The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


CLU professors research farm-worker safety, more …

Do you ever think about the farmworkers who help feed us? California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, does. Using a $150,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation, two professors will help student researchers assess the workers' exposure to pesticides, their knowledge about the health risks and whether they can advocate for themselves. The researchers will use their findings to make policy recommendations and communicate health information via media, including Spanish-language radio.

If, as Pulitzer-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks once said, "Poetry is life distilled," then another award-winning poet, Carol Gilbertson, has been busy distilling it. In February, Gilbertson traveled to Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa, to read poems from her work, From a Distance, Dancing (Finishing Line Press). Gilbertson is emerita professor of English and founding director of the Lutheran Festival of Writing at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

In the words of an old Saturday Night Live sketch, "Talk amongst yourselves." Roanoke College, Salem, Va., began offering the community coffee shop talks. Professors lead hour-long discussions on freedom and free will, the effects of social media and more.

How do people perceive faces as we age? Do we believe someone with a sweet tooth is more friendly? Gettysburg (Pa.) College psychology professor Richard Russell is working with Chanel researchers to study visual cognition, aesthetics and the perception of faces as they age. Separate research by another Gettysburg psychology professor, Brian Meyers, found people with a sweet tooth are (and are perceived to be) more willing to volunteer and help others.


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