Who’s lying, black hair and politics, and can we be civil in 2020: 7 Election Stories Your Subscribers Will Read

California State University, Fullerton

Newswise — Cal State Fullerton scholars with expertise in topics ranging from spotting liars, and the art of debate to local ballot propositions, voting security and virtual debates can offer your continued election coverage new angles and depth.

Who’s lying … effectively?
Iris Blandón-Gitlin, professor of psychology, is an expert on the psychological aspects of deception. Her research offers insight on how people lie and which situations elicit more evasive and inconsistent answers from liars than from truth-tellers. Read more about her research here.

A virtual debate? Can it be done?
Erika Thomas, associate professor of human communications and co-director of forensics, Jon Bruschke, chair of the Department of Human Communications, and debate coach LaToya Green say given the success of intercollegiate virtual speech and debate tournaments, it is disappointing that leaders would downplay the effectiveness and value of a virtual debate.

How is better health linked to voter participation?
A September brief by Shana Charles, associate professor of public health, and two fellow researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, determined that better health status, lower levels of psychological distress, and better access to health care were related to higher levels of voter participation.

How do beauty, (black) hair and politics intersect?
Kristin Rowe, assistant professor of American studies who specializes in race, popular culture, feminism and sexuality, says yes. Her research focuses on body politics, hair, beauty culture, race, black feminism and sexuality through a historical and pop culture lens. Read more about her research here.

Can our candidates be civil?
Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, an assistant professor and researcher of interpersonal communication, will host an Oct. 23 talk on teaching tools to come together with people of opposing views in “Civility First.”


Election topics for California media

Which ballot propositions will impact California residents most?
Sarah Hill, associate professor of political science, offered an Oct. 13 overview of the 12 propositions on California’s ballot. Hill’s presentation is posted with the Voter Education Series of videos on the CSUF Alumni YouTube channel

Who’s registered to vote? The entire CSUF basketball team and program.
The entire men’s basketball program — its team of players, coaches and support staff —registered to vote by National Voter Registration Day. Many players shared their motivations for registering and voting, on Titan Athletics’ Voices of the Heard, a new anti-racism initiative that spotlights voices in the Titan Athletics community.


Voters can drop off or cast ballots at Cal State Fullerton’s voting center Oct. 30 – Nov. 3. Find out more about CSUF’s election-related events on the Titans Turn Out. Review the Voter Education Series which offers talks on integrity of voting, and the Latinx community vote. For a schedule of events, go to the CSUF Election Events page. 

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Paper: Congress must clarify limits of gene-editing technologies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Genome editing of human embryos represents one of the most contentious potential scientific applications today. But what if geneticists could sidestep the controversy by editing sperm and eggs instead?

Released: 21-Oct-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Trump White House NDAs are likely unconstitutional
Cornell University

The nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that President Donald Trump has required many White House employees to sign – unlike any previous administration – are likely unconstitutional, according to a report issued by Cornell Law School’s First Amendment Clinic.

Released: 21-Oct-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Trump's claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to blame for the stalled COVID-19 stimulus legislation is not accurate

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for "not caring about Americans" since she would not agree to his terms for COVID-19 relief aid. We rate these claims as mostly false because they are misleading. According to the New York Times, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, told Republican senators privately on Tuesday that he has advised the White House not to strike a deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new stimulus bill before Election Day.

Released: 21-Oct-2020 9:35 AM EDT
“Race and the 2020 Presidential Election”: A Diversity Discussion Featuring New York Times Correspondents, Oct. 27
New York University

NYU's Carter Journalism Institute will host “Race and the 2020 Presidential Election,” a virtual event featuring a diverse panel of New York Times correspondents, on Tues., Oct. 27.

Newswise: Keck Medicine of USC enrolling individuals in phase 3 clinical trial to treat mild Alzheimer’s disease using deep brain stimulation
Released: 21-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Keck Medicine of USC enrolling individuals in phase 3 clinical trial to treat mild Alzheimer’s disease using deep brain stimulation
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC enrolling individuals in phase 3 clinical trial to treat mild Alzheimer’s disease using deep brain stimulation.

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

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’

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."

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