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  • Campfires still beckon, even when they're not allowed

    "There seems to be something about the darkness that is like a blanket that ties people together," said professor of anthropology, Polly Wiessner.

  • Millennials Deserve a Seat at the Table

    Elise Scott, political science and communications double major, advocates for lowering the age limit to run for public office.

  • Ringing in the good news

    Thanks to Swoop, the Department of Family and Consumer Studies celebrated a new grant in style. Professor Zhou Yu, director of the department’s Financial Planning Program, accepted a $50,000 NextGen RIA grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional on behalf of the school.

  • Tapping talent of people who think differently

    For the past year, the Utah Neurodiversity Workforce Program has collaborated with students, faculty and businesses to develop career pathways into STEM fields for students with differently abled minds, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder. A new grant will allow the program to expand to other universities.

  • Study finds failures to follow protocol

    Health care workers may be contaminating themselves and their work environments by neglecting to use personal protective equipment and follow preventive protocol, according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah and the University of Michigan.

  • U to Establish New Research Data Center

    Housed under CSBS, the new Wasatch Front Research Data Center will provide qualified researchers throughout the Intermountain West with access to a wide range of extensive restricted-use data collected by federal and state agencies.

  • Tanner Center names Interim Director

    Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman professor of law, will serve as the interim director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights during the 2018-2019 academic year. We look forward to working with Erika while Thomas Maloney, professor of economics and current director, takes a sabbatical.

  • The sexuality revolution: midlife fluidity

    Women ‘switching sides’ – or crossing sexual boundaries – relatively late in life has been in the public eye more than ever recently. Lisa Diamond, associate professor of psychology and gender studies, has spent decades studying sexual fluidity and confirms that this common assumption that all late-life lesbians must have been in the closet is not correct.

  • How A Tariff Loving Utah Senator Became A Cautionary Tale About Protectionism

    In 1929, Reed Smoot, Republican Senator, co-sponsored trade legislation that imposed tariffs on hundreds of imported goods. “At that time it was really motivated around concerns about incomes in agriculture,” said Tom Maloney, professor of economics. “Farmers' incomes were weak and this was maybe a way to protect them and improve their economic position."

  • Commentary: Emery County land bill doesn’t go far enough to protect scenic wonder outside of shrunken Utah monuments

    Logan Hastings, a junior double majoring in geography and environmental and sustainability studies, voiced her concern about recent legislation for public lands in Utah. "This bill is a step in the right direction, but it falls short."

  • Utah soil's slippery grip on nutrients

    Lawns in the Salt Lake Valley up to 100 years old are not yet saturated in the nutrient nitrogen, which is added by fertilizer, according to a new study. The result is surprising, since previous studies suggest that fertilized soil would become saturated within a few decades.

  • Support for medical marijuana remains high despite criticism from the Mormon church

    “This is one of these issues that I think the church leadership always tends to be relatively cautious about,” said Matthew Burbank, assistant professor of political science, who assisted on the latest poll.

  • Smartphones less distracting than car programs

    A new study, led by David Strayer, professor of psychology, compared Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto with infotainment systems that came installed with several car makes. It found they were significantly faster than vehicle systems.

  • High Profile Candidates Drawing More Attention to Primary Elections

    Voter participation is up this election season. "Clearly, the Romney-Kennedy primary is the one that is attracting attention. We're actually getting TV commercials and people are talking about it," said Matthew Burbank, assistant professor of political science.

  • Minority bias has strong influence in categorizing multiracial individuals

    Jacqueline Chen, assistant professor of psychology, recently published a study that found that observers are more likely to categorize someone who is black-white multiracial as non-white.

  • Meet the New Americans of the U

    June 20 marks World Refugee Day to raise awareness and recognize the situation of refugees around the world. View profiles of CSBS students and alumni involved in Nick Sokoloff's project, The New Americans of Salt Lake.

  • Burbank says the level of popularity Gov. Herbert enjoys is impressive

    Seventy percent of Utahns said they approved of the governor's job performance in a UtahPolicy.com poll released Wednesday, a number that has stayed relatively consistent over the years.

  • Hang Up and Drive

    David Strayer, professor of psychology, and his work of nearly two decades has been featured in the latest issue of Continuum: The Magazine of the University of Utah.

  • Paper published from Interdisciplinary Undergrad Research Project

    Last year CSBS students and professors determined the cost and availability of certified food products across different communities. The results have now been published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

  • Solórzano featured in Periodico el Sur

    Armando Solórzano, associate professor of family and consumer studies and gender studies, and his story were highlighted in an article in Periódico el Sur de Jalisco, a Mexican newspaper.

  • Banuri appointed HEC chairman

    Tariq Banuri, professor (lecturer) of economics, has been appointed the fourth chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • Chambless comments on major layoffs in Utah journalism

    Tim Chambless, adjunct associate professor of political science, spoke with ABC 4 about the impact recent layoffs at the Salt Lake Tribune and Standard Examiner will have on Utah's community.

  • Mental Health Treatment for Military Members

    With a $3.1 million grant from the Boeing Company, the National Center for Veteran Studies will be able to accept 200 military service members or veterans and their family members into its R&R program over the next three years.

  • Burbank comments on Senate race

    Utah political experts universally expect Romney to cruise to victory. “He won’t run a bad campaign,” said Matthew Burbank, assistant professor of political science. “He might run a boring campaign but not a bad one.”

  • Hawkes's work featured in National Geographic article

    During the 1980s and ‘90s Kristen Hawkes, distinguished professor of anthropology, and her team spent time with the Hadza, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. “What emerged out of our observations was how important economically the old ladies were,” she says. “Who woulda’ thought of that!”

  • Nakai featured as a Human of the U

    Jessaka Nakai, political science undergrad and member of the class of 2018, was spotlighted as a Human of U as part of their Meet the Graduates series. Congrats and best of luck, Jessaka!

  • Burbank weighs in on new United Utah Party

    Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science, says the United Utah Party missed out on the attention Romney is bringing to the Senate race by not having a candidate.

  • As gun deaths continue to rise in America, social scientists wonder why so many feel the need to carry firearms

    Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, has spent her career researching gun violence, focusing on domestic shootings and suicide. “It is devastating to the families involved,” she said. “It makes a huge difference to children of the victims, as well as those of the offenders.”

  • Uno Honored with New Archive at Marriott Library

    Raymond Uno, a political science graduate (BS '55), former member of the CSBS Advancement Board, longtime activist and Utah’s first minority judge, was honored by the University of Utah's Marriott Library with a new special-collections archive.

  • New Study Shows God can be Pushed Aside with Better Government Services

    A study conducted by Ed Diener, professor of psychology and other researchers from two universities found that individuals are usually less religious when their government offers better social services like education, healthcare, and welfare.

  • Pay it Forward: Nonprofit collects medical equipment for disadvantaged around the world

    HSP student Mohan Sudabattula was recently featured on the KUTV 2 News Pay it Forward segment for his nonprofit organization Project Embrace. Sudabattula received a donation of $500 from Mountain America Credit Union to help Project Embrace with supplies, trips, and more.

  • The Rocky Mountains Are Dusty, And It's A Problem

    Geography assistant professor McKenzie Skiles recently co-authored a study that looked at which is the greater threat to snowpack: warmer temperatures or dust.

  • Smart, Progressive, But Less Happy

    "Promiscuous America is urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated," says adjunct professor of sociology and family and consumer studies Nicholas Wolfinger. But the most promiscuous are also less happy.

  • Study's results to improve Holy Cross Ministries pre-school program

    The Department of Family and Consumer Studies partnered to conduct a two-year study of children in Holy Cross Ministries’ School Readiness Program. Their findings will be used to identify areas that need improvement.

  • CSBS Students present at Research on Capitol Hill

    In February six CSBS students joined other undergraduates to exhibit their work via posters to Utah State legislators.

  • Counter-terrorism courses offer students unique learning opportunity

    "Instead of just learning about it in a book, writing a paper, it put the reality into it, and in a way the humanity into it. How would I really react in this decision when it's actual lives on the line," said Deba Masterson, graduate student in the MIAGE program.

  • SWC Projects Highlighted in @theU

    “These kinds of interdisciplinary research endeavors are crucial to addressing today’s urgent social and environmental challenges,” said Andrea Brunelle, chair of the Society, Water, & Climate Research Group executive committee and professor and chair of geography.

  • Connection Between Money and Happiness is Real—to a Point, Say Researchers

    “What we show here for the first time is that in some places increasing income after some point actually leads to decreases in life satisfaction,” said Ed Diener, professor of psychology.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Promised Land’ still a dream for black University of Utah students

    Barbara Kufiadan, political science major, added her voice to that of other U students in a recent article from The Salt Lake Tribune. “I don’t feel like we’ve come that far,” she said. “We’re still fighting systematic oppression that keeps black people down.”

  • Why the secret to a happy sex life could be hidden at the grocery store

    “Men who shared the shopping for their household not only reported greater sexual and relationship satisfaction than men who did the majority of this work, but also greater satisfaction than men whose partner did the majority of shopping,” says Daniel Carlson, assistant professor of family and consumer studies.

  • The Quiet Rise of Sexual Fluidity on College Campuses

    Lisa Diamond, a professor of psychology and gender studies, defines sexual fluidity as the capacity for “situation-dependent change in one’s sexual attractions.” She further explains that she thinks the capacity for fluidity might be biologically based but triggered by social factors.

  • Utah Neurodiversity Workforce Program featured in Deseret News

    UNWP seeks to improve the postsecondary academic and employment success for individuals with a variety of mental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia or Tourettes syndrome, said program director Valerie D'Astous, post doctoral research associate of family and consumer studies.

  • The Rural Urban Divide

    What difficulties do rural students face and what are possible solutions? These are some of the questions a recent panel discussion led by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox tried to answer.

  • How last night's fight affects the way couples divide housework

    Housework is traditionally an economic exchange or as a form of patriarchy. Yet a new study from Claudia Geist, assistant professor of sociology, argues housework is divided according to the previous night's fight and knowledge of our partner's trigger points.

  • Life-saving Relationships

    Social bonds can influence our strength and well-being. Now some psychologists think they should be a public health priority.

  • Trump-Kim negotiations. What could possibly go wrong?

    Howard Lehman, professor of political science, recently published a commentary regarding the meeting between the two leaders. In it he said, "The potential negotiations between Kim and Trump would be monumental, especially in light of the legacies of the Korean War...But would Trump’s negotiations be the right thing to do now?"

  • Small Steps for Success

    Lisa G. Aspinwall, chair of the department of psychology, says about breaking a resolution, “Usually it is some work stress or interpersonal stress that derails people... [then they] don’t have a plan for what happens if they get knocked off track.”

  • What Caused the 2016 Chicago Homicide Spike?

    New research from Richard Fowles, professor of economics, and Paul Cassell, professor of law, concludes that fewer people would have died in Chicago if law enforcement were allowed to continue stop-and-frisk practices in policing.

  • Uncovering Sustainability

    “We don’t want to limit this large, integrated, conceptual issue of sustainability to a single discipline, set of behaviors, or required course,” said Adrienne Cachelin, director of sustainability education and associate professor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies.

  • Ghost is There

    On July 15, 2016, a faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Hakan Yavuz, professor of political science said, "In Turkey, the Gulen movement as a structure is more or less finished, but the soul, the spirit of the moment is still alive."

  • Two CSBS Students named to ASUU Executive Branch

    Between March 12 and March 15, students elected the RISE Party to be the new administration of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). Two of the three executive positions are filled by CSBS students!

  • Modern humans may have evolved far earlier than thought

    New discoveries suggest that trading emerged during a period of tremendous environmental upheaval in the region. They believe that this environmental instability drove humans to develop new technologies and social structures, to secure their livelihoods during times of scarcity.

  • What is the cost of interrupting a radiologist?

    “In radiology, there is a growing recognition that interruptions are bad and the number of interruptions faced by radiologists is increasing,” said Trafton Drew, assistant professor of psychology. “But there isn’t much research at all on the consequences of this situation.”

  • Melding Perspectives, Finding Solutions

    When it comes to collaborative water research, the Society, Water, and Climate Research Group (SWC) is leading the way. Of the ten departments involved in this partnership, seven are from CSBS.

  • Tanner and Uno to receive honorary degrees at commencement

    The University of Utah announced that two friends of CSBS will be receiving the highest award given by the institution.

  • Rupper's theoretical study confirmed by new evidence

    In very cold and dry environments, where rain and snow are scarce, Summer Rupper, associate professor of geography, predicted that temperature would not always be the main factor driving a glacier’s growth.

  • Burbank weighs in on billboard-friendly legislation

    In 2016, Reagan Outdoor Advertising gave nearly $80,000 to 75 of Utah's 104 lawmakers. In the most recent session, legislation to help billboard companies passed through the House and Senate with overwhelming support.

  • Bryan comments on recent tragedy at The Pathway Home

    Craig Bryan, associate professor of psychology and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, said therapists can be caught in a Catch-22 in which continuing treatment with an increasingly aggressive patient is potentially harmful to both parties, but so is ending treatment.

  • Congress is old. Does it matter?

    Everyone knows elected members of Congress are generally older than most other Americans, but it may surprise some to hear just how old.

  • DACA ‘deadline’ comes and goes as Utah’s undocumented immigrants struggle to cope with an uncertain future

    Alonso Reyna Rivarola has been accepted to the sociology doctorate program. If nothing changes legislatively, he’ll be able to apply for a renewal of his status. But if he’s not able to renew, he’ll have to have a “plan B, C and D.”

  • ‘X-Snow’ Project Looking To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

    McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor of geography, served as a drone pilot for a team investigating the properties of snow in the eastern U.S.

  • A catastrophe in the making

    According to Tariq Banuri, professor (lecturer) of economics, coal may no longer be the cheapest available fuel for Pakistan, especially when environmental impact is considered.

  • Professors Say Global Warming Isn’t Killing Frogs — Scientists Are

    For years herpetologists blamed global warming for the decline in frog populations, but recent studies have found a fungus carried on the boots of herpetologists is more likely the culprit.

  • Study Shows Today's Partially Autonomous Cars are Dangerous

    Francesco Biondi, research assistant professor of psychology, and other researchers at the U have found that today’s partially self-driving cars lull drivers into a state of complacency.

  • Stefanucci uses Virtual Reality to Explore Human Perception and Cognition

    "We can manipulate a virtual world in ways that could never be done in a real environment," says Jeanine Stefanucci, associate professor of psychology.

  • White comments on Marvel's Black Panther

    "Wakanda is the great 'what it' of Marvel: What if colonization had not hit a country in Africa?" notes Paul White, associate professor of psychology.

  • Hate has regional roots in poverty and lack of education

    "There is no one specific cause of hate, though generally speaking, it typically stems from fear," says new study from Emily Nicolosi, PhD candidate in geography, and Richard Medina, assistant professor of geography.

  • Brewer a collaborator in new climate study with UW

    Earlier this month, geology and geophysics researchers at the University of Wyoming published a paper that determined recent temperatures across Europe and North America compared to the past 11,000 years. Simon Brewer, assistant professor of geography, collaborated with them to combine information from North America and Europe.

  • Sudabattula and Nonprofit featured in INDIAWEST

    Mohan Sudabattula, undergraduate majoring in health, society, & policy, and Project Embrace, were featured in INDIAWEST following the first donation made to the Vegesna Foundation of Hyderabad, India.

  • Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins

    Sara Grineski, professor of sociology, and Timothy Collins, professor of geography, have authored the first national study, published in the journal Environmental Research, on air pollution and schools.

  • Can Olympic Games help thaw Korean tensions? The bigger question is what comes after

    Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science, has spent much of his time devoted to studying urban policy with an emphasis on the Olympics. He believes South Korea viewed these Olympics as another chance to host the world, like it did with the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

  • When cars are partly self-driving, humans may not feel responsible for crashes

    Researchers in the psychology department at the University of Utah are studying whether semi-autonomous driving technology will make things better or worse.

  • "Your brain needs rest days just as your muscles do" says Strayer

    Take your workout outside. Getting active outdoors has a recuperative effect.

  • Curry discusses Government Shutdown

    A temporary budget fix is in place. What's next? James Curry, assistant professor of political science, spoke with Julie Rose on Top of Mind Radio on the politics that will play out in the next phase.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 KSL.com.

  • 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.

  • Mohan Sudabattula spotlighted in Humans of the U

    CSBS student, Mohan Sudabattula, founded Project Embrace and is triple-majoring in biology, philosophy and health, society & policy. “Last spring, I was having an existential crisis with where I was going, what I wanted to do.

  • 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.

  • Judge is poised to ‘adjust gerrymandering with gerrymandering’

    This move would give Navajos an edge in southern Utah county. Daniel McCool, professor of political science, says millions in federal aid designated for Indian services is a “cash cow” for San Juan County.

  • Journalism Is My Future, Can I Handle It?

    Shaelyn Barber, who is majoring in political science and journalism, shared her thoughts on the future and her chosen career path in the aftermath of the campus shooting in a recent article in The Daily Utah Chronicle.

  • Salari comments on recent uptick in violent acts

    Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, spoke with KSL's Deanie Wimmer on the alarming rise of violent acts such as mass shootings and domestic homicide.

  • Absentee Dads Affect How Women Interpret Interest from Men

    New research from Danielle J. DelPriore, psychology postdoctoral fellow and Bruce Ellis, psychology professor, finds that women who were reminded of a time that their dad was absent from their lives perceived greater mating intent in the described behaviors of a hypothetical male dating partner and when talking with a man.

  • Aid for Vote? United Nations General Assembly Voting and American Aid Allocation

    In a new publication, Eun Bin Chung, political science assistant professor, and her co-author demonstrate that the US provides more aid to countries who hold unfavorable positions to the US only in the post-Cold War era.

  • Special congressional election may boost turnout

    Associate professor of political science, Matthew Burbank, said even though the congressional race may not be that close, it still has the potential to get voters interested in the municipal portion of their ballot, too.

  • U Rated Top College for Online Program in the State

    The ranking by Onlinecolleges.com reveals the University of Utah earning the No.1 spot, surpassing 18 other institutions. Two of the five full majors that can be earned through UOnline are from CSBS.

  • New Study Finds Agricultural Productivity Drove Settlement of Utah

    "People are going to go where they can do the best for themselves and their families. For these early settlers, they're going to settle where the agriculture is best," said Peter Yaworsky, lead author and doctoral student of anthropology.

  • May Weighs in on Machine Identifying Suicidal Thoughts

    New study uses neural imaging with machine learning to predict who’s had thoughts of suicide and who hasn’t. Clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow, Alexis May, says the results are promising, but stresses how preliminary the study is.

  • What's The Definition Of Sex? It Depends On Your Sexual Orientation, Study Finds

    So many of us have our own idea over what counts as sex. But a new study from the Department of Psychology is looking beyond traditional definitions of sex — which often are heteronormative — by talking to the LGBTQ community.

  • Burbank and others discuss Redistricting Utah

    KRCL's RadioActive hosted a panel regarding redisctricing in Utah. This comes shortly after the Supreme Court took up a case concerning gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science and others came together to discuss similar issues in Utah.

  • Three Things For Brands To Consider When Targeting Millennials

    Established brands and organizations have been trying to adapt their advertising strategies to appeal to millennials for years. In a recent Forbes article, Satin Tashnizi (HBS political science '17), says one of the solutions for a higher voter turnout among millennials is an increase in accessibility.

  • Could Steve Bannon’s efforts really unseat Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch?

    Tim Chambless, associate professor of political science, weighs in on the "mini-drama" that is unfolding between former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and Senate Republicans.

  • No One Knows How To Read Hurricane Forecasts—Here’s Why

    New research from Lace M. Padilla, graduate student; Ian T. Ruginski, graduate student; and Sarah H. Creem-Regehr, professor of psychology, shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods.

  • Caution Ahead: The Growing Challenge for Drivers' Attention

    Many of the infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study led by psychology professor, David L. Strayer.

  • Castle comments on current political climate between U.S. and Russia

    Marjorie Castle, associate professor lecturer of political science and expert in Russian politics, said although it's possible the remarks from the Kremlin are intended to signal a new willingness to cooperate, that's probably not the case.

  • Dennis Wei Ranked Top Scholar In Urban Geography in International Study

    Dennis Wei, professor of geography, was recently ranked the 2nd most productive scholar in Urban China Geography for the period 1990-2010, and the 9th most productive scholar in Urban China Studies in a study published by Kong & Qian* in the journal of Urban Studies.

  • 4 CSBS students named to 2017 Homecoming Royalty

    Congratulations to Amanda Groneman (human development and family studies), Carly Shields (human development), Eric Nhem (psychology) and Keely Kringlen (geography)!

  • FCS receives approval to train Accredited Financial Counselors

    The Department of Family and Consumer Studies has received approval from the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE®) to train Accredited Financial Counselors.

  • Fleeting Magic: Don’t let life’s big moments pass you by

    In an article published in Utah Business, Natalie Gochnour, CSBS alumna (Economics BS '84 and MS '88) and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber, urges us to take advantage of life's big moments to change our perspectives and learn from things larger than self.

  • NCVS Director featured on NPR's Morning Edition

    Craig Bryan, psychology professor and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, discussed suicide prevention in veterans with David Greene of NPR's Morning Edition.

  • Escaping Wildfires

    Every year, tens of thousands of wildland firefighters risk their lives to save timber, forests and property from destruction. Geography Ph.D. candidate, Michael Campbell and professor of geography, Philip Dennison, are using new technology that provides an extra margin of safety for firefighters.

  • U Study Examines Social Construction of Race in U.S., Brazil

    A three-phase study, led by Jacqueline M. Chen, assistant professor of Psychology, and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, compared how Brazilians and Americans assessed the race of another person. Her findings are eye-opening.

  • Teacher Unions Improve Teacher, Student, and School Performance

    Assistant professor of economics, Eunice Han, found unionized school districts are better able to hold onto experienced and better performing teachers.

  • Bisexual: The other bad ‘b’ word

    Professor of psychology, Lisa Diamond, completed a 10-year study which found that bisexuality among women is a stable identity rather than a transitional phase toward lesbianism.

  • Ben Shapiro Speech To Test U's Tolerance For Controversy

    Political science major and chair of the U's Young Americans for Freedom chapter, Dillon Clark, told KUER the lecture presents an opportunity not just to raise his group’s profile but generate real discussion around the conservative agenda.

  • Premature Births Cost Health Plans 6 Billion Annually

    A new study—by economics professor and department chair, Norman Waitzman, and team members—estimates employer-sponsored health plans spent at least $6 billion extra on infants born prematurely in 2013.

  • Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles

    Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of square miles of woodlands. Research assistant professor of geography, Jesse Morris, and other scientists are trying to determine the potential impacts.

  • U Students Join BYU in Campaign to Raise Awareness About Climate Change

    Environmental & Sustainability Studies major, Colin Green, and ten other students traveled to Provo in hopes of cooperating with Brigham Young University (BYU) students to raise awareness for climate change.

  • Veterans with a Crisis Response Plan 76 percent less likely to Attempt Suicide

    Once every 72 minutes a U.S. military veteran commits suicide. But Craig Bryan, psychology professor and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, says that number can be reduced with a crisis response plan.

  • Claudia Geist weighs in on Roy High School's "Know Thyself" quiz

    A questionnaire given to students at Roy High School asks respondents about their sexual histories and drug and alcohol use. Assistant professor of sociology, Claudia Geist says this questionnaire serves to stigmatize students, rather than educate them.

  • Search Committee Begins Process To Find New U President

    CSBS Dean, Cynthia Berg is serving on the search committee for a new U President. This week the University of Utah is holding a few public search committee meetings to get input on who should replace David Pershing as the new university president.

  • Every DREAMer has a story, a family and a future

    "It is students like Miguel that make being an educator worthwhile." Former University of Utah sociology professor, Julie Stewart, commented on President Trump's decision to repeal DACA in a recent publication in the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • How Marriage May Literally Break Your Heart...or Keep it Healthy

    Being married or in a similar intimate relationship generally reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. However, the quality of these relationships matter. In a special issue of the journal American Psychologist, psychology professor Timothy Smith and assistant professor Brian Baucom suggest an alternative, integrated approach.

  • The Critical Role of Professional Associations in Organic Certification

    The ACA and IOIA fulfill vital functions in support of organic certification fidelity according to findings from David Carter, political science assistant professor and Nadia Mahallati, political science PhD candidate.

  • Dating Algorithms Cannot Predict Attraction, Say Scientists

    Dating sites that claim to match couples based on complex algorithms do not work, according to findings from a recent study led by psychology assistant professor Samantha Joel.

  • Utahns Respond to Charlottesville

    KCPW Radio spoke with political science associate professor Edmund Fong about the rise of nationalism and hate groups in America and how Utah responded to the recent events in Charlottesville.

  • A Return to Public Shaming

    Owners of a small cafe in South Jordan were victims of public shaming due to a false claim of discrimination. Psychology assistant professor Jacqueline Chen said that when spurred by the actions of a group, social media gives people the opportunity to quickly condemn others without doing their research to see if claims are true.

  • There is Much This Native Potato Can Teach Us

    The native potato recently discovered by anthropology assistant professor Lisbeth Louderback and her research team is seen by some as a compelling reason to protect Utah's two threatened national monuments.

  • Why Do Couples Split Up? And Why Do They Stay Together?

    A new study led by psychology assistant professor Samantha Joel examines the complex decision making process of why and how romantic partners decide to break up.

  • 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.

  • Possible Changes to Bears Ears National Monument

    Political science professor Matthew Burbank comments on the politics surrounding the possible change to the Bears Ears National Monument designation that might be made by President Trump.

  • Congratulations to U's Model EU Team!

    University of Utah Model European Union Club Wins Top Awards at West Coast Model EU against Pac-12 Universities

  • Labs for Liberty

    Cody Somners and other members of the Air Force Reserve Officer's Training Corps (AFROTC) are working hard to train Angie, a black lab puppy. Angie will be a service dog for US Military veterans with PTSD, thanks to the work being done by Labs for Liberty.

  • Trump and Russia

    Political science associate professor Marjorie Castle weighs in on what we should be focused on as Trump's ties with Russia are investigated.

  • What Can You Do With the World's Largest Family Tree?

    Family and consumer studies professor Ken Smith, who is in charge of the Utah Population Database, talks about how the database has contributed to research breakthroughs in many areas of genetics.

  • Why Less Men Are Getting Married

    A new study led by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger shows that many men view marriage negatively and overlook the many benefits that come from having a spouse.

  • It Comes Natural

    Research done by psychology professor David Strayer highlights some of the benefits spending time in nature can have on our health and well-being.

  • Social Media and Suicide Prevention

    AnnaBelle O. Bryan, National Center for Veterans Studies director of education and outreach, traveled to the Pentagon last month to present her research on how social media can help identify individuals at risk for suicide.

  • Will Iowa Be the First State to Ban Cellphones While Driving?

    Research about distracted driving and hands-free cellphone use done by psychology professor David Strayer may help push the state of Iowa to fully ban cellphone use while driving.

  • Workshop Empowers Survivors of Sexual Violence Through Love Letters

    Environmental and sustainability studies student and President of the Students for Choice group Kiman Kaur talks about the keynote for this year's Sex Week to raise student awareness of safe sex.

  • Is There a 'Right' Age to Get Married?

    According to research done by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger, there is a 'right' age to get married in order to lower your chances of divorce.

  • Trump Administration Ties to Russia Under New Scrutiny

    Fox 13 interviewed political science professor Howard Lehman to get his expert opinion on the resignation of President Trump's National Security Advisor and the investigation into the administration's ties with Russia.

  • Greenland Ice Sheet and Rising Sea Levels

    Associate dean Rick Forster comments on recent findings at the Greenland ice sheet and how it impacts rising sea levels.

  • Crisis Intervention in At-Risk Soldiers is Reducing Suicide Attempts

    NCVS director Craig Bryan writes about the reduction in suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers as a result of treatments that emphasize crisis response planning.

  • Research Shows Young Men Should Get Married

    According to research done by family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger, marriage leads to greater happiness in men.

  • How Nature Can Make You Happier

    Psychology professor David Strayer says that we should put down our cell phones in order to maximize the happiness that comes from spending time in nature.

  • The Economics Behind a Controversial Super Bowl Ad

    Economics professor Peter Philips talks about the effect of restrictive immigration policies on the construction industry in the wake of a controversial Super Bowl ad.

  • Uber and Starbucks Boycotts

    Family and consumer studies professor Robert N. Mayer weighs in on what makes a boycott successful.

  • Trump's Effect on Foreign Policy

    Political science professor Howard Lehman discusses how Trump's presidency may weaken the United States in terms of global relations.

  • Predictions for 2017

    Economics alum and Advancement Board member Natalie Gochnour predicts what 2017 has in store for us.

  • Executive Order Checks and Balances

    In light of President Trump's busy first week in office, political science assistant professor James Curry explains how executive orders can be challenged.

  • 2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family

    Family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger gives his expert opinion regarding how a family's life is influenced by the state they live in.

  • Local ordinances in Salt Lake County had little effect on payday loan industry

    Research done by family and consumer studies professor Robert N. Mayer shows that local ordinances to regulate the payday loan industry in Utah have had little effect.

  • U., USU students present their research to legislators, visitors on Capitol Hill

    Health, society and policy student Mohan Sudabattula showcases his research during Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

  • Law helps infants at risk for hearing loss

    Family and consumer studies professor Marissa Diener's latest study found that state-mandated testing for babies with hearing loss has increased early detection of a congenital and health-threatening infection.

  • Utah economy is strong, but this is no time to grow complacent

    Economics alum and Advancement Board member Natalie Gochnour warns us that now is not the time to grow complacent due to the state's current economic success.

  • Meghan Nick Flipping for Aerial Skiing

    Economics major Meghan Nick talks about her entrance into the sport of aerial skiing and her goal to make the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.

  • Researchers in Guatemala Use LIDAR 3D Scanning in Mirador Basin, Discover Ancient Network of Superhighways

    Project leader Richard D. Hansen, adjunct professor of anthropology, and his team recently discovered an ancient network of superhighways in Guatemala.

  • Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

    Anthropology professor Kristen Hawkes comments on the difficulties in studying killer whales to determine why they go through menopause.

  • As Legislature tackles teen suicide, what experts would like to see

    Psychology professor and suicidologist Craig Bryan weighs in on what the state of Utah can do to have the biggest impact in suicide prevention.

  • Mormon Apostles To Attend Trump Inauguration

    Political science professor Matthew Burbank says that the presence of church leaders at the inauguration is simply business as usual.

  • How to break the silence and talk about suicide

    Psychology professor and suicidologist Craig Bryan states that talking about suicide does not necessarily lead people to consider it as an option.

  • Nevada ranks 2nd in US for elder-abuse protection

    Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, explains that Nevada's rankings don't mirror the national trend due to the Elder Justice Act's lack of funding.

  • Utah Marriage Rate of Millenials

    Family and consumer studies professor Nick Wolfinger suggests that being surrounded by churchgoers reinforces a marriage-friendly environment for others.

  • Lobell on Aleppo

    Political science professor Steven Lobell calls situation in Aleppo, "clearly a human tragedy."

  • Remembering OSH

    Remembering OSH today. Although the building will be missed, we eagerly await the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building!

  • Chambless on Trump's Twitter

    Associate professor lecturer of political science, Tim Chambless, comments on the President-elect's Twitter usage, calling it both, "dangerous," and, "unprecedented."

  • U Aims To Build Top Pacific Islander Program

    Today, Utah is home to more than 43,000 Pacific Islanders, more than any other state not made up of islands in the Pacific. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Adrian Bell comments, "That heritage is not represented at the University," but explains that a growing effort exists to change that.

  • Anthropologist Kristen Hawkes on Grandmothers

    Anthropologist Kristen Hawkes explains why human females live so long and their role in parenting their children's children.

  • A New Start for Gender and Ethnic Studies

    Gender and Ethnic Studies have left the College of Social and Behavioral Science and have launched a whole new school, The School for Cultural and Social Transformation.

  • How to Win an Argument?

    Psychology professor Peter Ditto adds his take on a few tips to help turn arguments in your favor this holiday season.

  • Feminine Hygiene Tax

    Sociologists Claudia Geist and Lea Hunter explain why feminine hygiene products should be exempt from sales tax.

  • Congratulations to Patrick Kennedy!

    Psychology professor Katie Baucom presents a mental health advocacy award to Patrick Kennedy at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in New York.

  • David Strayer in the White House

    Congratulations to psychology's David Strayer for being invited to a White House Roundtable on Public Lands for Public Health! #BETHESOLUTION

  • What Can Trump do?

    James Curry, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, explains what a Trump administration could and could not do regarding campaign promises the President-elect had made.

  • New Chapter for Classroom Building

    Replacing OSH, the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building will be a, "state-of-the-art learning space, equipped with the latest technology and thinking about how to foster learning of the highest caliber."

  • Federal and Tribal Land Management

    How can we solve the problem of Utah tribes being unsatisfied with how federal, state, and local governments have managed their lands? Anthropologist Brian Codding may have some answers.

  • Gift from the Gardners

    A generous gift from Carolyn and Kem Gardner has allowed a new Ute classroom to be created in place of OSH.

  • How Rich are the 1-Percenters?

    Econ PhD Alum Mark Price is quoted in the New York Times discussing his recent work with the Economic Policy Institute examining the geographic concentration of high earners in the US.

  • What are Undecided Voters Doing?

    Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics discusses with Good4Utah who disenfranchised voters are turning to this election, and why.

  • House Chore Equality

    Do you pull your own weight with house chores? Family, health, and policy professor Daniel Carlson says, "There is clearly a discrepancy in terms of how each partner views their contribution. Men tend to inflate their own contributions, while women tend to overestimate both their own and their partner's."

  • Venture to Cuba

    Embark on a rare and exotic journey to the island of Cuba from February 17 - 26. The tour starts in Miami, where the group will meet before boarding a flight to Havana the following morning. When in Cuba, all ground transportation, entrances, professional local guides, fascinating historical hotels and fabulous meals are included.

  • Secrets of the Ice Sheet

    Associate dean and professor of geography, Rick Forster, has been working with his colleagues in attempt to uncover the mystery of the water source under the Greenland ice sheet.

  • Racial Tension in the Election

    Political science associate professor Edmund Fong speaks with Good4Utah on the racially charged rhetoric that has been central through this election cycle.

  • Growing Wildfire Danger

    Geography professor Philip Dennison was, "surprised at how much these [fire danger] measures have increased in recent decades. Strands of forest that would have never been susceptible to fire in the past now seem drier and more prone to fire."

  • How Common is Infidelity?

    Family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger discusses with LiveScience just how common infidelity is among married men and women.

  • What Trump got Wrong with PTSD

    Check out the National Center for Veterans Studies Executive Director, Craig Bryan, discuss with CNN what Donald Trump got wrong in regards to PTSD and veterans' suicide.

  • Murder Among Mammals, How Do Humans Compare?

    Anthropologist Polly Wiessner expressed doubt over the methodology of a study conducted by José Goméz comparing the murder rate among the most violent of nature's mammals.

  • Wolfinger on Brangelina Split

    Family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger weighs in on the Brangelina split and explains possible factors for the celebrity divorce.

  • Utah Population Database

    Family and consumer studies professor and database director Ken Smith discusses the "unique opportunities that the Utah Population Database provides for understanding health and disease, and for developing new medical treatments."

  • Are Driverless Cars Safer?

    Kelly Funkhouser and other researchers in the psychology department are studying whether semiautomated driving technology will make things safer or worse. You can read all about her featured study in the Los Angeles Times here.

  • Super Sleepers or Dangerously Drowsy?

    A new study by psychology professor Paula Williams suggests that “habitual short sleepers” may be more tired than they realize.

  • Powell Pipeline Financing Issue

    Taxpayers can expect to foot up to 72 percent of the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline's costs, according to University of Utah economists Gabriel Lozada and Gail Blattenberger.

  • Psych Fall Newsletter

    Check out the psychology department's fall newsletter here.

Last Updated: 10/4/17