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Thursday, March 31, 2016

CSBS Community Engagement Day

Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM 
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room OSH 255
Guest Speaker: Dennis Kelsch, Director of Basic Needs Services, Catholic Community Services

CSBS Student Research Day
Part of the CSBS Farewell to OSH

Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Location: Orson Spencer Hall 2nd Floor

Farewell to OSH

Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Location: Orson Spencer Hall
Guest Speakers:
  • Ruth Watkins, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Cindy Berg, College of Social and Behavioral Science Dean
  • Madison Black, Former ASUU Student Body Vice President, Honors Biomedical Engineering
  • Angus Edwards, Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough
  • Brian Haslam, CityWorks
  • Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor
  • Renee Morita, Human Resources and Labor Relations
  • Jayne Nelson, Hinckley Institute of Politics


U's Model European Union Visits Washington

Congratulations to the U's Model European Union members Morgan Rae Cassidy and Emily Nuvan for taking home prizes from a conference at the University of Washington!

Smith and Biden on Big Data

Family and consumer studies professor Ken Smith and Vice President Joe Biden discuss collaboration between researchers at the U in order to get a leg up on cancer.

Domestic Violence Advocate Killed by Husband

Family and Consumer Studies professor Sonia Salari's research suggests dynamics of domestic violence tend to be different in older couples.

Syrian Conflict and Prospects for Peace

Political science professor Hakan Yavuz weighs in on Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement about withdrawing forces from Syria. 

Romney Visits Campus

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney addressed University of Utah students on March 3rd regarding his opinion on the 2016 presidential race. 

Breaking Barriers for Women & Girls

The Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy and Amnesty International recently brought actress and human rights activist Nazanin Boniadi to campus to speak on abuse, discrimination, and the violation of human rights.

Burbank on Love

Political science professor Matthew Burbank discusses Mia Love's run for re-election.

Shoshone Language Project

Anthropology's Shoshoni Language Project recently hosted over 40 Shoshone high school students from across Nevada to a special interactive tour of campus. 

Latest Facts of Distracted Driving

Psychology professor David Strayer's ongoing research suggests that our minds wander for nearly 30 seconds after a hands-free text or call.

Perry Speaks on Political Endorsements

As Utah officials hit the campaign trail, Hinckley Institute Director Jason Perry speaks on the value of shaking hands with supporters.

Utah Legislature Postpones Discussion on End-of-Life Options

MPA alum Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck discusses the End-of-Life Options Act and expresses the urgency in expanding Medicaid.

Church Couples Are Happier!

The latest study from sociology and family and consumer studies professor Nicholas Wolfinger suggests that couples who attend worship services together or when only the man attends services are happier than couples in which neither partner or only the woman attends.
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Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research

Congratulations to CSBS Dean and psychology professor Cindy Berg for receiving the University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award for 2016.

University of Utah Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to FCS professor Ken Smith on his selection as Distinguished Professor of Family and Consumer Studies and Population Sciences at the University of Utah.   His work on the familial aspects of health, aging, and longevity has broken new ground on the social-environmental and genetic origins of aging and exceptional longevity.  
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

Alta Sustainability Leadership

Congratulations to anthropology professor Brian Codding and psychology professor Carol Werner for being chosen as this year's recipients of the Alta Sustainability Awards. Codding received the Community Partnership Award, and Werner received the Research Award.

Bennion Center Public Service Professorship

Congratulations to environmental and sustainability studies professor Adrienne Cachelin who was selected as the recipient of the 2016-2017 Bennion Center Public Service Professorship. Cachelin's proposed project, which involves a community partner and graduate students from two programs, demonstrates the value in thinking about creative ways to address difficult issues such as food access and health.
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

CSBS Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to geography professor Tom Cova, who was selected as this year's CSBS Excellence in Mentoring Award recipient.

CSBS Superior Teaching

Congratulations to FCS professor Lori Kowaleski-Jones (Senior Tenure Track), anthropology professor Brian Codding (Junior Tenure Track), and geography professor Tim Edgar (Career Line) who were recently named the recipients of this year's CSBS Superior Teaching Award. 
photo credit Bureau of Land Management and Congressional Research Service

CSBS Staff Excellence

Congratulations to FCS administrative officer Ashley Johnson, this year's recipient of the CSBS Staff Excellence Award.


Congratulations to geography associate professor Summer Rupper, who just received a grant from NASA to study the mass loss of the Antarctic Ice Sheet using a combination of satellite data, ice cores and models. The title of the grant is “Bayesian Quantification of Antarctic Surface Mass Balance”.  Summer joined the U this fall as part of the Society, Water and Climate cluster one of the Transformative Excellence Programs (TEP).

March 28th - May 6th

What does social and behavioral science mean to you?

Our mission in CSBS is to instill a social science way of thinking about critical challenges to the social and natural world (e.g., climate change, immigration, health challenges such as obesity, income inequality). 

We strive to achieve this mission through innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and confronting these challenges in our communities so that students and faculty can address these challenges.

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