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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Fraud Alert warning sign
100% of Americans are targets of scams. Yet most people think that financial fraud affects only the elderly and believe that they themselves would never fall for it. In fact, millions of Americans of all ages fall victim to scams, with costs of some $50 billion a year....
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
SPARQ Scientists Release OPD Reports
In May of 2014, the City of Oakland engaged SPARQ researchers to examine race relations between the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and the Oakland community. Today, we released our findings in two reports. In the first, "Strategies for Change: Research Initiatives and Recommendations To Improve Police-Community Relations in Oakland, Calif.," we present evidence of pervasive racial discrimination in stops, searches, handcuffings, and arrests, as well as offer 50 recommendations for reforming police culture....
Monday, June 13, 2016
An Imam speaks to a crowd
In response to the Orlando massacre, SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla penned an op-ed for "The Guardian" explaining how Islamophobia actually feeds terrorism. She writes, "The evidence shows that alienating an entire religious community...will make us less safe. There are better ways to fight extremism." Read the full article: "I've studied radicalization -- and Islamophobia often plants the seed"...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Seal of the California Department of Justice
On April 19, 2016, SPARQ and the Office of the Attorney General released the Principled Policing Report on procedural justice and implicit bias training. Press release from the Office of the Attorney General: SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Assemblymembers Reggie Jones- Sawyer and Rob Bonta have introduced legislation to expand Principled Policing training to law enforcement agencies across the state to address issues of implicit bias and community trust...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Flyer for the 11th Annual Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture on Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System
SPARQ Faculty Director Jennifer Eberhardt discussed her research on racial bias in policing at a Stanford roundtable conversation on Wednesday, January 14, 2016. The roundtable was part of the event "Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System." OpenXChange, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Public Affairs, and the Stanford Alumni Association hosted the event. It opened with public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson's delivery of the 2016 Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture. He is also the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption....
Friday, December 11, 2015
Logo for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
In response to the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla and University of Maryland Professor of Psychology Michele Gelfand co-authored a fact sheet for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on strategies for preventing homegrown radicalization...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Seal for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
SPARQ hosted the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Stanford University to discuss how to leverage police body-worn camera data.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Anti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015. Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS

SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla set out to study why some Muslims in the United States are drawn to radical movements. Her findings, published in The Conversation and reprinted in The Washington Post and Quartz, reveal why homeland security policies that exclude Muslims are counterproductive. The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is to shut the door. The refugee migration debate turned even more contentious after authorities found a Syrian passport...

Friday, September 25, 2015
Two police officers in front of a projection of the american flag
Do the police need to adopt a "warrior mentality" in order to be effective? Or might developing social understanding help officers better connect with their communities? SPARQ Affiliate Jamil Zaki profiled Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about her non-traditional, empathy-focused training program...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Jennifer Eberhardt Photo

SPARQ just learned that Faculty Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a "Genius Award," for her groundbreaking research on race, crime, and inequality, and her application of that research to criminal justice practice and policy.

"It was just such an amazing honor" to get the phone call announcing the award, Jennifer said in an interview. "I was just blown away, actually."

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