UNL’s Bureau of Sociological Research is a charter member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research’s Transparency Initiative. Director Jolene Smyth said the initiative encourages broader and more effective disclosure of research methods.
A flash mob spawned by a sociology project may become a new tradition at UNL. The event, held Dec. 10 in the Nebraska Union, grew from a sociology class led by Lory Dance.
Patricia Wonch Hill, research assistant professor of sociology and the chapter’s lead author, said data from an ADVANCE-Nebraska Faculty Network and Workload Study was used to study the changing academic workforce. The research, she said, demonstrates how the changes among faculty demographics are not always reflected in policies.
UNL sociologist Lisa Kort-Butler's newly published research studies the characteristics and expectations of prison volunteers, along with their interactions with prison staff and inmates.
In the popular narrative, motherhood among lesbians or bisexual women is usually viewed in one of two ways: non-existent, or seeking evidence of a lesbian baby boom. However, a new study led by UNL's Emily Kazyak suggests that the notion of motherhood is much broader and more complex in the minds of sexual-minority women than those stereotypes allow.
Puerto Rico has one of the highest HIV rates in the United States, primarily from drug users sharing needles. To help prevent HIV infections, UNL sociologist Kirk Dombrowski is using his expertise in studying how people form social connections to explore how drug users' social lives influence the spread of HIV.
Kimberly Tyler, professor of sociology at UNL, will use a text-messaging system to pinpoint which factors could limit substance use among the nearly 3 million American teens and young adults living on the streets.
Birds of a feather flock together: It’s an old saying that is true in many ways. But as the U.S. population becomes more diverse, those we count as our closest friends and confidants are changing as well, a new study by UNL sociologist Jeffrey Smith shows.
Research by UNL's Philip Schwadel has found that younger generations are closing the social class gap between evangelical Protestants and mainline denominations. And in what appears to be an important shift in the U.S. religious landscape, a growing number of younger-generation working-class Americans are not affiliated with any particular religious denomination.
UNL sociologist Les Whitbeck is co-author of a new book designed to inform Native tribes and mental health service providers of the historical framework surrounding Native adolescents’ mental health and substance abuse issues.