Duke in the News: Assessing a Tight Election, COVID in the Holidays

Duke Faculty in the News

Following a bewildering election whose results results required some expertise to understand, Duke faculty were well placed throughout local and national media this week. In addition, faculty spoke about how COVID-19 can negatively affect your spending habits and ways to plan a safe Thanksgiving. Read their comments below.

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WUNC’s “The State of Things”

North Carolina Sees Record Voter Turnout and Unclear Results So Far

The day after the election, assistant professor Deondra Rose and associate professor Kerry Haynie discuss changing demographics, COVID-19 and other influencers in this year’s election. “Demographics are not destiny. But demographics can be an advantage if you work to get the vote out. ... And you see that coming to fruition in Georgia, Texas, Arizona and Colorado,” Haynie said.


Yahoo! Finance/The Guardian

Trump's Lawsuits Are Diversionary Tactic With Little Legal Basis, Experts Say

Quotes law professor Guy-Uriel Charles from a University Communications media briefing: “He certainly can’t just run to the US supreme court and file a suit there. That’s just not how our legal system operates.”


The Wall Street Journal

Opinion: How COVID-19 May Be Unconsciously Affecting Your Financial Decisions

John Payne, a professor emeritus at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, writes in an op-ed he co-authored: “Sadness also can influence our shopping decisions, increasing the amount of money we are willing to pay to acquire goods. Instead of waiting for a sale, a bout of sadness can make us more likely to seek immediate gratification, regardless of the price.”


Popular Science

How to Plan a COVID-Safe Thanksgiving, Week-by-Week

Features comments by Dr. Cameron Wolfe, an infectious diseases physician at the Duke University School of Medicine. ‘Particularly if you can communicate concerns to other family members ahead of time … these are events that we can talk about where risk can really be reduced appropriately,” he said.