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Lancet's coverage of the World Health Organization Director-General election
The Lancet begins its coverage of WHO's Director-General elections by publishing profiles of each of the recently named candidates in this week's World Report. (2006-09-14)

Major-party candidates wield the Web, with many challengers still offline
Third-party political challengers aren't using the Web as widely as expected, researchers find. (2004-11-18)

New review compiles immunogenicity data on leading SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates
In a new Review, P.J. Klasse and colleagues present an extensive overview of the immunogenicity profiles of several leading SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates, including several developed under the auspices of (2021-02-19)

Women in a tenure committee may even make it more difficult for a woman to get a job
Having women in scientific committees may decrease women's opportunities to get a nomination for a professor. According to a study by researchers in Aalto University, Finland, male evaluators become less favorable toward female candidates as soon as a female evaluator joins the committee. At the same time, female evaluators are not significantly more favorable toward female candidates. (2017-04-24)

Gender is a relative term in politics, MU study finds
For only the second time in presidential debate history, a female nominee will take the stage to spar with a male opponent. A revealing study by a University of Missouri researcher has found that male and female candidates, when debating head-to-head, actually adopt each other's traditional communication styles. (2008-09-30)

About half of voters prefer candidates of particular gender
Slightly more than half the people in a recent study said they were inclined to vote for candidates of a particular gender in a race between two equally qualified contestants. A survey found that 63 percent of women had a gender preference, as did 51 percent of men. (2000-08-31)

Candidate voice pitch influences voters, but does not lead to better leaders
Voters may prefer voting for candidates with lower sounding voices but they are not necessarily better leaders, a paper recently published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior by University of Miami Professor Casey Klofstad and Professor Rindy Anderson from Florida Atlantic University has revealed. (2018-03-14)

Researcher found female candidates are more likely to discuss the economy than males
In a new study published in Politics & Policy, Deserai Crow, PhD, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs, found significant differences in discussion topics between both party affiliation and gender. Narratives from both Republican and Democratic candidates in 48 U.S. House campaigns from the 2018 midterm election were analyzed in this study. (2020-10-26)

The sound of intellect: Job seeker's voice reveals intelligence
New study finds people rate job candidates as more competent when they hear them. (2015-02-20)

Minority political candidates just need a chance
It's not necessarily voters who should be blamed for the lack of minorities in state legislatures, but instead the two major political parties for not recruiting enough candidates, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. (2014-02-11)

Social media and presidential election: Kent State professor examines impact of YouTube, MySpace
Dr. Paul Haridakis, associate professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University and a long-time scholar in the area of the impact of media on the political landscape in the US, is investigating the impact of hugely popular social media's impact on the upcoming presidential contest. (2008-10-31)

Voters perceive political candidates with a disability as qualified for elected office
Political candidates with a disability have historically been underrepresented. A new study has found for the first time that voters do not apply certain stereotypes associated with disability to such candidates. Voters see them as honest, hard-working, and concerned with social welfare issues. The results show that the cause of under-representation may not lay with voters' perceptions, but with a lack of support from governments and political parties. (2021-01-28)

Who should be the next executive director of UNAIDS?
At the end of the year, Peter Piot will step down as executive director of UNAIDS, the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS and the largest organization devoted to a single disease. He has been in the post since UNAIDS' inception in 1995, and has raised the profile of HIV/AIDS so successfully that the epidemic has remained a high priority on health, political and security agendas. His achievements are substantial. (2008-10-16)

No, presidential candidates don't usually dodge tough questions
Nearly everybody thinks that presidential candidates routinely dodge hard-hitting questions, providing evasive answers to simple questions. But a new study that analyzed the full transcripts of 14 US presidential debates from 1996 to 2012 provides some surprising insights that might temper that belief -- and help explain why people believe politicians are evasive. (2016-05-16)

Women's leadership potential for top jobs overlooked in favor of men
The potential of women for leadership roles is being overlooked, while men benefit from the perception that they will grow into the role, new research from the University of Kent shows. (2019-05-14)

Swing voters hold more sway over candidates on economic issues
University of Illinois economics professors Stefan Krasa and Mattias Polborn have published a paper on a theory of candidate competition that accounts for the influence of both economic and cultural issues on individual voting behavior. (2014-03-20)

A winning face depends on the culture of the voter
A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential leaders. (2016-04-21)

Presidential debates are mostly positive and emphasize policy
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are preparing for their first presidential debate this week. William Benoit, one of the nation's leading experts on political campaigns at the University of Missouri, says presidential debates have become an important part of presidential campaigns since 1960. (2008-09-24)

New research shows candidate name order will matter in California recall election
The ordering of candidates' names on ballots in the upcoming California recall election will likely affect the outcome, if the state's presidential election is a guide. In the 2000 presidential race, George W. Bush received 9 percent more votes among Californians when he was listed first on the ballot than when he was listed later, a new study found. (2003-08-18)

Playing field leveling in media coverage of political candidates
A recent study of newspaper articles covering candidates running for public office between 1992 and 2000 demonstrates that, in general, media coverage is becoming more gender-balanced. Indeed, in some cases it seems that some of the disparities between coverage of male and female candidates may be advantageous to the latter. (2006-09-06)

Some cancer drugs in clinical trials don't work by hitting their targets
Multiple cancer drug candidates in clinical trials kill tumor cells through off-target effects instead of by interacting with their intended molecular targets, according to a new study. (2019-09-11)

For job seekers with disabilities, soft skills don't impress in early interviews
A new study by Rutgers University researchers finds that job candidates with disabilities are more likely to make a positive first impression on prospective employers when they promote technical skills rather than soft skills, such as their ability to lead others. (2020-09-10)

Study shows visual framing by media in debates affects public perception
New research shows that in the 2016 primary debates the front runners from both parties benefitted from preferential visual treatment by the media, but Donald Trump won in terms of camera time and angle. (2019-06-24)

Transgender political candidates still likely face an uphill battle, study finds
A new study led by a University of Kansas political scientist found 35 percent-40 percent of adults would oppose a transgender candidate for office, which was higher than the 30 percent who would likely oppose a gay or lesbian candidate. (2017-02-21)

Facebook political ads more partisan, less negative than TV
More political candidates may be shifting primarily to social media to advertise rather than TV, according to a study of advertising trends from the 2018 campaign season. The study also found that Facebook political ads were more partisan, less negative and less issue-focused than those on TV. (2020-09-14)

Viewers will receive greatest benefit in presidential town hall debate
The candidates will be joined by dozens of (2008-10-03)

The IARC candidates exposed!
The names of seven possible candidates to succeed Peter Boyle as director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer are exposed today in an early online report in the Lancet Oncology, with the issues discussed in an accompanying editorial in this week's Lancet. (2008-05-01)

When considering presidential candidates, age is just a number
A new white paper shows there is no such thing as being too old to be president. (2019-07-26)

Voters have up to 5 times more influence in early primaries
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, potential candidates are making frequent stops in New Hampshire and Iowa. Research by a Brown University economist, published in the Journal of Political Economy, shows that voters in early primary states have a disproportionate influence on who gets elected. (2011-06-10)

Higher education representatives advise chemistry faculty candidates on how to apply for positions
Chemical & Engineering News offers some concrete suggestions for would-be faculty members on how best to apply for chemistry jobs in higher education based on advice from a panel representing a broad spectrum of universities and colleges. (2005-04-11)

Aiming to sway voters, candidates emphasize hot-button issues across party lines
By studying campaign strategy during the 2004 presidential general election, political scientists have shown that candidates are increasingly targeting individual voters, based on controversial wedge issues. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Arkansas have shown that this leads to fragmentation of the campaign dialogue, and has potential to be problematic once the candidate is elected to office. (2008-05-14)

Companies look at wrong things when using facebook to screen job applicants
Employers are increasingly using Facebook to screen job applicants and weed out candidates they think have undesirable traits. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that those companies may have a fundamental misunderstanding of online behavior and, as a result, may be eliminating desirable job candidates. (2013-07-02)

The Lancet assesses the five candidates running for the next executive director of the Global Fund
Three of the five candidates running for the job of the next executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria lead the field, with the edge going to one, according to an editorial in this week's issue of the Lancet. (2006-10-26)

Optimism experts handicap the presidential election with about 6 weeks remaining until Nov. 4
Researchers have determined that the most optimistic candidates win more than 80 percent of presidential elections dating back to 1900. A Penn study measures the optimism of this year's candidates. (2008-09-26)

Political Islamophobia may look differently online than in person
Islamophobia was rampant on social media during the midterm elections, but researchers say future Muslim candidates running for office should know that the hatred they see online may be different than what they experience on the campaign trail. (2020-01-27)

Candidates who use humor on Twitter may find the joke is on them
Political candidates' use of humor on social media could sometimes backfire on them with potential supporters, new research suggests. People were more likely to view messages using humor as inappropriate for a political candidate they didn't know, the study found. That led participants to rate a candidate using humor as less credible than one who didn't -- and less likely to get their vote. (2020-06-15)

Weight bias plagues US elections
Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert. (2014-05-19)

Presidential candidates' television ads most negative in history
The 2008 presidential campaign, as reflected in candidates' television spots, has been one of the most negative campaigns in history. A University of Missouri professor analyzed this year's candidates' television spots, including last night's 30-minute ad by Sen. Barack Obama, and found that only one other campaign matched this level of negativity. (2008-10-30)

Study: Bush's placement on top of Florida ballot gave him edge
A 1998 study of Ohio elections showed that candidates received an average of 2.33 percent more votes when their names appeared first on the ballots, compared to being listed last. George W. Bush's name listed first on Florida ballots probably was enough of an advantage to give him a win. (2000-11-08)

Rice study shows why more than 25 percent of new CEOs last less than 3 years
An increasing number of CEOs are exiting their positions prematurely, according to a study by Yan Zhang at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management. Of the 204 company leaders Zhang studied from 1993 to 1998, 55 (27 percent) left their job within three years. (2008-06-03)

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