Historic Renaming of Campus Building, Fair Elections, Science Policy Under Biden

Duke scholars daily share their expertise with the media on stories of major global, state and local importance

Duke scholars daily share their expertise with the media on stories of major global, state and local importance, including the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice issues. Scholars this week appeared in news outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Spectrum.

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Here are highlights from the past week:

The New York Times
Trump’s Remarks On Election Integrity And Poll-Watching Alarm Experts
President Trump during Tuesday’s debate urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully.” That’s the type of comment “that international observers typically would latch onto as an attempt at foul play,” said Judith Kelley, the dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, who has studied international election monitoring. “As far as the rest of the world, this is the kind of comment we would expect in a more authoritarian environment. Certainly not in a country that purports to be a beacon of democracy.”

Duke University Names Building After A Black Woman For The First Time In Campus History
Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke has now made history at least twice on Duke's campus. She was one of the "First Five" undergraduate Black students to enroll at the university in 1963. Now she is the first Black woman to have a campus building named for her. Also covered by USA Today.

Scientific American
What a Joe Biden Presidency Would Mean For Science
The Biden team will need to change the public-health messaging so that it supports the science without driving sceptics even further away, says Marta Wosińska, the deputy director of the Margolis Center for Health Policy. “We need to figure out a bipartisan push and identify who are the right messengers.”

The Wall Street Journal
As Covid-19 Cases Rise, Insurers Reduce Coverage for Virtual Doctors’ Visits
“Shifting the copayment back to patients now presents a risk that patients will cancel telehealth appointments or seek in-person visits that heighten the threat of infections,” said Thomas Owens, senior vice president of Duke University Health System.