Social Sciences

Fresh-Brewed Research (Spring 2010)

A UK anthropology professor travels to Guatemala to find out if fair trade coffee is making a difference in the lives of coffee growers.

A Walk across Uneven Ground (Summer 09)

UK history professor Ron Eller was a consultant for Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 program “A Hidden America: The Children of Appalachia.” He talks about that experience, stereotyping, his new book, and the consequences of “modernizing” Appalachia.

Burgers Make Me Happy (Summer 09)

Three UK professors have recently conducted research on emotional intelligence—the ability to understand and manage our emotions when making decisions—and its role in consumer decision making. Their objective: to help people learn to make better decisions about what to eat and drink.

Defusing Childhood Trauma (Winter 09)

25th anniversary issue: Drug & Alcohol Abuse
(Fall 07)

New Treatments for Nicotine & Methamphetamin Abuse
Fighting Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Therapeutic Storytelling

25th anniversary issue: Other Key Research (Fall 07)

Telling the Stories That Need to Be Told
Targeting Children’s Mental Health

Michael Bardo: Neuromechanisms of Novelty (Winter 07)

This psychology professor envisions virtual reality games for so-called high-sensation seekers—teens that are biologically more likely to try and enjoy drugs. He says if teens practice saying no in Virtual World—and are rewarded for it, by moving up to a more challenging level of the game, for instance—they are more likely to say no in a real-life situation.

Telling the Stories That Need to Be Told (Summer 06)

Shedding brighter journalistic light on the issues facing rural America is the goal of UK’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Backed by 26 years’ experience at the Louisville Courier-Journal, Director Al Cross is working with reporters throughout the country to get important stories onto the front doorstep of rural communities.

Rethinking a Major German Thinker (Fall 05)

Dan Breazeale, a philosophy professor and this year's College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor, has earned international acclaim for his work on the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte.

America's Culture of Terrorism: Violence, Capitalism, and the Written Word by Jeffory A. Clymer (Fall 05)
Toward a More Family-Friendly Workplace (Summer 2005)
The Evolution of the American University (Summer 2005)
Lisa Cliggett: At Home in Zambia (Fall 2004)

This UK anthropologist has support through 2005 from a $200,000 NSF grant to study how the migration and farming practices of the Gwembe Tonga people are transforming Zambia's landscape.

Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetis Surgery by Virginia Blum (Fall 2004)
IHDI's First Kevin Burberry Award Recipients Announced (Fall 2004)
Sarah Jo Nixon: Top Drug Abuse Researcher Now at UK (Summer 2004)

Nixon is heading up a new multi-year project funded by NIDA on nicotine, neurocognition and substance abuse.

Building a Stronger Safety Net for Children (Spring 2004)

Protecting at-risk is kids is the goal of a UK-led, 10-state project to train supervisors how to best support front-line social workers.

The Shifting Geopolitical World (Spring 2004)

Geography professor Stan Brunn is editor of a collection of essays exploring the global impact of 9/11.

Rockefeller Humanities Fellows at UK (Spring 2004)

The Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships, hosted by the Appalachian Center and UK's Committee on Social Theory, bring scholars and Appalachian activists to UK's campus to interact with faculty and students interested in issues of globalization, democracy and environmental sustainability.

Domestic Violence: Fighting Back (Fall 2003)

A UK research team examines obstacles facing female domestic violence victims in rural areas.

American Legacies (Fall 2003)

UK's Linda Levstik and Kathi Kern partner with Eastern Kentucky teachers to craft curriculum that combines new historical scholarship and creative ideas to help kids investigate the past.

Hate Thy Neighbor? (Fall 2003)

Stuart Kaufman's Book illuminates the power of myth and symbol to stir up ethnic hatreds.

Putting Away the Past (Spring 2003)

Kate Chard designed a highly successful therapy program—11 years in the making—to help adults process and overcome childhood sexual abuse.

It's Good to Be King (Fall 2002)

He didn't set out to link the behavior of male primates with the behavior of world leaders, but years of research led this emeritus psychiatry professor to that unmistakable conclusion.

Working to Break India's Legal Logjam (Spring 2002)

Patterson School faculty offer alternative dispute resolution as a technique to solve India's backlog of flood-related lawsuits.

Patterson School Helping Kentucky Prepare for the Worst (Spring 2002)

UK faculty prepare National Guard, KY law enforcement to respond to terrorist threats.

2001-2002 University Research Professor: Thomas Widiger (Spring 2002)

Thomas Widiger is continuing work on his Five-Factor Model, a new way to think about personality disorders.

Re-empowering the People (Fall 2001)

Richard Labunski's book tackles the issues of campaign finance reform, an equal rights amendment, a crime victims' bill of rights amendment, and abolition of the Electoral College.

Technology with the Human Touch (Spring 2001)

Thanks to some hands-on support and innovative technology provided through UK's Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, people with disabilities are better able to learn and communicate.

A New UK Voice on the "Science of Choice" (Spring 2001)

David Wildasin, new chair of public finance at UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, studies public finance and government involvement in education.

The Pigeon Work Ethic (Spring 2001)

Thomas Zentall finds pigeons are happier with a reward earned by tiring work than with the same reward offered after little effort.

Optimism a Strong Ally for Immune System (Spring 2001)

Suzanne Segerstrom's stress study of first-year law students reveals that optimism buffers you against stress.

Martin School's Haist Wins National Award for Civic Involvement Research (Spring 2001)

Meg Haist's paper, which examines the reasons behind the apparent long-term decline of civic involvement and the effectiveness of our political process, won the 2000 Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Student Manuscript Award.

ADHD & Storytelling (Spring 2001)

Monitored television-viewing is part of ongoing research by Richard Milich and Elizabeth Lorch into how kids with ADHD understand the world around them.

Single, Depressed Female (Fall 2000)

Mary Kay Rayens, Lynne Hall and Ann Peden are focusing their study of depression in women on how to combat negative thinking.

Living By Chance (Spring 2000)

Rick Zimmerman is trying to figure out why adolescents and college students take risks involving sex, drugs, and alcohol, and finding ways to prevent these choices.

Hurtful Words (Spring 2000)

Richard Milich and his Monica Harris Kern are involved in an ongoing research program that focuses on helping kids deal with teasing.

Deconstructing Stereotypes (Fall 1999)

Margo Monteith is studying the self-regulatory process we use to decrease the influence of stereotypes.

Therapeutic Storytelling (Spring 1999)

The Appalachian tradition of storytelling is being used as a tool to treat drug and alcohol addiction in several Eastern Kentucky communities.

Medicaid in Kentucky: How Well Is It Working? (Spring 1999)

A survey, developed by UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, was sent to 10,000 Medicaid recipients in 1997.

Welfare Reform: Is It Working? (Spring 1998)

Preliminary results of the survey indicate that though most respondents are confident they'll find work, they are pessimistic about others in the same situation.

Why Do Adults Hold Teenagers and Children in Such Low Esteem? (Spring 1998)

The negative relationship between adults and teens can be traced to factors such as increased media coverage of violent behavoir and teaching children self-assertiveness.

photo of Al Cross

Sarah Lyon, who spent 14 months researching fair trade in Guatemala, took this photo of the wife of a co-op member dressed in San Juan’s traditional clothing, traje.

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