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.

Best,
Courtney

 

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.

September 21, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 29.

Well I feel old. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the original “Super Mario Bros.

I stumbled upon “Photos the Reveal the Hidden Side of Things” online and was mesmerized but a couple of these pics.

Best,
Courtney

Newsy Stuff

 Don’t wait to register for an important discussion on “Misinformation and Mistrust: COVID-19 Conversations on Race and Gender Equity” (we’ve got some amazing community experts joining us)

Don Taylor gives his thoughts on why athletes tested positive at a higher rate during COVID-19 entry testing

Brian Southwell recently talked with Dr. Saira Haque about her work to understand the barriers and opportunities for telehealth

The FLUNCH program has been part of Duke student life for years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, structured faculty meetings are about to look very different this semester.

Did you know in 1963, the first five Black undergraduates enrolled at Duke. At that time, the university had no Black faculty, administrators or trustees. These pioneering students encountered culture shock as they forever changed the fabric of the university.

The Pratt School of Engineering will host the first meeting later this month for its new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Committee.

September 14, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 27.

Thank you to everyone who joined the SSRI Lunch-n-Learn series the other week. Mark your calendar for October 7, 2020 @ 1:05 pm- 1:55 pm when Ann Brewster (Research Scholar, SSRI) will discuss her community-based work.

Also, our colleagues at the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (Duke TRHT) are offering a chance for SSRI faculty and staff to participate in a virtual Rx Racial Healing™ Circle (vRxRHC). Please let them know if you are interested since space is limited.

Feeling slouchy and blah on Zoom calls? Working@Duke has an article on how to improve your body language during meetings. The basics are: good posture, using facial features, and making eye contact. So if you have a meeting with me this week and I don’t blink and nod like crazy, you’ll know I’m trying very hard to show I am paying attention;)

I’ve definitely reached the point where I crave mindless chit chat. This is me when I see my neighbors outside:

Are you having calls that you can take outside? Grab a pad and pen and sit on your deck and get some Vitamin D!

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

Save the Date: Oct. 2, 2020 for an important discussion on “Misinformation and Mistrust: COVID-19 Conversations on Race and Gender Equity” (this is co-sponsored by SSRI, so think about joining the conversation)

Viggy Kumaresan is in the MIDS Alumni Spotlight this week

Back on the Bull wants to help Durham dine out more safely and Mariel Beasley, a principal at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, has been tapped by the Durham Recovery & Renewal Task Force to incorporate behavioral-science research into the planning tools

The new group of MIDS students are here and you can read a little about them on the website (plus, it’s always nice to put a face with a name)

DUPRI Seminar Series this Thursday:  Jennie Brand, Professor of Sociology and Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles“Uncovering College Effect Heterogeneity using Machine Learning.”

The City of Durham is hosting a monthly history series. This year, they’re focusing on Durham’s historically Black neighborhoods. This month: Braggtown (also spelled Bragtown)

The Duke Office of Information Technology offers about 100 free or discounted software items to download and Noelle Wyman Roth, associate in research at SSRI, talks about the software she uses

The Duke Gardens have been closed to visitors since March in an effort to preserve campus safety and the chances of them reopening soon are slim

Don’t forget your flu shot this season

DUCIGS? MURDOCK? FCIEMAS? Puzzled by some of Duke’s initials? Here’s what you need to know

The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement announced the theme of the fourth round of the Faculty Advancement Seed Grant Program: “Confronting Racism and Bias: Fostering an Inclusive Community”

 

September 7, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 26.

Thank you to everyone who joined the SSRI Lunch-n-Learn series last week (some of us had connection issues with so many people in one house on conference calls at the same time—I’m looking at me). Mark your calendar for October 7, 2020 @ 1:05 pm- 1:55 pm when Ann Brewster (Research Scholar, SSRI) will discuss her community-based work.

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

Back on the Bull wants to help Durham dine out more safely and Mariel Beasley, a principal at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, has been tapped by the Durham Recovery & Renewal Task Force to incorporate behavioral-science research into the planning tools

The new group on MIDS students are here and you can read a little about them on the website (plus, it’s always nice to put a face with a name)

Why haven’t COVID-19 cases spiked at Duke University? Mass testing plays a big part.

Interesting read from NPR: ‘Not Racist’ Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist

The Duke Office of Information Technology offers about 100 free or discounted software items to download and Noelle Wyman Roth, associate in research at SSRI, talks about the software she uses

The Duke Gardens have been closed to visitors since March in an effort to preserve campus safety and the chances of them reopening soon are slim

About 300 Adirondack chairs are added to campus to provide an incentive to get outside

Don’t forget your flu shot this season

Boston University adopts profane slogan to get students to follow COVID-19 guidelines

DUCIGS? MURDOCK? FCIEMAS? Puzzled by some of Duke’s initials? Here’s what you need to know

The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement is pleased to announce the theme of the fourth round of the Faculty Advancement Seed Grant Program: “Confronting Racism and Bias: Fostering an Inclusive Community”

August 31, 2020

Team SSRI,

Say hello to Week 25.

This week kicks off our new SSRI Lunch-n-Learn series on Wednesday at 12:30 pm. We’ll be discussing the essay, Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? We hope many of you will be able to join us. These discussions are so important and having us all together (via Zoom, of course) will make a difference.

I know we are all looking to help our community through this pandemic, but how? The Coronavirus Relief for the Durham Community page has great info on how to get involved.

At the end of the day, how do you “go home” when your home is also your place of work? Here are some suggestions:

  • Turn off your computer
  • Close office door
  • Head out to the backyard
  • Make dinner
  • Go for a walk
  • Love on your pets

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

Our MIDS spotlight is on Anna Berman who is now working as an Applied Data Scientist II on Civis’s Analytics Applied Data Science Nonprofit and Advocacy team

Giovanni Zanalda talks about the new series, “Global Anti-Racism (histories of action)” inspired by the late Duke professor examines racial inequality and structural racism

We recently welcomed Professor Daniel Xu to the SSRI team where he oversees the Triangle Research Data Center (TRDC)

 

‘Vote with your heart’: Duke’s Coach K urges students to register and vote to end systemic racism, social injustice

 

A new course called Race, Gender, Class & Computing, explores the diversity challenges in computer science and the effects that this lack of inclusion has on technology

Anxious and depressed? Experts share tips for coping in a pandemic

 

Forbes ranks Duke Health 6th and the University 26th out of 100 employers in North Carolina

 

 

August 24, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 24.

November is right around the corner so be sure you know how to vote. If you’re curious about the vote by mail rules by state, check out this site.

The coronavirus pandemic is not the first American crisis in which face coverings have played a central role. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History is preserving artifacts from this pandemic — and placing them in historical context.

Thanks to a minor malfunction at Lindt & Spruengli, residents in a town in Switzerland saw a light dusting of chocolate snow covering their streets and cars in a scene straight out of a fairy tale. That’s weather I would not complain about. Weather that I am going to complain about is the back-to-back hurricanes heading for the Gulf Coast. Marco and Laura are not the couple we want to invite over.

Keep active. Ask for help if you need it. Take breaks.

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

 

Aria Chernik co-taught Open Design+, a summer course focused on transforming learning at Duke in light of COVID-19

Brian Southwell recently contributed to the Choosing Wisely Webinar Series to talk about the work he has been doing on hoeing clinicians cope with patient encounters with misinformation. He will also moderate “Interdisciplinary Colloquium”
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Part 1: Medical Misinformation in the Clinical Setting

Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Part 2: Medical Misinformation & Medical Education

 

Dan Ariely talks about the research backing the Duke Compact

 

Noah Gift is recognized as an AWS Machine Learning Hero

 

Save the Date: SSRI will host “Misinformation and Mistrust—will those most at risk want a COVID-19 vaccine?”

 

Daniel Ennis, the chief financial and operating officer at The Johns Hopkins University, will be the next executive vice president at Duke University

 

You can still get books and other materials by using our Library Takeout Service

 

Stay up-to-date on the latest pandemic numbers at Duke COVID Testing Tracker (updated every Monday)

 

Gardening proves to be an effective outlet for colleagues during COVID-19

August 17, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 23. Which is close to 25 weeks. Which is half of 50 weeks. But hey, who’s counting?

We all know that masks are necessary, but what masks are the most effective? With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of going away, Duke researchers conducted a study that found some types of coverings are worse than wearing no mask at all. Take a few minutes to read the study to learn how bandanas, gaiters, homemade masks, etc. stack up.

Duke is in need of site coordinators for one of several surveillance testing sites on East and West campuses. This role is responsible for helping organize supplies for these sites and ensure compliance with the testing protocols. Students will self-administer the tests, so site coordinators will not need to have direct contact with students or the samples collected during testing. If you are interested, please contact Matt Sears, who is helping manage this important effort.

Were you able to watch ‘Leadership Conversations’ last Friday? SSRI was recognized for its research during COVID. Feels wonderful to know we are doing important work that will make a difference!

How is everyone doing with Zoom? Some weeks it’s quiet and other weeks it can seem like all I do is Zoom.

Tips for the week:
~Stay Hydrated.
~Stay quarantined.
~Wash your hands.
~Wear your mask.
~Keep your toilet paper supply up.
~Stop touching your face. Seriously, stop it. 

Have a great week!

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

Take advantage of the pilot expansion of Coursera for Duke that will grant our community access not only to Duke-created courses, but to nearly the entire Coursera catalogue of 3,800 courses built by Coursera partner institutions

This afternoon you can join a live-streamed discussion with President Price about how Duke has responded to the pandemic and what life is like on campus today

We are looking for a Research Project Manager, so if you know someone who is a fit, have them apply

How Duke faculty are going back to school

Who Makes Duke? Visualizing 50 Years of Enrollment Data

Brian Southwell: Finding our past in today’s dilemmas

Treat yourself with kindness, like you would a best friend

August 10, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 22.

Pandemic. Tornadoes. Hurricane. I heard something about ‘murder hornets’ but apparently they haven’t arrived yet. But Sunday morning many of us felt an earthquake. What. Is. Happening?

Have you heard of a “llamactivist”? Well, it’s a thing and I am here for it! These llamas offer emotional-support hugs. Yep, that’s right: llama hugs. So when we are back at SSRI, let’s see if we can get that going.

If you are just getting hip to TikTok there’s a new rival in town: Facebook’s “Reels”. I know, it’s so hard to keep up with all the different social media channels. Which one is the cool one? Which is safe? Which one is ok for my kids? Which is work appropriate? Which one do college students use? When I have it all figured out, I’ll let y’all know.

Freebie share: If you are an educator, Krispy Kreme is treating you to free donuts and coffee this week. There’s no catch: just bring your ID.

Take care of yourself this week and remember that a little selfcare goes a long way. Take 30 seconds to watch this time lapse of house plants. I know it sounds odd, but it’s seriously calming. And if you like what you see, be sure to check out inanothergreenworld on Instagram.

Best,
Courtney

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August 3, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 21.

Well hellllloooooo, August! And hello, Isaias? Who invited this guy?! The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Wake County, which could receive up to 3-6 inches of rain and sustained winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph late today and tomorrow. Durham County isn’t under a tropical storm watch, but remains under a flood watch due to expected heavy rain the next couple days. Stay dry and stay safe!

Pandemic. Hurricane. Campus getting ready for students. Parents multitasking with work and helping kids transition to online school. Ugh, stressful. I read an article over the weekend that said instead of saying ‘stressed’, say ‘excited’. Hmm, I’ll let y’all know how that works for me.

Feeling creative? Check out Google’s latest A.I. experiment, AutoDraw. It takes your scribble scrabbles and converts them into cool clipart.

Raise your hand if you like free ice coffee! Dunkin’ Donuts is giving free coffee every Monday for the month of August. So pause reading this email and head to your nearest store and treat yourself. Be sure to read the fine print, I bet you have to download an app.

Happy Monday! Only 5 more days to the weekend. but really, are Fridays even a thing anymore? Speaking of Friday’s, we’ll be hosting our Zoom Happy Hour at 4:00 pm so join if you can.

Have a great week!

Best,
Courtney

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July 27, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 20.

The pandemic is still large and in charge and has pushed local schools to start the school year off with online learning. With COVID-19 numbers trending in the wrong direction, Duke has reduced the number of residential students in fall semester.

Apple has a new ad/short film about working from home. Even if you aren’t an Apple lover (we’re a house divided over here), I think you’ll appreciate the humor in this piece, and I loved how it focused on teamwork even when working remotely.

A colleague sent me the scoop on a 21-day personal and professional development initiative for non-Black academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action. If you’d like to learn more, please visit their site.

Don’t forget to keep wearing those masks and social distancing.

Have a great week!

Best,
Courtney

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