A Force of Influence: Children as YouTube Stars

Benjamin Burroughs, an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at UNLV, examines the emergent digital media landscape where children are cultivated as child “influencers” and explores the ethical considerations of child-created content on social media sites like YouTube.

It’s okay to turn on your holiday lights before Thanksgiving!

The holidays are going to look different this year, and the last thing you should do is worry about what your neighbors think about your holiday decorations. Binghamton University Health and Wellness Studies Lecturer Jennifer Wegmann recommends bucking tradition and…

10 tips from a health and wellness expert to make the most of the holidays during COVID-19

People are craving a little holiday joy after many months of navigating the upside-down world that COVID-19 has created. Looking forward to the holidays and positive emotions many experience around this time are important, but it may be time to re-envision what our holidays are going to look like. Here are some tips to make the most of an unusual holiday season for you and your loved ones from Binghamton University Health and Wellness Studies Lecturer Jennifer Wegmann.

The Surprising History of Christmas Traditions

Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was hung from doorways to ward off evil spirits? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale and roasted apples.
Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has researched the European holiday traditions that predate – and became an inseparable part of – Christmas.

Cookie doctor makes gingerbread replica of the Kansas State University President’s Residence

Sugar and spice and everything nice: that’s what the Kansas State University President’s Residence is made of — or at least the miniature gingerbread version.
It was designed, baked, constructed and decorated by Rebecca Miller Regan, assistant professor of bakery science, who understands the science behind making gingerbread houses.

6 Tips for Navigating Political Discussions at the Holiday Table

As families gear up to celebrate the winter holiday season together, a course of politics is likely their least favorite topic to dish up at the dinner table.  But two University of Nevada, Las Vegas professors say requests to pass…