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Emma McFeeCSBS Student Spotlight: Emma McFee

My name is Emma McFee and I am in my second year at the U, looking to receive my degree in Geography. I am very involved in the Geography department and I serve on the Undergraduate SAC, the Geography club, and as a peer advisor for the department. My favorite part about being a peer advisor is meeting so many new students and helping them to get on the right track to graduate. Being an out-of-state student from New York, I have found myself at home here in the College of Social & Behavioral Science! Outside of the U, I am a professional Irish dancer and have recently had the opportunity to tour in different parts of the United States. When I'm not on the road, I am training to hopefully compete at the World Championships of Irish dance in the spring with the Scariff-Gilleoghan School in Sandy. #bethesolution


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Wednesday, February 7 | 12:00-1:00 PM
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 PM
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Thursday, March 1 | 12:30-2:00 PM
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CSBS Top News

Ruth V. Watkins Named New President

The Utah State Board of Regents has selected Ruth V. Watkins as the 16th president of the University of Utah. Watkins is the first woman to lead the University of Utah in its 168-year history.

Dust on Snow Controls Springtime River Rise in West

McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor of geography, and a team from NASA, CU Boulder and UCSB, found that dust, not spring warmth, controls the pace of spring snowmelt that feeds the headwaters of the Colorado River.

Ellis featured in latest U Progress Report

Bruce Ellis, professor of psychology, and his recent research was featured in Clearing the Path, a progress report published by the University of Utah.

Tracking the Impact of Early Abuse and Neglect

According to a new study led by Lee Raby, an assistant professor of psychology, maltreatment experienced before age 5 can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later.

Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know

John Francis, professor of political science, and Leslie Francis, professor of philosophy and law, spoke with Tom Williams of Access Utah about their book Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Somebody has to Dust

A new study led by assistant professor of sociology Claudia Geist reveals a woman's health must deteriorate considerably for her husband to take on more household chores.

LGBTQ Community Making Gains in Utah Politics

Political science associate professor Matthew Burbank said the outcome is “better than I would have thought,” and suggests that attitudes toward the LGBTQ community among Utah voters are changing along with those in the rest of the country.

CSBS Alumna Nominated to Lead Peace Corps

Josephine Olsen (BS sociology '65), will be named to lead the Peace Corps. Her nomination comes at a challenging time for the organization with proposed budget cuts to the program despite its history of bipartisan support.

Utah couple's relentless pursuit to end veteran suicide: 'If it's not us — then who?'

Veterans and psychologists AnnaBelle and Craig Bryan have researched and developed suicide-prevention and PTSD treatments with near-perfect success rates.

Want to be happier in 2018? Contented Norwegians and a Utah expert offer advice

Ed Diener, professor of psychology says "Happy people have better health, better relationships on average, are more productive at work, and are better citizens.”

Strayer says New Cell Phone Bill Sends the Wrong Message

State Rep. Carol Moss has drafted a bill that seeks to fully outlaw using hand-held electronic devices while driving, but would permit using hands-free technology. But David Strayer, professor of psychology, warns, "It might actually send a message that one is safer than the other, which it isn’t.”

All eyes on Senator Hatch as he weighs reelection bid

In a recent article from The Hill, James Curry, assistant professor of political science, comments on Hatch's relationship with Trump and his chances at reelection.

Banuri reshapes the future of climate research in Pakistan

As the Executive Director of the Global Change Impact Study Centre (GCISC), Tariq Banuri, professor (lecturer) of economics, has taken up the task of reshaping the future of climate research in Pakistan.

What Science Knows About Why People Are Gay

Lisa Diamond, professor of psychology, spoke with Newsweek to discuss what she and her colleagues in the field know—and what they don't—about how a person's sexual orientation might form.

What does Alabama senate upset mean for future elections in the US?

James Curry, assistant professor of political science, weighed in on the "dramatic outcome" of Alabama's senate election in a recent article on

Legislating in the Dark

In an episode from the podcast No Jargon, James Curry, assistant professor of political science, explains how limited resources have enabled party leaders to write and negotiate most laws in Congress.

Chambless weighs in on President Trump's visit to Utah

Tim Chambless, associate professor (lecturer) of political science spoke with Good4Utah regarding President Trump's visit to Utah and what it means for Bears Ears National Monument.

Strayer's Work Featured in Newly Published Photo Essay

Professor of psychology, David Strayer, and his team were recently featured in the photo essay, Human Nature with images from their study of cognition in nature.

Student's idea turns plastic bags into life-saving sleeping mats for the homeless

When psychology student, Kaitlin McLean learned that people lost their lives last year in Salt Lake City as they tried to sleep outside in freezing temperatures, she decided to do something about it.

How Utah's child care shortage impacts the gender wage gap

"Investing in our children is the most important investment we can make," says Cathleen Zick, professor of family and consumer studies and associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Utah graduate students rally against GOP tax plans

More than 50 graduate students, faculty members and elected officials gathered at the Capitol to protest the new tax plan approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that could end the tax-free status of campus tuition waivers.

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Awards and Grants

Two psych professors named 2017 APS Rising Stars

Congratulations to Samantha Joel and Brennan Payne, both assistant professors of psychology, who were named 2017 Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science!

Team of Interdisciplinary Researchers Receives Grant from Korea Foundation

In partnership with Sun Kyun Kwan University, they will conduct training and implement research on key immigration policy themes.

Adams named 2017 ASPA Founders Fellow

Congratulations to Ian Adams, political science PhD student, for being named a 2017 American Society for Public Administration Founders Fellow!

Two professors receive Distinguished Teaching Award

Congratulations to Lori Kowaleski-Jones and Adrienne Cachelin for winning the U’s Distinguished Teaching Award!


"Building" Solutions Donation Campaign

Find out how you can contribute to the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building!

Go Learn with Tim Chambless and Maria O'Mara

KUER general manager Maria O'Mara and Drs. Tim & Cathy Chambless of the University of Utah take you on the news junkie tour of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. See interplay between those making the news and those reporting it when you meet all six of Utah's legislative representatives and visit the studios of NPR and CNN.


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