Department of Sociology

Human behavior sabotages CO2-reducing strategies

A study found that the “rebound effect” negates some of the benefits of U.S. states’ policies aimed at improving efficiency and renewable energy sources in the residential sector.


A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools

A new study utilized a community-university partnership of nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Quality and U network. U researchers revealed persistent social inequalities in Salt Lake County schools.


A career in crime

Students interested in social justice can now pursue a criminology degree at the U.


COMMENCEMENT: SPECIAL AWARDS

The U recognizes the achievements of faculty members, as well as individuals whose work warrants the honorary doctoral degree.