Laura Mauldin: “Support Mechansim”

October 26, 2020

In "Support Mechanism" published in Real Life, Associate Professor Laura Mauldin discusses the technological innovations in healthcare that overlook "[t]he expertise of caregivers, alongside their ill or disabled partner." This article is part of Laura's research for a new book that centers stories of spousal caregiving in the context of illness, disability, and aging, supported by a Social Science Research Council Rapid-Response Grant.
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Investment in home care — through better and more expansive funding for long-term services and supports, for instance — would help ill and disabled people, and their caregivers, to live well, accompanied by the technologies that move care out of the clinical setting. Instead, investments in corporate infrastructures merely outsource caregiving to family members who are then tasked with operating the medical technology; or lead to the development of private long-term care insurance plans that few can afford. Most cannot even qualify for such plans — you cannot obtain a long-term care policy if you already have a condition that warrants it. Many caregivers also lamented medical supply policies, telling me that they are often given just one of something they needed many of, or too many of something of which they only needed one. They pointed out the lack of coverage for repair parts like casters and brake lines. These misalignments reflect the notion that advanced technology in standard quantities can provide quick solutions appropriate for any and all situations.

Alumna Rhema Bland: New Director of the Ida B. Wells Society

Congratulations to Sociology alumna Rhema Bland,  the new director of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Co-founded by award-winning journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones (M.A. ’03), Ron Nixonand Topher Sanders, the society seeks to increase the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. 

Read the full article here.

Phoebe Godfrey: Service Learning Project Comes to Fruition

October 22, 2020

The article in UConn Today called "Campus Welcomes a New Garden to Foster Connection in Memory of the Late ‘Swing Tree" discusses a new garden overlooking Swan Lake serves both to memorialize the beloved "swing tree" and to foster conversations among the UConn community.

 

Phoebe Godfrey, Associate Professor in Residence of Sociology, says her fall 2019 Society and Climate Change course decided to build some benches as part of the service learning component of the class. She says, " In the past, I have had the students pick small projects and a lot of the projects have focused on the UConn community,” says Godfrey. “The way I teach is to build community, because I do not think it is very effective to teach about climate change or structural racism or patriarchy in a hierarchical way. In class, it came up that there weren’t enough dialogues about climate change and there weren’t enough spaces to talk about it in intelligent and thoughtful ways.”

These benches face each other in order to create conversation about any topic people want to discuss there. This place is Phoebe's idea of her foundation on the topic of social construction among people.

Matthew Hughey and Jeremy Pais: 2020 Research Excellence Award

October 20, 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients in the 2020 Research Excellence Program (REP) for the Storrs/regional campuses and UConn Health

The primary goal of the REP is to provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for significant extramural funding and/or achievements consistent with the highest standards of accomplishment in the discipline. Multi-PI, interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, with the goal of adding to UConn’s reputation for innovative research, scholarship, and creative activities

Forty-two REP grants were awarded in four categories after a highly selective competition, with 115 total applications. Awards range from $10,000 to $100,000.

We are proud to announce that the following Sociology faculty members were among the awardees:

Matthew Hughey, Racialized Media: The Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity

Jeremy PaisJeremy Pais, An Ecometric Assessment of Neighborhood Disadvantage

Sociology Major Launches Podcast Series to Elevate BIPOC Voices in the Outdoors

October 12, 2020

Read in UConn Today about the new podcast miniseries, "Walk with Me- A Podcast Series to Elevate BIPOC Voices in the Outdoors," launched by Sociology and Urban and Community Studies double major Neva Taylor '22. In " Walk with me," Taylor explores why many outdoor spaces such as parks and hiking trails seem unwelcoming to people of color. 

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Greenspaces, national parks, and other outdoor spaces often lag in diversity when it comes to visitors; this is important because when you see people who look like you, it makes you feel safer in a space, says Neva Taylor ’22 (CLAS), a double major in urban and community studies and sociology who is also the Communications Administrator with the UConn Extension CT Trail Census and host of the “On the Trail” podcast.

Inspired by this summer’s protests against anti-Black racism – and incidents where Black people enjoying the outdoors were threatened, as in a viral video from a Central Park confrontation – Taylor created “Walk With Me,” a miniseries within the “On the Trail” podcast exploring the experiences of people of color with nature and outdoor spaces."