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Presidential Transition: Rutgers Political & Issue-Based Experts Available

Rutgers University–New Brunswick has a range of faculty experts available to discuss the transfer of power between President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris on topics including: executive power, the presidency, COVID-19, climate change, the economy, social justice, healthcare, gun violence, women in presidential cabinets and others. For interviews, please reach out to the listed contacts.

Additional current events experts can be found here.

John J. Farmer, Jr., Executive Power, The Presidency

Expert on American politics, redistricting, law, national security and community protection for vulnerable populations. Director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience and university professor of law.

David Greenberg, The Presidency, Political History Expert on American political and cultural history, including the presidency, campaigns and elections, political parties, political ideas, public policy and a contributing editor to Politico. Professor of History and of Journalism & Media Studies.

Ross Baker, The Presidency, U.S. Senate Expert in American government, U.S. legislative politics, Congressional issues and the presidency. Distinguished Professor in political science; can speak to key senate races.

John Weingart, The Presidency

Expert on American politics and government including history of relevant past elections and the administrative functioning and inclusion of the public in government operations. Associate director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics and director of the Eagleton Center on the American Governor.

Ashley Koning, Public Opinion

Expert on American public opinion, polling trends and mass political behavior. Director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Center for Public Polling and Eagleton assistant research professor.

Saladin Ambar, The Presidency

Expert on race and American politics, the president and American governors. Eagleton associate professor of political science, senior scholar at the Eagleton Center on the American Governor.

Debbie Walsh, Women in Presidential Cabinets, First Woman in Federal Executive Office

Expert on the modern history of women in politics, progress in political representation, women and the political parties, and campaign messaging for women candidates. Director of the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

Jean Sinzdak, Women in Presidential Cabinets, First Woman in Federal Executive Office

Expert on milestones in women's political history, candidate recruitment and training, and state legislatures. Associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

Kelly Dittmar, Women in Presidential Cabinets, First Woman in Federal Executive Office

Expert on gender and campaigning, women and institutions of government, current data and analysis on women's representation, and women voters. Director of Research and Scholar of the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

James W. Hughes, Economy

Expert on the economy, demographics, housing markets and real estate development; can speak to economic trends as they relate to the COVID-19 recession, as well as the presidential candidate’s jobs and economic plans.

Catherine Lee, Immigration

Expert on immigration, including social relations and inequalities related to race and ethnicity.

Perry Halkitis, COVID-19

Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health; available to comment on various topics as they relate to public health and the COVID-19 pandemic including a second wave, prevention, health disparities, social determents and pandemic fatigue.

Alan Robock, Climate Change

Expert in climate change, global warming, geoengineering, the effects of volcanic eruptions on climate and the effects of nuclear war on climate. 

Derrick Darby, Social Justice

Expert on social justice; can speak on voting rights, racial inequality, reparations, K-12 achievement gap and politics of hip hop. Founding director of the Rutgers Social Justice Solutions Research Collaboratory.

Michael Gusmano, Healthcare

Expert in health politics and policy, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, proposals for universal coverage, and health systems in the United States and other countries.

Leslie Kantor, Women’s Health

Expert on sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and access to care.

Michael D. Anestis. Gun Violence

Expert on gun violence prevention, suicide prevention and firearm purchase surges during COVID-19. Executive Director of the New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research

 




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Australian-based tennis players may have a once-in-a-lifetime court advantage at the 2021 Australian Open as many of their international counterparts endure lockdown restrictions in Melbourne hotels.

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The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) has issued a public response to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel’s “neither for nor against” recommendation for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Marc Suchard, of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, co-led international research team looking at two widely used types of blood pressure drugs.

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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The team, including UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professors Anne Rimoin and Christina Ramirez, found that near-universal adoption of nonmedical masks in public, combined with complementary public health measures, could successfully eliminate spread of the infection. and add $1 Trillion to the U.S. GDP.

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Mount Sinai Researchers Build Models Using Machine Learning Technique to Enhance Predictions of COVID-19 Outcomes
Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai researchers have published one of the first studies using federated learning to examine electronic health records to better predict how COVID-19 patients will progress.

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f pregnant individuals catch COVID they will generally get sicker than non-pregnant individuals. They also more commonly end up on ECMO [heart-lung support], in the ICU or on ventilators.

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As health officials continue to implore the public to wear masks and practice social distancing, recent research by Humboldt State University Psychology Professor Amber Gaffney provides key insights into connections between social isolation, conspiratorial thinking, and resistance to COVID-19 protocols.

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Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that a relatively simple and rapid blood test can predict which patients with COVID-19 are at highest risk of severe complications or death. The blood test measures levels of mitochondrial DNA, which normally resides inside the energy factories of cells. Mitochondrial DNA spilling out of cells and into the bloodstream is a sign that a particular type of violent cell death is taking place in the body.


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