April 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 4

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Call for Papers

Publications

International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists, and grassroots movements for politically radical ends as well as manuscripts that offer new critiques and challenges of human rights practices in struggles for justice. We are especially interested in manuscripts that engage with both new and longstanding conceptions of human rights as individual, imperial, and state-centric by foregrounding transnational feminist mobilizations of human rights. Deadline: August 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14616742.asp.

The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue call for submissions on for “Engaging the Taboo: Gender, the Body, and Sexuality in our Religious Traditions.” Conceptualizing gender, sexuality, and the body has challenged theologians and religious leaders for millennia. The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue hopes to broaden the scope of discourse on these topics, which all too often are left out of interreligious dialogue and work for the common good. Deadline: May 31, 2009. Contact: submissions@irdialogue.org. For more information, visit www.irdialogue.org/submissions.

Social Action Fact Sheets 2010. The Social Action Committee of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is issuing a call for proposals from persons interested in compiling Fact Sheets for the calendar year 2010 on the following topics: Women and Criminal Justice, Women and Nutrition, Gender and Medicalization, Oppression without Bigots, Women and Work in Hard Times, and an open category. Fact sheets will be distributed to SWS members quarterly via the Network News in 2010 and will be made available on the SWS website. The purpose of fact sheets is to aid people in the trenches of our communities educating and working for social justice. Fact sheets are intended to be useful sources of information for teaching, social action, and other areas where succinct, accessible information is needed. Facts sheets be concise (2-4 pages), readable, and manageable. Proposals are due June 1, 2009. Contact: Jodie M. Lawston at jlawston@csusm.edu.

Meetings

Association for Humanist Sociology 2009 Annual Meeting, November 12-15, 2009, Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. Theme: “Doing Change Work: The Many Paths to Peace, Equality, and Justice.” Proposals are invited for papers, special sessions, panels, workshops, or more creative formats that reflect the conference theme or related humanist concerns. Deadline: June 15, 2009. Contact: Greta Pennell, at gpennell@uindy.edu. For more information, visit www.humanistsociology.org.

Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference, November 2-4, 2009, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The conference will feature mostly contributed papers with formal discussion and software demonstrations on topics related to a variety of statistical research issues. Papers and demonstrations should address methodology, empirical studies, relevant issues, or needs for statistical research. Papers must be original and not previously published or disseminated. Submit the abstract online by April 10, 2009. Contact: Anna Holaus at (301) 763-2308; fcsm@census.gov or Dawn E. Haines at (301) 763-4881; dawn.e.haines@census.gov. For more information, visit www.fcsm.gov/events.

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Meetings

April 29, 2009. Columbia Population Research Center Workshop on the Fragile Families Dataset, Population Association of America 2009 Annual Meeting, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Theme: “Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study Data to Study Marriage and Family.” The workshop will provide an overview of the research design and key components of the data and then provide insights into using the data for studying union status and household structure, union history, relationship quality, and fertility. The target audience is young scholars from various social science disciplines, including advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other researchers who are interested in using the Fragile Families data for the analysis of marriage and family. Contact: cprc@columbia.edu.

May 1, 2009. 6th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, Stony Brook University-Manhattan Campus. This one-day conference will exhibit the research of graduate students using ethnographic methods, including field research and in-depth interviews. Contact: sbethnographyconference@gmail.com.

May 7-9, 2009. 3rd Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers, Bethesda North Marriott, MD. The conference is designed for behavioral/social science and education researchers, graduate students, evaluators, and faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields who participate in or conduct research on intervention programs designed to increase the number of students in the STEM PhD pipeline. For more information, visit www.understandinginterventions.org.

June 5-6, 2009. Globalization and European Integration, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. Theme: “The Nature of the Beast.” The conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange on the historical materialist frameworks used to investigate the relationship between global governance, regional integration, and the national state, with special reference to the European Union. Contact: Andreas Tsolakis at A.A.Tsolakis@warwick.ac.uk and Petros Nousios at P.Nousios@warwick.ac.uk.

July 5-8, 2009. 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Theme: “Meet Old and New Worlds in Research, Planning and Management.” Contact: +43 1 47 654 7247; fax +43 1 47 654 7209; issrm09@boku.ac., at www.issrm09.info.

July 17-19, 2009. Gender and Social Transformation: Global, Transnational and Local Realities and Perspectives, Beijing, China. The goal of the conference is to provide an international forum in which to examine how women and gender relations are shaped by societal transformation economically, politically, socially, and culturally in the global, transnational, and local contexts and processes. Contact: Esther N. Chow at echow@american.edu.

August 7, 2009. ASA Pre-Conference: Teachers Are Made, Not Born: A Workshop for New Sociology Instructors. The day-long conference will combine presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions on teaching and learning issues, all led by experts in the field. Contact: Idee Winfield at (843) 953-4899; winfieldi@cofc.edu; www2.asanet.org/sectionteach/.

August 7, 2009. The Carework Network Sixth International Carework Conference, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Bridging Worlds of Care.” The Carework Network is sponsoring a one-day conference that brings together researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework. For more information, visit www.carework-network.org.

November 11-14, 2009. American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, FL. Theme: “Context and Evaluation.” Contact: Heidi Nye, (888) 232-2275 or (508) 748.3326; info@eval.org; www.eval.org/eval2009.

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Funding

The Anthony Marchionne Foundation announces its 2009 small grants competition. The foundation supports work on life-singlehood and pilot work on health-behavior connections. Projects of the latter type are expected to form the basis of a major grant proposal to a federal agency or large foundation. For more information, visit www.wsu.edu/~socpsych/anthony_marchionne_foundation.htm.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seek to increase collaboration between the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences by augmenting funding for interdisciplinary research related to environment, society, and the economy. GEO and SBE will consider proposals that describe new research efforts relating to the integrated study of environment, society, and economics. Interdisciplinary teams of researchers are strongly encouraged. Projects are expected to involve researchers in the geosciences and social and behavioral sciences, but they may also include other disciplines. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact an SBE or GEO Program Officer to determine if their proposed ideas respond to this activity’s goals, discuss relevant topics of interest, and gain advice on how best to prepare a proposal for this activity. Contacts: Robert O’Connor, SBE/SES, (703) 292-7263; roconnor@nsf.gov or Susan Weiler, GEO/ATM, (703) 292-8520; cweiler@nsf.gov. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=sbe or www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=geo.

The William T. Grant Foundation announces the release of the 2009-10 William T. Grant Scholars Program Brochure. The Scholars Program funds promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines. It supports the professional development of early-career scholars who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and who are seeking to further develop their skills and research. The new brochure contains a description of the program, application guidelines, and a list of current William T. Grant Scholars. For more information, visit www.wtgrantfoundation.org/info-url5243/info-url_show.htm?doc_id=646415.

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Competitions

Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award. The American Sociological Association section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology invites submissions for the Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award. The award comes with a $250 prize. An eligible author must be a student at time of submission. Published and unpublished works are accepted. Submissions are due April 15, 2009. For more information, visit www2.asanet.org/sectionskat/sectioninfo/awards.html.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for 2009. This award, from the American Sociological Association Race, Gender, and Class section, is for the best paper in the field of race, gender, and class written by a graduate student. Eligible papers must be unpublished, sole-authored, and must have been written while the author was enrolled as a graduate student in 2007, 2008, or 2009. Papers will be accepted from authors who are currently enrolled or who hold their terminal MA or PhD degree. Nominations may be submitted by the author or by others. To nominate a paper, send a letter of nomination not exceeding two pages that states why the paper makes a significant contribution to the field of race, gender, and class to Siobhan Brooks, Siobhan.Brooks@lawrence.edu. Deadline: April 15, 2009.

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In the News

Alcohol and Drugs

Sarah Bowen, North Carolina State University, had her research on tequila farms in Mexico discussed on NPR’s The State of Things, on January 23 and highlighted in the Raleigh News & Observer on January 29. Her study shows that while tequila’s surge in popularity over the past 15 years has been a boon for industry, it is triggering significant social and environmental problems in Mexico.

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, was quoted in a February 8 Chicago Tribune article about Michael Phelp’s marijuana use.

George W. Dowdall, Saint Joseph’s University, participated in a question and answer column about his book, College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem, in the February 26 edition of Inside Higher Ed.

Harry Edwards, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted about the scandal involving doping and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in a February 13 USA Today article.

Children and Youth

Glen Elder, University of North Carolina, was quoted in a February 18 Wall Street Journal article about the recession’s impact on children. Elder is author of Children of the Great Depression.

Carl Taylor, Michigan State University, and Lyn Lewis, University of Detroit-Mercy, were quoted in a February 16 Detroit News story about violence in youth culture.

Collective Behavior/Social Movements

Alexander Barnard, Princeton University, was profiled in a February 20 Chronicle of Higher Education article about freeganism, an activist movement based the principle of minimal consumption of resources, or otherwise known as dumpster diving.

Communication and Information Technologies

Richard Sullivan, Illinois State University, was a guest on Laura Ingraham’s syndicated radio program on February 24. During the show, Sullivan expressed his ideas about teens and their attachment to cell phones and text messaging. 

Zeynep Tufekci, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, discussed shifting perceptions of “public” and “private” due to the Internet in a February 24 Baltimore Sun article about Facebook.

Community and Urban Sociology

Herbert Gans, Columbia University, was profiled in a February 2009 Planning article about his seminal research and book on Levittown, NJ.

Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a March 1 Philadelphia Inquirer article about abandoned industrial age buildings in the Philadelphia area.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Barbara Brents, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was quoted in a February 15 Las Vegas Review-Journalarticle about the city’s attempts to crack down on prostitution.

Karen Heimer, University of Iowa, had her research on the violent victimization of minorities detailed in a February 16 HealthDay News article that appeared on the website for U.S. News & World Report.

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, was quoted about the prevalence of serial killers in a February 25 Associated Press story about the hunt for a killer in Los Angeles. The article was published by FOX News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Examiner, and other outlets. Levin was also quoted in a February 19 Newsweek online exclusive about seemingly ordinary men who murder their families.

Bill McCarthy, University of California-Davis, was interviewed on Sacramento’s KSTE-AM on February 12 about his study that found that teens in love commit less crime.

Michael Shively, Abt Associates, and Martin Monto, University of Oregon, were cited in a February 26 Los Angeles Times article for their research surrounding "john school," an effort by Los Angeles law enforcement to stem prostitution in the city.

Bert Useem, Purdue University, discussed prison system tensions in a February 7 Associated Press article about riots in Texas prisons. The article was published in media outlets throughout Texas and online on websites such as CBSNews.com.

Ron Weitzer, George Washington University, discussed child prostitution in a February 14 Press-Enterprise article about an increase in crime in San Bernardino County, CA.

Sociology of Culture

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, was quoted in a February 24 Associated Press story about fall from grace of the mother of octuplets, Nadya Suleman. The article appeared nationwide in outlets such as USA Today, CBSNews.com, and Yahoo!News.

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, was quoted in a February 13 Associated Press story about the impact of the peanut products recall on American families. The article received widespread coverage across the country. Glassner is author of The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong.

Barbara Katz Rothman, Baruch College of the City University of New York, wrote an article for the February 20 Chronicle of Higher Education about needing to downsize her book collection before moving to a smaller place.

Paul Roof, Charleston Southern University, discussed the potential sociological reasons for the renewed popularity of beards in a February 10 article on MSNBC.com.

Scott Schaffer, Millersville University, was quoted in a February 24 article posted to the NPR website about why people like to make lists.

Economic Sociology

Ed Collom, University of Southern Maine, was interviewed about his research on the local currency movement on National Public Radio’s February 27 Marketplace program.  He was also quoted in a February 16 San Francisco Chronicle article on time banking and a February 28 NPR Marketplace program on the same topic.

Patrick Fox, University of California-San Francisco, was cited for his work on a report about the cost to California for the care of its residents with Alzheimer’s disease in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 26.

Mauro F. Guillen, University of Pennsylvania, was interviewed in March 2009, by BBC, National Public Radio, Bloomberg TV, BusinessWeek, and the International Herald Tribune on the topic of the economic and financial crisis and how the United States can learn from the experiences of other countries.

Brooke Harrington, Max Planck Institute, was quoted in the February 19 Oregonian regarding the decline in participation in investment clubs.

Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa, was quoted about the decline of the middle class in a March 6 CQ Research article.

Beverly Moran, Vanderbilt University, authored an opinion column in the February 22 Tennessean about tax policy and revenue neutrality.

Bruce Nissen, Florida International University, was quoted in a February 26 Miami Herald article about mass layoffs in South Florida.

David Segal, University of Maryland, discussed the impact of the economy on military recruiting in a February 1 San Antonio Express-News article. He was a guest on NPR’s Marketplace program on February 20 to discuss the economic future for members of the military today.

Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College, was quoted in a February 23 United Press International story about the financial risks of job loss for dual-income families. The article was published in a number of print and online media outlets.

Steven P. Wallace, University of California-Los Angeles, had his research on the economy’s impact on older Californians detailed in a February 24 Associated Press story that was published widely throughout the state. The study found that the incomes of more than half of Californian seniors who live alone are too low to cover basic necessities. Wallace also discussed the impact of the economy on immigrant households in a February 12 Los Angeles Times article.

Christine B. Whelan, University of Iowa, was quoted in a February 13 ABC News article about the economy’s impact on online dating services. Whelan is author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love.

Sociology of Education

James G. Ennis, Tufts University, was quoted in a February 10 Inside Higher Ed article about the debate surrounding the transfer value of AP credits.

Christy Lleras, University of Illinois, was featured in the November 3 issue of BusinessWeek for her study on the importance of social skills in predicting educational attainment and future earnings. She was also quoted in USA Today (October 17), United Press International (October 23), and more recently in the Washington Post (February 1).

Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, was quoted in a February 11 USA Today article about her report examining the psychological and social implications of college admission policies. The report was also covered by Inside Higher Ed on February 12.

Environment and Technology

J. Elizabeth Jackson, University of Washington, was quoted about the deadly impact of heat waves in an article about the effects of climate change in the February 12 Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Sociology of Family

Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a February 24 USA Today article describing a campaign touting the benefits of getting married. Amato is an adviser to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, which is spearheading the campaign.

Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, was cited in a February 27 MSNBC.com story about working mothers. Bianchi was recognized for her research illustrating the changes in how married couples spend their time.

Sampson Lee Blair, University at Buffalo, was quoted in a February 14 Washington Post article about families outgrowing their homes. Blair discussed changing American fertility rates.

Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, was quoted in a February 10 Palm Beach Post article about the book she co-authored about mother-daughter relationships: Making Up with Mom.

Jean Elson, University of New Hampshire, offered tips for families whose adult children return to the nest in a February 15 Boston Globe article about the increasing trend due to the economy.

Steven Martin, University of Maryland, provided context to the rising number of younger women having children in a February 4 Wall Street Journal article.

Pamela Smock, University of Michigan, was quoted in a February 11 Detroit News article about a recent decrease in the time between couples getting engaged and getting married.

Sociology of Law

Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, was quoted in two articles about the economy’s impact on law firms in The Examiner (Washington, DC) on February 17. Uzzi predicted that firms would be less likely to take on pro bono work and that law firm pricing would shift.

Medical Sociology

Sarah Burgard, University of Michigan, was cited for her research on job insecurity and long-term health in a February 20 U.S. News & World Report article.

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, was cited for his recent British Medical Journalcommentary about the growing hysteria over nut allergies in a February 27 Time magazine article.

Iwalani Else, University of Hawaii, urged lawmakers not to tap tobacco settlement funds to cover state budget shortfalls in an article in the February 28 Honolulu Star Bulletin. She described the costs and health effects of tobacco for the state.

Joan Kahn, University of Maryland, was quoted in a February 16 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article about the toll financial concerns can have on a person’s health.

John Mirowski, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in a February 5 LiveScience.com article about the biology and sociology of age and parenthood, linked to a study of killer whales. The article appeared on Yahoo!News and the website for U.S. News & World Report on February 5.

Sociology of Mental Health

Ronald Kessler, Harvard Medical School, was quoted in a February 2 Boston Globe article discussing the mental health of adolescents and young adults.

Matt Wray, Temple University, was quoted in a February 26 BusinessWeek.com article about the emotional toll of the recession. Wray was cited for his research on high rates of suicide in Las Vegas and in other parts of the Intermountain West.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Dalton Conley, New York University, wrote an opinion piece in the February 15 Washington Post about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and women’s progress in the workforce and how it relates to the widening income gap.

Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt, Western Illinois University, was interviewed on February 2 by WUIS, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois, about his study, titled "The Human Costs of Worker Displacement" (Humanity & Society 2008). He also was the invited guest for a February 18 call-in show, "Focus 580 with host David Inge," on WILL-AM, a public radio station in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The discussion focused on the findings from his year-long study of displaced workers on unemployment, and his recommendations for reframing unemployment policies.

Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a February 4 Philadelphia Inquirer article about job loss and men.

Charles S. Koeber and David W. Wright, both of Wichita State University, were cited in a January 31 New York Times story for their 2002 study of the effects of layoffs on men and women.

Deborah Smith, University of Missouri-Kansas City, was quoted in a February 6 Kansas City Star column about corporate culture and layoffs.

Peace, War, and Social Conflict

Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, was quoted in a February 14 New York Times article about a potential lift on the ban of media coverage of war dead returning to Dover Air Force Base. He has studied the so-called Dover Test, an intangible measure of how many coffins Americans can stomach seeing.

Meyer Kestnbaum, University of Maryland, was a guest on a February 26 broadcast on WTOP-FM in Washington, DC. Kestnbaum discussed the implications of the Pentagon’s lift on the ban of media coverage surrounding coffins of war dead returning to the United States.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in the Army Times on December 29 regarding a poll of the attitudes of military personnel toward the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding sexual orientation in the military. He was also quoted on December 31 in the Battle Creek Enquirer regarding the attitudes of military personnel toward Barack Obama.

Political Economy of the World System

Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, was quoted on Lunar New Year remittances to China in The Wall Street Journal on January 28.

Political Sociology

Kevin B. Anderson, University of California-Santa Barbara, and Janet Afary, Purdue University, had their book, Foucault and the Iranian Revolution, discussed in the February 12 issue of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Benoit Challand, European University Institute, was the weekly guest for the January 22 interview on BBC (French Services). He analyzed the background of the Israeli campaign in the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009.

Sociology of Population

Andrew Beveridge, Queens College, authored an article about New York and the fight surrounding the 2010 Census in the February edition of the Gotham Gazette.

Race, Gender, and Class

Charles Gallagher, La Salle University, was quoted in a March 1 Associated Press article about the depiction of racial harmony in television ads. He called the ads a distortion of reality.

Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University, authored a controversial faculty report that was the subject of a February 25 article in Inside Higher Ed. The report asserts that the university has become the "whitest" public institution in California.

Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College, was quoted in a February 25 column in The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Asian Pop” blog about the controversial “Stimulus Chimp” cartoon in The New York Post. Sharp is a contributor to the "Sociological Images" blog.

Min Zhou, University of California-Los Angeles, was cited in a February 23 Forbes.com article about race in America. Zhou noted that ethnic enclaves operate differently from ghettos.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Milagros Pena, University of Florida, was quoted in a February 23 Florida Times-Union article about the need for months that recognize the history of certain demographic groups.

Sociology of Religion

Nancy T. Ammerman, Boston University, was quoted in an Associated Press story about a televangelist and his family problems. The article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle (February 1), on MSNBC.com (January 31), in the Los Angeles Times (January 31), and other outlets nationwide. She was also quoted in a February 16 USA Today story about religious loyalty.

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College, was quoted in a January 2 New York Times article about Watch Night, or Freedom’s Eve, one of the highest holy days within black churches. She was also quoted in a January 24 Washington Post about religious inclusion during the Obama administration.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in an article about James Dobson’s resignation from Focus on the Family in a February 27 Associated Press story. The article was published widely across the country.

Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, was quoted in a February 12 Chicago Tribune article about church services designed with young people in mind.

Rodney Stark, University of Washington, discussed the findings of a survey about gender and religion in a March 1 LiveScience article that appeared on Yahoo! News. The survey showed that women were more likely to believe in God than men.

Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College, authored an article in the January 30 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education about religion and the health and success of nations around the world. The article was adapted from his book, Society Without God.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Laurel Davis-Delano, Springfield College, commented on the controversy surrounding Southwest Airlines’ newly unveiled "S.I. One," a plane printed with the image of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. The article appeared in the February 25 San Diego Union-Tribune. Davis-Delano is author of Swimsuit Issue and Sport: Hegemonic Masculinity and Sports Illustrated.

Michael Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was cited in the March 2 issue of Newsweek about the history of masculinity in an article about men and unemployment. He was quoted in a February 27 Houston Chronicle article about the recession and the role of men.

Christine Whelan and Christie Boxer, both of the University of Iowa, were cited in a February 6 Des Moines Register article about their research. Whelan and Boxer studied mate preferences and found that women’s financial prospects attract young men while a man’s desire for a family attracts young women.

Sociology of Sexualities

Kathleen A. Bogle, La Salle University, was cited in a February 2 online special by The American Prospect about teens and cyber-safety. She was cited for her research finding that American teens are more conservative than their elders were at that age.

Laura Miller, Rand Corporation, was quoted in a February 8 op-ed column in The New York Times about homosexuals in the military.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was cited for her 1983 book, American Couples, in a February 19 San Francisco Examiner article about the decline in sexual activity between couples who have been together for a length of time.

Teaching and Learning

Robert Brym, University of Toronto, authored the column, “Why I Teach Intro,” in the February 24 edition of Inside Higher Ed.

Tim Clydesdale, The College of New Jersey, authored an article about understanding the perspectives of today’s college students in the January 23 issue of The Chronicle Review.

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Awards

Augsburg College Department of Sociology won the Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence from the Midwest Sociological Society.

Jennifer Eichstedt, Humboldt State University, received the Outstanding Professor of the Year award from the university. The award recognizes excellence in teaching.

Linda Kalof, Michigan State University, received a 2008 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for A Cultural History of Animals.

Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf, both of CUNY Graduate Center, Mary C. Waters, Harvard University, and Jennifer Holdaway, SSRC, won the 2009 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society for their work Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age.

Samuel Oliner, Humboldt State University, received the 2008 Humboldt County Peacemaker Prize. The award was given by the Eureka Interfaith Fellowship for Oliner’s substantial contributions in fostering peace in the California North Coast Region.

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Transitions

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, has joined the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at California State University-East Bay.

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People

Mary Frank Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology, is Co-principal Investigator of the world’s first international research summit for women in engineering, supported by the National Science Foundation. The Women’s International Research Engineering Summit (WIRES) will bring 50 women engineers from the United States and 50 from other countries to Barcelona in June 2009.

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College, took part in a lecture series honoring the U.S. civil rights movement at Michigan State University on February 26. She spoke about the role of black women in generating social change.

Judith Lorber, CUNY-Graduate School, was honored by the Society for Women in Society with the creation of the Feminist Transformation of the Academy Award and naming it the Judith Lorber Award.

Stephen J. Morewitz’s book, Death Threats: New Research and Clinical Perspectives, is on the Amazon.co.uk Books Bestsellers List: The Most Popular Items on Hate Crimes.

John M. Steiner, Holocaust survivor and scholar, was invited by the President of Germany’s Saarland Landtag, Hans Ley, to speak at the commemoration of the victims of National Socialism and the liberation of Auschwitz. This event took place on January 27, 2009, at the memorial of Saarbrucken’s former Gestapo camp “Neue Bremm.” Steiner described his experiences in Nazi death camps and his interviews and research with former members of the SS.

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New Books

Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University, Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class (Stanford University Press, 2009).

Jerome P. Baggett, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/GTU, Sense of the Faithful: How American Catholics Live Their Faith (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Alessandro Bonanno and Douglas H. Constance, both of Houston State University, Stories of Globalization. Transnational Corporations, Resistance and the State (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).

Christine E. Bose, University at Albany-SUNY, and Minjeong Kim, Eds., Global Gender Research: Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2009).

Madeleine Cousineau, Mount Ida College, Introducing Sociology: A Whole New World (Marquette Books, 2008).

Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth Enid Zambrana, Eds., Patricia Hill Collins, Forward, all of University of Maryland-College Park, Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice (Rutgers University Press, 2009).

George W. Dowdall, Saint Joseph’s University, College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem (Praeger, 2009).

Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California-Berkeley, Ed., Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (Stanford University Press, 2009).

Stephen Halebsky, State University of New York-Cortland, Small Towns and Big Business: Challenging Wal-Mart Superstores (Lexington Books, 2009).

Sandra L. Hanson, Catholic University of America, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education (Temple University Press, 2009).

J. David Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, and Bernard Phillips, Ed., Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination (Paradigm, 2009).

Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, and Bruce W. Dayton, Eds., Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: Moving from Violence to Sustainable Peace (Routledge, 2009).

Beverly Lindsay, Pennsylvania State University, Ralph Johnson Bunche: Public Intellectual and Nobel Peace Laureate (University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Michael A. Messner, University of Southern California, It’s All for the Kids: Gender, Families and Youth Sports (University of California Press, 2009).

David C. Ogden, and Joel Nathan Rosen, Moravian College, Eds., Reconstructing Fame: Race, Sport, and Evolving Reputations. The Redemption of Yesterday’s Villains, and What It Means for Today’s Athletes. (University Press of Mississippi, 2008).

Joel Nathan Rosen, Moravian College, The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition (McFarland & Co., 2007).

Mark Sherry, University of Toledo, Disability and Diversity: A Sociological Perspective (Nova Science, 2008).

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Other Organizations

The Prejudice Institute has approximately 20 years of newspaper, magazine, and journal clippings available free for researchers or library collections. The material is available in the following fields: campus ethnoviolence, hate crimes, police abuse, and the news media and minorities. The recipients will be responsible for shipping. Contact: (410) 366-9656; hjehrlich@aol.com; www.prejudiceinstitute.org.

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New Publications

The International Journal of Learning and Media. MIT Press and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education announce the publication of the first issue of The International Journal of Learning and Media (IJLM). This new journal is devoted to examining the intersection of media and learning in multiple contexts. Volume 1, Issue 1, edited by David Buckingham, Tara McPherson, and Katie Salen, is now available for free at <ijlm.net>. While IJLM retains the peer-review process of a traditional scholarly journal, its editorial vision and electronic-only format permit more topical and polemic writing, visual and multimedia presentations, and online dialogues. IJLM will allow the broad community interested in digital media and learning to share its insights using the tools of digital media. Sections of the journal range from shorter pieces on critical issues of a timely nature, and longer essays on keywords shaping the landscape of learning and media today, to traditional peer-reviewed scholarly articles. The IJLM website is currently in its beta stage and welcomes your comments, questions, and thoughts on how to improve the site. For more information, visit ijlm.net.

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New Programs

PhD in Sociology, University of South Florida. The PhD in sociology emphasizes multi-disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship related specifically to the study of Sustainable Communities in Global and Urban Environments. Designed to prepare students to engage in research and teaching that focuses on the post-industrial urban environment, the program requires a minimum of 60-credit hours beyond the MA and includes an interdisciplinary professional seminar, disciplinary core requirements, disciplinary electives, interdisciplinary electives, a capstone interdisciplinary seminar, and a dissertation. The program is currently accepting applications for fall 2009. Contact: Donileen R. Loseke, at dloseke@cas.usf.edu; sociology.usf.edu/.

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