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Today's big challenges require solutions where disciplines work together to meet human needs.

By bringing a community of faculty scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, community partners and policy makers together, the College of Social and Behavioral Science is producing knowledge and training that will provide lasting solutions to the world's toughest challenges.




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Longevity Primarily Hereditary in Extremely Long-Living Families

Ken Smith (family and consumer studies) said this underscores the importance of high-quality family trees that “allow us to observe complete life-spans of individuals over generations and in diverse locations."

Dust from Great Salt Lake is eroding snowpack

McKenzie Skiles (geography) analyzed the impact of dust in the Wasatch Mountains and found that dust accelerated snowmelt by five days.

Medical trash or health-care treasure?

Mohan Sudabattula (HSP) provides insight into what durable medical waste is and how your trash can become a health-care treasure.

Recent Awardees

  • ally marringaMarringa receives Excellence in Advising Award

    Congratulations to Ally Marringa, academic advising coordinator, who won the Certificate of Merit of Region 10 Excellence in Advising Award from NACADA!

  • gunseli berikBerik receives Jean Shakelford Prize

    Congratulations to Günseli Berik (economics) who was awarded this year's Jean Shakelford Prize, which celebrates an individual whose initiative, imagination, and dedication advance the goals of the IAFFE!

  • dennis weiWei awarded grant from Ford Foundation

    Dennis Wei, professor of geography, was recently awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation on "Urban Housing and Land and Their Implications for Inequality under the Process of Urbanization in China".

Alumni, Emeriti, & Friends

Steve Alder

BS Family and Consumer Studies
MS Family Ecology

Chief, Division of Public Health
University of Utah

Leigh VandenAkker

BS Sociology

Salt Lake City School District

Senator Bob Bennett

BS Political Science

United States Senate

Shauna Graves-Robertson

Master of Public Administration

Justice Court Judge
Salt Lake County

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Last Updated: 1/15/19