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Dueling Town Halls; Rutgers Election and Political Experts Available

Rutgers University-New Brunswick has a range of faculty experts available before, during and after Thursday’s competing town halls, in lieu of a presidential debate, with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

David Greenberg 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 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 J. Farmer, Jr.

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.

Ashley Koning

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

Saladin Ambar

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 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 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 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.

Elizabeth Matto

Expert on voter access, youth political participation, youth voter turnout, young candidates running for office and youth voter mobilization. Director of Rutgers’ Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Eagleton associate research professor.

John Weingart

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.

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Released: 20-Oct-2020 5:10 PM EDT
Viral post claiming Dr. Anthony Fauci was indicted is entirely false
Newswise

A Facebook post from May that is newly gaining traction says that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the leading voice of experts in the coronavirus pandemic, has been indicted for treason. This claim is entirely false. Despite President Donald Trump calling him a "disaster," Fauci has not been indicted. There is no news coverage to support this claim, nor any original, credible documents or sources to corroborate it.

Released: 20-Oct-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Trump Mocked Biden for Saying He'll ‘Listen to the Scientists’
Newswise

U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized his stark contrast to his opponent Joe Biden in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic when he mocked Biden for saying he'll "listen to scientists."

Released: 20-Oct-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Efficacy, politics influence public trust in COVID-19 vaccine
Cornell University

If an initial COVID-19 vaccine is about as effective as a flu shot, uptake by the American public may fall far short of the 70% level needed to achieve herd immunity, new Cornell research suggests.

Released: 20-Oct-2020 10:00 AM EDT
State officials confident in election security despite voter concerns
University of Michigan

Election Day is two weeks away and confidence in election security is still wavering among voters. State election officials and clerks are confident in the process, as absentee ballots have been mailed in record numbers nationwide.

Newswise: NYU’s Center on International Cooperation and Center for Global Affairs to Launch New UN Senior Leadership Appointments Dashboard
Released: 20-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
NYU’s Center on International Cooperation and Center for Global Affairs to Launch New UN Senior Leadership Appointments Dashboard
New York University

NYU's Center on International Cooperation and the Center for Global Affairs, part of NYU’s School of Professional Studies, are launching an online dashboard aimed at tracking diversity at the leadership level for the United Nations.

Released: 20-Oct-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19
Ohio State University

A blend of racial prejudice, poor coping and partisan media viewing were found in Americans who stigmatized people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Experts haven’t changed their estimates for COVID-19 immunity duration, despite Trump's claim
Newswise

We rate this claim as mostly false. Infectious disease experts did not shift from saying immunity was lifelong to saying it lasted only a few months for partisan reasons. Experts haven’t changed their estimates for immunity duration, which remains unknown. Most agree that it is not a "life-time".


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