Friday Five: Hurdles

Life is full obstacles but the most dangerous are the invisible or unanticipated. This week we explore these hidden barriers and some strategies for overcoming them: It takes more than economic resources to navigate the college admissions process it also takes savvy, check out this piece on UVA alum Jennifer Silva’s research @TheEconomist It seems that youth […]

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Apple Watch and the Quantified Self

Crossposted at The Infernal Machine. Today Apple unveiled its latest technological creation, the Apple Watch, a wearable computer that tracks not only time but your every step, heartbeat, and calorie. With their latest product, Apple contributes to the growing availability of devices and apps that track and record our activities and biostatistics such as Fitbit, Basis, and My […]


Friday Five: Good News and Bad News

Is it just me or has this summer been full of bad news? At home and abroad, it seems that there is nothing but bad news getting worse. This week we are going to do our best to off-set the bad news with some good. Let’s start with the bad news: You might be aware […]


Friday Five: More Questions Than Answers

My inbox is starting to fill up, which can only mean one thing– the school year has almost begun. I have lost that confidence that comes at the end of the spring semester. It has been replaced with questions that can not be answered, such as what have you been doing? Where are all those […]


We Had a Hedge Back Home in the Suburbs

Last year I had the opportunity to hear a talk from Alexandra Murphy, a sociology Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Her talk was about her dissertation research on the experiences of families living in a poverty in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Her talk was fascinating not merely […]


I am an “Upstate Girl”

A few years ago, I was strolling through my new neighborhood with my dog, checking out my new surroundings and saw a beautiful little house on an adjacent street. The next time my husband and I were out walking together, I excitedly ushered him down that same street, telling him all about the cute garden […]


Friday Five: The Straw that Stirs the Drink

The vast majority of social problems cannot be reduced to a single cause. For this reason, much of social science is about establishing the factors that have a meaningful and significant impact on the phenomenon under study. In this week’s first link, I came across the expression “the straw that stirs the drink” and I […]

Big Four

Soccer’s Missed Opportunity

I’m a sports fan. My favorite sports are baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey. In the United States, those are profoundly unoriginal choices. Those sports and their respective professional leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL) are commonly referred to as the “Big Four” American sports. But I must give credit where credit is due and admit […]