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UCSB Professors Publish Studies on Singles and Snails, Respectively


UCSB faculty has published two separate studies this past month.

Bella DePaulo, a social psychologist and visiting professor of psychology at the university, published a book, Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, in which DePaulo explores what she says is a bias that presumes that the unmarried and unattached are less happy and less healthy than their coupled counterparts.

Zoology professor Armand Kuris is calling a study of the Asian mud snail and the parasitic flatworms it hosts “a home run.” Published in the most recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is the first to focus on an invasive species — the snail likely arrived in North American waters along with oysters imported to seed breeding beds at the turn of the century — and the parasites they bring with them. Kuris and other professors who contributed to the study say it will help add to the body of knowledge regarding global disease migration.

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