Firearm stocks spike after mass shootings as investors dismiss the chance of tightening gun laws

Trading on tragedy. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images. The day after an armed 18-year-old entered the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and shot dead 19 children and two teachers, the share prices of gun and weapons manufacturers jumped. A week on, and the market rally of gun stocks following the latest mass shooting… Continue reading Firearm stocks spike after mass shootings as investors dismiss the chance of tightening gun laws

Desegregating schools requires more than giving parents free choices – a scholar studies the choices parents of all races make

Racial bias may play a role both in the schools that families choose for their children and the experiences their children have. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images Chantal Hailey is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.Her work focuses on the role of race and racism… Continue reading Desegregating schools requires more than giving parents free choices – a scholar studies the choices parents of all races make

50 years of UN environmental diplomacy: What’s worked and the trends ahead

Negotiations over the years have aimed to protect forests, biodiversity and the climate. Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images In 1972, acid rain was destroying trees. Birds were dying from DDT poisoning, and countries were contending with oil spills, contamination from nuclear weapons testing and the environmental harm of the Vietnam War. Air pollution was crossing… Continue reading 50 years of UN environmental diplomacy: What’s worked and the trends ahead

Most people support abortion staying legal, but that may not matter in making law

The Supreme Court is set to soon rule on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case, nearly one month after a leaked draft majority opinion showed the court might uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Ruling to uphold this ban could undo women’s constitutional right to abortion, guaranteed by… Continue reading Most people support abortion staying legal, but that may not matter in making law

Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

An airtanker drops retardant to help stop the spread of the 2015 Eyrie Fire in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, which was ignited by sparks from construction equipment. Austin Catlin, BLM/Flickr CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of… Continue reading Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

What could be better? Uladzik Kryhin via Shutterstock.com. Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, it’s been an iconic symbol on the American landscape. By 1870, people had realized the necessity of building a bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait to connect the city of San Francisco with Marin… Continue reading How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

Race, gender and the ways these identities intersect matter in cancer outcomes

Cancer care research usually focuses on just one of a patient’s social identities. Isaac Lane Koval/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Belonging to one or more groups with long-standing social and economic disadvantages increases the risk of cancer diagnoses and death, according to… Continue reading Race, gender and the ways these identities intersect matter in cancer outcomes

One family’s photo album includes images of a vacation, a wedding anniversary and the lynching of a Black man in Texas

In this photo from Aug. 20, 1922, Gene Kemp and Mary ‘Teddie’ Kemp, at left, are seen with two friends. Jeffrey L. Littlejohn As a historian and director of the Lynching in Texas project, which has documented more than 600 racial terror lynchings, I receive regular emails from journalists, scholars and activists who want to… Continue reading One family’s photo album includes images of a vacation, a wedding anniversary and the lynching of a Black man in Texas

Arming teachers – an effective security measure or a false sense of security?

Even trained police officers often miss their target during gunfights. RichLegg / Getty Images In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, some elected officials are making calls anew for teachers to be armed and trained to use firearms to protect the nation’s schools. To shine light on the… Continue reading Arming teachers – an effective security measure or a false sense of security?

The ordination of the first female rabbi 50 years ago has brought many changes – and some challenges

Sara Hurwitz, Amy Eilberg, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Sally J. Priesand, each of whom was the first female rabbi in her branch of Judaism. Courtesy of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1972, as Sally J. Priesand became the first woman ordained a rabbi by… Continue reading The ordination of the first female rabbi 50 years ago has brought many changes – and some challenges