black and Latinx Defendants Than Toward Similarly Situated White Defendants
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Black Prosecutors Are More Punitive Toward Black and Latinx Defendants Than Toward Similarly Situated White Defendants

Prosecutors exert considerable power in the criminal justice system, and while defendants are predominantly Black and Latinx, prosecutors are overwhelmingly White. Despite calls for addressing racial disparities in this field, we know little about whether recruiting minority prosecutors would yield more equitable outcomes for defendants. A new study analyzed data from a large prosecutorial office...

The Business Case for Reducing Gun Violence
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The Business Case for Reducing Gun Violence

While gun violence in the United States continues to claim lives at an alarming rate, it is also taking a quiet toll on the U.S. economy, according to new research by Zirui Song, associate professor of health care policy in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In...

Past and Present Racism Linked to Excess Nonfatal Shootings in Baltimore’s Most Disadvantaged Neighborhoods
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Past and Present Racism Linked to Excess Nonfatal Shootings in Baltimore’s Most Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health links historic redlining, coupled with ongoing segregation by race and income, to 38 percent of the nonfatal shooting rate in Baltimore city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods between 2015 to 2019. For their analysis, the researchers looked at two examples of structural...

As Countries Ranging from Indonesia to Mexico Aim to Attract Digital Nomads, Locals Say ‘Not So Fast’
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As Countries Ranging from Indonesia to Mexico Aim to Attract Digital Nomads, Locals Say ‘Not So Fast’

Should your community welcome digital nomads – individuals who work remotely, allowing them freedom to bounce from country to country? Our research has found that workers are eager to embrace the flexibility of not being tied to an office. And after experiencing economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and countries are concocting ways...