Hello! This week we’re excited to announce the first honorable mention from our Teaching with TSP contest! Lydia Hou uses TSP content to get students thinking about small changes that can make big differences for people’s health and well-being. We’ll be sharing more of our honorable mentions in the next couple weeks leading up to the announcement of our contest winner. In other new content this week, we’ve got new research on the age-old question, “do we really need to learn math?” In addition, you can find sociological perspectives on what its like to care for a baby while living in poverty, and the relationship between sexism and the names of rock climbing routes.

Teaching TSP:

Health Tracking Technologies Class Activity,” by Lydia J. Hou. Hou uses this in-class activity in an  Introduction to Sociology course to engage students in critical thinking about small changes that can be made to address people’s micro experiences with health issues and inequalities.

There’s Research on That!:

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Best of 2018: Settler Colonialism and Minnesota’s “Wall of Forgotten Natives”,” by Brieanna Watters and Caity Curry. In light of the recent homeless encampment in Minneapolis, made up of primarily American Indians, we rounded up social science research on settler colonialism and resistance to it.


Is Calculus Integral?” by Jean Marie Maier. New research in The Sociological Quarterly finds that although knowing advanced math matters for college attainment, it’s rarely used in the actual workplace.


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Best of 2018: The Sociology Behind the X-Files,” by Isabel ArriagadaNew York Magazine talks to Joseph O. Baker about the social context behind Americans’ beliefs about UFOs.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Illusions Show How Our Methods Matter,” by Evan Stewart.

Self-Help Sociology,” by Evan Stewart.


Playing Foreign and Building Community at Deer Park,” by Dana Nakano.

Justifying Gentrification,” by Sara Schmidt.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Diapers, Depression and Gender Matter for Social Policy,” by Jennifer Randles and Barbara Risman.

Midwest Sociology:

‘Meet the Midwest!’ Talking with Dr Thornhill,” by Neeraj Rajasekar.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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