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Child Care Tax Benefits Unchanged Since 1986

In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.

MN Ties to Terrorism

Cawo Abdi was recently interviewed for a report in the Pioneer Press regarding terrorist organizations recruitment of women. She would like to see a law enforcement initiative that "takes out the allure of this war," by showing the reality of the conflict in Syria: "The madness of the number of innocent civilians being slaughtered every day."

Park and Pellow Win Book Award

Congratulations to Lisa Park and David Pellow on receiving the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given by the ASA's Environment & Technology section for best book published from 2011-2013, for The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden (NYU Press 2011).

The Democratic Green City: From Above and Below

Michael Goldman recently participated in a forum at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. In this session they discussed how top-down, government projects can be paired with grassroots organizing to democratize the green city. The video of this important public event is now available.

Switching Racial or Ethnic Identity?

Carolyn Liebler's research recently released as a U.S. Census Bureau working paper has sparked an interesting dialog (and much media attention) regarding the reporting of race when she found media outlets almost 10 million Americans changed how they identified their race or ethnicity when asked by the Census over the course of a decade.

Do atheists get a seat at God's table?

Maybe in St. Paul where the "Interfaith" Conversation Cafe changed it's name to "Interbelief" to include the nonreligious. Penny Edgell, in a Pioneer Press report, stated that her 2014 survey found the public more accepting of various religious groups but not for atheists who had the same high degree of mistrust found in 2006.

Minnesotans Fighting in Syria? FBI Getting Tips

Prof. Cawo Abdi was featured in a recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article about the possibility of Minnesotan Somalis fighting in Syria.

The Workplace Flexibility Experiment

A new study of 700 workers of a Fortune 500 company conducted by Erin Kelly, Phyllis Moen, Wen Fan, and others found that employee flexibility and supervisor support offers wide-ranging benefits including addressing work-family stresses. Results will be published in the June issue of ASR.

Were you really in church on Sunday?

Do you lie about how often you go to church/temple/mosque? You're not alone. Watch Penny Edgell participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Huffington Post.

Voting for an atheist president?

Even though there has been some positive movement by polled voters Penny Edgell in a recent Washington Post article said that atheists continue to be the most mistrusted group in the U.S.

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