Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair, Professor of Sociology, published Religion vs. Sciences: What Religious People Really Think with co-author Christopher P. Scheitle with Oxford University Press. The Religion and Public Life Program will host a book release event on January 30, 2018 (7:00-8:30PM in the Kyle Morrow Room of Fondren Library).
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair, Professor of Sociology, and the Religion and Public Life Program convened an advisory board of scholars and civic leaders to discuss the REAL CHANGE project (“Reaching Evangelical American Leaders to Change Hearts and Minds”). REAL CHANGE is an outreach initiative funded by the Templeton Religion Trust that includes funding for interviews with evangelical scientists, the publication of a trade book, and a large conference for Christian leaders. A special focus will be on reaching black and Latino faith leaders, who are generally left out of conversations about faith and science.
Matt Shibatani, Deedee McMurtry Professor in Humanities, Professor of Linguistics, along with Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT) and Hisashi Noda (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo), has compiled and just published the 800-page Handbook of Japanese Syntax. This volume forms part of the 12-volume Handbooks of Japanese Language and Linguistics published by Walter de Gruyter (Berlin), of which Shibatani is a series co-editor. The handbooks provide a comprehensive survey of nearly the entire fields of research in the three indigenous languages of Japan—Japanese, Ryukyuan and Ainu.
Ted Temzelides, Professor of Economics, published "My Kingdom for a Renewable Energy Source" in the Wall Street Journal.
Faculty Research Grants Awarded
Dominic Boyer (Anthropology) – “Recovery, Relocation, and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston”: Research project explores the range of factors and experiences Houston residents in flood-prone areas are considering when deciding to either remain and rebuild, relocate to other areas of the city, or relocate outside the city altogether. Project sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF).
Simon Fischer-Baum (Psychology) – “Functional reorganization of the reading system following stroke”: Research project explores how the reading system reorganizes after brain damage. Project sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Rachel Kimbro (Sociology) – “A Comparison of Resilience, Collective Efficacy, and Health in Two Historically African-American Neighborhoods in Houston, Texas”: Research project explores the differences in resilience and collective efficacy between two Houston neighborhoods, and the impact those differences have on health. Project sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Zoe Wool (Anthropology) – “Perspectives on Burn Pit Exposure: Questions of Diagnosis in Veteran and Caregiver Experience”: Research project explores the nature diagnostic mismatches in the case of ill, burn pit-exposed veterans, and aims to understand both the clinical and cultural significance of diagnosis in the context of burn pit exposure through ethnographic research with veterans, caretakers, and clinicians. Project Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.