Aug 8 2013

Human Capital News Roundup: ‘The Machine Zone,’ the nation’s energy future, gender roles in after-school activities, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows, alumni and grantees. Some recent examples:

Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, MA, an alumna of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program who has studied ways the gambling industry has designed machines to encourage addiction, spoke to The Atlantic about “the machine zone… where the mind goes as the body loses itself in the task.” Those specific behavioral loops also arise when people use social media services like Facebook, The Atlantic reports. Read more about Schüll’s research.

The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog reports on an open letter co-authored by RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Matthew C. Nisbet, PhD, to Google’s executive leadership about its decision to host a fundraising luncheon for Sen. James M. Inhofe, a longtime, outspoken critic of scientists who warn about climate change. Google has in recent years “gained a green reputation by investing aggressively in renewable energy projects,” the blog reports, so the decision to support Inhofe took many by surprise.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Loraine Frank-Lightfoot, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer of Wooster Community Hospital, spoke to the Akron Beacon Journal about an agreement that will allow pediatricians at Akron Children’s Hospital to oversee the care of all pediatric patients hospitalized at Wooster.

Certain after-school activities constrain or transform gender roles, RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD, writes in a piece for The Atlantic. In research for her book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, Friedman found that gender scripts—as described by parents—were different for girls participating in competitive chess, dance, and soccer.

Bloomberg Business Week spoke to Rogan Kersh, PhD, an alumnus of the Scholars in Health Policy Research program and provost of Wake Forest University, about the Obama administration’s messaging on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Investigator Award recipient Edward Maibach, PhD, MPH, was in the news, also discussing Keystone XL oil pipeline and energy policy. Maibach’s research has found that almost all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, “are decidedly for [a] clean energy future for America,” he told the Calgary Herald.

William Hallman, PhD, recipient of an Investigator Award and director of Rutgers University’s Food Policy Institute, spoke to the Asbury Park Press about the growing popularity of grass-fed beef, which currently compromises only about 4 percent of a $66 billion beef market. (Most other cattle are fed grain.)

Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Susan Ebner Birch, MBA, RN, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, has been meeting with county officials across Colorado to update them on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the state, the Mountain Mail reports.

Research by Investigator Award recipient Greg Duncan, PhD, and Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD, is among the body of evidence that children and adults who participate in anti-poverty programs have positive short- and long-term outcomes, The Nation reports.

McKnight’s Long Term Care News interviewed Investigator Award recipient Jason Karlawish, MD, about his area of expertise: Alzheimer’s disease. Read a post Karlawish wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about the disease.

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