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Significant thermal disparities exist among predominantly white, Black, Hispanic and Asian communities in America’s 200 most populous cities, according to new research from Daniel Johnson, associate professor of geography, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

In the study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Johnson examined surface urban heat islands, areas within a city that experience much warmer temperatures than their surrounding landscapes. The research will expand understanding of the dynamic nature of inequitable urban heat exposure and provide new insight into actions cities can take to improve the lives of residents. 

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Dr. David Craig, Professor of Religious Studies, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Professor and sociologist Andrew Whitehead, Department of Sociology, recently published a fascinating analysis in Time magazine of why the recent midterm election losses of prominent politicians who embrace Christian nationalism aren’t likely to change the minds of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism. Whitehead and colleague Sam Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, cite data that show even though the numbers of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism.

Dr. Obioma Nnaemeka, Chancellor’s Professor of French, Women’s/Gender Studies and Africana Studies, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in May 2023. She will be recognized for her outstanding contribution to research in the areas of development, women/gender studies, human rights, and African Diaspora studies. This will be her second honorary doctorate recognition in two years.

Communications Studies senior and singer-songwriter, Myra Kivett, was featured in the Campus Citizen highlighting how she is using her talent and love for music to provide emotional connections for others. Kivett discusses how the power of music can create positive experiences for dementia patients, both in terms of emotion and behavior, and how she was able to form an unforgettable bond with her grandfather.

Professor Katharine Head, Ph.D. in Communication Studies was recently interviewed by Masters in Communications as part of a series highlighting the impact and importance of scholarship in the field of communication. She discusses her current and past research interests, including HPV and Covid-19 vaccinations, cervical cancer screenings, the importance of translating research for mass audiences, and much more.

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