IU sociologist appointed to National Academy of Sciences committee

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: As we all learned from the shocking death of Robin Williams last summer, mental health disorders are often hidden in plain sight. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that only 39 percent […]

Study IDs influence of gender in gene-environment interactions and health

I’ve often marveled at the complexity of the human body, mine specifically, and how it can be so challenging to ID the root of aches, pains and ailments. A new study by Indiana University medical sociologist Brea Perry reinforces the idea of complexity by showing that gender can interact with individuals’ genes and environments to produce very different health outcomes.

Everyone wants to matter: Insights into school shootings

Bernice Pescosolido, a highly regarded medical sociologist at Indiana University Bloomington, talks in this TEDxBloomington presentation about some surprising discoveries about the lives of some of the teens who committed murder during school rampages.

Add me to the list of Parker Mantell fans

Parker Mantell’s list of fans includes fellow Indiana University Bloomington graduates who gave him a standing ovation after his impressive commencement speech earlier this month. Ignore the doubters, he told them, after challenging them to “Imagine what you are depriving our world of, if you never dare to achieve your purpose.”

Dancers with Parkinson’s disease

Hoosier Georgia Shaich says fellow dancers in the Dance for PD class in Bloomington, Ind. are both different and alike. “We really enjoy music and dance,” she told multimedia intern Lena Morris for this video. “It’s fun and it’s a relief from the regimen that you have when you have Parkinson’s.”

What happens in Greenland won’t stay in Greenland

Last week IU anthropologist Virginia Vitzthum announced her NSF-funded research project to study the biological, cultural and environmental challenges facing an Arctic community. Like many coastal and modernizing communities worldwide, northern Greenlanders are confronted by a changing climate, demographic shifts and global economic forces that threaten their very existence. What she learns in Greenland could benefit the health of men and women in the U.S.

Science of attraction

Do you ever wonder what makes you attracted to someone? Is it their physical appearance, their personality, or could it even be an adaptive cognitive mechanism?

Men have biological clocks, too?

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I recall my doctor mentioned my “advanced age” several times. A bit aggravated, I planned to assure her that I was aware of my “advanced age” — 37 — so she didn’t need to keep bringing it up, but she didn’t bring it up again (maybe I […]

Researchers examine brain activity of alcohol-dependent women — find a lot going on

Chaos is no stranger to people dependent on alcohol, making their lives and often the lives of loved ones more complicated. IU researcher Lindsay Arcurio used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to look more closely at the brain activity of women dependent on alcohol and found a lot going on inside, as well. “We […]

Help for children born preterm might need to extend to their sibs

An unprecedented study of preterm birth suggests that only some of the problems previously associated with preterm birth are actually caused by preterm birth itself. The study, for me, is an example of how ambitious, well-designed studies can shred conventional wisdom — ideas that otherwise would make sense and might even be supported by earlier […]