April 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 4

Sociologists Elected AAAS Fellows

In the February issue of Footnotes, an article announced that three sociologists were elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The good news for sociology is that the article should have stated that there were six sociologists. The other three—Burton Clark, Cheryl Leggon, and Linda Lobao—were overlooked. The AAAS Council elected the six sociologists among its 471 newly elected members. The new AAAS members were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 16, 2008, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Lobao and Clark are members of the 2008 AAAS Fellows under the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Science, and Leggon is a member of the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.

Burton Clark is the Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of California-Los Angeles. He has taught at five U.S. leading research universities in departments of sociology and graduate schools of education: Stanford University, Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, Yale University, and finally University of California-Los Angeles. During the first 20-25 years of his career, he concentrated on organizational studies of different sectors of American higher education and on academic careers in various sectors. Since 1970, he has engaged in comparative analysis of national systems of higher education and their specific forms of university organization, and most recently, on the transformation and sustainability of proactive, "entrepreneurial" universities. His most recent publication was Sustaining Change in Universities: Continuities in Case Studies and Concepts (2004).

Cheryl Leggon, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was recognized for advancing understanding in underrepresentation—primarily where gender, ethnicity and race intersect. Her research interests include: Human resource issues in science and technology, under-represented groups in the science and engineering workforces, and program evaluation. Her current and recent projects include her role as Co-Principal Investigator on two grants funded by the National Science Foundation: "Inside the Double Bind: A Synthesis of Literature on Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" (REESE); and "Cross-Disciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty" (ADVANCE Leadership).

Linda M. Lobao, professor of rural sociology and of sociology and of geography at Ohio State University, was elected for her distinguished contributions to the field of rural sociology. Her research on spatial inequity and rural communities has profoundly influenced the direction of the discipline. Her research focus is on social change and its impacts, changes in agriculture and industry, and government changes, such as devolution, and how these impact communities, households, and individuals. Her research addresses spatial inequality, gender and social change, rural and regional development. She is the co-editor of Advancing the Sociology of Spatial Inequality (forthcoming), co-author of Beyond the Amber Waves of Grain (1995), and author of Locality and Inequality: Farm and Industry Structure and Socioeconomic Condition (1990).

For more information on current AAAS members or on the nomination process, see www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/fellows/  green_small

 

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