sociology

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Social integration, including strong family ties, can protect one’s well-being and even reduce the impact high-risk genes have on health. Scientists call this phenomenon a gene-environment interaction. An Indiana University study focusing on substance abuse, however, found that a three-way interplay of gender, genetics and social integration produced the different outcomes for men and women. […]

Applying research

June 18, 2013

There is a lot of talk these days about applied or “translational” research, meaning, mainly, research that makes the transition out of the laboratory into the “real world”, research that results in some new drug or therapy or treatment, some groundbreaking technology. It’s sometimes harder to see research at work outside the drug therapy or […]

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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 […]

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On marriage

May 23, 2012

It’s nearly June, the traditional time for weddings galore. But marriage—its legality, longevity, permutations, and failures—seems perennially in the news. Here are some recent views on love and marriage from different corners of the IU Bloomington campus: In an article for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2012), Constance Furey, a professor […]

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