Volume III, Issue 5: February 2011


Universities found to favor research over teaching

Diane K. O'Dowd
UCI biology professor Diane K. O'Dowd

The reward systems at universities heavily favor science, math and engineering research at the expense of teaching, which can and must change. That's the conclusion of UCI biology professor Diane K. O'Dowd and research professors at Harvard University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and elsewhere. Writing in the Jan. 14 issue of Science magazine, the authors note that professors have two responsibilities: to generate new knowledge and to educate students.

Teaching vs. research »

Kids are all right with just mom

David Neumark
David Neumark (shown) and co-author Keith Finlay, Ph.D. '07 conducted their study using census data and state-by-state incarceration rates.

Married, two-parent households are not always best for children, according to a new study by UCI economist David Neumark. His research shows the increased incarceration of minority men in the U.S. has contributed to more single-parent minority households and fewer minority high school dropouts. The findings are surprising, Neumark says, as they contradict both liberal and conservative views as well as current public policy initiatives.

Incarceration study »

Even in death, stereotypes persist

Andrew Penner
Andrew Penner (shown), UCI assistant professor of sociology, and colleagues Andrew Noymer of UCI and Aliya Saperstein at the University of Oregon conducted the study.

When U.S. coroners, medical examiners or funeral directors fill out death certificates, the decedent's cause of death appears to influence the racial classifications they make in ways that reflect — and perpetuate — long-running stereotypes, according to a new study by sociologists at UCI and the University of Oregon. In a death by homicide, the victim is probably black. With cirrhosis, the decedent is likely to be Native American. These stereotypes have small but clear effects on the racial classifications used to calculate vital statistics, said Andrew Noymer, assistant professor of sociology at UCI.

Stereotypes study »