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6 ways mail-in ballots are protected from fraud

  • Written by Charlotte Hill, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
imageElection workers are part of the protections ensuring that mail-in ballots aren't fraudulent.Will Cioci/Wisconsin Watch via AP

Voter fraud is very rare, whether people vote in person or by mail. That much is clear from a large body of research.

One of us is a political scientist at the University of Washington, and the other is a former elections...

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Inclusion starts with better management – here's what employees say about making diversity work

  • Written by Kim Brimhall, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Binghamton University, State University of New York
imageDiversity isn't enough.PeopleImages/E+ via Getty Images

Since the death of George Floyd in May, dozens of companies such as Apple, Estee Lauder and Facebook have vowed to increase diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.

The diversity part seems straightforward enough. But what’s meant by inclusion?

As a social work scholar, I study how...

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Poll workers on Election Day will be younger – and probably more diverse – due to COVID-19

  • Written by Thessalia Merivaki, Assistant Professor of American Politics, Mississippi State University
imageWith its largely white and older workers, this Portland, Oregon poll site is typical of poll sites across the U.S.Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Election officials are busily trying to recruit younger volunteers to staff the United States’ roughly 230,000 polling sites on Election Day in November.

Many...

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Presidential campaigns take flight in the age of the coronavirus

  • Written by Janet Bednarek, Professor of History, University of Dayton
imageA crowd greets Sen. John F. Kennedy at Logan Airport in Boston on July 17, 1960, after he became the Democratic nominee for president.John M. Hurley/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, limiting the number of rallies and in-person appearances of the candidates.

When candidates...

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American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes

  • Written by Benjamin Waddell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Fort Lewis College
imagePeople learn racism from the culture that surrounds them and media they consume, but that doesn't need to be the end of the story. Gavriil Grigorov\TASS via Getty Images

Progress toward a more just and equitable society may be on the horizon. Since the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in May, around the United States, millions of...

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From Washington to Trump, all presidents have told lies (but only some have told them for the right reasons)

  • Written by Michael Blake, Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
imagePresident Nixon at a White House news conference in March 1973.AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File

Michael Cohen, in his recent book, has called President Trump a “fraud,” a “bigot,” a “bully” – and, most emphatically, a “liar”. The Trump administration’s response to this book simply reverses...

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How to keep teen boys happily singing – instead of giving up when their voices start to change

  • Written by Patrick K. Freer, Professor of Music Education, Georgia State University
imageHelping boys through their voice change can keep the joy of singing alive.Tomas Ovalle/AP Images for Macy's

Boys like to sing. Adolescent boys around the world report the same thing: They enjoy singing and want to get better at it.

Yet many boys stop singing during the transition from childhood to adolescence. There is a misconception that boys...

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Future teachers often think memorization is the best way to teach math and science – until they learn a different way

  • Written by Peter C. Cormas, Associate Professor of Science Education, California University of Pennsylvania
imageProblem-solving is key to math and science instruction.Pekic/Getty Images

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

The big idea

I found that college students who are taking courses to become teachers can change their beliefs of how science and mathematics should be taught to and learned by K-12 students.

Most of these future...

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Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

  • Written by Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University
imageJoe Biden faces a disinformation campaign promulgating the false notion that he is in cognitive decline.Gage Skidmore/Flickr, CC BY-SA

From Ronald Reagan in 1984 to Bob Dole in 1996 and even Hillary Clinton in 2016, candidate health has become a common theme across recent U.S. presidential campaigns.

The issue is poised to take on added significance...

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Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do

  • Written by Tammy Chang, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Michigan
imageSocial interaction can be risky during a pandemic, but it's also important for young people's development and mental health.Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

America’s teens and young adults have a crucial role in containing the spread of COVID-19, but a series of youth surveys suggests that many misunderstand social distancing guidelines and...

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