DeSantis’ Coronavirus Leadership Reflects the Prudence Florida Needs Overall

This piece first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Six months into America’s COVID-19 crisis and, remarkably, the virus continues to confound experts. Nevertheless, Gov. DeSantis continues to be attacked as if the best approaches are obvious and clear. In fact, DeSantis, like his peers in other states, is being forced to make severe policy trade-offs…

Research Spotlight: The Impacts of President Trump’s Midterm Endorsements

It’s not breaking news that President Trump likes to tweet. In 2018, he used that social media platform to dole out a rapid-fire of endorsements of congressional candidates running in the midterm elections. During that campaign, he gave out 134 endorsements to 45 congressional candidates on Twitter, and endorsed another 35 congressional candidates at 47…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Methods to Improve Existing Heat Wave Surveillance Systems

Elevated and prolonged exposure to extreme heat is an important cause of excess summertimemortality and morbidity. To protect people from health threats, some governments are currentlyoperating syndromic surveillance systems. However, a lack of resources to support time- andlabor- intensive diagnostic and reporting processes make it difficult establishing region-specificsurveillance systems. Big data created by social media…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Experiments in Bureaucracy, Insurance, and Monetary Economics

Dr. Daniel Neal’s dissertation consists of a set of economic experiments in bureaucracy, insurance, and monetary economics. While they are eclectic in their subject matter, they all rely on the same basic foundation: good experimental methodology. In today’s world of economics, research can usually be divided into one of two categories; theory-based or empirical. Theory…

Masks and Masculinity: Trump’s Strong Man Performance

This post first appeared on the Institute for Research on Male Supremacy blog. President Donald Trump’s refusal to wear a mask in public serves as a form of masculinity performance that characterizes Trump as a strong man—tougher than the COVID-19 virus, and unable to be controlled by establishment forces telling him what to do. While…

Should Netflix’s “Waco” Renew A Discussion About Militarizing Law Enforcement?

On May 25, 2020, Dr. Sam Staley a Florida State University professor and film critic, discussed some controversial issues raised by Netflix’s miniseries, “Waco” on the program, American Viewpoints. The discussion includes religion, criminal justice, and militarization of law enforcement. Listen to the 10 minute interview here. The feature picture is from Forbes.

Hindsight 2020: Hurricane Season & Climate Change

The 2020 hurricane season is here and is expected to be a busy one. We’ve already had three tropical cyclones and it’s still June! Forecasts are unanimous in calling for an active season: seven to ten hurricanes, with most of them likely to occur after August 10th. Cold waters across the eastern tropical Pacific ocean…