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Science, Bread, and Circuses

Folkloristic Essays on Science for the Masses

by Gregory Schrempp
In Science, Bread, and Circuses, Gregory Schrempp brings a folkloristic viewpoint to the topic of popular science, calling attention to the persistence of folkloric form, idiom, and worldview within the increasingly important dimension of popular consciousness defined by the impact of science.

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Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth

Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah's Wasatch Mountains and around the World

by Jim Steenburgh
Utah has long claimed to have the greatest snow on Earth—the state itself has even trademarked the phrase. In Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, Jim Steenburgh investigates Wasatch weather, exposing the myths, explaining the reality, and revealing how and why Utah's powder lives up to its reputation. Steenburgh also examines ski and snowboard regions beyond Utah, making this book a meteorological guide to mountain weather and snow climates around the world.

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Watch KSTU Fox13's feature on Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.

Listen to Jim Steenburgh talk about Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth in an interview with Tom Williams on Access Utah.

Unsettling Assumptions, edited by Diane Tye and Pauline Greenhill received an honorable mention in the American Folklore Society's 2014 Elli-Kaija Kongas Maranda Prize

Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers, by Jackie McKinney is the winner of the 2014 IWCA Best Book Award!


USUP author Jon D. Lee and his book An Epidemic of Rumors are featured in Discovery News and WBUR's Common Health discussing how to battle the rumor, folklore and myths accompanying the latest outbreak of the ebola virus.

Angela Harris, a coeditor of Presumed Incompetent, talks to Truthout about the challenges facing nonwhite and nonheterosexual academics. Check it out!

UPC and four other university presses are working with the American Anthropological Association on a new approach to book reviews. See this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring our illustrious director Darrin Pratt!

Listen to USUP authors Lynne McNeill and Trevor Blank talk about digital culture on KEUR's Radio West.

The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice has just published an entire edition of the journal dedicated to responses to Presumed Incompetent. Volume 29, Issue 2 (2014) consists of the first part of a series of papers presented at a daylong symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law on March 8, 2013. The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice hosted more than forty speakers who were invited to celebrate and respond to Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, an anthology that explores the experiences of women of color in higher education from a variety of perspectives. The entire journal and all its contents are offered free and open access by the Law Journals and Related Materials at Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository.

Listen to Jon D. Lee talk about his book Epidemic of Rumors on Science for the People.