Published May 25, 2021

Technology with a misleading twist. Economic casualties of the pandemic. And clarity on face coverings for the vaccinated.

Dating apps that bar people with criminal backgrounds can create a false sense of security for people planning to meet someone they’ve met on an app, says a Rutgers professor. “Meeting strangers can be risky, and I worry that this approach will mislead people into thinking they’re safe,” says Sarah Lageson, an assistant professor at Rutgers’ School of Criminal Justice. Lageson, who studies the growing use of online criminal records, tells NBC News, “It’s using the justice system as a barometer of someone’s worth.”
NBC News | Many dating apps ban people convicted of felonies. Does that make anyone safer?

Early data shows that the pandemic has had a greater financial impact on women than on men in New Jersey and around the world. “It goes beyond anecdotes,” Yana Rodgers, faculty director of Rutgers’ Center for Women and Work, tells The Star-Ledger. “More women than men are dropping out to take care of children or work part time.” Many New Jersey women in low-paying jobs left the workforce entirely in 2020 and 2021 and that is likely to skew the wage gap numbers in the coming years, Rodgers says. | Here’s how much less N.J. women earned compared to men — and why experts say it’s getting worse

WHYY features insight from David Cennimo NJMS’01, an assistant professor of medicine in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, on the CDC’s new guidelines that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. Cennimo says that although the vaccine offers safety from COVID-19, he still strongly advises people to continue wearing masks, limiting social interactions, and conducting social activities outdoors. “Truthfully, the science is really saying vaccinated equals safer, not 100 percent safe, because we have seen people that have gotten breakthrough infections and have been moderately ill. And we don’t know that it’s absolutely impossible for them to transmit the virus to someone else,” says Cennimo. “But all in all, at a population level, the science is pointing towards safety from vaccines.”
WHYY | Fully vaccinated and maskless: What does that mean for safety?

Rutgers researchers report on findings that those infected with COVID-19 are at risk for coagulation disorders such as blood clots. Payal Parikh RWJMS’10, an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and leader of the study, advises physicians to watch out for unexpected swelling in a patient’s arms and legs to ensure that blood clots are prevented. “This is of concern since in 30 percent of these patients, the blood clot can travel to the lung and be possibly fatal,” Parikh tells The Asbury Park Press.
App. | Another potential COVID infection complication: Deep blood clots in the arm

People profiles former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand SAS’14, who talks about his life since becoming paralyzed and the process of opening the LeGrand Coffee House in Woodbridge, New Jersey. About his introduction to the coffee business, LeGrand says that “after I came up with the idea in July and August, I educated myself, I learned as much as possible, [and have] been through the ups and downs at the beginning of entrepreneurship, learning this and that.” LeGrand adds that “it’s been a fun journey so far.” | Eric LeGrand, Who Was Paralyzed in a College Football Game 10 Years Ago, Continues to Inspire

The New York Times reports that Jerome Kagan RC’50, a renowned psychologist who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Rutgers, has died at age 92. After earning a doctorate in psychology from Yale University and serving in the military, Kagan accepted an offer from Harvard to help establish its first human development program and was named a psychology professor there in 1964. Fellow Harvard faculty member Daniel Gilbert described Kagan as “one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century” and called Kagan’s research “prescient, foreshadowing the coming merger of psychology and biology in its attempt to link behavior to the brain.”
New York Times | Jerome Kagan, Who Tied Temperament to Biology, Dies at 92

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