News from CLASS
Swept Up in Emotion: Italian Researcher Reflects on the Flooding in Venice
The images of extreme flooding in St. Mark's Basilica and other historic Venice landmarks have appalled many around the world. The damage hits particularly close to home for Alessandro Carrera, Ph.D., University of Houston Moores Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of Italian Studies. A native of Italy, Carrera has conducted research in Venice and knows the city intimately.
Debunking Common Misperceptions of Asian Community Health
Asian Americans have higher or faster-growing rates of cancer of various kinds — including breast cancer and cervical cancer — than any other ethnic group, yet often don’t receive the necessary medical treatment. Common misperceptions about Asian health issues contribute to a lack of health awareness and a reluctance to seek care, according to research published in Public Relations Review.
Childhood Chores Not Related to Self-Control Development
Although assigning household chores is considered an essential component of child-rearing, it turns out they might not help improve children’s self-control, a coveted personality trait that allows people to suppress inappropriate impulses, focus their attention and perform an action when there is strong tendency to avoid it. That’s the finding of a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality by University of Houston assistant professor of psychology, Rodica Damian in collaboration with Olivia Atherton, Katherine Lawson and Richard Robins from the University of California, Davis.
Daylight Saving Time: A Bright Idea or Not?
If you are feeling a little more rested today, you may think Daylight Saving Time had something to do with it. The practice of advancing clocks by one hour in the spring and “falling back” during autumn may have given us an additional hour of sleep; but Candice A. Alfano, professor of psychology and director of the UH Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston, says our circadian rhythms – also known as our sleep/wake cycle – aren’t fooled by the change of time.
McGovern Lecture to Feature Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Historian, and Public Health expert David M. Oshinsky
The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and public health expert David M. Oshinsky, Ph.D., will deliver the 2019 John P. McGovern Award Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values. Oshinsky is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health and a professor in NYU’s Department of History. In a lecture titled “The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of America’s Public Hospitals,” Oshinsky will outline a path toward a brighter future for the rapidly disappearing medical institutions that serve the nation’s poor and underserved communities. The lecture will take place Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 PM at the University Center South Theater.