March 29, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 54.

Thank you to all who joined the chat with Karly Ford for our SSRI Lunch-n-Learn. Since we had to host the workshop later than usual this month, we’ll skip April and get back on schedule for May.

This gives me all the feels: Giorgio Lo Porto is an Italian living in London, and on February 6, he shared a video of his new neighbor playing piano. The music is muffled behind their shared wall, but clear enough to hear. Lo Porto wrote that he left a note for the mystery neighbor, telling them he loved their music and asking if they could play “My Heart Will Go On.” And so they did.

To thank these essential workers for their service and build a more resilient workforce, Michigan has pioneered a tuition-free community college program called Futures for Frontliners.

A free COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all who want it, but supplies can be limited. It sounds like many of us at SSRI  have received our first shot, which is amazing! The goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible in North Carolina.

Best,
Courtney

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Newsy Stuff
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Nathaniel White Jr., one of first black undergraduates at Duke, dies at age 75

Duke sociologist Christopher Bail discusses polarization in social media and how to improve the public conversation

First university comprehensive survey on anti-racism, equity issues distributed this week

Got your COVID-19 vaccination? Still stick to masking

Working in a new normal: managing tech from a distance

Duke to restore contribution to faculty and staff retirement plan

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Events
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Using the NIA Health Disparities Framework to Optimize Equity in Aging Research
May 21, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Featuring: Patricia Jones (NIA), Tyson Brown (Duke) and Kimberly Johnson (Duke)
Registration Link

Position, Power, and Property: Racial Economic Inequality in the United States
March 24, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Featuring: William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. (Duke)
More information and registration

Inequality, Racism and COVID-19
March 23, 2021
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cynthia Garcia Coll (University of Puerto Rico)
Zoom

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