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Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
WashU Expert: America gains nothing by leaving WHO
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to suspend U.S. funding to, and withdraw from, the World Health Organization is “counter to our interests in addressing our needs to save the lives and further the health of Americans, as well as an abandonment of America’s position as a global leader,” says the director of Washington University in St.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:45 AM EDT
WashU Expert: WHO withdrawal may not be legal
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump announced July 7 that the United States has officially begun to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump may or may not have the authority to do so, says an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis.“It’s not clear that the president can unilaterally withdraw the United States from membership in the WHO,” said Rachel Sachs, associate professor of law and a renowned expert on health policy and drug law.

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Released: 8-Jul-2020 5:15 PM EDT
Signatory to letter to WHO focused on understanding virus transmission by aerosols
Washington University in St. Louis

On Monday, more than 230 scientists from around the world declared “It’s time to address airborne transmission of COVID-19.”In a letter signed by Washington University in St. Louis faculty and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, directed toward “Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization,” the scientists urged that public health organizations need to make recommendations beyond hand washing and mask-wearing.

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Released: 7-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
WashU Expert: Eviction moratoriums are incomplete solution
Washington University in St. Louis

Millions of tenants are at risk of eviction as protections in the CARES Act are set to expire. While the U.S. Congress and Senate are proposing plans to extend the federal moratorium on evictions, a finance expert at Washington University in St. Louis warns that is just one piece of the puzzle.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 6:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Electoral College ruling contradicts Founders’ ‘original intent’
Washington University in St. Louis

While the Supreme Court decision limits independence of electors and prevents potential uncertainty in 2020 election, it contradicts the Constitution framers’ intentions for the Electoral College, according to a political science expert at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Congress unlikely to act on police reform
Washington University in St. Louis

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are at a stalemate over enacting sweeping police reforms in the wake of the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans. The gulf between the Democratic and Republican proposed solutions is wide and neither side seems willing to bend, says a law expert on criminal reform at Washington University in St.

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Released: 18-Jun-2020 2:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: DACA decision lets ‘Dreamers’ breathe a little easier
Washington University in St. Louis

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision June 18 that the Trump Administration cannot shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program will allow more than 700,000 “Dreamers” to worry a bit less and continue focusing on their jobs, education and futures, said an immigration law expert at Washington University in St.

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Released: 27-May-2020 3:25 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Trump attacks on Twitter betray free speech principles
Washington University in St. Louis

When President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims on Twitter May 26 about mail-in voting, it fact-checked him — inserting beneath his tweets a hyperlink to more information on the subject.President Trump then accused Twitter of “totally silenc[ing] conservatives [sic] voices” and threatened that “[w]e will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.

Released: 13-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Expert: Show compassion in redefining ‘back to work’
Washington University in St. Louis

As areas of the country begin to relax and do away with stay-at-home orders, things will not snap back to normal for all employees and organizations. This may seem obvious, but it has huge ramifications for what employers can and should expect from employees during this time, according to an expert at Washington University in St.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Mathematical Model Predicts COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Those with Underlying Conditions
Washington University in St. Louis

Mathematician Steven G. Krantz in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis is using a mathematical tool called wavelets to combat underreporting in the COVID-19 pandemic. His latest model predicts the number of near-term hospitalizations for older adults with one or a combination of underlying conditions: hypertension, cardiovascular disease and lung disease.

Newswise: Expert: Lessons learned from COVID-19 will improve supply chains
Released: 16-Apr-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Expert: Lessons learned from COVID-19 will improve supply chains
Washington University in St. Louis

Because of the worldwide havoc caused by coronavirus, supply chains have become a crucial new focus of the global economy. Along with health care providers, workers in logistics and transportation have emerged among the people essential to sustaining life through the pandemic.As a result, a Washington University in St. Louis expert foresees permanent changes ahead to guard against massive stresses on supply chains and better ensure their workers’ safety.

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Released: 15-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
WashU Expert: What tax refunds tell us about use of CARES payments
Washington University in St. Louis

A $2 trillion, bipartisan relief package — the largest in U.S. history — was signed into law March 27 to address the economic downfall fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Will it help?Research examining how households use similar payouts, like the tax refund, can help shed light on what households might do next, says an expert on asset building at the Brown School at Washington University in St.

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Released: 15-Apr-2020 1:30 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Decrease in abuse hotline calls not a good sign
Washington University in St. Louis

Child abuse and neglect hotlines around the country are reporting declines in calls over the past few weeks. While normally this would be welcome news, it does not bode well during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, says an expert on child abuse and neglect at Washington University in St. Louis.“Normally, a decrease in calls about alleged child abuse and neglect or maltreatment would be a welcome start to child abuse prevention month, but the context of current declines is worrisome,” said Melissa Jonson-Reid, the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work Research at the Brown School.

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Released: 30-Mar-2020 4:35 PM EDT
WashU Experts: Coronavirus fact vs. fiction
Washington University in St. Louis

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the nation, a number of false conclusions and rumors have spread with it. Three epidemiologists in public health at Washington University in St. Louis separate truth from myth.The following information is from Alexis Duncan and Kim Johnson, associate professors, and Christine Ekenga, an assistant professor, all in the Brown School.

Released: 27-Mar-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Even $2 trillion may not be enough: Scholars weigh in on stimulus package, unemployment benefits, small business & industry loans, & individual checks
Washington University in St. Louis

The $2 trillion plan to prop up a pandemic-reeling United States, amid the news that there were 3.3 million unemployment claims lodged in the previous week, is expected to pass the House on March 27.Is it a Band-Aid or sufficient to heal what ails America’s economy?“We do not have this (COVID-19 outbreak) under control, and until we do, even $2 trillion may not be a big enough bailout,” said Anne Marie Knott, the Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business at Washington University in St.

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Released: 27-Mar-2020 1:25 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Older Americans are not expendable
Washington University in St. Louis

Many countries reacted slowly and inadequately to the spread of COVID-19. Some critics have said this is due to initial reports of the disease, which indicated that it mainly affected older populations. Some, including the Texas lieutenant governor on Fox News, have even suggested that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their health or lives for the good of the economy and the good of others.

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Released: 25-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
WashU Experts: Coronavirus challenges facing rural America
Washington University in St. Louis

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, larger cities, like New York and Seattle, are dealing with increasing numbers of infections and deaths daily.However, less populated rural areas are not immune from the disease, say two public health experts at Washington University in St. Louis and controlling it in rural America presents a unique set of challenges.

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Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
WashU Expert: Don’t overlook health equity during coronavirus crisis
Washington University in St. Louis

We must consider this coronavirus crisis as a wake-up call to prioritize equity and challenge ourselves to consider how to better serve historically underserved communities, says a public health expert at Washington University in St. Louis.“In the middle of a pandemic, it is easy to overlook health equity,” said Darrell Hudson, associate professor at the Brown School.

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Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:50 AM EDT
WashU Expert: Coronavirus crisis highlights need for health insurance in Missouri and other states
Washington University in St. Louis

As the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri confront the coronavirus challenge, it has posed a number of serious issues for health policy analysts and health economists.“This is the most unprecedented challenge to the health system I have seen in my career,” said Tim McBride, the Bernard Becker Professor at Washington University in St.

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Released: 25-Feb-2020 11:20 AM EST
WashU Expert: Ingredients for a virus to become a pandemic
Washington University in St. Louis

As of Feb. 25, 2020, the World Health Organization reported 79,339 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Thirty-four countries have reported cases, including 2,619 deaths.The WHO has not declared COVID-19 as a pandemic — a situation defined somewhat vaguely by the WHO as “the worldwide spread of a new disease.

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Released: 7-Jan-2020 3:35 PM EST
WashU Expert: Soleimani killing likely unlawful
Washington University in St. Louis

Thousands of mourners have taken to the streets in Iran following the Jan. 3 death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force. Many questions remain following the U.S. drone strike in Iraq and Iran’s posturing about potential retaliation. Chief among them: Was the strike legal?“Unless there is much more to the story than meets the eye, the answer seems to be no,” said Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University in St.

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Released: 27-Dec-2019 12:05 PM EST
New Year's resolution: Wait until spring
Washington University in St. Louis

Tim Bono offers sound advice about where people go wrong when setting New Year’s resolutions.Wait a few months, said Bono, assistant dean for assessment in Student Affairs and lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.People tend to see resolutions a black or white, he said, forgetting that change is incremental; being “happier” is a better resolution than being “happy,” for instance.

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Released: 18-Dec-2019 1:50 PM EST
New year's resolution: Wait until spring
Washington University in St. Louis

Winter is dark. It's exhausting. It has also features the flu, colds and a tendency to stay indoors. So is Jan. 1 really a good time for resolutions? WashU's Tim Bono has a better idea: Wait a few months.

Newswise: WashU Expert: U.S. faces looming ‘future drought’ in helium
Released: 10-Dec-2019 3:50 PM EST
WashU Expert: U.S. faces looming ‘future drought’ in helium
Washington University in St. Louis

In a Dec. 10 briefing on Capitol Hill, a Washington University in St. Louis expert testified that steep price increases and “supply shocks” in helium threaten basic research in academic settings and also broader health and industry applications.“Helium is ubiquitous in our lives,” said Sophia E. Hayes, professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, in written remarks to a subcommittee of the U.

Newswise: WashU Expert: This year, let’s make standard time permanent
Released: 24-Oct-2019 12:55 PM EDT
WashU Expert: This year, let’s make standard time permanent
Washington University in St. Louis

Never again.After we turn back the clocks one hour on the morning of Nov. 3, Washington University in St. Louis chronobiologist Erik Herzog wants us to just keep it that way.“Just lock it in,” Herzog said. “Forever.”Herzog is a professor of biology in Arts & Sciences and president of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR), a scientific organization dedicated to the study of biological clocks and sleep.

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Released: 8-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Freedom of speech, the NBA and China
Washington University in St. Louis

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey recently tweeted in support of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, causing reaction from the NBA and from China.Following Morey’s tweet, NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressed support for Morey’s freedom of speech. But in response, China’s state broadcaster CCTV punished the NBA by canceling broadcasts of two preseason NBA games.

Released: 24-Sep-2019 4:55 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Impeachment ball in Senate's court. And they might consider taking ball and going home — dismiss, adjourn or other options
Washington University in St. Louis

Whatever impeachment moves the Democratic-majority U.S. House of Representatives makes next, it’s ultimately up to the Republican-controlled and administration-friendly Senate to hold a trial on the matter — and a Washington University in St. Louis political scientist anticipates the Senate could make a number of moves to avoid the issue.

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Released: 12-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Gig economy bill would have broad implications for American labor
Washington University in St. Louis

Lawmakers in California have approved a bill that could pave the way for gig economy workers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, to be reclassified as full- and part-time employees and not contract workers. If the bill becomes law, it will have broad implications for labor in America, said an employment law expert at Washington University in St.

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Released: 28-Aug-2019 4:25 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Opioid cases represent tipping point in addiction fight
Washington University in St. Louis

An Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis in a historic ruling Aug. 26. A federal case in Ohio involves at least 1,600  lawsuits from cities and counties throughout the country. Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma has offered to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits from states and cities for between $10 billion and $12 billion.

Released: 14-Aug-2019 1:30 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Proposed changes will stamp out ‘countless species’
Washington University in St. Louis

The Trump Administration’s proposed overhaul of the landmark Endangered Species Act will “hasten the extinction of countless species,” said an international biodiversity expert at Washington University in St. Louis.Jonathan Losos, the William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, is the director of the university’s Living Earth Collaborative, a center for the study of biodiversity in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.

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Released: 1-Aug-2019 5:00 AM EDT
Unraveling complicated issues of inequality in workplaces, communities
Washington University in St. Louis

African American health care workers are there for a reason.A new book by a Washington University in St. Louis social scientist shows how hospitals, clinics and other institutions participate in “racial outsourcing,” relying heavily on black doctors, nurses, technicians and physician assistants to do “equity work” — extra labor that makes organizations and their services more accessible to communities of color.

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Released: 1-Aug-2019 4:05 AM EDT
Buttigieg SCOTUS strategy based on WashU ideas
Washington University in St. Louis

During the July 30 Democratic presidential debate, candidate Pete Buttigieg renewed his calls to “depoliticize the Supreme Court with structural reform.”Buttigieg has previously endorsed a Supreme Court reform proposal offered by Daniel Epps, associate professor in the School of Law at Washington University in St.

Released: 16-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: On Apollo legacy, and why we should return to the moon
Washington University in St. Louis

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing of the Apollo program, and a leading lunar expert wants the world to keep exploring.Brad Jolliff, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, helps to lead a research team that soon will unlock a set of samples collected from the moon nearly a half-century ago — ones that actually are from the Apollo 17 mission, and have never before been exposed to Earth’s atmosphere.

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Released: 27-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: SCOTUS gerrymandering decision tremendous loss for democratic process
Washington University in St. Louis

The Supreme Court’s June 27 decision to kill all federal constitutional complaints about partisan gerrymandering is a tremendous loss for our democratic process, says a constitutional law expert at Washington University in St. Louis.“The court has long restricted states’ ability to manipulate electoral districts based on race,” said Greg Magarian, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law.

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Released: 24-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: First Native American U.S. poet laureate will inspire the nation
Washington University in St. Louis

Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, has been selected as the 23rd U.S. poet laureate, a move that will inspire Native American people throughout the country, says Kellie Thompson, director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.“Her selection will inspire us in expected ways — maybe to become poets and artists — but also in unexpected ways, like speaking our truth in spaces where it typically has not been heard, as Native American people and as women,” said Thompson, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Released: 12-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: The global helium shortage hits home
Washington University in St. Louis

Helium is not just for party balloons. It’s a valuable, non-renewable resource that is critical for many medical and research applications. And these days, helium is in short supply.The U.S. Department of the Interior recently designated helium as one of 35 elements or minerals critical to national security and the economy.

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Released: 7-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST
WashU Expert: The eternal sunshine of perennial ‘wintertime’
Washington University in St. Louis

The movement to abolish clock-time changes each spring and fall is growing — and so is the scientific evidence. Experts say perennial standard time, or “wintertime,” is the best and safest option for public health.


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