Social Sciences in the News

Traditional, tea party conservatives seem split on foreign policy

Foreign policy looms large as the 2014 midterm elections approach. But traditional conservatives and their tea party counterparts may bring different concerns and motivations to the November ballot, according to a University of Washington political scientist. Learn more at UW Today.

Science of strangers: Military research could boost cops' people skills

Two self-described "philosopher cops" from the West Coast are leaders of an effort to train police and military in better social interactions with citizens and civilians. One of the "philosopher cops" is Jonathon Wender, lecturer in sociology. Learn more at NBC News .

Minority representation gaps, by the numbers

A guest piece by Tyler Reny, a PhD student in political science, and a co-author look at minority representation in state and local legislatures. Learn more at Washington Post .

Latinos, angry with Obama, may sit out midterm vote, hurting Democrats

Latino voting tends to drop in midterm elections, and that may prove all the more so next month, given deep frustration with the president. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Los Angeles Times .

$16M for UW foreign-language students, programs

The UW has received a $16 million grant to offer scholarships to students studying less-commonly taught foreign languages. Learn more at Seattle Times .

What's next for Seattle megachurch?

KUOW talks with Jim Wellman, associate professor of American religion, about Mark Driscoll's resignation and what it could mean for the future of Mars Hill Church. Learn more at KUOW.

Life Reimagined tackles relationships at any age

"New Day" talks with Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology and AARP's "Love and Relationship Ambassador." Learn more at KING 5.

Enraged about Columbus Day, Italian Americans fight back

A group of Italian American leaders this morning launched an aggressive campaign to fight the city's appropriation of Columbus Day, which on Monday the council renamed "Indigenous Peoples' Day." Adam Warren, associate professor of history, is quoted. Learn more at Seattle Weekly .

What do we really know about Columbus?

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein looks at Columbus' history. Christopher Teuton, chair of American Indian studies, is quoted. Learn more at Everett Herald .

New director maps social justice to Honors Program landscape

This fall, the University Honors Program welcomed a new director, Victoria Lawson, professor of geography, internationally-recognized scholar on global poverty and co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network. Learn more at Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Can 11 billion people survive on this planet?

A new study by the UW and the U.N. says by 2100, there could be an extra 4 billion people roaming the planet - making it difficult to discern whether Earth will have enough resources to support the birth of practically another planet-worth of people. Learn more at Seattle PI.

$34K fed grant to help state pinpoint Latino historic, cultural sites in Yakima Valley

The National Park Service awarded a $34,374 grant to identify places of Latino historic and cultural significance in the Yakima Valley, Gov. Jay Inslee's office announced Friday. Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor of American ethnic studies, is quoted. Learn more at Yakima Herald.

Jackson School director discusses goals of new International Policy Institute

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington has announced the creation of a new International Policy Institute. Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School director, answered a few questions about the new institute and its work. Learn more at UW Today.

Latino candidates still struggle in redrawn 15th District

Since the 15th Legislative District was redrawn it doesn't appear a Latino, much less a Democrat, has a chance of being elected to the Legislature there in the near future. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Yakima Herald-Republic Weekly News .

Professor Matt Barreto says politicos are missing the boat

Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, and a co-author do a reality check on assumptions about Latino voters in their new book, "Latino America: How America's Most Dynamic Population Is Poised To Transform The Politics Of The Nation." Learn more at NBC News .

Borders collapse in voices of young poets

Seattle Times columnist Sarah Stuteville talks with young Seattle-area poets who draw on complex international identities and themes in their work. Jackson School student Hamda Yusuf is profiled. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Gun control backers put millions behind background check measure

In the state of Washington the National Rifle Association is up against some of the deepest pockets in the world. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Fox News & Business.

Carnegie Corp. awards $5-million to tie international research to policy

Five international-affairs programs, including the Jackson School, will split $5-million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to finance projects aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and policy making. Learn more at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Integrated social sciences degree among several new programs

Through new degree programs starting this fall at the University of Washington, students will learn architecture from a liberal arts perspective, complete social sciences degrees online, become expert in the teaching of science, and much more. Learn more at UW Today.

How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa's Ebola outbreak

James Pfeiffer, professor of global health and anthropology, discusses how Western agencies devoted to reducing global poverty imposed policies on African nations that discouraged many from investing in public infrastructure, such as basic health care. Learn more at Humanosphere .

World population to hit 11bn in 2100

The world's population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion, according to a new UW-led study. Learn more at The Guardian.

Experiencing the Real Tahiti

Undergraduates in an immersive summer program in Tahiti looked beyond the tourist appeal of French Polynesia to the implications of it being a French colony. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

A Summer Dive into Resarch

Nine weeks to complete an independent research project? Students in the Summer Institute for the Arts and Humanities embraced that challenge, exploring issues of indigeneity in the contemporary world. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Ferguson's plan to cut back on court fees could inspire change

Alexes Harris, an associate professor of sociology, talks about the layers of court costs that can complicate legal proceedings for the poor. Learn more at NPR.

Latinos threatening to sit out elections because of Pres. Obama's about-face on immigration reform

Some Latino Democrats, saying they are fed up with President Barack Obama's broken promises on immigration reform, are threatening to sit out the midterm elections. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Fox News Latino .




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