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Podcast: CSUSB’s Meredith Conroy and FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. discuss why white Democrats are wary of big ideas to address racial inequality


July 17, 2020

In recent weeks, public opinion has moved significantly in favor of Black Lives Matter and more people have taken the view that Black people face discrimination in America. But is there public support for policies that could address that discrimination? FiveThirtyEight's Perry Bacon Jr. and Cal State San Bernardino political science professor Meredith Conroy discuss what the polls can tell us.

Listen to the podcast at “White Democrats are wary of big ideas to address racial inequality.”

The podcast was also posted on the MSN website, via ABC News on July 18, and archived on the PlayerFM website on July 17.

CSUSB selects its 2020-21 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows

High Desert Daily

July 17, 2020

Four Cal State San Bernardino students have been selected for the 2020-21 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship and assistance with graduate school applications, primarily for underrepresented students who intend to pursue a doctorate in the humanities. The main objective of the MMUF grant is to address, over time, the problem of underrepresentation in college and university faculties.

“The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is a highly competitive program that provides unique opportunities for students to engage in research and professional development activities as they prepare to apply for Ph.D. programs in the humanities,” said Ryan Keating, faculty coordinator of the Mellon Mays program and associate professor of history. “The process of selecting applicants is extremely difficult due in large part to the excellent work that our undergraduate students are engaged in here on campus.”

Read the complete article at “CSUSB selects its 2020-21 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.”

June report on Inland manufacturing good, but may not be sign of recovery, CSUSB report indicates

IE Business Daily

July 20, 2020

On the surface, the June purchasing managers index for Riverside and San Bernardino counties – published monthly by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino – appears to be a cause for celebration.

At the very least, it’s a reason to be somewhat optimistic about the short-term future of the Inland Empire’s manufacturing sector.

The index, which measures whether manufacturing output in the two-county region is expanding or contracting, was 55.7 last month, seemingly a remarkable number considering the state of the economy; 50 or above means it’s expanding, below 50 means it’s getting smaller.

So is the Inland Empire manufacturing sector close to being back to normal? Despite those positive numbers, the answer to that question is probably no, said Barbara Sirotnik, director of the institute and co-author of the report.

“I’d like to think that all of this is good news, but I’m really not sure that it is,” Sirotnik said. “It’s good that inventories and employment are up, but we’ve also had some closures, and that’s not good moving forward.”

Sirotnik called the June index “a regression to the mean,” a statistical expression that means extreme data will be closer to normal the second time it’s measured because all data evens out over time.

“Considering that the PMI registered record lows in April, it was not surprising to see somewhat of a rebound in May and again in June as purchasing managers compared current activity to the dismal activity in previous months,” Sirotnik wrote in the report. “In other words, we are not out of the woods yet.”

Read the complete article at “June report on Inland manufacturing good, but may not be sign of recovery.”

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