Social Sciences in the News

The consequences of past and present racial oppression in Ferguson and elsewhere

In an op-ed piece, Robert Crutchfield, professor of sociology, writes, "Black citizens have been held for too long outside the processes that produced the laws and practices they are subjected to." Learn more at Seattle Times .

The surprising origins of the #CrimingWhileWhite movement

By Thursday morning, the online #CrimingWhileWhite campaign that some saw as a show of solidarity had become another source of division. Christopher Parker, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Washington Post .

Some Latino fundraisers throw support to Clinton

Some of President Obama's biggest financial backers in the Latino community already are throwing their support behind Hillary Clinton. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at USA Today .

Yakima Valley agencies differ on how to handle officer-involved shooting investigations

The city of Yakima relies on its own officers to conduct such investigations. The Yakima County Sheriff's Office calls on outside agencies to investigate. Jonathan Wender, lecturer in the UW's Law, Societies, and Justice Program, is quoted. Learn more at Yakima Herald-Republic .

US attracting fewer educated, highly skilled migrants

The U.S. economy has long been powered in part by the nation's ability to attract the world's most educated and skilled people to its shores. But a new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers Learn more at UW Today.

'90s immigration battle remade California's political landscape

The '90s battle over illegal immigration helped remake California's political landscape. Matt Barreto, professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Los Angeles Times .

Turmoil over immigration status? California has lived it for decades

There may be no better place than California to measure the contradictions, crosswinds and confusion that come with trying to change immigration law. Matt Barreto, professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at New York Times .

Immigration debate explodes despite voter desire for change

Far from settling matters, President Obama's unilateral action on immigration all but ensures at least two more years of fierce and angry debate. Matt Barreto, professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Los Angeles Times .

UW to host second International Ladino Day Dec. 4.

The University of Washington Sephardic Studies Program and the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will host the second annual celebration of International Ladino Day with an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Kane Hall room 130. Learn more at UW Today.

UW statistician, philosopher win prize for detecting bias in peer review

In the wake of a 2011 study that found black applicants for National Institutes of Health grants were significantly less likely to receive funding than their equally qualified white counterparts, the health agency began to look at ways to uncover and address bias in how it awards research funding. Learn more at UW Today.

Seattle area's growth shows the power of the market, and planning

In an op-ed piece, Dick Morrill, professor emeritus of geography, looks at Seattle's population growth over 64 years, the changing character of the population, 1970 and 2010, and the planning context for growth. Learn more at Crosscut.

Fendall Yerxa, former news anchor, UW professor, dies at 101

Fendall Yerxa, former ABC News anchor, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times and UW journalism professor, died Oct. 19 at 101. Learn more at Seattle Times .

Studies cast doubt on value of Daylight Saving Time

Does Daylight Savings Time save electricity too? Not so fast says assistant economics professor Hendrik Wolf. Learn more at Wall Street Journal .

What caused a Seattle mega-church to disband?

Seattle's Mars Hill Church announced Friday that it will disband its network of churches. James Wellman, associate professor of American religion, is quoted. Learn more at KUOW.

A natural fix for ADHD?

What happens when part of a nomadic tribe settles down and what can that tell us about ADHD? Dan Eisenberg, assistant professor of anthropology explains. Learn more at New York Times.

A 2-to-1 statewide lead for Initiative 594 in KCTS-9 Washington Poll

Initiative 594, the ballot measure to close the "gun show loophole," enjoys a 2-to-1 lead and surprising strength on both sides of the Cascades, according to KCTS-9 Washington Poll. Barreto and colleague Christopher Parker were principal investigators in the survey. Learn more at Seattle PI.

Political scientist Christopher Parker joins debate on polarization

Christopher Parker participates in a debate with a panel including Pulitzer Prize-winner George Will. They discuss the "toxic" American political atmosphere. Learn more at American Forum.

It's a long way to the top (if you wanna be a Uighur pop star)

Heartthrob Ablajan embodies the tension between pop and politics in China's Xinjiang region. Darren Byler, graduate student in anthropology, is quoted. Learn more at Time .

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 .

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.

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.




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