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Political news coverage that places ‘an overemphasis on personality and appearance is detrimental to women,’ CSUSB professor says
WBUR Boston, Mass.
May 9, 2022

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, was quoted in a commentary taking aim at the news media’s characterization of political campaigns as horse races. Commentator Rich Barlow said such coverage abets misogynists. Conroy summarized her findings of what happens when women candidates of substance try to break through: “If the election coverage neglects the issues, women may miss out on the opportunity to assuage fears about their perceived incompetency. … An overemphasis on personality and appearance is detrimental to women, as it further delegitimizes their place in the political realm, more so than for men, whose negative traits are still often masculine and thus still relevant to politics.”

Read the complete article at “Let's end horse race political coverage.”

CSUSB professor interviewed for article on career prospects in law enforcement
Wallet Hub
May 9, 2022

Zachary Powell, CSUSB assistant professor of criminal justice, was one of the experts interviewed for the personal finance website’s feature on “2022 Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.” In response to the question, “What is the long-term outlook for the law enforcement field?” Powell responded: “The American public relies on the police to answer a wide variety of calls, complaints, and problems. In the long term, society will still need police. Many municipalities have reiterated their commitment to funding police and improving law enforcement training.”

Asked about steps a police department can take to create a diversified workforce, Powell said, “If a police department wants to hire a diverse set of officers, they need to make it a priority. This involves conducting an internal audit of an agency's demographics and examining who is being hired, who is being promoted, and who is leading an agency.”

Read the complete article at “2022 Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.”

The Uken Report in Palm Springs reposted a version of the feature at "California second best state to be police officer," on May 9.

CSUSB associate professor of history named Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
May 7, 2022

Jeremy Murray, an associate professor of history, is the Cal State San Bernardino Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2021-22. University President Tomás D. Morales said Murray was named the Outstanding Faculty Advisor in recognition of "his passion, commitment and dedication to student success and providing career and life guidance."

Read the complete article at “Associate professor of history named Outstanding Faculty Advisor.”

Talk show host ‘long on hyperbole and bigotry and short on facts,’ CSUSB professor says
May 6, 2022

The Poynter Institute’s fact-checking website enlisted Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, to examine a claim by a talk show host Dennis Prager, who said "the odds are overwhelming" that hate incidents targeting Black students are hoaxes.

“Mr. Prager is long on hyperbole and bigotry and short on facts,” said Levin. “Any look at available data shows that out of the officially reported hate crime allegations on college campuses, only a handful out of hundreds are provable false reports, and remember that colleges devote a significant amount of investigative resources to these reports.”

At the Center for the Study of Hate Crimes and Extremism, Levin, a criminologist, produced a report in 2019 analyzing hate crimes that also looked at hate crime hoaxes. 

Defining false hate crime reports as alleged incidents that were reported to authorities but later discovered to have been intentionally falsified, Levin’s team counted just 11 out of an estimated 7,600 hate crimes in 2018, amounting to 0.14%.

“I live these numbers,” Levin said. What Prager claimed “is a lie. It’s promoted again and again as a social construction of a hoax epidemic, when what we're actually having are increases in hate crime.”

Read the complete article at “Dennis Prager baselessly claims Black students commit ‘overwhelming’ share of campus hate crimes.”

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