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As the United States gears up for the 2020 general election, a new study by sociology professor Jacob Rugh uncovers troubling new data about factors that could push down voting levels among Black Americans. Read More
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Through her analysis of former slaves’ narratives, Dr. Rebecca de Schweinitz showed that many saw freedom as a collective, family affair — and some even risked returning to slavery in order to free loved ones. Read More
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New research by psychology professor Dr. Rebecca Lundwall draws attention to a strong correlation between how much women camouflage autistic traits and the severity of their mental health concerns.  Read More
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School of Family Life Associate Professor Erin Holmes led research that shows the impact a workplace can have on a father’s ability to be warm and engaged with his children.  Read More
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Read the 2020 edition of the neuroscience newsletter SYNAPSE to learn about what has been happening in the Neuroscience Center this year. Read more
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The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences has developed a virtual convocation website to recognize 2020 graduates during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Ready to start your career, but unsure about how to find a job in the time of COVID-19? Check out BYU Connect. Read more
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The Fulton Mentored Research Poster Conference winners have been announced, and you can view them along with each of the posters submitted to learn about the important research that has taken place in the college this year.
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Psychology professor Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad discussed how to feel connected while social distancing with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook Live.
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Meet each of the nine valedictorians from the college of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and learn about their hard work and excellence in their fields of study.
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The BYU Neuroscience Center recently held their 3rd Annual Neuroscience Art Contest. Learn more about the contest and view all the entries and winners.
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BYU's Career Services office is still available to help FHSS students! Find more information on how to set up Zoom sessions and tap into their various online career resources.
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BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences alumnus, Ryan Leavitt, served as the lead staffer to create the bill requiring The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate a new suicide prevention lifeline number.
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Celebrating Diversity in December
This Christmas season join BYU in a celebration of our differences by attending a performances, lectures, and discussions. Learn about Christmas traditions from around the world and hear voices from individuals from diverse backgrounds and faiths. Read more
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Learn More About International Relations in the Fall Edition of the Political Science Post
Check out the new Fall 2019 edition of the BYU Political Science Post and their story "San Marino and the Concept of Trust Between Nations" Read more
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Been Through a Difficult Break-Up? A Family Life Student Created a Group to Help
Student Laura Waters Black has used her challenging break-up to help others heal by creating connections with the Difficult Break-Up Support Group. Read More
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Study Finds Many Veterans Are Stronger After Military Service
Dr. David Wood, professor in the School of Social Work, says "Contrary to popular belief, most veterans who return home do not experience PTSD or similar conditions...veterans who served in the latest wars are, as a whole, quite resilient and do quite well." Read more.
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Hear Stories of the American West on the Writing Westward Podcast
With topics ranging from Native Studies to rural America to race and ethnicity, the Redd Center's Writing Westward Podcast features conversations between Brenden Rensink and writers who focus on stories from the American West. Read More
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Is Social Media As Bad As We Think? Dr. Sarah Coyne's Research Finds Out
Studies show that moderating social media use can greatly reduce its negative effects. Read more.
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Anxious? Stressed? Overwhelmed? The Comprehensive Clinic Can Help
If you are feeling overwhelmed and need a listening ear, be sure to visit the Comprehensive Clinic for free mental health services. Read more
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Alumni Achievement Award Recipient R. Clayton Brough Will Share 5 Things He's Learned in 50 Years
Geography Alumni R. Clayton Brough shared insights he's gained as a climatologist, teacher, and Guinness World Record breaker. Read more
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Economics study finds simple ways to create workplace diversity
Economics professor Olga Stoddard found building workplace diversity is easier than we think through new research. Read More
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Gerontology students learn to care for the aging generation
Students from the college's Gerontology program put their learning into practice while interning at Miami Jewish Health. Read more.
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BYU-Jordanian team make exciting discoveries in Petra Field School
Archeology professor Cynthia Finlayson shares the new discoveries of this year's BYU-Jordanian team working with the Petra Field School. Read more
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Is college getting easier? Economics professors led research to find out
Economics professors Eric Eide and Jeff Denning had their research on higher education published in The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Read more
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Dr. Brian Cannon appointed department chair of History
Dr. Brian Cannon has been appointed as the new department chair in History, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Cannon replaces Dr. Eric Dursteler, who has served as department chair since 2016. Read More
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Study shows that immigrant students raise classroom performance
A group of sociology researchers recently tested claim that immigrant students drain resources from native-born students -- but they found just the opposite to be true. Read more.
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Norwegian newspaper features family history intern Annie Smith
Norwegian newspaper Hamar Dagblad interviewed family history intern Annie Smith along with the managing director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Ola Aas. Read more
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Research finds home size does not equal family happiness
Researchers in the School of Family Life recently found that how families perceive their homes has more of an effect on family happiness than the size of the house or number of bedrooms. Read more
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Compassion Focused Therapy teaches students balance
Psychology professors Kara Cattani and Gary Burlingame’s research into Compassion Focused Therapy shows students how being vulnerable and compassionate can change the way they see themselves and their world. Read more
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Utah Colleges Exit Poll Retired after 36 Years
The Utah Colleges Exit Poll has been an Election Day fixture since 1982. BYU political science professor and poll director David Magelby said this year's midterms is the first election in 36 years without the student-run poll. According to Magleby, the Utah Colleges Exit Poll was unique because it was conducted by undergraduate students and included a conglomerate of schools, majors, professors and students across the state.
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12 takeaways from FHSS Alumni Achievement lecturer Jack Zenger
Like most students on campus, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences 2018 Alumni Achievement lecturer Jack Zenger also struggled with deciding what to major in and what to pursue after graduation. Now a successful CEO and world-renown thought leader in leadership development, Zenger shared several pieces of advice on how to utilize psychology in the business world
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"I was never the girly-girl": At BYU visit, Colbie Caillat talks body image and BYU Research
"Forever, women have been expected to be a certain way, look a certain way. I know for me...I was never the girly-girl. When I first started touring, I didn't even wear makeup - I wore jeans...And then I started being told I needed to look differently because I was going to be on TV...All of that starts getting put in your head and if you don't have... Read More
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The Family that Prays Together Feels Unified and Bonded with less Relational Tension
In a recently-published study in the Journal of Family Psychology, BYU researchers explored how family prayer influences family relationships, finding a connection between prayer and a number of benefits for families.
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BYU Family History and Genealogy Students Connect Missing Soldiers to their Families
A group of BYU students has answered the Army's call for genealogical reinforcements. With more than 82,000 Americans still missing from conflicts dating back to World War II, students at the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy have been working with the Army and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to return the remains of missing soldiers to their family members.
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Talking commitment: Upcoming Hinckley Lecture on cohabitation, commitment and marriage
Cohabitation is not an issue at BYU. In fact, as well-educated, religious and generally economically-sound individuals, students at BYU are among the least likely to cohabitate before marriage. But BYU students and couples are just as susceptible as anyone to
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Hickman lecture 2018: How passion can change your life and relationships
Relationships aren't only meant to be enjoyed in the next life. They are conditions of salvation itself. This is why passion is so significant in our journey through life. In the 13th Annual Martin B. Hickman lecture, Professor of Family Life, Dean Busby highlights the ways in which passion is crucial and beautiful in our lives and relationships.
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