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N.J. cities are hotter than ever. Racism is as much to blame as climate change

New Jersey just experienced its second-hottest summer on record, yet another sign of how climate change has intensified temperatures across the Garden State. But people in urban areas — which tend to lack greenery to break up the concrete landscapes — are more regularly exposed to dangerous heat than folks in suburban and rural areas. […]

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NJ economy is recovering from COVID, but don’t hold your breath

A new report finds it will take years for the New Jersey economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. But a complete job-loss rebound could take decades. According to Michael Lahr, a professor of planning and public policy and director of the Rutgers University Economic Advisory Service, 16.7% of New Jersey’s 4.2 million jobs were lost between […]

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Political polarization distorts risk perception

Academic research has shown that perceptions of risk of COVID-19 varies with the level of support for President Trump. It doesn’t require much of a leap of imagination that perceptions of risk regarding other highly politicized issues such as crime and climate change evince a similar pattern.  Why does it matter? People’s behavior and actions are influenced by […]

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Walking Is Increasingly Deadly, and Not Because People Are on Their Phones

That’s what makes the data-driven approach to saving lives so problematic, says Charles T. Brown, a senior researcher and professor at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, who wrote the book’s foreward and served as Schmitt’s technical adviser. “What is revered or put forth as a best practice or as evidence-based is really […]

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Changing the Federal Reserve’s mandate could provide a down payment on ending racial inequality

An op-ed by William Rodgers discusses a Congressional proposal whereby the Federal Reserve would gain a new task: reducing racial inequality. Dr. Rodgers addresses how the proposal could tackle Black unemployment, provide Blacks with more opportunity for credit, and provide a forum for reporting on racial, ethnic, gender, and educational gaps in income and wealth. MarketWatch, August […]

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Physicians in certain racial/ethnic groups have lower burnout rates vs. white physicians

Physicians in underrepresented racial/ethnic groups exhibited lower rates of burnout vs. non-Hispanic white physicians, but more research is needed to confirm these findings, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open. In a related editorial, Joel C. Cantor, ScD, of the Center for State Health Policy, and Dawne M. Mouzon, PhD, MPH, of the Edward J. Bloustein School of […]

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Reading the polls? Keep the grains of salt handy

Poll watchers sometimes obsess over small differences in topline numbers, even those within a poll’s reported margin of sampling error. But those differences pale in comparison to the size of the differences noted above. For those living in a world which hangs on every 1- or 2-point shift in the polls, the range of results […]

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