Social Sciences

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When Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — the first woman to be elected president in modern Africa — shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee’s citation for the prize noted, “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all […]


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Indiana University has been awarded $4.2 million by the U.S. Agency for International Development, through Higher Education for Development, for a 2½-year project to promote women’s access to and success in higher education in South Sudan. Through IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education, the project will be headed by Terry Mason, professor of curriculum […]


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Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures marks its 50th anniversary this month with a new exhibition and a series of free programs  The “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” exhibition opens Sunday, April 28. As its name suggests, the exhibition is an overview of the breadth of the museum’s collections. “While it’s a celebration of the museum’s […]


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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two cases that seek to overturn bans on gay marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, which seeks to overturn a California voter initiative that prohibited gay marriage, and Windsor v. United States, which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell has been surveying Americans’ views of […]


NCAA number-crunching

March 20, 2013

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President Barack Obama may have picked IU to win it all in the NCAA, but IU professor Wayne Winston gives IU about a 12 percent chance of winning, according to a story from Indiana Public Media and IU’s public radio station WFIU. He should know. The John and Esther Reese Professor of operations and decision […]


Phil Stafford

March 13, 2013

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Cultural anthropologist Phil Stafford directs the Center on Aging and Community and is a national expert on what makes elder-friendly communities work.

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Sarah Hrdy, one of the world’s leading primatologists and evolutionary biologists, will deliver two Patten Lectures in April at Indiana University Bloomington. Hrdy is the A. D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, professor emerita at the University of California-Davis, and an associate at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard. Hrdy’s […]


A grown-up version of the rock-paper-scissors game offers a new theory of the group dynamics that arise in situations as varied as cycles of fashion, fluctuations of financial markets, and eBay bidding wars. In a study written about in PLOS ONE, IU cognitive scientists analyzed situations in which each person’s decision depends on what they […]


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Jason Jackson, associate professor of folklore at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named the new director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. He is the Mathers’ third director. With the appointment, Jackson comes full circle, having worked at the museum during his first year of graduate school at IU, studying cultural anthropology and folklore. […]


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A study led by an Indiana University School of Education faculty member in Bloomington finds little correlation between time spent on homework and better course grades for math and science students, but a positive relationship between homework time and performance on standardized tests. Adam Maltese, assistant professor of science education in the IU School of […]