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Despite partisanship surrounding voter ID, most voters don't believe it suppresses turnout

(University of Kansas) Most Americans -- even average Democrats -- do not accept the argument that voter identification laws can suppress voter turnout, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas professor.

Flight delay? Lost luggage? Don't blame airline mergers, Indiana University research shows

(Indiana University) An analysis of 15 years of US Department of Transportation statistics found that airline consolidation has had little negative impact on on-time performance.

granovetter book forum, part 1: review

There are three books that economic sociologists have been expecting for decades and all three of them are finally here. First, Padgett and Powell published The Emergence of Organizations and Markets in 2012. This book brought Padgett’s network perspective on the creation of roles and positions in markets to the broader sociological audience. Second, at […]

Cultural backgrounds of media organizations affect international news coverage

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers examined the photographic news coverage of a visit Pope Francis made to Cuba to determine how major media outlets from different countries covered the international event. They found that the cultural values of the photojournalists' home countries affected the ways in which the pope's visit was framed by each media outlet.

Risk of interval colorectal cancers higher among African-Americans

(American Cancer Society) An American Cancer Society study of Medicare enrollees finds the risk for interval colorectal cancers, cancers that develop after a colonoscopy but before the next recommended test, is higher for blacks than whites.

Humanizing, harmonizing effects of music aren't a myth

(University of Arizona) UA professor Jake Harwood and his collaborators have found that listening to music from other cultures furthers one's pro-diversity beliefs. The findings have important implications for music education, K-12 education and efforts to improve cross-cultural intergroup dialogue and communication.

Intestinal fungi worsen alcoholic liver disease

(University of California - San Diego) Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide and approximately half of those deaths are due to alcohol abuse. Yet apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments to reduce the severity of alcohol-associated liver disease. Show More Summary

People perceive attractive scientists as more interesting but less able, studies show

(University of Cambridge) A new study published today in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Essex suggests that when it comes to judging scientists,...Show More Summary

Predictive models may help determine which patients benefit from ICDs

(American College of Cardiology) Two predictive models may help cardiologists decide which patients would most benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), suggests a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Show More Summary

The right thing to do: Why do we follow unspoken group rules?

(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) How you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel -- these often unspoken rules of a group are social norms, and many are internalized to such a degree that you probably don't even notice them. Show More Summary

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

(University of Toronto) Scientists analyzing 7.2 million-year-old fossils uncovered in modern-day Greece and Bulgaria suggest a new hypothesis about the origins of humankind, placing it in the Eastern Mediterranean and not -- as customarily assumed -- in Africa, and earlier than currently accepted. Show More Summary

Human-induced deforestation is causing an increase in malaria cases

(Lehigh University) A new study of 67 less-developed, malaria-endemic nations led by Lehigh University sociologist Dr. Kelly Austin, finds a link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing nations.

Paper: 'No admit-No deny' settlements undercut accountability in civil enforcement

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) The failure of federal watchdog agencies to require admissions of guilt from the targets of civil enforcement can trigger calls for greater accountability from the public, says a new paper from U. of I. law professors Verity Winship and Jennifer K. Robbennolt.

Study examines polyneuropathy and long-term opioid use

(The JAMA Network Journals) Polyneuropathy is a common painful condition, especially among older patients, which can result in functional impairment.In a new article published by JAMA Neurology, Christopher J. Klein, M.D., and his colleagues...Show More Summary

Awareness of controversial Arizona immigration law influenced male students' classroom behavior

(University of Kansas) US-born Latino male middle school students who had familiarity with a controversial Arizona immigration-enforcement bill had more difficulty exhibiting proper behavior in the classroom, such as following instructions and staying quiet, according to a new study by researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Kansas.

Female peer mentors help retain college women in engineering

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A new study by social psychologist Nilanjana Dasgupta and her Ph.D. student Tara C. Dennehy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that early in college, young women in engineering majors...Show More Summary

World Scientific's latest titles in agricultural transformation launched by Indian PM

(World Scientific) World Scientific's two-part book series entitled 'M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a World Without Hunger' was launched by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on May 19, 2017. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, also participated.

New survey delves into impact of intergenerational wealth on retirement

(NORC at the University of Chicago) People with an inheritance are more than twice as likely as those without one to feel prepared for retirement (38 percent vs. 17 percent), according to a new survey of Americans age 50 or older from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Show More Summary

A Decade of Everyday Sociology

By Karen Sternheimer Our Everyday Sociology blog turns ten this month! In this time, we have posted over 900 blog posts, received more than 8,000 comments, and have had nearly 6 million visitors. It’s a good point to take a...

Moderate drinking may not ward off heart disease

(Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs) Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner -- or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol -- will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That's the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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