SoHE News & Events: Nov 28–Dec 5

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Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form.

Consumer Science faculty sum up trends, offer tips for holiday shopping season

Linda Lepe, Cliff Robb, Christine Whelan, and Jerry O’Brien, all of Consumer Science, answered numerous requests from local media to discuss trends in consumer behavior and retailer tactics this holiday shopping season, as well as advice for keeping one’s purchases both within budget and also aligned with one’s broader set of values. See the full roundup of coverage.

Duncan publishes trial protocol paper for new Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting study

Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be stressful times for parents. Dr. Larissa Duncan, SoHE’s Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being and Faculty Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, wants to help. This week, she published a trial protocol paper for the first study of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) in the country of Spain. The study follows up on her widely cited 2017 research and aims to decrease depression symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum through an MBCP program applied both to pregnant women and their partners.

The latest trend on wealthy diners’ plates? Beautiful birds—beaks, feathers, and all

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, Visiting Executive Director of SoHE’s Center for Design and Material Culture, lent her material culture expertise on the question of a new trend in high-end restaurants: intact birds adorning dinner plates.

Find yourself deflating at the end of the day? Try these tricks, says Raison

You know that feeling of just wanting to plop down on the couch at the end of the workday? Well, giving in to that feeling often finishes your night—when you may have meant to get a few more things done around the house, in your relationships, or on passion projects. Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, & Families, was quoted in a Men’s Health article recommending four simple changes that could reboot your PM hours.

New research: Globalizing extraction and Indigenous rights in the Russian Arctic

Assistant professor in Civil Society and Community Studies Dr. Leah Horowitz is co-author on a new paper out in the journal Resources. The researchers analyzed Indigenous protests and benefit-sharing arrangements among Nenets communities with regard to international governance measures and domestic legal recourse.

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