A new study shows that rising income inequality in the U.S. has led affluent parents to increase spending on their children, widening the gap in child investment along class lines. The results suggest that income inequality erodes the equality of opportunity by increasing gaps between children from a young age.
The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the winners of the 94th annual U.S. and Canadian Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Fellowships were awarded to a diverse group of artists, scientists, and scholars based on prior achievement and exceptional promise. Sociologists Christopher Bail and Robert Sampsonare among the 2018 Guggenheim Fellows.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named two sociologists, Mary Frank Fox and Noah Friedkin, among its elected 396 fellows. The new AAAS Fellows were recognized for their contributions to science on February 17, 2018, during the Fellows Forum at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
ASA is pleased to announce four new awards from ASA’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD), which supports small grants for innovative work that advances the discipline of sociology. The FAD program is jointly funded by ASA and the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation. Applications are reviewed by an advisory panel composed of ASA Council members.
Do workplace sexual harassment programs help? We have now given training and grievance procedures a good two decades to work—most companies had them by 1998 when the Supreme Court endorsed them — and they don’t appear to have helped much. Surveys using probability samples showed that about 40 percent of women circa 1980 faced specific forms of “unwanted sexual attention” or “sexual coercion” at work, and recent surveys find similar rates (EEOC 2016). Workplaces with high gender equity are better, but they remain rare.
Wikipedia is a resource people use every day to better understand the world. In a time when terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news” have become shorthand for a wide range of political, educational, and epistemological challenges to public knowledge, it’s crucial that we ensure the quality of the most popular source of information online. Due to the volunteer nature of Wikipedia, quality is much better in some areas than others.
“Until you are somebody, you need to wear a name tag.” That’s how I remember his first words to me at the 2006 conference, one year after I was awarded my PhD and started my tenure-track job. He proceeded to tell me that he didn’t need a name tag because everyone knew who he was. He turned his back to the crowded room, stepped in closer, and then discreetly fingered my chest and said something to the effect, “Just in case you didn’t know, the name tag goes here.” This occurred before I had even spoken a single word.