May 20: UF in the News 5/17/21-5/20/21

Moms of pandemic babies are 'terrified.' Experts offer advice. — USA Today, 5/19/2021 
Dr. Lindsay Thompson, director of the Pediatric Research Hub at the University of Florida, said pandemic parents should be careful to avoid excessive screen time with their infants. Thompson noted the American Academy of Pediatrics says children under age 2 should not use media, and if so, less than two hours a day. Thompson recommends parents opt for time outside and in parks rather than screen time. 

"We don’t know how much levels of isolation will affect children, but we do know in the cumulative that less interactions mean less learning," Thompson said.

The education gradebook roundup — The Tampa Bay Times, 5/19/2021 
The University of Florida College of Education was highlighted in the Times' weekly education roundup for its work in coding education for young learners. Researchers are reaching third through fifth graders on this topic through comics. 

Education usually improves health. But racism sabotages benefits for Black men — NPR, 5/18/2021
More education typically leads to better health, yet Black men in the U.S. are not getting the same benefit as other groups, research suggests.

The reasons for the gap are vexing, experts say, but may provide an important window into unique challenges Black men face as they try to gain not only good health but also equal footing in the U.S.

"Your high socioeconomic status doesn't protect you from the impact or from the incidence" of racism, says Dr. Adrian Tyndall, associate vice president for strategic and academic affairs at University of Florida Health.

SPAC’s stumble opens door for an ETF to bet on bigger declines — Bloomberg, 5/18/2021 
Data from UF finance professor Jay Ritter is used to explain how buying companies that emerge from SPAC combinations and holding them for one year results in an annualized loss. 

Can Val Demings unseat Marco Rubio? — Slate, 5/19/2021 

This week, Politico reported that Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Marco Rubio for his Senate seat in 2022. The 64-year-old Demings rose to national prominence during her three terms in the House, including from her role as the only non-lawyer on the House impeachment committee. Slate spoke with Sharon Wright Austin, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, to learn what Demings needs to win in a Republican-controlled state.