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Amy Schalet, PEP Steering Committee Member, was recently quoted in an article on parents letting their children's boyfriends and girlfriends join family quarantine bubbles

Amy Schalet, PEP Steering Committee Member, was recently quoted in an article on parents letting their children's boyfriends and girlfriends join family quarantine bubbles. The pandemic might end up prompting American parents to loosen the rules when it comes to their older children's relationships, said Amy Schalet, sociology, and author of "Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex."  "The pandemic is driving home to everyone how important intimacy is," Schalet said. "My sense is that this is a moment of conversation in America around a culture that emphasizes this focus on individual pursuits and yet everyone is feeling the intensity of isolation,” she continued. Read more at AZfamily.com and CNN.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article reporting that the Biden administration is looking to boost pay transparency for all U.S. workers through better data collection

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article reporting that the Biden administration is looking to boost pay transparency for all U.S. workers through better data collection. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved this collection during the Obama administration, but it was halted by Pres. Trump. “If the EEOC treated the private sector like the federal sector, we might see more progress,” Tomaskovic-Devey says. Read more at Bloomberg Law.

Ezra Markowitz, PEP co-director, co-authored an opinion piece calling for a re-evaluation of how we should discuss crises and catastrophes

Ezra Markowitz, PEP co-director, co-authored an opinion piece calling for a re-evaluation of how we should discuss crises and catastrophes. “Simply put,” he writes, “narratives of catastrophe and crisis can create nasty feedback loops that make it harder to achieve the compromise, hard work and sustained engagement necessary for meaningful action, especially in a deeply divided society.” Markowitz and his co-author provide four ways to tell more effective stories about the challenges facing humanity. Read more at The Washington Post.

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, published an article on the challenges facing high school transgender athletes and how high school sports have become the latest battleground over transgender rights

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, published an article on the challenges facing high school transgender athletes and how high school sports have become the latest battleground over transgender rights. Two states proposed to ban transgender girls – meaning those assigned males at birth but who live and identify as girls – from competing on girls’ interscholastic sports teams. Sharrow explains, “These sex testing policies, also known as gender verification, have long policed the elite women’s category and particularly harm women of color, who have been disproportionately scrutinized.” Read more at The Conversation.

Elizabeth Krause, 2015 PEP Fellow, finds the “threat of xenophobia, a preparedness to quarantine, and the will of solidarity motivated an entire migrant community to take action” during the pandemic in new research

Elizabeth Krause, 2015 PEP Fellow, finds the “threat of xenophobia, a preparedness to quarantine, and the will of solidarity motivated an entire migrant community to take action” during the pandemic in new research. Krause and Bressan argue that the effects of what they discovered “reconfigures dominant ideologies of individualism, open space for collective orientation toward a human economy, and offer potential to alleviate detrimental impacts of pandemics.” Krause & Bressan explain, “The Chinese migrants prioritized health and well-being over business and money. Their collective action of a triple quarantine as a means to prevent the spread of the virus represented a gift to the community at large.” “Not spreading COVID stands as the ultimate gift of solidarity,” they write. “Time will tell to what degree the withering away of xenophobia will endure as a form of reciprocity.” Read more at the News Office.

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, criticizes decisions made by the University of Minnesota to cut three men’s athletic programs, citing budget constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, criticizes decisions made by the University of Minnesota to cut three men’s athletic programs, citing budget constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. She writes that the school’s athletic director blaming Title IX for limiting his choices “suggests a less than full commitment to comprehensive gender equity in Gopher athletics.” Sharrow is a Minnesota alumna and former athlete and assistant coach on the school’s rowing team. Read more at StarTribune.

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted extensively in an article about the benefits of naps when they are taken correctly

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted extensively in an article about the benefits of naps when they are taken correctly. Spencer explains, “We know in early childhood naps can help emotion processing.  Because that's the observation for little kids: if you keep them from napping, the parent will be like, ‘Oh my god, they're so grumpy. They haven't napped,’ ” Read more at Discover Magazine.

Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about people scrutinizing the appearance of 17-year old TikTokker and children’s entertainer JoJo Siwa

Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about people scrutinizing the appearance of 17-year old TikTokker and children’s entertainer JoJo Siwa. Scharrer says that teens often change their styles during their adolescent years because it's a period in which they're “closely tuned in to the ways others may be perceiving them.” It's also normal for teens to feel hesitant when straying from their typical look, she says. Read more at Insider.com

Elizabeth Evans, 2018 PEP Fellow, recommends guidelines to instill public trust and better protect people when using big data to deal with opioid use disorder in a new research study

Elizabeth Evans, 2018 PEP Fellow, recommends guidelines to instill public trust and better protect people when using big data to deal with opioid use disorder in a new research study. Evans wrote, “Efforts informed by big data are saving lives, yielding significant benefits. Uses of big data may also undermine public trust in government and cause other unintended harms.” Read more here: Science Codex, News Medical Life Sciences, News Office release.

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, comments in an article about whether President Trump’s legal challenges will succeed in changing the outcome of the election

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, comments in an article about whether President Trump’s legal challenges will succeed in changing the outcome of the election. Collins says the lawsuits were filed for “purely political reasons ...  as a way of delegitimizing the Biden administration and the electoral process itself.” Read more at the Boston Globe and Salon

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