Archive for February, 2011

body image and male student-athletes


In days of domestic and internat’l turmoil, it’s comforting (or not) to know that the #1 most emailed article on right now is Mark Bittman’s article on oatmeal.  Mmm oatmeal.

Still, it’ll have to be #1 most emailed for much longer to break the multi-week #1 most emailed streak of the mac n’ cheese recipes (creamy vs. crusty) that happened a few years ago.  Mmm mac n’ cheese.

she eats bees

Richard Kahlenberg’s take on Michelle Rhee:

joey lee

Thanks to my compulsive habit of googling any remotely Asian American sounding name affiliated with an education school, I got in touch with Joey Lee (whose great quote is featured in the previous entry) who is not only Asian, but does fascinating research that’s actually related to Asian Americans. For his dissertation, Joey designed two games entitled (I kid you not) FobOrNot (or A-Culture-Rate) and Flying Asian Stereotypes. The games helped Asian American undergrads better understand their own identities and also helped educate non-Asian Am students about stereotypes related to Asian Americans. Pretty darn cool, and always exciting to see Asian American faculty doing innovative work.

More about Joey and his work:

29% play

is evidently the sweet spot.  Neat research by Nina Chien (UCLA GSEIS represent) quoted.

More on play:

Joey Lee, who studies games as an assistant professor of technology and education at Teachers College at Columbia University, said cheating could actually be instructional.

“I wouldn’t necessarily even call it cheating,” he said. “In many cases a gamer’s mind-set is coming up with new and novel approaches to winning, and to a certain problem at hand. That’s exactly the kind of mind-set we need as far as 21st-century skills.”

“Being able to negotiate with others, make up your own rules, argue with other players, that, to me, is part of what makes it a successful social game,” he said. The tower is “more of that blind adherence to following orders, versus being able to figure out and learn the game for yourself.”

Though Hasbro is emphasizing social interaction with the game, some Monopoly players and academics said the new version sounded much less social — no arguing over whether a player could buy his neighbor’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card?

“It takes away from the aspect of interpersonal negotiations if you have an electronic voice in the middle of the board telling you everything to do,” said Dale Crabtree, a finalist in the national Monopoly championships in 2009. “The first thing I said was, ‘The next thing they’ll do away with is the players.’ ”

how much is a life worth?

congrats bruins / why can’t we be friends?

Hooray UCLA:

Am trying to wrap up a paper on how religious affiliation/involvement is related to close interracial friendship during the college years. It’s a follow-up to a paper (under review) where I found (when controlling for pre-college friendship diversity, high school racial composition, college racial composition, and other stuff) that being involved with a religious student organization had the strongest association with having at least one close friend of another race (out of the 7 co-curricular activities that I controlled for) by the third year of college–and the association was negative (meaning that students involved in religious orgs are significantly less likely to have a close friend of another race during college). I wasn’t particularly surprised at the finding, given the extensive literature on racial divisions in religious communities, but I was surprised that the association was stronger than the (also significant and negative) associations between the dependent variable and being involved in Greek life or an ethnic student org.

So in this paper I wanted to control for some extra variables re: religious engagement, self-rated religiosity, religious affiliation, etc…and more or less, they’re all significant and negatively associated with the DV. As I’m proofreading the paper (which is what I should be doing instead of blogging about it probably…) I’m thinking back to Emerson and Smith’s argument that the core values of “individualism (an insistence on seeing people as raceless “individuals” rather than members of a social category), relationalism (making interpersonal relationships paramount), and antistructuralism (inability or refusal to perceive accept social structural influences) work in conjunction with each other to promote colorblindness and resist race-consciousness in religious and societal contexts. Relationalism and antistructuralism in particular work together to perpetuate colorblindness when evangelicals believe that individual friendships are the best way to promote racial harmony (“I have an African-American friend”), as opposed to actually recognizing the need to diagnose and combat structural inequality.” [I’m just copy/pasting from my paper b/c I’m too lazy to paraphrase my paraphrase]

So Emerson and Smith argue that evangelicals basically think you can “friend away” racial divisions, which is why they resist recognizing structural inequalities (and accordingly, structural solutions to inequality). But what I’m finding is that college students who identify as Protestant, who are involved in religious student organizations, and who self-identify as highly religious (and also those who are White)…are significantly less likely to have even one close friend of another race during college. Considering that 75% of students in the sample self-report having at least one close friend of another race during college, this is curious.

Now mind you, McPherson et al. (2006) found that only 15% of American adults report having a friend of another race with whom they discussed important matters, so close interracial friendship goes way down after college. (sigh) But it’s a little funny to think how (White and probably to some extent Asian American) evangelicals are so stuck on friending away racial divisions when they have the most homogeneous friendship groups (during college at least, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it persisted into later years given McPherson et al.’s finding…Erica Wong, you need to study this). Hm.  Okay, back to editing.