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What Do We Make of Anti-Vaxxers In the Time of Coronavirus?https://www.fatherly.com/health-science/coronavirus-vaccine-hesitancy-anti-vaxxers/Fatherly2020-05-07T04:00:00ZSomething as widespread as COVID-19 can be hard to wrap the mind around. Sarah DeYoung, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware who has studied vaccine resistance shared why, likening it to providing warnings for hurricanes in the "blue skies" day that precede them.
How Stupid Do Cops Think We Are?https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939zda/how-stupid-do-cops-think-we-are-v27n1Vice2020-03-09T04:00:00ZSeveral high-profile complaints in this regard turned out to be hoaxes and Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice, talks about how worries over food contamination fuel a number of urban legends.
Training Vs. Reality: What School Resource Officers Are Prepared To Handlehttps://www.wunc.org/post/training-vs-reality-what-school-resource-officers-are-prepared-handleNorth Carolina Public Radio2019-11-18T05:00:00ZAs concerns over school shootings have intensified, there has been a renewed focus on role of School Resource Officers and their training. Aaron Kupchik, sociology, on why well-intentioned SROs may not be the best candidates to counsel students.
Survey shows some property owners willing to be bought out in two Rt. 9 neighborhoodshttps://www.delawarepublic.org/post/survey-shows-some-property-owners-willing-be-bought-out-two-rt-9-neighborhoodsWDDE2019-11-04T05:00:00ZUniversity of Delaware sociologist Victor Perez discusses his survey of some 90 property owners around Route 9 to determine their willingness to sell if given fair market value.
You don't have to worry about your child eating tainted Halloween candy, expert sayshttps://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/you-dont-have-to-worry-about-your-child-eating-tainted-halloween-candy-expert-saysABC Action News.com2019-10-31T04:00:00ZA University of Delaware sociology professor says all those images that pop up on social media showing Halloween candy with razor blades and drugs aren't really a legitimate concern.
It’s really unlikely someone will hand out weed on Halloween. So why do we panic? https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/10/its-really-unlikely-someone-will-hand-out-weed-on-halloween-so-why-do-we-panic.htmlNJ.com2019-10-30T04:00:00ZYes, there will be folks getting the munchies from eating their Halloween munchies, but there's no reason to believe people will be handing out marijuana-laced candies on Halloween, said Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice.
It’s Halloween. Beware Urban Legends (and Cars)https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/upshot/its-halloween-beware-urban-legends-and-cars.html?searchResultPosition=1The New York Times2019-10-28T04:00:00Z'Tis the season...for overwrought concerns about the dangers of tainted Halloween candy. And Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice, continues to get attention for his study debunking the mythology around strangers tampering with treats.
When Halloween became America’s most dangerous holidayhttp://theconversation.com/when-halloween-became-americas-most-dangerous-holiday-123132The Conversation2019-10-24T04:00:00ZPumpkin spiced lattes, Octoberfest beers and rampant fear of poison candy. Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice, continues to get coverage for his examination of the social and cultural anxieties undermining concerns about strangers tampering with Halloween candy.
THC, cyanide and razor blades: How sketchy urban myths taught parents to fear Halloween candyhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/23/thc-cyanide-razor-blades-how-sketchy-urban-myths-taught-parents-fear-halloween-candy/The Washington Post2019-10-23T04:00:00ZIt's more than a week until Halloween and parents are already freaking out over the possibility their kids will bring home Snickers with Nails and Reese's Razor Butter Cup. Joel Best, Sociology and Criminal Justice, said the fear-mongering is a bit more ahead of schedule and that he's been inundated with interview requests.
With Overland Park finger gun arrest, do police go too far in keeping schools safe?https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article236364488.htmlThe Kansas City Star2019-10-20T04:00:00ZAaron Kupchik, sociology, discusses the use of school resource officers and how overly punitive approaches to situations in schools can lead to unwanted outcomes. His comments come in response to a controversial decision by an officer in Overland Park, Kansas to arrest a 13-year-old girl who had formed her fingers into a gun pointed at classmates.

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