This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

A Jewish woman lights a candle for the festival of Hanukkah at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates ancient Jews’ victory over the powerful Seleucid empire, which ruled much of the Middle East from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D.… Continue reading This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

Biden brings a menorah lighting back to the White House, rededicating a Hanukkah tradition from the 20th century

The lighting of the National Menorah in Washington, D.C. in 2012. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Joe Biden’s staff has dispatched invitations to a “Menorah Lighting to be held at the White House” on Dec. 1, the evening when the fourth candle of the eight-day festival of Hanukkah will be lit. The event promises to be… Continue reading Biden brings a menorah lighting back to the White House, rededicating a Hanukkah tradition from the 20th century

Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta? A virus expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t

The omicron variant possesses numerous mutations in the spike protein, the knob-like protrusions (in red) that allow the virus to invade other cells. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images A new variant named omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on Nov. 24, 2021, and designated a “variant of concern” by the… Continue reading Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta? A virus expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t

What the public doesn’t get: Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT laws

An even mix of proponents and opponents to teaching critical race theory attend a Placentia-Yorba Linda school board meeting in California. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Since the final months of the Trump administration, the Republican Party has waged a sustained assault on critical race theory. Otherwise known as “CRT,” this academic framework… Continue reading What the public doesn’t get: Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT laws

Quitting your job or thinking about joining the ‘great resignation’? Here’s what an employment lawyer advises

A record number of Americans are telling their managers, ‘I quit.’ labsas/iStock via Getty Images Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs in recent months, with more than 4.4 million submitting their resignation in September alone. Millions more may be preparing to follow them to the exits – one survey found that around a… Continue reading Quitting your job or thinking about joining the ‘great resignation’? Here’s what an employment lawyer advises

Who’s in? Who’s out? The ethics of COVID-19 travel rules

People wait at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Nov. 26, 2021, as many nations moved to stop air travel from the country. AP Photo/Jerome Delay Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, has prompted new travel restrictions in many nations. Although little… Continue reading Who’s in? Who’s out? The ethics of COVID-19 travel rules

Why we’re using filmmaking to encourage vaccination by Black and Latino Angelenos

Strong narratives can help sway opinions. Jeremy Kagan, CC BY-SA People have recognized the power of storytelling for thousands of years. The Bible relies on parables like the prodigal son because stories successfully convey the underlying message in a memorable way that’s easy to pass along to future generations. But when public health leaders and… Continue reading Why we’re using filmmaking to encourage vaccination by Black and Latino Angelenos

Giving while female: Women are more likely to donate to charities than men of equal means

Women who are collectively donating to an all-girls school in Peru discuss their charitable giving in a Vienna, Virginia dining room. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images The American poet Ambrose Bierce wrote in 1906 that a philanthropist is “a rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while… Continue reading Giving while female: Women are more likely to donate to charities than men of equal means

When ‘hunker down’ isn’t an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks

People wade through high water to evacuate a flooded home in LaPlace, La., after Hurricane Ida struck. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2021, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. This time the levees held. Billions of dollars invested in reinforcing them… Continue reading When ‘hunker down’ isn’t an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks

Giving Tuesday: Charitable gifts from donor-advised funds favor education and religion

Donations channeled through DAFs follow different patterns than for overall charitable giving. Counter/DigitalVision via Getty Images The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Large shares of grants that donor-advised funds distributed from 2014 to 2018 supported educational and religious nonprofits. That’s what we found in one of the… Continue reading Giving Tuesday: Charitable gifts from donor-advised funds favor education and religion