Stories From 2012

Dec 27, 2012

Parents are Key to Preventing Substance Use

New research from NC State, Brigham Young University and the Penn State University finds that parental involvement is more important than the school environment when it comes to preventing or limiting alcohol and marijuana use by children. “Parents play an important role in shaping the decisions their children make when it comes to alcohol and marijuana,” says Toby Parcel, professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “School programs that address alcohol and marijuana use are definitely valuable, but the bonds parents form with their children are more important. Ideally, we can have both.”

Nov 29, 2012

Two CHASS Faculty Members Named University Scholars

Two CHASS faculty members are among the first recipients of the University Faculty Scholars program. The scholars will receive $10,000 for each of the next five years to pursue their academic endeavors. The program aims to strengthen NC State by retaining and investing in top leaders and rewarding them for their outstanding work.

Nov 23, 2012

Student’s Selfless Service Wins 2012 Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Britt Taylor, recipient of the 2012 Community Impact Award. The anthropology major was recognized by the North Carolina Campus Compact during its annual student conference for his outstanding efforts to address hunger and other community needs.

Oct 17, 2012

Parenting is More Important Than Schools to Academic Achievement

New research from NC State University sociologist Toby Parcel and others finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. “Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children – checking homework, attending school events and letting kids know school is important,” says Parcel, who co-authored a paper on the work. “That’s where the payoff is.”

Sep 24, 2012

Parents, Teens, Sex Ed and ‘The Talk’

In this guest post, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sinikka Elliott suggests five things you should know about parents, teens, sex ed, and 'The Talk.' Elliott is the author of the new book, “Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers.”

Sep 13, 2012

Student Archaeologist Digs Her Field of Study

Park Scholar Alyson Harding ‘13 has spent the last few summers digging in cemeteries, examining skeletal remains in museums, and excavating trenches. She wouldn't have it any other way. Harding is pursuing a double major in anthropology and chemistry with a concentration in bioarchaeology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology after she graduates next spring.

Aug 10, 2012

CHASS Welcomes New Tenure-Track Faculty

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes 18 new tenure-track faculty to its ranks. Their research interests range from forensic psychology to the religions of East Asia. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers, and teachers.

Aug 8, 2012

Social Networking Pays Off More in the U.S. than in Germany

New research from NC State University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology shows that informal social networks play an important role when it comes to finding jobs in both the United States and Germany. But those "who you know" networks are significantly more important for high-paying jobs in the United States – which may contribute to economic inequality.

Jun 1, 2012

U.S., Great Britain Share Risk Factors For Child Behavior Problems

Sociologist Toby Parcel has published new research showing that the United States and Great Britain share common risk factors that increase the likelihood of behavioral problems in children – and that Britain’s broader social welfare programs don’t appear to mitigate those risks.

May 23, 2012

Forging a Sustainable Path

For some students, college is a fairly straightforward path: Choose a major you enjoy, take the required courses and eventually graduate. For others, such as Ariel Fugate, the road is full of twists and turns. Fugate, a Caldwell Fellow, forged a path that took her from zoology through wildlife and fisheries and agriculture, into a close examination of sociology, and finally, to a major she designed herself in the college’s interdisciplinary studies program.