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Climate Change Foes Winning Public Opinion Wars

Climate Change Foes Winning Public Opinion Wars

December 7, 2015

As world leaders meet this week and next at a historic climate change summit in Paris, a new study by Michigan Sate University environmental scientists suggest opponents of climate change appear to be winning the war of words. Aaron McCright, MSU Sociologist says, “It’s extremely difficult to change people’s minds on climate change, in part because they are entrenched in their views."

Carl Taylor: Living the Third-City Nation

Carl Taylor: Living the Third-City Nation

November 9, 2015

As a native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Carl Taylor, professor in the Department of Sociology, has been a part of research that is both transitional and transfornational. As an urban ethnographer, he has used meta-analysis to observe and experience post-industrial Michigan, including Detroit and the great contributions Southwestern Michigan has made over the last century.

(please read more here)

 

Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh, In Memoriam

Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh, In Memoriam

October 15, 2015

Vladimir Shlapentokh, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Michigan State University and a “founding father” of sociology in the Soviet Union, born in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 19 1926, died on October 5 2015 in Greenville NC.

“The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

“The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

September 22, 2015

The October 2015 issue of "The Atlantic" is devoted to "Race is Always the Issue."

Among the most insightful, thought-provoking contributions is Ta'Nehisi Coates' article entitled "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Detroit, Michigan, Carl Taylor's research and Carl Taylor features prominentlly in the article.

You can read the full article here.

Baca Zinn receives Distinguished Career Award

Baca Zinn receives Distinguished Career Award

September 8, 2015

Dr. Maxine Baca Zinn received the Distinguished Career Award, Latino Sociology Section, Amercian Sociological Association, 2015.

What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?

What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?

July 31, 2015

When this week began, chances are high that you’d never heard of Cecil the lion, the beloved big cat of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. But by now, you’ve likely heard of his death. What motivates Palmer and other trophy hunters, as they’re called, to fly thousands of miles and spend tens of thousands of dollars, all for the sake of killing an animal like Cecil?

Liu’s research finds childhood stress fuels weight gain in women

Liu’s research finds childhood stress fuels weight gain in women

July 9, 2015

When it comes to weight gain for women, childhood stress appears to be a bigger culprit than stress during adulthood, finds a national study led by Dr. Hui Liu.

Interestingly, though, neither childhood nor adult stress was associated with weight gain for men.

The federally funded study, which appears online in the journal Social Science & Medicine, is the first to examine such lifelong consequences of stress on weight change. (read full story from MSU Today).

Environmental activism works, study shows

Environmental activism works, study shows

June 16, 2015

 

The environmental movement is making a difference – nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study. (read full study here)

Social scientist Thomas Dietz and Kenneth Frank, MSU Foundation professor of sociometrics, have teamed up to find a way to tell if a state jumping on the environmental bandwagon can mitigate other human factors – population growth and economic affluence – known to hurt the environment.

Assistant Professor of Sociology of Migration: Migration and Work in New Economies

May 26, 2015

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a 9-month tenure-system, position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 16, 2016 in the area of the Sociology of Migration: Migration and Work in New Economies.

MSU Assistant/Associate Professor Job Opening Sociology of Health and Medicine

May 26, 2015

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a 9 month tenure-system position in the Sociology of Health and Medicine at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning August 16, 2016.

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