Supreme Court marriage rulings historic, fuzzy?

The rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on two same-sex marriage cases are heralded in the press as historic even though Indiana University experts in family law and public opinion also use such phrases as “an expedient way to dodge a decision,” “needlessly fuzzy,” and in baseball lingo, a “walk or a single” compared to […]

U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule this week on same-sex marriage cases

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue rulings this week on two cases involving challenges to the California voter initiative that prohibited same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In March, the oral arguments before the justices fueled a media storm about the controversial cases. While decisions have yet to be issues, […]

Outlook hazy for ‘smog-eating’ surface coatings

It sounded like a great idea – a material that could break down airborne pollutants on contact. But why the headline: “’Self-cleaning’ pollution-control technology could do more harm than good, study suggests”? An Indiana University study suggests that widespread use of pollution-fighting technologies containing titanium dioxide actually could “contribute significantly to ozone formation.” From a […]

Talking about cancer

To many, Susan Gubar, a pioneering feminist and cultural critic, is considered an Indiana University treasure. Her teaching and writings have won accolades. Her recent blogging for The New York Times can be gripping. Gubar contributes to the Living With Cancer blog and writes intimately about life and death and matters in between — such […]

A new approach – “Schizo: the Movie”

A few years ago, research by noted Indiana University sociologist Bernice Pescosolido found that Americans who struggled with mental illness still encountered stigmatization that could make their lives even more challenging – despite concerted efforts and public health messages to reverse this. “Prejudice and discrimination in the U.S. aren’t moving,” she said in 2010. “In […]

Elite athletes often shine sooner or later — but not both

We all know people who say they stopped growing in eighth-grade (like me) or grew several inches in college (like my brother). For high school athletes who try to take it to the next level after graduation, this variation can mean the difference between mediocrity or athletic success. An Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington […]