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  • Plan to Institute Military Oath Against Suicide Could Backfire, Some Experts Say

    According to Craig Bryan, psychology professor and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, the proposed no-suicide contract for departing service members will not work. He says at best it could have a neutral effect, but it could make things worse.

  • The Quiet Rise of Killer Technology

    Psychology PhD student Kelly Funkhouser has inventoried driver assist technologies and found that similar names are given to different functions across manufacturers, which can lead to confusion and safety issues for those using them.

  • The Genes That Rewrite the History of Human Evolution

    A new method of studying DNA, developed by a team led by anthropology professor Alan Rogers, reveals that there could have been tens of thousands more Neanderthals walking the Earth than scientists first thought.

  • What's Happening With the White House Shake Up

    Good Morning Utah spoke with political science associate professor Tim Chambless about the major staff changes that are currently happening at the White House.

  • New Economics Center Will Enrich Learning Opportunities

    President David Pershing and SVP for Academic Affairs Ruth Watkins recognize the valuable contributions of the CSBS Department of Economics. They are also optimistic about the new opportunities the Mariner S. Eccles Institute will bring to scholars and students across campus.

  • A Suicide Attempt in an Army Unit Can Lead to More, Study Finds

    According to Craig Bryan, psychology professor and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, these findings could help in developing improved approaches for postvention efforts, which have not received nearly as much attention as traditional treatments and prevention methods.

  • Op-ed: The Hallmark of the U's Department of Economics is its Commitment to Competing Perspectives

    CSBS Dean Cynthia Berg and Department of Economics Chair Norman Waitzman responded to the recent Deseret News editorial that mischaracterized the economics department as having a Marxian ideological bias.

  • Happiness Affects Health in Many Ways -- Researcher Explains

    Psychology professor Ed Diener, a leading expert on happiness, was interviewed recently to discuss the connection his research has found between happiness and health.

  • New Driver-Assist Tech May Be Moving Faster Than Consumers Can Handle

    Current research being led by psychology PhD student Kelly Funkhouser focuses on how to help vehicle owners better understand the capabilities of driver-assist technology in their vehicles by identifying the best way to label the features.

  • Stress Develops Strengths

    Psychology professor Bruce Ellis was featured on Top of Mind With Julie Rose on BYU Radio to discuss his approach to studying "at-risk" children by focusing on the strengths they develop in high-stress environments.

  • Archaeologists Argue the Toss About ‘Ancient’ NT Artifacts

    Emeritus professor of anthropology James O'Connell weighed in on the disagreements surrounding a recent archaeological find in Australia that claims Australia's first human settlement took place 65,000 years ago.

  • 25 Habits of Successful and Extremely Happy People

    Number 13 on the list is spending time in nature, as research by psychology professor David Strayer has shown that we are physically and mentally more healthy when we interact with nature.

  • Trump to Nominate Jon Huntsman Jr. as Ambassador to Russia

    Political science associate professor lecturer Marjorie Castle weighed in on the delay in nominating Huntsman Jr. to the position.

  • Mormonism’s Russia Dilemma

    The LDS church's centralized and hierarchical organization may allow it to adapt to the challenging conditions in Russia better than other religious groups, according to political science associate professor lecturer Marjorie Castle.

  • Happy People Are Healthier

    A study led by psychology professor Ed Diener shows that there is a link between happiness and health. Happy people tend to be healthier and live longer and chronic unhappiness can be a true health threat.

  • John and Leslie Francis Co-Author New Book on Privacy

    John Francis, research professor of political science, authored a new book, "Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know" with his wife Leslie Francis, a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and a Distinguished Alfred C. Emery Professor.

  • Heterodox Academy Releases Updated Guide to Colleges

    According to Heterodox Academy, a nonpartisan group of scholars committed to viewpoint diversity, the University of Utah ranks in the top 10 of 150 research universities for having a campus climate that is conducive to viewpoint diversity.

  • Change Miranda Rights, University of Utah Professors Say, Because They’re ‘Handcuffing the Cops’

    In an analysis published in Boston University Law Review, economics professor Richard Fowles proposes replacing current Miranda procedures with a requirement that interrogations be video recorded.

  • SETA Panel in Washington Examines Failed Gülenist Coup in Turkey

    Political science professor Hakan Yavuz was asked to participate in a panel held by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) discussing last year's failed coup attempt.

  • Did Elderly Charlotte Man Murder His Wife of 33 Years - Or Was It a Mercy Killing?

    Family and consumer studies associate professor Sonia Salari says that the media is too quick to romanticize such killings as acts of tragic love instead of domestic violence often spurred by anger, frustration, suicidal tendencies, or a life-changing event.

  • SCOTUS's Look At Wisconsin Gerrymandering Could Affect Utah

    According to political science associate professor Tim Chambless, the outcome of the case could have major implications for Utah, as gerrymandered maps have had a large effect on the balance of political power in the state.

  • Finding What's Right With Children Who Grow Up in High Stress Environments

    Psychology professor Bruce Ellis proposes in a new research article that more focus be given to the strengths that stress-adapted youth develop, such as heightened vigilance, attention shifting and empathic accuracy.

  • Extramarital Sex Higher Among Older Americans Than Younger Counterparts

    A recent study led by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger analyzed 30 years of data to determine that Americans older than 55 are more likely to engage in extramarital sex than their younger counterparts.

  • Did Potato Cultivation Begin in Utah's Escalante Valley 11,000 Years Ago?

    Lisbeth Louderback, assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology curator of the Natural History Museum of Utah, says that their study in Escalante Valley has found the earliest evidence of potato use in North America.

  • In Navajo Nation, Bad Roads Can Mean Life or Death

    Political science professor Dan McCool says that the conflict over the quality of reservation roads is typical of many of the service problems experienced by Utah Navajos.

  • Want To Escape Divorce? Get Married At This Age

    Research has shown that getting married at certain ages can decrease the risk of getting divorced. According to a study done by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger, the best time to get married is between ages 28-32.

  • Spending Quality Time With Dads Deters Daughters From Engaging in Risky Sexual Activity

    According to a study led by psychology postdoctoral fellow Danielle DelPriore, quality time that a father spends with his daughters can significantly decrease the likelihood that they will engage in risky sexual behaviors.

  • Salt Lake County Is Becoming Less Mormon - Utah County Is Headed in the Other Direction

    Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and adjunct assistant professor of political science, weighs in on the changing demographics of the LDS church in Utah.

  • ‘Baby Steps’ to Reduce Textbook Costs

    As the university seeks ways to reduce textbook and course material costs, family and consumer studies associate professor Cheryl Wright has started offering her undergrad students older textbook options and taught a course with an open source book during spring semester.

  • Republicans Are Having More Sex Than Democrats

    Recent research done by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger concluded that Independents and Republicans are more likely to have sex at least once a week than their Democrat peers.

  • The 24 People Looking for the Next U President

    CSBS Dean Cindy Berg is part of the 24-member search committee tasked with finding candidates to replace David Pershing as president of the university.

  • Good Fathers Can Help Protect Against Creeps Like Bill Cosby

    A recent study led by psychology postdoctoral fellow Danielle DelPriore showed that a strong father-daughter relationship can help protect girls from being sexually victimized, as they will be more likely to focus on academic and professional success and have healthy romantic relationships.

  • Why Do Drivers Use Their Phones?

    Research done by psychology professor David Strayer has shown that people feel compelled to look at their phone when it goes off, even while driving, due to triggering of neurotransmitters in the brain associated with reward.

  • What to Expect from James Comey's Testimony

    Political science assistant professor James Curry joined Brian Carlson from Good Morning Utah to discuss what would come out of James Comey's testimony last Thursday.

  • 5 Benefits Of Being Outdoors

    One of the benefits to spending time outdoors is reduced stress levels, according to research done by psychology professor David Strayer.

  • Utah Nonprofit Helps Refugees Go To College

    Health, society and policy student and refugee Kai Sin just graduated thanks to the help of the Refugee Education Initiative, a privately funded program that provides help to refugee students from across the world.

  • Local Reaction After U.S. Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord

    Economics assistant professor Steve Bannister is one of many who worries that the move to pull out of the agreement could end up hurting US jobs in the future.

  • Degree Plus Certificate Program

    The university is now offering a certificate program geared towards liberal arts graduates in the humanities and social sciences to help them learn technical skills that will make them more attractive to prospective employers.

  • Self-Driving Cars Are Coming, But Not Soon Enough

    Psychology assistant professor Francesco Biondi and associate professor Joel Cooper will soon begin a study about what semi-autonomous driving does to the brain, which may help manufacturers figure out how to keep those in self-driving cars engaged.

  • U Launches New Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health

    Psychology faculty will be involved in the new center dedicated to providing a transformative influence on healthcare, which will be housed in the College of Social Work.

  • Marital Sex Myths Debunked by Research

    A recent study done by family and consumer studies assistant professor Daniel Carlson shows that in marriage, it is more about quality than quantity of sex.

  • A Natural Approach at Work Can Bolster Productivity

    A recent study done by psychology professor David Strayer showed a 50 percent increase in creative problem-solving ability after participants backpacked in the mountains for three days. Research like this should encourage organizations to find creative ways to increase employees' contact with nature.

  • Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats Form New Centrist Political Party

    The new United Utah Party is meant to be a home to those in the center of the political spectrum who are frustrated with the polarity of the current two-party system. Political science associate professor Tim Chambless says that the party could catch on if it proves to have staying power after the 2018 election.

  • The Price of Rice

    Natalie Fillerup and Hannah Stevens, students in an environmental justice class taught by environmental and sustainability studies associate professor Adrienne Cachelin, worked with David Carter, assistant professor of political science, to determine the cost and availability of certified food products across different communities.

  • C'mon, Get Happy

    Psychology professor Ed Diener, known as Dr. Happiness, has been asked to lead a subcommittee on personal happiness for the World Happiness Council that was created by the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

  • National Monuments: A Sober Discussion

    According to CSBS Advancement Board member Shawn Teigen, changes in national monument designations in southern Utah could possibly lead to attempts to mine those areas again.

  • What to Expect When You're not Expecting

    CSBS Advancement Board member Natalie Gochnour talks about what declining fertility rates mean for Utah's future.

  • Utah’s Chaffetz Says He Will Subpoena Comey Memo if Necessary

    Political science associate professor Tim Chambless says he can draw a parallel between the current situation between Trump and FBI Director Comey and President Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

  • U Looks to Create Endowed Chair Honoring the Late Bob Bennett

    University representatives, senators, former staffers and friends of the late Bennett met in Washington, D.C on Tuesday night for a fundraising event to kick off the effort to create an endowed chair position at the U to honor his love for politics and mentoring.

  • The Search for New FBI Director

    Political science assistant professor James Curry weighs in on the situation the Trump Administration is in as they search for a new FBI Director.

  • Study of Sisters Helps Explain Dad's Influence on Risky Sexual Behavior

    A recent study led by psychology postdoctoral fellow Danielle DelPriore used pairs of sisters who spent different amounts of time living with their fathers to show the effects of fathering quality on daughters and how it can impact their sexual behavior.

  • Deacon Recognized by University of Utah for Service

    Deacon Armando Solorzano, who is a family and consumer studies associate professor, received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions during 23 years of teaching at the U and seven years serving as a deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

  • Upcoming Duggar Wedding Sparks Debate About Marrying Young

    According to a study by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger, there is a higher likelihood of divorce when couples marry young.

  • Are People Who Think They Can Multitask Deluding Themselves?

    Research led by psychology professor David Strayer shows that those who drive while using the phone are twice as likely to miss stop signs. This supports multitudes of research showing that our brains are not well suited for multitasking.

  • You Could Be Exactly What an Old Person Needs

    Senior living center residents throughout Salt Lake City look forward to being caught up on current events by political science associate professor Tim Chambless during his weekly visits.

  • Poli-Sci and ENVST Tackle Food Certification

    Check out this report by David Carter (Political Science) and two undergraduate students in Environmental and Sustainability Studies!

  • Congratulations to Our 2017 CSBS Student-Athlete Graduates!

    We are so proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes who graduated last week!

  • Chaffetz Targets Presidential Pensions After Obama Earns $400K for Speech

    Political science professor Matthew Burbank believes that Chaffetz's effort to limit presidential pensions is very likely to be seen as a partisan attack this time around.

  • Marriage Isn't Dead, It's Just Delayed — Except For This Group

    Family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger says that those with college degrees are more likely to marry and tend to have children after marriage.

  • ASUU Inaugurates 2017-2018 Administration, Senate and Assembly

    Health, society and policy student Zoe Kozlowski was sworn in to serve as the Vice President of University Relations at the ASUU Inauguration on April 27th.

  • Past Romantic Partners May Have More Than One Thing in Common

    Psychology assistant professor Samantha Joel was part of a recent study that found a person's dating history can reveal physical and personality based similarities between past romantic partners.

  • President Trump Closes in on First 100 Days

    Political science associate professor Tim Chambless comments on Trump's first 100 days in office and says you can't deny that the Trump Administration has been one of action.

  • Utah Business 30 Women to Watch

    Congratulations to Jennifer Robinson, political science alum and Associate Director at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, who was selected as one of Utah's 30 Women to Watch in 2017!

  • Washington State Legislature Wisely Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

    Research into the consequences of distracted driving done by psychology professor David Strayer helped encourage the state of Washington to introduce legislation that cracks down on drivers using hand-held electronic devices.

  • Utah Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Violence

    Sociology graduate student Coco James spoke out against sexual assault, rape culture and victim blaming during the SlutWalk on April 4th, 2017.

  • Sublimating Contentious Chinese Politics into Local Public Administration

    Political science professor Rick Green recently coauthored an article analyzing the authoritarian governance and administrative responsibility in China.

  • Students Sign Steel Beam to Commemorate OSH

    As construction begins on the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building, campus developers are asking students to leave their mark in time by signing a commemorative steel beam in the Union that will be built in with the new building.

  • Op-ed: Will the U.S. decline under Trump’s leadership?

    According to political science professor Howard Lehman, the quality of Trump's leadership may be aiding the decline of the U.S.

  • Utah Economists Sign Letter Challenging Feds on Immigration

    Economics chair and professor Tom Maloney is one of nearly 1,500 economists who joined together to sign a letter calling for the President and Congress to reevaluate their stance on immigration.

  • Can a Difficult Childhood Enhance Cognition?

    Research being done by psychology professor Bruce Ellis is focusing on the cognitive skills that can be gained by people who come from high-stress backgrounds, such as enhanced cognition and memory.

  • Helping Veterans Heal Through Yoga

    After overcoming feelings of depression through yoga, MPA student and veteran Keith Blanc now teaches classes specifically for other veterans on campus.

  • Utah Students Host SlutWalk to Change Conversation About Sexual Assault

    Tuesday afternoon's SlutWalk was organized by students united by the "Social Movements" sociology course to change attitudes toward rape at the U. The event brought together students from the course and across campus to bring awareness to the issue of rape culture and what campus resources exist for victims.

  • Human Rights Activist Sheryl WuDunn Speaks at the U On Women's Rights

    The New York Times investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author declared women's rights one of the most salient issues of our generation, and covered topics from sex trafficking to women's education using stories from her travels.

  • Millennials More Likely Than Their Parents to Think Women's Place is in the Home

    Research done by sociology professor Dan Carlson shows that this attitude may result from millennials watching their parents balance two careers with little institutional support and deciding it was too stressful.

  • Why People Trophy Hunt

    Anthropology professor Kristen Hawkes and assistant professor Brian Codding recently published findings of their study focused on providing an evolutionary explanation as to why people kill animals for trophy, as no other predator targets large, rare and dangerous animals with no intention of eating them.

  • Nature's Effect on Mental Health

    More and more research is showing how much of a positive impact spending time in nature has on our mental health. Psychology professor David Strayer says that time in nature can improve creativity, increase problem solving ability and decrease stress levels.

  • Why You Feel the Urge to Jump

    Research done by psychology professor Jeanine Stefanucci seeks to understand how our emotions, age and physical condition reflect how we relate to space, especially vertical space such as extreme heights.

  • Working to Help Refugees Achieve Academic Success

    Family and consumer studies student Aziza Hussein comments on the resources available at the U to help refugee students like herself meet their academic and personal goals.

  • Fully Online Degree Programs Are Here!

    Beginning in fall 2017, the U will offer fully online undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology, along with other majors across campus.

  • What the U and Other Colleges Are Quietly Doing to Help Undocumented Students

    Sociology student Marisol Perez Gonzalez comments on the issues faced by colleges as they work to determine the best ways to help undocumented students be successful in college despite the current political climate.

  • Sheryl WuDunn to Speak at the U on Women's Rights

    The Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author will be the keynote speaker for the Tanner Center for Human Rights series of events focused on making women's rights a priority across the globe.

  • To Do Right By Our Babies, We Must Nurture Our Parents

    Cheryl Wright, associate professor of family and consumer studies, and Ilse DeKoeyer-Laros, lecturer in psychology, write about the support that parents need in order to provide the best quality of care to their babies.

  • Despite Criticism, Biskupski Loves Being Mayor

    In the midst of criticism of her collaborative skills, Jackie Biskupski remains optimistic about how the public sees her. Associate professor of political science, Tim Chambless, says that Mayor Biskupski gained a reputation as a "serious legislator" during her time on Capitol Hill, which has helped her during her time as mayor.

  • Unseating Congressman Chaffetz

    Despite Jason Chaffetz's secure position in office, democratic hopeful Kathryn Allen is working hard in an effort to unseat him. Political science professor Matthew Burbank weighs in on the challenges she faces.

  • Utah Ski Team Wins 11th National Championship

    Along with their NCAA title win, Utah had three skiers in the men's race finish in the top 10, including sociology student Kevin Bolger.

  • Growing Up In A Stressful Environment Might Help You Later In Life

    According to recent research, growing up in a stressful environment can lead people to develop certain psychological strengths, one of them being the ability to switch tasks more effectively. Psychology professor Bruce Ellis describes this type of cognitive flexibity as the ability to "unstick yourself."

  • U Students Assist Lawmakers in Fights for Women’s Rights

    Human development and family studies student Erin Feeley states that she is proud of the work that has been done in one of her classes to lobby for laws that secure women's rights.

  • Elderly Murder-Suicide: Call It Desperation, But Don't Call It Love

    Research done by family and consumer studies professor Sonia Salari states that elderly murder-suicide results in a tragic loss of autonomy and control over end-of-life decision making for the victim.

  • Facebook and Suicide Prevention

    As Facebook unveils new tools to help prevent suicide, Craig Bryan, psychology professor and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, weighs in on how to detect patterns in social media that indicate a person is at risk for suicide.

  • Campus Community Dialogue on Refugees and Immigration Policy

    The College of Social and Behavioral Science, Department of Political Science and the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted the second session of the Campus Community Dialogue series titled "Understanding Our Differences, Shaping Our Future."

  • Effect of Global Climate Change on Leaf Litter in Streams and Rivers

    A new research study led by enivronmental and sustainability studies professor Jennifer Follstad Shah suggests that warmer water temperatures due to climate change are not increasing rates of carbon emissions to the atmosphere from organic matter breakdown in streams and rivers as much as expected.

  • House Republicans Keeping Healthcare Bill Secret

    As House Republicans work on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, political science professor James Curry wrote an article explaining that the level of secrecy surrounding the proposal is actually quite commonplace, especially in such important and potentially controversial proposals.

  • New Study on Distracted Driving

    Researchers from other states are partnering with psychology professor David Strayer to further study the effects of cell phone usage while driving. Research has shown that even hands-free cell phone use is not an effective solution to the problem.

  • Study Finds Most US Wildfires Caused by People

    In response to a recent study showing that the majority of all recent US wildfires were caused by people, geography professor Philip Dennison comments that climate change has created warmer, drier conditions that make human-caused fires more likely to happen.

  • Alteration of Prevailing Wage Laws in Connecticut

    Research done by political science professors Peter Philips and Cihan Bilginsoy shows that prevailing wage laws generate millions of dollars of income tax revenue. This research is helping lawmakers in Connecticut argue against legislative proposals seeking to alter their existing laws.

  • Campus Community Dialogue on Healthcare in America

    The College of Social and Behavioral Science, Department of Political Science and the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted the first session of the Campus Community Dialogue series titled "Understanding Our Differences, Shaping Our Future."

  • Trump's Enforcement on Undocumented Immigrants

    Political science professor Claudio Holzner discusses his research on the civic and political ties undocumented immigrants have to their communities and the real-life impact that Trump's new stricter enforcement guidelines will have on immigrant communities.

  • There is a Simpler Way to Prevent Veteran Suicide

    New research done by psychology professor Craig Bryan, director of the National Center for Veteran Studies, shows there is a simple and more effective way to prevent veteran suicide.

  • Why Colorado Stands To Benefit From Utah’s Latest Public Lands Fight

    Colorado may end up being the beneficiary of the fight Utah has picked with the outdoors over public land management. According to political science professor Dan McCool, the fight is in a critical moment.

  • America's Obsession With Stuff

    In our capitalist, counsumer society owning stuff gives people a sense of security, according to adjunct assistant professor of sociology Frank Page.