October 5, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 30.

Well, I feel old. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the original “Super Mario Bros.” Do my kids even know who Mario is?!

This week is our SSRI Lunch-n-Learn with Ann Brewster. We’ll learn more about her community-based work and we’ll have plenty of time to ask questions. Should be a great discussion!

This weekend was a bit hectic in the news. Please vote.



Newsy Stuff 

On Friday we co-hosted a successful event, “Misinformation and Mistrust: COVID-19 Conversations on Race and Gender Equity” (we’ll let you know when the recording is up).

The Bass Connections NC Early Childhood Action Plan team set out to understand how health systems across the country screen for social-emotional health and to determine best practices for measurement at the population level.

For Season 3 of the Netflix series “Explained,” Ed Balleisen shares what he learned about get-rich-quick-schemes while researching his book, Fraud.

Joe Hotz (DUPRI) has a new paper out on the changes across cohorts in wage returns to schooling and early work experiences.

Some interesting findings:

~return to schooling have gone up

~sheepskin effects have stayed steady

~there is a negative net return to working while in high school and no net return to ~working while in college

~there was a sizable return to working in college

~return to work has gone up over time

Sicong Zhoa (MIDSter) joined the Etsy Summer of Vision (ESV) program as an intern and built a Customization Assistant aimed to help buyers communicate customization requirements with sellers in a visual way.

A new Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Committee on Anti-Racism has begun meeting regularly, following its formation in late August. The committee is led by Economics professor Patrick Beyer and consists of 10 faculty members (including our own, Tyson Brown) across Duke’s academic departments.

Khari Johnson, Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, secured a virtual internship with RTI International to assess how misinformation affects people’s receptivity to health initiatives. Guided by Brian Southwell, he worked with researchers who were interested in finding relationships between news coverage, social media patterns, online searches, and behavior related to medicine and well-being.

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