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FSOS to host reception prior to NCFR

The Department of Family Social Science will host a reception prior to the start of the NCFR national conference, being held in Minneapolis this year. “The Great Family Social Science Get Together” is an opportunity  for departmental friends and colleagues to reconnect. The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 5:00 to … Continue reading FSOS to host reception prior to NCFR

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Parents today spending more time with their kids

Parents today spending more time with their kids

WCCO recently featured Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty in a segment about how much time parents spend with their children. According to the “Good Question” segment with Heather Brown, moms are spending about four hours a week more with their kids than they did 40 – 50 years ago. Dads are also spending … Continue reading Parents today spending more time with their kids

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Spontaneous activities important for making family memories

Spontaneous activities important for making family memories

Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal  article about the importance of doing spontaneous things as a family. The author of the article tells the story of how she listened to her 10-year old son when he said he wanted to go from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to … Continue reading Spontaneous activities important for making family memories

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It’s OK for “tweens” to be bored during summer

In a recent Star Tribune article about how kids spend their summers, Family Social Science associate professor Jodi Dworkin says it’s okay for kids to be bored. Every year, parents in Minnesota face the quandary of what to do with their children during the summer, when school is not in session, according to a recent … Continue reading It’s OK for “tweens” to be bored during summer

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FSOS alum named dean at CSUN

FSOS alum named dean at CSUN

FSOS alumnus Farrell Webb has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Northridge. Webb graduated with a Ph.D. in family social science in 1994. After graduating, he worked for almost 20 years at Kansas State University. For the past two years, he worked as an associate dean … Continue reading FSOS alum named dean at CSUN

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Boss: “No such thing as ‘closure’ in relationships”

Boss: “No such thing as ‘closure’ in relationships”

In an interview with NPR, Department of Family Social Science professor emeritus Pauline Boss said there is no such thing as “closure” when relationships end. This  month NPR featured Boss in a segment of On Being with Krista Tippett titled “The Myth of Closure.” According to the Orlando Sentinel,  Boss placed emphasis on the importance … Continue reading Boss: “No such thing as ‘closure’ in relationships”

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Weiler awarded Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant

Weiler awarded Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant

Department of Family Social Science assistant professor Lindsey Weiler is part of a team researching homeless youth in Hennepin County, which has been awarded the Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant. The project investigates homeless youth’s perceptions of their education and employment interests, needs, and potential interventions. This award will bring together the Office to End Homelessness (OEH) … Continue reading Weiler awarded Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant

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FSOS represented at the annual ACCI conference

FSOS represented at the annual ACCI conference

              The FSOS group in front of a statue of James Madison, at the Library of Congress. From left to right: Sarah Burcher, Dung Mao, Joyce Serido, and Veronica Deenanath. In early June, several graduate students and one faculty member represented FSOS at the annual American Council on Consumer … Continue reading FSOS represented at the annual ACCI conference

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Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets

Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets

In a recent New York Times article, FSOS professor Marlene Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets after the death of a loved one. In fact, Stum says that most often families have decided ahead of time what will be done with the items bearing any significant monetary value. It’s the smaller … Continue reading Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets

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FSOS dept. head met second lady on trip to DC

FSOS dept. head met second lady on trip to DC

  FSOS department head, Lynne Borden, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for an event with Joining Forces. As part of the event titled, “Operation Educate the Educators: Sharing Successes and Setting Sights for the Future,” Dr. Borden met Dr. Jill Biden. Joining Forces is an organization that works on behalf of military families. In addition … Continue reading FSOS dept. head met second lady on trip to DC

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