Ron Anderson

June 14, 1941 - December 21, 2020

Ron Anderson, an innovative scholar of technology and society, and a dear and generous colleague to all who were privileged to know him, passed away on December 21, 2020. Born in Sikeston, Missouri, Ron spent much of his childhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his father started a hospital and served as personal physician to the court of Emperor Haile Selassie. After earning his psychology B.A. from La Sierra University in 1962, Ron moved to Stanford for graduate study in sociology, where his Ph.D. advisor was John Meyer. Upon his arrival in Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in 1966, Ron quickly took the lead in building a collaborative research infrastructure for his department, college, and university. Keep Reading.

Back to School, Back to Bullying

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The Unexpected Variability of Parental Happiness

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Where Asking For Help Hurts

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Nobel Prize in Literature: Annie Ernaux and Writing From Experience

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Engaging the Classroom and Community Through Archives-based Learning

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25% Increase in Alcohol-Related Deaths in 2020

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Show Me the Money: Employees Not Only Want Better Pay, They Want Status

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Happy New Year?

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Diaper Desperation

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