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The Conversation

The Conversation ... Edition: US ... April 14, 2020

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
Mapping the spread of inequality The Conversation Unsubscribe 10:18 AM (28 minutes ago) to me Click here to view this message in your web-browser. Edition: US 14 April 2020 The Conversation Academic rigor, journalistic flair Editor's note How bad is income inequality in your community? Chances are the numbers aren’t good. Researchers at Cornell and Penn State compared the income inequality of U.S. counties today to 50 years ago. Their data tells a troubling story: In 2016, “virtually no Americans – less than 1% – lived in low-inequality places,” according to their new study on U.S. inequality. Also today: Writing the rough draft of coronavirus history Ignaz Semmelweis and the power of hand-washing Why gay bars have been closing their doors Aviva Rutkin Data Editor

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Data shows that the gap has grown in recent years. Hyejin Kang/Shutterstock.com Income inequality is getting worse in US urban areas Brian Thiede, Pennsylvania State University; David L. Brown, Cornell University; Jaclyn Butler, Pennsylvania State University; Leif Jensen, Pennsylvania State University For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.
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Economy + Business
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Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink – and low-income riders will pay the price Ramya Vijaya, Stockton University One in 5 of the poorest US households don't have a car and rely on public transportation to get around.
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Politics + Society
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Journalists are recognizing they’re writing a rough draft of history – and can’t say definitively 'that’s the way it is' Kevin M. Lerner, Marist College We don't know a whole lot about COVID-19, and journalists are struggling with how to convey the facts we have.
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Why the Supreme Court made Wisconsin vote during the coronavirus crisis Austin Sarat, Amherst College The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has reversed its decadeslong practice of protecting voters' rights and removing barriers to casting ballots.
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Cold War-style preparedness could help fight future pandemics Alex Bitterman, Alfred State College of Technology, The State University of New York; Daniel Baldwin Hess, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.
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Arts + Culture
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Shuttered by the coronavirus, many gay bars – already struggling – are now on life support Greggor Mattson, Oberlin College and Conservatory Their loss affects those in the LGBT community who have the least to lose.
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Education
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Birthed by HBCU students, this organization offers important lessons for today’s student activists Jelani Favors, Clayton State University The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, traces its lineage to students who learned from a 'second curriculum' at historically black colleges and universities, a historian recounts.
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Science + Technology
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Isolating together is challenging – and relationship stresses can affect biological functioning Hannah L. Schacter, Wayne State University A study found the emotional dynamic between young heterosexual partners can have a measurable physiological effect on men, but not on women.
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Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847 Leslie S. Leighton, Georgia State University A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
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Do people become more selfless as they age? Ulrich Mayr, University of Oregon Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
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Bees seeking bacteria: How bees find their microbiome Lila Westreich, University of Washington Humans obtain bacteria through the foods they eat. But how do bees collect bacteria that live in and on them? And where do they pick up these microbes?
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From our international editions
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Coronavirus: how Europe’s monarchs stepped up as their nations faced the crisis Bob Morris, UCL; Robert Hazell, UCL The Queen's speech offered comfort and resolved which was heard, not just in Britain, but throughout Europe.
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Debunking 9 popular myths doing the rounds in Africa about the coronavirus Neelaveni Padayachee, University of the Witwatersrand; Lisa Claire du Toit, University of the Witwatersrand Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.
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Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern’s coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership Suze Wilson, Massey University As someone who researches and teaches leadership, I’d argue New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is giving most Western politicians a masterclass in crisis leadership. Follow us on Twitter. Join us on Facebook. You’re receiving this newsletter from The Conversation. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe instantly. We’ll miss you. 89 South Street - Suite 202 Boston, MA 02111

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