CSBS Social Life Newsletter
CSBS Student Spotlight: Kaedyn Crabtree

"Hey Utes! This is a picture of me doing research in Dr. Strayer's Lab playing with the EEG. In addition to being a participant in many studies, I'm a research assistant for Strayers' distracted driving labs, and nature restoration labs. I love learning how to use the equipment, learning research methods, and participating in meaningful research here at the U."


A Campus-Community Dialogue Series
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73

Fourth Dialogue: Terrorism, Foreign Policy, and American Democracy
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 2:30-4:00 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: The Tower at Rice Eccles
The University of Utah Department of Anthropology presents
The Rufus Wood Leigh Lecture in Anthropology: Modern Human Origins
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Carolyn Tanner Irish Building | Room 109
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM; Awards Ceremony at 2:00 PM
Location: Hinckley Caucus Room | Building 73


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. DeKoeyer-Laros also did an interview on the topic with Top of Mind.

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

Psychology professor Bruce Ellis explains that the ability to 'unstick yourself', or the cognitive flexibility to switch between tasks, can stem from growing up in a stressful environment.

U Students Assist Lawmakers in Fights for Women’s Rights

Human development and family studies student Erin Feeley and her classmates are working to lobby for laws that secure women's rights.

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.

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.

Understanding Our Differences, Shaping Our Future Campus-Community Dialogue Series

CSBS, political science and the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted two discussions as part of the Campus-Community Dialogue series. The first discussion centered on healthcare in the United States, and the second discussion focused on refugees and immigration policy. 

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 and director of the National Center for Veteran Studies Craig Bryan shows there is a simple and more effective way to prevent veteran suicide. Bryan also weighed in on patterns in social media that might indicate a person is at risk for 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.


Congratulations to psychology professor Donald Strassberg, this year's recipient of the University's Distinguished Mentoring Award. 
Congratulations to psychology graduate student Lauren Williams and her advisor Trafton Drew on her receipt of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Center for Latin American Studies Research Travel Awards
  • Douglas Jones (Anthropology) 
    Cultural change among Afro-Brazilian religious groups will be fruitful and lead to successful external grant applications
  • Shane Macfarlan (Anthropology)
    Ecuador study abroad program
  • Cecilia Wainryb (Psychology)
    The effects on youth of living in contexts extreme income inequality in Argentina
  • Leslie Knapp (Anthropology)
    The transmission and immune response to Yellow Fever Virus in Argentina
Congratulations to family and consumer studies professor Barbara Brown who received the University of Utah’s Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award for 2017.
Spring 2017 Rasmussen Doctoral Research Grants

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce this spring’s winners of Rasmussen Doctoral Research Grants:
  • Sira Nukulkit:  For participation in the Summer Institute of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University
  • Porjai Chalermsook: For purchase of data access for research on “The Impact of Trade on Wage Inequality in Finnish Manufacturing Plants”
  • Ali Jalali:  For acquisition and analysis of restricted-use data to study the impact of changes in state minimum wage laws on population health.
Congratulations to family and consumer studies professor Rob Mayer, who was awarded the 2017 Hatch Prize for Teaching. 
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