A recent study, published in The American Sociological Review, aimed to see whether the stress of work-life conflicts could be eased if employees had more control over their schedules, including being able to work from home. As might be expected, the answer was yes -- but before everyone deserts their desks, some important caveats bear consideration. U of M sociology professor Erin Kelly comments on her research.
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On Monday, many Minnesota students start the school year. The back-to-school season often means a return to stories about students' lives. When the subject is teen girls, the framing of these stories -- by both the media and society -- often follows a familiar pattern. U of M College of Liberal Arts professor Shayla Thiel-Stern comments on her latest book.
Recent polling shows that white Americans and African Americans have completely different perspectives on recent events in Ferguson, Mo., with just 37% of whites saying that the police shooting raises important issues about race, compared to 80% of African Americans. U of M sociology professor Christopher Uggen comments on his research.
Broad-ranging genetic effects first came to light in a landmark study -- Minnesota Twin Family Study -- conducted from 1979 to 1999, which followed identical and fraternal twins who were separated at an early age. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, led by Thomas Bouchard, launched the landmark study in 1979.
The Interfaith Conversation Cafe in St. Paul, which gathers people of many religions for a monthly discussion, is now open to non-religions. U of M College of Liberal Arts' Penny Edgell comments on her research, which finds the public is increasingly accepting of various religions, but not of atheists.
Where are the sunniest places in Minnesota? A team of graduate students at the U of MN Minnesota geographic information science (GIS) master's program has found the answer, down to the square meter, and the result is an innovative Web-based "solar suitability" tool designed to help renewable energy companies choose suitable sites for solar panels.