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Jessica Ruvinsky

Jessica Ruvinsky is a science writer based in Santa Monica, California. She was an editor at Discover magazine in New York and has contributed to The Economist, Science, and U.S. News & World Report. She has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Yale.

 

The Call of Violence | 2 | Nov. 20, 2013

 

In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.

The Power of Being Seen | Nov. 20, 2013

 

People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.

Off-the-Shelf or Do-It-Yourself? | Nov. 20, 2013

 

How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.

Mapping Word of Mouth | Nov. 20, 2013

 

Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.

Sponsoring Hope | 6 | Aug. 14, 2013

 

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.

Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors | Aug. 14, 2013

 

Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.

Poverty and Achievement, Revisited | Aug. 14, 2013

 

Enrollment in a classroom with a high poverty rate doesn't necessarily affect individual student performance.

Markets Versus Morals | Aug. 14, 2013

 

In a market context, people are apt to betray their own beliefs about right and wrong.

Making Businesses More Responsible | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Corporate sustainability reporting is increasingly mandated by government and the public.

Diversity Opportunities | Nov. 16, 2011

 

New research finds that some companies are increasingly pro-diversity and others lag well behind.

The Evolution of Membership | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Membership in organizations is growing, but not what it used to be.

Public Services 2.0 | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Technology can empower citizens to co-create some government services.

Global Diseases, Local Needs | 3 | Nov. 16, 2011

 

The diseases that get funded tend to be the ones for which funders can take credit.

Giving Blind | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Watch dog organizations don't reach most donors.

Improving Teamwork | Aug. 16, 2011

 

Collectivist, group-oriented teams do better work.

How Leaders Encourage Innovation | Aug. 16, 2011

 

Transformational leaders capitalize on the creativity that employees have.

Nonprofits Aren’t More Commercial | Aug. 16, 2011

 

A new study finds that nonprofits are not becoming more commercialized.

Cadaver Commerce | Aug. 16, 2011

 

The moral legitimacy of a new market can come as much from how you sell something as from exactly what you’re selling.

Undisclosed Pharma Contributions | Aug. 16, 2011

 

Most health advocacy organizations do not report industry funding.

Welfare Works Better than Bootstraps | Feb. 16, 2011

 

In Britain, the social safety net allows people who fall into poverty to pull themselves out. Americans who become poor are more likely to stay that way.

Turning a Profit by Helping the Poor | Feb. 16, 2011

 

Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.