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Xiong helps to pass education bill funding outreach to Southeast Asian community

Xiong helps to pass education bill funding outreach to Southeast Asian community

Department of Family Social Science professor Zha Blong Xiong worked with legislators and community members to get bill HF1930 to pass the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Under the bill, funding will be provided for the Department of Education to create outreach programs that help Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee families to access early childhood […]

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Professor McCulloch elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

Professor McCulloch elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

 Congratulations to Department of Family Social Science professor Jan McCulloch who was just elected to the Fellows Committee for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The committee is elected by NCFR members for a three-year term, and recommends the honorary title of “NCFR Fellow” to the Board. Learn more about the committee on the […]

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Anderson elected New Professionals Representative at NCFR

Anderson elected New Professionals Representative at NCFR

 Congratulations to Department of Family Social Science graduate student Kayla Anderson who was elected to be the New Professionals representative for the Research and Theory Section at the National Council on Family Relations. Learn more about Kayla’s research interests on her profile.

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Doherty comments on bill to take courts out of divorce proceedings

Doherty comments on bill to take courts out of divorce proceedings

 Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty spoke in support of  legislation that would make it possible to get divorced without going through the court system, in a Star Tribune article. Read the article here.

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Doherty pens op-ed piece calling for divorce reform

Doherty pens op-ed piece calling for divorce reform

 Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty co-wrote an opinion piece in the Star Tribune explaining the need for divorce reform. A bill introduced during the Minnesota 2015 legislative session calls for “cooperative private divorces” that allows paperwork to be filed outside of court to dissolve a marriage. Learn more about Bill Doherty on […]

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Pauline Boss and Ambiguous Loss Theory featured on the anniversary of missing flight MH370

Pauline Boss and Ambiguous Loss Theory featured on the anniversary of missing flight MH370

Department of Family Social Science professor emeritus Pauline Boss coined the term Ambiguous Loss Theory for her pioneering research into what we feel when a loved one disappears. On the anniversary of the week Malaysian Airline Flight 370 went missing, Boss was interviewed in articles reflecting on the past year for loved ones of the missing, some […]

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Should you tell your children how much you make? Serido weighs in on WCCO.

Should you tell your children how much you make? Serido weighs in on WCCO.

 Department of Family Social Science professor Joyce Serido talked about what to share with your kids when it comes to personal finances, on WCCO. Watch the video at CBS Minnesota. Learn more about Serido and her research on financial stress at her profile page.

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Divorce: Would it be better outside of the courts?

Divorce: Would it be better outside of the courts?

 MPR News’ Kerri Miller spoke with Department of Family Social Science Professor Bill Doherty about his Cooperative Private Divorce bill which was introduced in the Minnesota legislature as an alternative for couples to divorce outside of the courts. Listen to the story audio at MPRNews.

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Stum: Navigating family inheritance decisions

Stum: Navigating family inheritance decisions

 Department of Family Social Science professor Marlene Stum, one of the only researchers in the U.S. focused on understanding fairness, inheritance, and intergenerational family systems, shared ways to make fair decisions on family inheritances issues in a Vision 2020 post. “It’s important to talk about what “fair” means when dividing up titled possessions, such as […]

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