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Sociologist Robert Crosnoe returns to high school to uncover why teenagers who don’t fit in are less likely to go to college

Sociologist Robert Crosnoe returns to high school to uncover why teenagers who don’t fit in are less likely to go to college

High school is long past for Kelly, now 38, but she still recalls when her family relocated to a small West Texas town at the beginning of her freshman year. The bullying started from day one with a new rumor circulating about her every Monday morning. “The choices were to sit at home or get…   » Continue Reading

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

First came the fiery attacks last summer as the NAACP approved a resolution condemning perceived racist elements within the Tea Party movement. A few days later, United States Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign after a video taken out of context showed her regaling an audience with a story about how…   » Continue Reading

Training professors to write grant proposals, win research dollars

Training professors to write grant proposals, win research dollars

Like many young faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin, psychologist Paige Harden has big, cutting-edge research ideas. Also like many young faculty, Harden needs federal grants to get started. But she realizes that the average age of scholars who receive certain National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants is 43 years old. “I’m…   » Continue Reading

Sociologists investigate the Hispanic health advantage and why it disappears

Sociologists investigate the Hispanic health advantage and why it disappears

When it comes to overall health, the outlook for Hispanics is good. Although the Hispanic population is disproportionately beset by poverty and limited access to quality health coverage and insurance, statistics have long shown that Hispanics live longer, healthier lives than any other group in the United States. Researchers call it the “Hispanic Paradox.” However, those…   » Continue Reading

Public perception of crime remains out of sync with reality, criminologist contends

Public perception of crime remains out of sync with reality, criminologist contends

Crime on the Rise?: When the FBI and Department of Justice release their annual reports on crime in the United States, Dr. Mark Warr’s phone starts ringing. His voicemail fills with interview requests from reporters seeking the criminologist’s expertise for stories on rising crime.

Recovery remains elusive for Hurricane Katrina survivors, researchers say

Recovery remains elusive for Hurricane Katrina survivors, researchers say

Unnatural Disaster: Tommy and Mia, an African-American couple in their late 40s, had lived in New Orleans all their lives, working three jobs between the two of them. Life was a struggle, but they made ends meet–barely. That was before Hurricane Katrina.

Researchers explore the role of religion in mobilizing African American and Latino voters

Researchers explore the role of religion in mobilizing African American and Latino voters

The Sunday morning worship at Red Memorial* progresses like many services in African-American churches. Parishioners sing classic hymns, clapping and swaying along to the music. The pastor, the Rev. Red, greets the congregation the same way she does each week.

Researchers diagnose health consequences of marriage, divorce

Researchers diagnose health consequences of marriage, divorce

So, why aren’t you married? It’s an age-old question dreaded by single people. The underlying assumption of the awkward inquiry: there is something wrong with being single and one’s life is somehow incomplete without a partner.  But does marriage mean you will live happily, and healthfully, ever after?  Research does reveal that married people live…   » Continue Reading