Center for Society, Economy, and the Environment
USU historically has maintained a reputation for its broad expertise and scholarship that explores how humans are linked to natural environments and what that means for society. The Center for Society, Economy, and the Environment (CSEE) provides hands-on research opportunities for graduate students and faculty to draw upon and further develop that expertise. CSEE also includes a clearinghouse of social science information and a directory of USU expertise for use by scholars seeking research collaborators as well as by agencies and organizations that need assistance with collecting, analyzing, or interpreting social and economic data. Participation in CSEE activities is open to anyone at the university, which is jointly housed and coordinated by faculty members in the departments of Applied Economics; Environment and Society; and SSWA.
Director: Richard Krannich 435-797-1241, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute for Social Science Research in Natural Resources
The ISSRNR is located in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, and is a joint project of faculty in Sociology and Applied Economics at USU. The laboratory is equipped with computers that have a range of statistical and graphical software packages. The ISSRNR provides space for graduate assistants working on faculty research projects, and fosters relationships between sociologists and faculty in allied agricultural and natural resource science disciplines. Faculty affiliated with the ISSRNR have extensive experience using multiple research methods to explore human dimensions of natural resource problems. Much of our work focuses on resource management challenges in the Intermountain West.
Recent projects include:
- A national study of agriculture in urbanizing environments
- A statewide survey of Utah citizens on preferences for public lands managment
- Qualitative interviews with energy industry personnel about the use of environmental practices
- Surveys of recycling program coordinators in mid-sized cities across the western United States
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies is a platform for multidisciplinary research, teaching and outreach. The center promotes greater knowledge of our understanding of the Interior West, its land, history, and cultural groups. An example of the type of ongoing work at the Mountain West Center is the Northern Utah/Southern Idaho Folklife Project. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center researches the traditional culture of the people of this region.
Director: Pat Lambert, email@example.com Program Assistant: Barbara Warnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Population Research Lab
The Population Research Laboratory was established in 1968 by former USU sociology professor Yun Kim as a demographic training and research unit within the sociology, social work and anthropology department. The lab was organized to promote a training program in demography for both undergraduate and graduates and to expand research activities related to population. Faculty associated with the lab conduct support students as they pursue graduate degrees with a specialization in demography. Research projects are supported by an array of national and local agencies.
Director: Eric Reither, email@example.com
Museum of Anthropology
The mission of the Museum of Anthropology is to educate the Utah State and Cache Valley communities about the fields of anthropology and museum studies. As a part of the Anthropology Program, the museum provides a venue for coursework and a professional context for students to acquire experience in museum operation and management. Students from across the university have assisted with exhibits. The museum also serves as an educational resource for local communities via exhibits, tours and special programs. Director: Director: Pat Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.org Curator: Elizabeth Sutton, email@example.com Spatial Data, Collection, Analysis and Visualization Lab The Spatial Data, Collection, Analysis and Visualization Lab is a fully functioning geospatial laboratory, providing spatial analysis, modeling, and visualization services in cultural, social and behavioral studies. Lab members work closely with the archaeological community to develop innovative strategies for documenting the archaeological record. For instance, investigators incorporate magnetometer and ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey with traditional archaeological site mapping to identify areas of potential interest that can be used for cultural resource management purposes.