A March 17 article in the New York Times, “What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?,“ has many readers taking notice. Neil Irwin, senior economics correspondent for the Times made the argument that sociology deserves a similar status in policymaking that the economics field has long enjoyed. Irwin used unemployment as an example.
“Pat White is a force! Few sociologists have had as big an impact on the discipline,” said Brian Powell, Indiana University, about Patricia White, who recently retired as the Program Director for the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is one of many sociologists who mourn Pat’s recent retirement. Patricia E. White, an Ohio State University PhD, was Program Director for the Sociology Program, Division of Social and Economic Sciences at the NSF, where she was employed since 1988.
Bernice A. Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences and a leading expert on the stigma associated with mental illness, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Pescosolido is the Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and co-director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. Her research and teaching focus on social issues in health, illness and healing.