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  • 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.

  • Unionized Teacher Turnover

    Econ Assistant Professor Eunice Han is shedding new light on union teachers in the workplace, and has found that highly unionized districts actually fire more bad teachers.

  • Anthropologists Challenge Gender Imbalance Theories

    Anthropologists Ryan Schacht and Karen Kramer challenge traditional theories of a gender imbalance in society.

  • Republican 3.0

    Political science professor Howard Lehman discusses the internal conflicts brewing within the Republican party with the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • Congratulations to Brian Codding!

    Assistant professor of anthropology Brian Codding was recently awarded a National Science Foundation research grant for his project "Collaborative Research: Explaining Great Basin Prearchaic foraging adaptations through the convergence of women's and men's foraging decisions."

  • Congratulations to Summer Rupper!

    Congratulations to University of Utah Geography associate professor Summer Rupper for being awarded a NASA research grant "Understanding Changes in High Mountain Asia!"

  • Social Media, Movements, and POTUS Elections

    PhD political science student Alex Lovell explains the influence of social movements and media on presidential elections with ABC 4 Utah.

  • Bisexuality Myths Debunked

    Gender studies professor and psychologist Lisa Diamond debunks various myths about bisexuality with Medical Daily.

  • Tom Cova on Emergency Response Disarray

    Geographer Tom Cova discusses the current disarray of emergency procedures.

  • Napier-Pearce Returns to the Tribune

    Associate director of communications at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, will will return to the Tribune where she worked in various multimedia capacities starting in 2013.

  • Poli-Sci Professor Featured in Oxford Press

    Mark Button, political science professor and chairman, discusses the rise of Trump and the "Triumph of Hubris" with the Oxford Press.

  • Psych Prof Featured in WSJ

    Psych Professor Monisha Pasupathi discusses in the The Wall Street Journal how sharing stories helps storytellers find meaning in past experiences.

  • Paul White Discusses Police Fear in SLC

    Ethnic Studies Associate Professor Dr. Paul White, who researches stereotypes and prejudices, admitted he is sometimes fearful of the police. Read his comments and others made at the "Transforming Together: Strengthening Police-Community Relationships in SLC" event here.

  • Forster Lands in Greenland

    Associate Dean Rick Forster has officially landed in Greenland! Check out his field work on the ice sheets.

  • Utah Dems Seething Over no Shurtleff Prosecution

    Prosecutors are seeking to drop all the criminal corruption charges against former three-term Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Political science professor Tim Chambless says, "Tossing out the case will erode the public's confidence in the judicial system."

  • Questioning Reason Foundation's Critique

    Econ professor Peter Philips questions the validity of conservative Reason Foundation's study on cost-effectiveness of maintaining NJ highways.

  • Congratulations to Craig Bryan!

    Congratulations to associate professor of psychology Craig Bryan for receiving the prestigious Presidential Scholar Award!