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Discoveries

New and exciting research from CLA researchers.

Morality Built Upon Atheism?

Salon.com digs into research from U of M sociologists Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann that shows atheists remain America’s most disliked “religious” group.

All Work and No Play with Children Make Moms Less Happy Parents

A team of researchers from Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Population Center have used time diary data to find that mothers are less happy than fathers with their parenting duties.

Driven To Want the Tough Conversations

Psychologist Richard Lee says parents have the tendency to sit back and wait for their children to bring up issues of race and ethnicity when they’re older, but kids can sense that hesitancy, and the conversations can happen too late or not at all.

Discovery: Gender-based Violence against Men in Darfur

U of M sociologist Gabrielle Ferrales and alumni Hollie Nyseth Brehm and Suzy McElrath author new study on sexual violence against men and boys in the Rwandan genocide. “Although this violence is in some ways about physical domination, it is primarily meant to symbolically dominate and denigrate both the victims and surviving community members,” writes J. Sigru Wahutu.

Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Workplace Charitable Giving

A collaborative study between the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society and the Carlson School of Management considers the links between workplace diversity and efforts toward corporate social responsibility.

There's Research on That! Refugees and Social Instability

A research roundup of social science on the motives and meanings of migration highlights work from U of M sociologist Cawo Abdi.

Does Africa Need a New Green Revolution to Fight Hunger?

“Green Revolution” is the label for concerted initiatives to increase agricultural production and prevent hunger and starvation in major regions of the world. Earlier efforts transformed agriculture in Mexico, India, and the Philippines – by facilitating the use of new technologies and commercial seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to produce high-yield cereal grains. In 2006 two of the world’s largest foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, joined forces to launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.