Gerrymandering is the rearrangement of election districts in such a way that gives one political party an advantage over the other. It is often used to suppress the weight of the political minority. Currently, redistricting is overseen by the majority political party within each state. It persists as an issue today because there are no concrete analytical methods used to judge whether a state has been gerrymandered since it is determined by human judgement. We have compiled an efficiency gap metric based on an equation based on wasted votes for counties in select states on a website in order to highlight the effects of gerrymandering as it exists in the United States today. The website focuses on states with significantly varying efficiency gaps.
The Grand Challenges Initiative has joined the National Postdoctoral Association on behalf of Chapman University as an organizational member. Postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff at the university can now become affiliate members by visiting nationalpostdoc.org The NPA advocates for, and provides resources aimed at improving, the postdoctoral experience.
In a new commentary published on the Editor’s Blog of Science, Chapman University’s Dr. Gregory Goldsmith describes how postdoctoral fellowship programs can transform the experience for early career scholars looking to advance their careers in science and engineering. For the past five years, Goldsmith has served as the first director of the university’s Grand Challenges