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July 12, 2021

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  • Dr. Rachel Dwyer, Dr. Lawrence Berger (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Dr. Jason Houle (Dartmouth College) were awarded a 5-year NIH R01 grant, titled, “Improving Data Collection of Debt and Financial Strain to Assess Health Impacts of Economic Insecurity.”
  • Former Sociology and Psychology major, Holly Heffer, published her undergraduate research thesis on "The implications of gender, socioeconomic statuses, and healthy behaviors for teenagers’ subjective health" in Sociological Spectrum. Holly is currently a Public Health graduate student at OSU. Her advisor and eventual coauthor was Dr. Chris Knoester.

Graduate Student News

  • PhD Candidate Elizabeth Martin has been elected student representative to the Council of the Law and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. 
  • PhD Candidate Davon Norris will be presenting his paper titled "To Sore or Not to Score: Racial Inequality and an Epistemology of Ignorance in an Algorithmic Age" on the first day of the ASA Theory Section's Junior Theorists Symposium. Registration is free and all are welcome to attend. More information here: https://ucsb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DJh6n5mpSUGhr8TEAKRJww
  • PhD Candidate Alec Rhodes was awarded the 2020-2021 Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award from the Rural Sociological Society, for my paper "Student Debt and Geographic Disadvantage: Disparities by Rural, Suburban, and Urban Background." The paper finds that college-goers from rural backgrounds accumulate 60% more student debt than college-goers from non-rural backgrounds, adjusting for differences in sociodemographic characteristics. Rural college-goers' higher debt can be partially attributed to differences in socioeconomic backgrounds and rates of inter-county migration during college, and there is evidence that these disparities have a disparate impact on women.
  • PhD Candidate Luther Young has been selected as a recipient of the first Korie Little Edwards Research Grant from the ASA Section on Religion.

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