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Grad student, Boren Fellow seeks answers to youth unemployment in Morocco

As a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Boren Fellowship, NC State graduate student Mary Sloan is spending 10 months studying in Morocco, researching what’s keeping young people from finding employment in the region.

Study Highlights How Former Drinkers Navigate Social Drinking Situations

A small, qualitative study led by an NC State communication professor highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in social situations that they don’t drink.

Research aims to reduce HIV/STD risk factors among teenage girls

Research led by NC State psychology professor Laura Widman aims to reduce young people’s risk of HIV and other STDs through a new web-based intervention program she developed for teen girls. Starting this fall, she and other researchers will see how effective the program, Project HEART, is with up to 300 teenagers in North Carolina.

Tequila, Mezcal and Social Science: a Q&A with Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen knows a lot about tequila and mezcal. Her new book, Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production, explores the complex web of relationships – from farmers to bartenders – involved in transforming agave plants grown in Mexico into high-end spirits and cocktails consumed around the world.

Psychology Professor Serves on White House Team to Help Government Better Serve the American People

Psychology professor Lori Foster was tapped to serve on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, a multi-disciplinary group of experts that is helping federal agencies streamline access to their programs and improve how they communicate with constituents. President Obama has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to use behavioral science insights to better serve the American people.