April 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 4

Announcements

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Call for Papers

Publications

The Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) encourages submissions for its Fall 2008 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association that publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews. Submissions will be accepted until June 20, 2008. All manuscripts are to be in ASA format and sanitized (remove author self-references) for review. Send an email attachment file of your work in MSWord format (not PDF) along with a brief biographical statement to: hickmanl@gvsu.edu. Send disks via postal mail to: Lisa Hickman, Michigan Sociological Review, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, 2170 AuSable Hall, Allendale, MI 49401.

Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography. Contributions are invited for a proposed collection of essays on visual autobiography, focusing on health, bodies, and embodied subjectivities. The collection will consider how cultural practices of self-narration and self-portraiture image and imagine unruly bodies. Contributions are welcomed from academic- and arts-based researchers and practitioners. We encourage a wide range of critical perspectives: cultural studies, critical theory, disability studies, feminist studies, critical race studies, diaspora studies, queer studies, Aboriginal studies, globalization studies, literary studies, art history, music, media studies, theatre, and performance studies. Analytic approaches could involve: textual analysis; histories, presents, and futures; practices and practitioners; and pedagogy. Send a 300- to 500-word abstract, working title, and a brief bio, by email in a Word attachment, to Sarah Brophy at brophys@mcmaster.ca and Janice Hladki at hladkij@mcmaster.ca by May 15, 2008. Final papers should range in length from 4,000-8,000 words.

Meetings

150 Years of Evolution – Darwin’s Impact on the Humanities and Social Sciences, November 20-22, 2009, San Diego State University. A Symposium in Honor of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origins of Species. Researchers and scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit papers addressing the impact of Darwin’s ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Both disciplinary-specific and broadly interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Papers accepted for the symposium will be included in a volume to be published by San Diego State University Press. Submit abstracts of no more that 500 words in length to mark.wheeler@sdsu.edu no later than November 30, 2008. Contact: Mark Wheeler, Department of Philosophy, SDSU; (619) 594-6706; email mark.wheeler@sdsu.edu.

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Awards

Riley E. Dunlap has been appointed Regents Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University for his contributions to environmental sociology and environmental social science. A Regents Professorship is the highest faculty honor awarded in the State of Oklahoma’s system of higher education.

Sam Friedman, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at National Development and Research Institutes and Johns Hopkins University, received the first Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS from the Sociologists’ AIDS Network.

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Meetings

April 24-26, 2008. 32nd Annual Political Economy of the World System Conference, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. Theme: "Flows of People and Money Across the World-System." Free and open to the public. For more information, contact pews2008@yahoo.com or visit www.fairfield.edu.

May 2-4 2008. 2nd Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers, Atlanta Hilton, GA. For more information, visit www.understandinginterventions.org.

May 29-30, 2008. Interdisciplinary Workshop: "Recalling ‘Science as a Vocation,‘" Northwestern University, free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.shc.northwestern.edu/ workshop2008.

June 8-13, 2008. 14th Annual Conference on Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics, Snowmass, CO. This trainer-of-trainers conference, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Research Integrity, is designed to prepare faculty and administrators to establish or improve instruction in the responsible conduct of research and in professional development. Individuals attending the conference will receive an extensive set of lecture outlines, ethics cases, student handouts, readings, slides, and a comprehensive bibliography. Attendance is limited to 50 persons and applications are considered on a rolling basis. A number of conference fellowships are available. Contact: Beth A. Fischer and Michael J. Zigmond, University of Pittsburgh, Hieber Building, Suite 202, 3500 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; (412) 578-3716; fax (412) 578-3790; survival@pitt.edu; www.survival.pitt.edu/events/trainer.asp.

July 28-31, 2008. 2008 Annual Rural Sociological Society Meeting, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, NH. Theme: "Rural Sociology as Public Sociology: Past, Present, Future." For more information, visit www.ruralsociology.org/annual-meeting/2008/program.

July 31, 2008. ASA Pre-Conference: "Teachers Are Made, Not Born: A Workshop for New Sociology Instructors." The conference will combine presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions on teaching and learning issues, all led by experts in the field. Participants will be admitted on a rolling basis with consideration as applications are received. Applications are available on the website or from Kate Linnenberg at (608) 363-2306 or linnenbe@beloit.edu. A $50 registration fee covers conference materials, snacks, and section membership. For information on specific sessions, see the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology website at www2.asanet.org/sectionteach/.

July 31, 2008. The Consumer Studies Research Network Miniconference: Contested Consumption, Boston College. Distinguished consumption researchers and activists will be on hand for two keynote addresses and a closing panel. For more information, visit contestedconsumption.info.

August 6-8, 2008. International Visual Sociology Association Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Theme: "Space, Time, and Image." For additional information, visit www.visualsociology.org.

October 22-25, 2008. Mid-South Sociological Association, Huntsville, AL. Theme: "Sociology in an Increasingly Virtual World." Contact: Kim Davies at kdavies@aug.edu; www.midsouthsoc.org.

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Funding

2008-2009 Post-Doctoral Research Associates. The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) anticipates openings for Post-Doctoral Associates for the 2008-2009 academic year. Positions would begin fall 2008. Post-Doctoral Research Associates will work on IPUMS-USA (Integral Public Use Microdata Series), IPUMS–International, or related projects. The aim of these projects is to create, document, and distribute datasets of U.S. and international census microdata. Researchers will investigate methodology, data quality, and compatibility of data on MPC data infrastructure projects, most of which are funded by NIH and NSF. MPC Post-Doctoral Associates are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the center, presenting research at workshops and scholarly conferences and publishing related research in academic journals. Research Associates will participate in the design and implementation of MPC research projects, working with faculty Principal Investigators, full-time research staff, and research assistants. Post-Doctoral Associates also collaborate with Principal Investigators and co-Principal Investigators on reports and publications. Applicants must apply using the University of Minnesota online system (IPUMS-USA requisition number 153005; IPUMS-International requisition number 153003). Contact: Kathy McKee, 50 Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

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Competitions

2008 Sociologists AIDS Network Awards. Graduate students working on topics in the sociology of HIV/AIDS are eligible to apply for the 2008 Sociologists AIDS Network (SAN) Scholarly Activity Award, a one-time award of up to $250 to support research or conference travel expenses associated with that work. Applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor and a two- to four-page project proposal describing the research, how the funds will be used, and how the work contributes to the sociology of HIV/AIDS, to Jorge Fontdevila at jfontdevila@fullerton.edu by June 1, 2008. Sociology students are invited to submit an original, 20-page (double-spaced) essay on the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS for the 2008 Martin Levine Student Essay Competition. The student must be the first author and must have written most, if not all, of the manuscript. Submissions should be sent to Anne Esacove at esacove@gmail.com by June 15, 2008. The winner will receive an award of $100 and a five-year membership to SAN. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS. The award may recognize work that has significantly advanced our understanding of social aspects of the pandemic, or that has contributed to prevention, treatment, or policy interventions. Nominees should have pursued substantial research and/or applied work related to HIV/AIDS and worked in the field for at least eight years. Nominations should include a statement of up to two pages about the nominee’s qualifications, and an electronic copy or web link to her/his CV. Submit nominations to Beth Schneider at schneider@soc.ucsb.edu by May 15, 2008.

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology Award Competition. The 16th annual Margaret Clark Award with cash prize of $500 for graduate and $250 for undergraduate students is given to the outstanding paper in anthropology and gerontology. The competition aims to support the continued pursuit of the insights and practice ideals demonstrated by Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues. Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature and academic, applied, or practice oriented. The relation to lifespan and aging issues must be discussed. All submissions must be original and not previously published. The length should approximate that of a journal article. Submissions must include: (1) the application form; (2) a statement of student status signed by an institutional representative; (3) one hard copy of the manuscript; and (4) a brief abstract. Text should be double-spaced on one side of the paper. Any standard bibliographic format may be used. Materials must be postmarked by June 2, 2008. Only complete submissions will be considered. Contact: Christine Green at ab8592@wayne.edu; www.iog.wayne.edu/margaretclark.php. Send applications to: Mark Luborsky, Clark Award Chair, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 87 East Ferry Street, Rm. 226 Knapp Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202.

Critical Sociology and Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Global Division International Graduate Student Paper Competition. The Sage journal Critical Sociology in cooperation with the SSSP Global Division announces an enhanced 2008 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The goal is to encourage critical scholarship in the areas of global studies and social problems. Jointly authored papers are accepted, but all contributing authors must be current graduate students or have graduated not prior to January 1, 2008. This year’s award recipient will receive a $500 prize, student membership in the SSSP, conference registration for the 2008 Annual SSSP Meeting and the 2008 Critical Sociology Conference in Boston, MA, and a ticket to the SSSP awards banquet. Award recipients will be expected to present their paper at the 2008 Annual Meeting and will also be invited to participate in the 2008 Critical Sociology on August 3, 2008, following the SSSP conference at the same hotel. Papers must be submitted electronically in a format compatible with MS Word and authors should ensure that they receive a confirmation of receipt for their submission. Although faculty sponsorship is not formally required to enter the competition, participants are invited to request a note from a faculty member or independent scholar that speaks to the academic quality of the submission. Send papers up to a maximum length of 30 double-spaced pages no later than May 5, 2008, to both Jon Shefner at jshefner@utk.edu and David A. Smith at dasmith@uci.edu. Submission deadline: May 5, 2008.

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In the News

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, was interviewed on Jim Lehrer’s Newshour on PBS to discuss the Pew Forum and Public Life study that found that more than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood and that a growing number of people are unaffiliated.

Richard Barrett, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in a study about breast cancer diagnosis coming late for women who live in gentrifying neighborhoods. The article was published widely in both print and electronic media after being picked up by the United Press International on January 31.

Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College, was cited in the Port Chester Opinion on January 23 for his court proposal to redraw a Westchester County village into six voting districts and to have each district elect its own member to the Board of Trustees.

Steve Carlton-Ford, University of Cincinnati, was interviewed by Scientific American for a February 7, 2008, “60-Second Science” feature of his work with Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, and Ahoo Tabatabai, University of Cincinnati, on the self-esteem of adolescents in Baghdad. Their research was also featured by MedicineWorld, First Science, Medical News Today, and other research news outlets.

Mark Chaves, Duke University, was quoted in a March 5 posting on The Dallas Morning News’ Religion blog about the status of membership in the United Methodist church in light of a study released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Chaves noted that Americans have become increasingly tolerant of other cultures and other faiths.

Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, was profiled in the February 18 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education for his examination of violence.

Dalton Conley, New York University, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the February 22 New York Times. The article was on using an individual investment account instead of rebates to stimulate the economy.

Jonathan Cordero, California Lutheran University, was quoted in a March 2 Religion News Service book review of Anne Rice’s novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. The review was picked up by The Columbus Dispatch.

Kathleen Crittenden, University of Illinois at Chicago, was highlighted in a Philippine Daily Inquirer article about foreign-based scientists who are taking part in the Philippines Department of Science and Technology’s Balik Scientist Program.

Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, wrote a letter to the editor regarding an article on consumer spending by lower socioeconomic status individuals that was published in the February 17 New York Times.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was quoted in an article on Interpol in Time magazine on February 20, 2008. He was featured in a live online discussion, “Top Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria,” on the Washington Post website on February 13, 2008.

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was quoted in a Februrary 16 article in the New York Times on the EcoMom Alliance in Northern California as a new form of environmental activism.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy at West Point, was interviewed for and quoted in LoHud.com, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley Journal News, on February 12 about the decentralization of communication technologies in and around the military. He was also interviewed for and quoted in a February 8 article in The Buffalo News, which highlighted research that shows how service members and families use communication to maintain family roles during extended military deployments overseas. He also was interviewed for a similar story in New York’s Rockland County Journal News about the advent of home-based Internet radio stations serving a similar function of linking families to service members forward deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, had a letter to the editor published in the February 3 New York Times Book Review about the claim that Jews are neocons.

Kenneth Ferraro, Perdue University, was quoted in a February 28 Chicago Tribune and a February 26 Newsday article about weight-loss programs that pair exercise and God.

Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a March 1 Associated Press article about religion in the United States based on a study released by the PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life. He was also quoted in a February 25 New York Times article on his research that found nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether.

Lorena Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago, was a featured guest on 90.5 Radio Arte on February 13. She spoke about sexuality among Latino/a youth.

Charlene Harrington, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in a March 3 New Haven Register article about the high prevalence of anti-psychotic drugs dispensed in Connecticut nursing homes.

Cedric Herring, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in a November 2007, Louisiana Weekly article about color discrimination within the African American community.

Michael S. Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Faye L. Wachs, California State Polytechnic University, and Peter M. Nardi, Pitzer College, were quoted in a February 10 New York Times article on male friendships.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in a February 29 Associated Press article about the erosion of religious denominational loyalty. The article ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes.com, the Houston Chronicle’s Houston Belief blog, and Examiner.com. He was quoted in a New York Times article about the contemporary American religious landscape. The article also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Birmingham News, and a similar article appeared in the Charlotte Observer on February 26, 2008. Lindsay also wrote a feature editorial that appeared in USA Today on February 11, 2008, titled "A Gated Community in the Evangelical World."

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, was quoted in a March 3 USA Today article on the movement of immigrants once they arrive in the United States. Massey asserts that immigrants are more mobile and increasingly settling in suburban areas.

Reuben A. Buford May, Texas A&M University, was quoted in The Jerusalem Post on January 17 in a story on the urban sport of Parkhour.

David Popenoe, Rutgers University, was quoted in a February 14 Associated Press article on long-lasting marriages in one family. The article was picked up by a number of papers, including the Washington Post.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in an article from The Oregonian newspaper on January 1, 2008, about unmarried women having babies and society’s changing attitudes concerning marriage.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in a February 22 Washington Times article about how Sen. Barack Obama’s rising political career has brought attention to the issue of multi-racial identities in America.

Stephen Russell, University of Arizona, was quoted in a February 23 New York Times article about a 15-year-old boy who was killed by a classmate in an apparent hate crime.

Juliet Schor, Boston College, was quoted in a February 28, 2008, Washington Post article about the economic condition of the U.S. middle class.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington-Seattle, was quoted in an article about Bravo’s television series, The Real Housewives of New York City, in the March 3 issue of The New York Times. Schwartz proposed that the series taps into a fascination with transitions in women’s roles.

Mady Wechsler Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in a February 24 Washington Post article perceptions about a woman’s place in the military.

Ken Spenner, Duke University, was quoted in a February 27, 2008, article in InsideHigherEd.com about universities accepting monetary gifts that carry a requirement that certain books be taught in specified courses.

Stephen Steinberg, Queens College and Graduate Center-CUNY, was quoted extensively on February 2, 2008, in NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch newspaper, in a feature article on Obamamania.

Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire, analyzed four studies to determine that children of parents that inflict corporal punishment may be more likely to have sexual problems later. His research was picked up in a February 28 USA Today article and other smaller publications.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was cited in a GOOD Magazine article from March 4 about Chicago public housing’s Cabrini-Green projects. His book Gang Leader for a Day has received attention within a number of news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune on February 6, The Sunday Times on February 9, BBC News on February 12, The Times of India on February 17, and the Foreign Policy’s Passport blog on March 3.

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Transitions

John Bartkowski is joining the faculty at the University of Texas-San Antonio as a Full Professor in August 2008.

Kara Joyner, Catherine Kenney, Danielle Payne, and Ray Swisher recently joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University.

Lee Maril, East Carolina University, stepped down from his position as Department Chair to become Director for the new Center for Diversity and Inequality Research.

Christy A. Visher has accepted a position at the University of Delaware as Full Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Co-Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, effective June 1, 2008.

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People

Daniel Cook, Rutgers University, has been named an Editor of Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research.

Christopher Ellison, University of Texas, has been elected Vice President-elect of the Southern Sociological Society.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during a February 14 hearing titled "Six Years Later: Innovative Approaches to Combating Terrorists." 

Guillermina Jasso was appointed to the Census Advisory Committee of the American Statistical Association. This committee joins with the Census Advisory Committees of three other organizations: the American Economic Association, the American Marketing Association, and the Population Association of America to form the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations (CACPA), which operates as an advisory body to the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, was elected as the 72nd President of the Midwest Sociological Society.

Donald Light has been selected by the Leverhulme Trust in London to be a visiting professor this spring to give a series of lectures and meet with colleagues throughout England interested in economic and medical sociology.

Angela O’Rand, Duke University, has been elected President-elect of the Southern Sociological Society.

Jack Nusan Porter, International Association of Genocide Scholars, will be going on a lecture tour of Italy in June 2008 to speak on comparative genocide and to promote his books The Genocidal Mind and Is Sociology Dead? Social Theory and Social Praxis in a Postmodern Era. He will lecture at universities in Milano Genoa, Turin, Pisa, and Rome.

William Staples and Brian Donovan, both of the University of Kansas, were selected by the Midwest Sociological Society Board to edit Sociological Quarterly.

George Wilson, University of Miami, has been appointed Deputy Editor of the American Sociological Review.

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Members’ New Books

Paul D. Almeida, Texas A&M University, Waves of Protest: Popular Struggle in El Salvador, 1925-2005 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

Barbara J. Bank, University of Missouri-Columbia, Ed., Gender and Education (Praeger Press, 2007).

Shawn Bingham, Saint Leo University, Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination: The Wilds of Society (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2008).

Daniel Thomas Cook, Rutgers University, Ed., Lived Experiences of Public Consumption: Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents (Palgrave, 2008).

Dean John Champion, Texas A&M, Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases in Criminal Justice: Briefs and Key Terms (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009).

Torry Dickinson, Kansas State University and Terrie Becerra, Eds., Democracy Works: Joining Theory and Action to Promote Global Change (Paradigm, 2008).

Torry Dickinson, Kansas State University, and Robert Schaeffer, Eds., Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change (Paradigm, 2008).

Marjorie Donovan and Juan L Gonzales Jr., California State University-East Bay, Sociology: Fundamentals for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd ed. (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2008).

Melvin Juette, Dane County District Attorney’s Office, and Ronald J. Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball (Temple University Press, 2008).

Fred Kniss, Loyola University Chicago, and Paul Numrich, Loyola University Chicago, Sacred Assemblies and Civic Engagement: How Religion Matters for America’s Newest Immigrants (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Reuben A. Buford May, Texas A&M University, Living Through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (New York University Press, 2008).

Richard Quinney, Northern Illinois University, Things Once Seen (Borderland Books/University of Wisconsin Press, 2008).

Lloyd H. Rogler, Fordham University, Barrio Professors: Tales of Naturalistic Research (Left Coast Press, Inc., 2008).

Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College, and Karen Grace Martin, Data Analysis with SPSS: A First Course in Applied Statistics, 3rd ed. (Allyn and Bacon, 2008).

Adia Harvey Wingfield, Georgia State University, Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2008).

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Other Organizations

HIV/Aids Orphans Charity Foundation is a registered non-profit society and charitable organization based in Kenya that is run by a team of volunteers. Our primary function is to create and promote volunteer opportunities that improve the lives of orphans and the needy communities with our mission being to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS. Our work is to identify the need and place volunteers appropriately and thereby serve as a link to these organizations by connecting the volunteers needed to make these projects a success. International volunteers do volunteer work in Africa and reach out through programs in community initiated projects that include HIV/AIDS education, orphanages, healthcare, teaching, sports coaching, and many more. If you would be interested to travel and participate in our projects that include outreach at the tent cities (IDP camps), visit www.hivcharityfoundation.or.ke/register.html.

New National Center for Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established the first-ever National Center for Marriage Research (NCMR) through a cooperative agreement with Bowling Green State University. The National Center for Marriage Research, co-directed by Wendy D. Manning and Susan Brown, aims to improve understanding of how marriage and family structure affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, children, and communities, and inform policy development and programmatic responses. The five-year budget of $5.5 million provides support for NCMR’s focus on interdisciplinary research on marriage and family structure, and objectives of developing research capacity and widely disseminating findings. Contact Sociologists’ AIDS Network. Graduate and undergraduate students doing research with social aspects of HIV/AIDS are eligible to be matched with mentors knowledgeable in the field through the Sociologists’ AIDS Network (SAN). Interested students (or their advisors) should contact Howard Lune at luneh@wpunj.edu with a brief summary of their research.

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Contact

Sociologists' AIDS Network (SAN). Graduate and undergraduate students doing resarch with social aspects of HIV/AIDS are eligible to be matched with metors knowledgeable in the field through the Sociologists' AIDS Network (SAN). Interested students (or their advisors) should contact Howard Lune at luneh@wpunj.eduwith a brief summary of their research.

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Caught in the Web

Everydaysociologyblog.com is a new site that features interesting, informative, and most of all entertaining commentary from sociologists around the United States. This free blog offers a sociological take on what is happening in the news (and on what should be in the news). You will see discussions about popular culture, current events, immigration, mental health, race, religion, gender, and other topics from a wide variety of perspectives. We invite you and your students to join our lively sociological conversation. Contact: Karen Sternheimer, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539; www.karensternheimer.com.

The Sundown Town News, an e-newsletter, is the only newsletter dedicated to the abolition of its subject matter, online at uvm.edu/~jloewen/newsletters/sundownnewletter12-08wt.pdf. It will come out four times per year. It is intended to spread word about the number and empirical importance of sundown towns and their potential interest for researchers and students in sociology, other social sciences, and history. Anyone wishing to receive an e-notice of the next issue should send their email address to jloewen@uvm.edu. Creation of the newsletter, as well as other aspects of the interactive website on sundown towns was supported by the ASA’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline.

American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2001©. In response to requests from the research community, the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2001 is being made available for the first time for public use. ARIS 2001 is cited by the United States Census Bureau in its annual Statistical Abstract of the United States for the religious identification of the adult American population. ARIS was designed to replicate, as closely as possible, the methodology used for the 1990 National Survey of Religious Identification (NSRI) that took place under the auspices of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This methodological continuity allows the user to analyze trend data for changes in the religious identification of Americans in over 60 religious groups. With a sample of over 50,000 adult respondents, ARIS is the largest and most representative national survey on American religion. The interviews were conducted in early 2001. The data from each of the approximately 50 independent surveys were aggregated and weighted to reflect current estimates of the U.S. adult population by age, gender, marital status, race/ethnicity, education, income, political preference, and geographic components of the 48 contiguous states. The ARIS 2001 data file along with methodological notes can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Institute for the Study of Secularization in Society and Culture at Trinity College at prog.trincoll.edu/ISSSC/DataArchive/index.asp.

The NIDA Networking Project. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced the availability of a new website designed to encourage drug abuse researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share information across disciplines, networks, and institutions. The NIDA Networking Project (NNP) website provides access to the locations, people, and resources of NIDA-sponsored research networks, including, for example, the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network and the NIDA Genetics Consortium. The goal is to encourage cooperative scientific discussion and research collaboration to accelerate addiction science. The principal website features includes: An interactive U.S. map with locations and contacts for nearly 200 NIDA network sites, network missions and descriptions, links to 15 network websites with scientific protocols and papers, as well as, procedural policies and manuals, NIDA news and events of interest to scientists, clinicians, and addiction specialists, and a NNP Colleagues Directory—a searchable database of network participants’ expertise and research interests. The new website adds to NIDA’s extensive web-based information about drug abuse and addiction for all audiences including the general public, practitioners, policymakers, and scientists. The NNP Website is located at nnp.drugabuse.gov.

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New Programs

New Master’s in Integrated Social Sciences at Saint Louis University is an exciting new program with two areas of concentration: Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice. The program provides skills and knowledge required in leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The concentrations in Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice are unique in their blend of theoretical and methodological tools that allow students to analyze social issues, evaluation solutions, and improve the quality of community life. Our Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice tracks emphasize empirical analyses of urban, national, and global life. These programs train students to identify and document insights in social processes and structures. Courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty and maximize the richness of concepts and methodologies of the social sciences, providing a strong foundation for analyzing issues of justice, administration, and policy. The MA program prepares students for managerial and policy positions such as program evaluators, researchers, directors and policymakers. It also provides a strong foundation for those who plan to pursue the PhD in Sociology or Criminology/Criminal Justice. For more information, visit www.slu.edu/x15866.xml. Application Deadline: May 1, 2008.

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Summer Programs

7th Annual NSRC Summer Institute, San Francisco State University. The National Sexuality Resource Center invites participants to join them this summer as they critically explore sexuality, education, and politics. The 2008 NSRC Summer Institute will have two tracks. Track 1: July 7-25, 2008, is geared towards undergraduates and practitioners with minimal experience in the field looking to supplement their education and experience by introducing participants to sexuality theories and methodologies. Track 2: July 14-August 14, 2008, is designed for advanced sexuality scholars and researchers currently pursuing graduate, post-graduate and professional degrees and practitioners with greater exposure to the field seeking guidance on advanced research projects.

Summer Workshops on Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis in Education. Tom Cook of Northwestern University and Will Shadish of University of California-Merced will be leading two workshops in 2008 on the design and analysis of practical quasi-experiments for use in education August 4-8, 2008, and August 11-15, 2008. These workshops are designed to complement the current interest in randomized experiments in education by simultaneously seeking to improve the quality of the quasi-experiments that are needed when random assignment is not feasible or breaks down. Several recent analyses of the quality of quasi-experiments in education point to designs and analyses that are generally below the state of the art, and so the workshop’s principal aim is to improve this state. We are particularly looking for people who are doing, or plan to do, a specific quasi-experimental project or who are active in writing about quasi-experimental theory or practice or causal analysis in general. The costs for tuition and meals during the workshop will be covered. Attendees are responsible for all costs related to travel and lodging. While applicants can only attend one workshop, they may apply for both. The deadline for applications for the first workshop is May 2, 2008. The deadline for the second workshop is May 23, 2008. Contact: Karen Burke, Institute for Policy Research, 2040 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208; burke@northwestern.edu; or www.northwestern.edu/ipr/events/workshops/qeworkshop.html.

Using Secondary Data for Analysis of Marriage and Family Summer Program Workshop.ICPSR Summer Program Workshop, July 24-25, 2008. The National Center for Marriage Research (NCMR) will sponsor a summer workshop that focuses on analyzing marriage and family research questions using the following four data sources: Fragile Families, National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, National Survey of Family Growth, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The workshop will provide information about advantages and challenges of using each data source to study marriage and family patterns and change. The Data Sharing for Demographic Research Project at the University of Michigan will facilitate the workshop. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers interested in using the featured secondary data for analysis of marriage and family are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to include a one-page statement of their research interests, data use plans for specific datasets, and experience using secondary data, along with a CV. Graduate students require a letter of support from their faculty advisor. Applications due: May 16, 2008. Contact: Russel S. Hathaway, (734) 615-9525; rhataway@umich.edu.

Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three City Study Summer Program Workshop. ICPSR Summer Program Workshop, July 21-23, 2008. This workshop will introduce interested researchers to the Three-City Study, a three-wave longitudinal survey of low-income families and children in the post-welfare reform era. The study followed about 2,400 families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio since 1999, including a six-year follow-up wave completed in 2005. The study includes information on families’ employment histories, income, usage of TANF and other needs-based programs, health and health insurance, and detailed measures of children’s well-being and family functioning. We will discuss the study design and sampling frame, the content of the study, research questions to which the study is well suited, and issues that users should bear in mind when working with longitudinal data. This workshop is of interest to researchers studying poverty, family, child development, welfare reform, and/or neighborhood ecology. For more information, visit www.threecitystudy.jhu.edu. Contact: Russel S. Hathaway, (734) 615-9525; rhataway@umich.edu.

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