In the regional meeting calendar (September/October 2001), Judith Lorber's address was listed incorrectly for the Eastern Sociological Society. The correct address for Lorber is: 319 East 24th Street, #27E, Brooklyn, NY 10010.
In the ASA Section award listings (November 2001), the incorrect author was listed for the Section on Asia and Asian America's Outstanding Book Award. The winning book, The Power of Tianamen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement, was written by Ding-xin Zhao (University of Chicago).
The authors of Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis, winner of the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section's Albert J. Reiss Jr. Award for Distinguished Scholarly Publication, were listed incorrectly in the November issue. The correct authors are Kitty Calavita, Henry N. Pontell, and Robert H.Tillman.
Call for Papers and Conferences
Association for Humanist Sociology 2002 Meetings, October 10-13, 2002, Madison, WI. Theme: "Decaying Empire/Exuberant Alternatives." Presentations do not need to be directly related to the conference theme. Various forms of participation are possible, including single presentations, session organization, panel discussions, and presentations on teaching. Send a three-sentence summary to: Diane Schaefer, AHS Program Chair, Department of Sociology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-7831; fax (217) 581-7067; e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, see
http://www.humanistsoc.org or contact Steve McGuire at (740) 826-8288.
Cardiff School of Social Sciences/IPPR International Conference, April 4-6, 2002, Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Theme: "Demoralization: Morality, Authority, and Power." Conference themes include issues of legitimacy, comparative moral geographies, domains of moral crisis, and morality and economics. Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by January 31, 2002. For additional information on the conference and requirements for submission, contact: Helen Butler, DMAP Office, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, Kind Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3WT, United Kingdom; e-mail
Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 11-15, 2002, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, HI. All areas of social sciences are invited; cross-disciplinary submissions are welcomed. Papers and abstract submissions are encouraged. Deadline for submission is January 16, 2002. For additional information, see:
http://www.tapacom.net/hcsocial/cfp_ss.htm or contact: Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, 2440 Campus Road #519, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 947-7187; e-mail
Identifying Culture Conference, June 13-15, 2002, Institute of International Business, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden. The conference aims to discuss conceptual and empirical developments on the identification of culture within countries, communities, organizations, groups, teams, professions, and demographic categories. Research papers should be submitted by February 1, 2002, via e-mail to
email@example.com. For additional information, contact Lena Zander at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.iib.edu/Identifyingculture/New_version/Identifying_culture.htm.
International Social Theory Consortium Third Annual Meeting, July 1-4, 2002, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Papers and session topics on all areas relating to social theory are invited for this meeting, sponsored by the Centre for Social and Political Thought at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Especially welcomed are proposals that capitalize on the Central-Eastern European setting of the conference. Submissions must include at least a 200-word abstract and relevant contact information, including e-mail addresses. Full papers are desirable, but not necessary. Deadline for papers and proposals is February 1, 2002. For more information, see http://www.socialtheory.org. Send submissions (preferably by e-mail) to: Frances Jones, Research Secretary, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom; fax +44 2476-523-497; e-mail .
National Coalition of Independent Scholars Sixth Biennial Conference, October 4-5, 2002, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Send 250-300 word abstracts for a 20-minute presentation to the program chair: Alicia Galvan, P.O. Box 15764, San Antonio, TX 7821208964; e-mail
email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2002. For additional information, see http://www.ncis.org or contact: NCIS, P.O. Box 5743, Berkeley, CA 94705.
NIMH International Conference on Services Research, April 2002. Theme: "Evidence in Mental Health Services Research: What Types, How Much, and Then What?" Abstracts are due December 15, 2001. The complete call for abstracts can be found at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/events/mhsrconf2002.cfm.
New England American Studies Association (NEASA) 2002 Conference, April 26-28, 2002, Boston, MA. Theme: "The Tyranny of Facts: Cultural Institutions and the Authority of Evidence." NEASA, as always, welcomes participation by public intellectuals and activists without university affiliations. To support broader participation, the NEASA will again offer the Mary C. Kelley Prize for the best paper by a graduate student or non-tenure track scholar. Proposals, including a one-page abstract and a curriculum vita, should be received by January 4, 2002. Inquiries and paper and session proposals should be directed to: Lisa MacFarlane, NEASA Program Chair, Department of English, Hamilton Smith Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; e-mail
Primavera 2002: A Women's and Gender Studies Conference, March 21-23, 2002, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. Theme: "Masculinities and Femininities." Proposals of 250 words are invited for papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions. Send three copies of abstracts, a one page curriculum vita, and contact information for all participants to: Deborah Blackwell, Department of Social Sciences, Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Blvd., Laredo, TX 78041-1900; (956) 326-2628; e-mail
Southwest Regional Learning Communities Conference, February 28-March 1, 2002, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe, AZ. Theme: "Building Communities of Active Learners." The conference will focus on learning communities that engage students as active learners in first-year experience programs, thematically linked and integrated courses, and residential models. For additional information, including registration and submission information, see: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/events/lcc02/.
Advances in Gender Research invites papers and paper proposals for Volume 7, scheduled for publication in 2002. One emphasis is on the intersection of gender issues with medicine, science, or technology. The other emphasis will depend on the submissions received and accepted. Submit two copies of a proposed paper title and abstract to: Marcia Texler Segal, Office of Academic Affairs, Indiana University Southeast, 4201 Grand Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150-6405; (812) 941-2210; fax (812) 941-2170; e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Vasilikie Demos, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Minnesota-Morris, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267; (320) 589-6190; fax (320) 589-6117; e-mail
American Behavioral Scientist invites abstract submissions for two special issues, one on reparations and the other on racial, ethnic, and religious profiling. Abstracts (no more than 100 words) and requests for additional information should be addressed to: Rodney D. Coates, Director of Black World Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056; email@example.com. Scholars will be invited to submit complete papers by early 2002.
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science was founded on the observation that human beings and social systems undergo planned and unplanned change. The journal's mission is to contribute to a body of knowledge about both change processes and outcomes. Submitted articles are free to draw on a wide range of conceptual frameworks that illuminate the implications of applying social science knowledge to change in human systems. Submissions should be sent to the editor: Clayton P. Alderfer, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, 152 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8085. For additional information, contact David Berg (Deputy Editor) at (203) 387-0201 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Modern Language Association, in collaboration with the American Association of University Professors, invites submissions (5-10 manuscript pages) for a forthcoming book on academic collective bargaining. The book will contain a selection of essays reflecting a broad range of individual perspectives (pros and cons) and experiences that will discuss significant issues and questions related to academic collective bargaining. One to two-page essay proposals are due by March 1, 2002, and should be sent to: Joseph Gibaldi, 26 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10004-1789; fax (646) 458-0030; e-mail JGibaldi@mla.org.
Social Movement Studies is an international and interdisciplinary journal providing a forum for academic debate and analysis of extra-parliamentary political, cultural, and social movements throughout the world. The journal will be launched in 2002 and actively invites contributions. For complete information, including contributor guidelines, visit http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/14742837.html. To discuss potential contributions, contact Ann Mische, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854;
Social Psychology Quarterly invites submissions for a special issue on "Race, Racism, and Discrimination," guest edited by Lawrence D. Bobo. It is the aim of this special issue to highlight work that transcends single methodological traditions. Focused but synthetic theoretical papers are welcomed. Of particular interest is new empirical research that combines data on both dominant and subordinated groups or that is comparative in scope. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2002. As an ASA journal, authors should follow ASA submission guidelines (see "Notice to Contributors" in the journal). Submit four copies of papers, a $15 submission fee, and a cover letter indicating submission for the special issue to the journal editor: Cecilia Ridgeway, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. Send one additional copy of the paper to the guest editor: Lawrence D. Bobo, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, William James Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138; e-mail
Sociological Practice: A Journal of Clinical and Applied Sociology invites submissions for a special issue on "Impact of Contemporary Theory on Sociological Practice. Deadline: March 1, 2002. Submit papers to: Bob Dotzler, Guest Editor, 1216 Lago Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322; e-mail
email@example.com. See "Instructions for Contributions" on the Sociological Practice Association website at http://www.socpractice.org.
January 18, January 25, February 1, 2002. Winterfest Conference on College Teaching, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Themes: "The Scholarship of Learning" (January 18); "The Learner's Curriculum" (January 25); and "Assessing the Progress of Learning" (February 1). Contact: Center for Teaching and Learning, 124 Dreiser Hall, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47808; (812) 237-3053;
January 29-31, 2002. University of Wolverhampton International Conference, Imperial War Museum, London, England. Theme: "Beyond Camps and Force Labor: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution." Contact: Johnnes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton, Division of History, Politics, and International Studies, Dudley Campus, Castle View, Dudley DY1 3HR, United Kingdom;
February 22-24, 2002. Sociology of Education Association 2002 Conference, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Theme: "Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Education in the 21st Century: The New Demographic Context and Its Sociological Implications." Contact: Richard D. Stanton-Salazar, SEA Program Chair, Wait Phillips Hall 1004, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0031; (213) 740-3485; e-mail
April 11-18, 2002. Globalizations: Cultural, Economic, Democratic Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. For more information, call Richard H. Brown at (301) 797-0585 or see http://www.bsos.umd.edu/socy/conference
April 13, 2002. 29th Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. For additional information, see: http://www.scu.edu/anthrosoc/conference.
April 19-20, 2002. Fourth Rutgers Symposium on Self and Social Identify, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Theme: "Self and Consciousness: Roots of Humanity?" Contact: Richard D. Ashmore, Rutgers University, Department of Psychology, 53 Avenue E, Tillett Hall, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040; (732) 445-2635; e-mail
April 21-23, 2002. National Symposium on "Keeping Our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color in Higher Education," Radisson Hotel Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN. For additional information, see http://www.oma.umn.edu/kof.
June 19-22, 2002. Council on Undergraduate Research Ninth National Conference, Connecticut College, New London, CT. Theme: "Undergraduate Research for All." Contact: CUR, 734 15th Street NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005; http://www.cur.org/conferences.html.
July 23-25, 2002. Third Wave Feminism International Conference, University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Sponsored by the Institute for Feminist Theory and Research. Contact: Stacy Gillis, School of English, Queens Building, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QH, United Kingdom;
The European Commission seeks proposals for the Key Action Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base. A budget of approximately $65 million Euro will be available for funding research and the creation of infrastructures in the social sciences and humanities in Europe. The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 15, 2002. For further information, see:
Institute of Turkish Studies will offer several types of grants in 2002-2003 in the field of Turkish studies, including Dissertation Writing Grants, Summer Language Study Grants, Summer Research Grants, Summer Travel Grants, Grants for Undergraduate Study, Grants for New Positions in Turkish Studies, and Grants for New Positions in Turkish Language Instruction. Depending on the grant program, applications are invited from individuals (U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required) or U.S. institutions. Deadline for applications is March 16, 2002. Application forms and instructions can be obtained from: Institute of Turkish Studies, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057; http://www.turkishstudies.org.
National Council for Research on Women and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center, invite applications for a Rockefeller-funded fellowship program on "Facing Global Capital, Funding Human Security: A Gendered Critique." Fellowships will be offered for 2002-03 and 2003-04 to selected activists, academics, and policymakers. Applications for 2002-2003 are due January 31, 2002. For additional information, see: http://www.ncrw.org or http://web.gc.cuny. edu/womenstudies/index.htm.
In the News
Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, and Linda Waite, University of Chicago, were featured in an August 13 USA Today article on marriages and divorce, based on studies they presented at the Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples conference.
Joel Best, University of Delaware, was cited in an October 30 Chicago Tribune article on Halloween and candy tampering.
Ralph Catalano, University of California-Berkeley, was featured in September 25 Washington Post and September 28 Toronto Star articles about his study on premature births being tied to post-disaster stress.
Karen A. Cerulo, Boston University, appeared on CNN Headline News, and was quoted in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Associated Press and Newhouse News newswire stories concerning the importance of the flag since the September 11 disaster.
Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in an October 8 Los Angeles Times article on wives filing for divorce more than husbands.
Lee Clarke has been interviewed about the World Trade Center disaster by CNN Headline News, New Jersey 12 Television, the Discovery Channel, New Scientist magazine, the Boston Globe, and several others.
Kai Erikson, Yale University, was quoted in an October 28 New York Times article about dealing with tragedy and anxiety.
Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, was quoted in an October 20 Washington Post article on rumors of terrorism.
Joshua Gamson, Yale University, authored an article for the September 24 American Prospect critiquing the PBS documentary, "People Like Us: Social Class in America."
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Georgia State University, was a panelist in a national town hall meeting on the September 11 attacks and the United Nations' role in the global issue of terrorism. Ten cities participated in this event, which was broadcast live on MSNBC and CNBC.
Timothy Heaton, Brigham Young University, was cited in an October 14 New York Times article on people getting married later in life.
Phillip Kasinitz, Hunter College, was quoted in an October 26 New York Times article on immigrants enlisting in the U.S. military.
John J. Macionis, Kenyon College, had his text, Society: The Basic, cited in a brief before the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Falvo v. Owasso Ind. School District by the United States Justice Foundation. At issue was the importance of quality education to upward social mobility in the U.S.
Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, was cited in a September 16 New York Times article on recruitment centers with small enlistment numbers.
Myron Orleans, California State University-Fullerton, was quoted in an October 12 Los Angeles Times article on the Journal of Mundane Behavior, which he edits.
Georgios Piperopoulos, University of Macedonia (Greece), is doing a two-hour weekly radio program over Radio Thessaloniki in Northern Greece.
Mark Rank, Washington University, and Thomas Hirschl, Cornell University, were featured in the "Outlook" section of the October 28 Washington Post about their study on the majority of Americans needing some form of welfare assistance in their lifetime.
Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, was quoted in an October 22 Business Week article on the future of New York City.
Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in an October 1 Los Angeles Times article on post-disaster sex.
David R. Segal and Mady R. Segal, University of Maryland, received the Robert M. Yerkes Award for contributions to military psychology from the American Psychological Association's Division of Military Psychology.
Louise I. Shelley, American University, has had over a dozen media appearances since September 11, including CNN Headline News, NPR, WHUR (Boston), Spanish National Radio, Univision, and BBC news. She has been interviewed on terrorism, organized crime, and financial issues.
Arlene Skolnick, New York University, authored an article in the September 10 American Prospect on the book Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work.
Christian Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and David Sikkink, University of Notre Dame, were quoted in a November 2001 Atlantic Monthly article on home schooling.
Mitchell L. Stevens, Hamilton College, had his book, Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement, featured in recent issues of Atlantic Monthly, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New Yorker.
Kathleen Tierney, University of Delaware, was interviewed and quoted in an October 30 Chicago Tribune article on "Learning to Live with Fear.
Henry Tischler, Framingham State College, was quoted in an October 11 Boston Herald article on patriotism in response to tragedy.
Anita M. Weiss, University of Oregon, was interviewed extensively by television and radio stations about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Muslim society in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack and subsequent events.
Caught in the Web
Metro Trend Watch monitors five "essential ingredients" of social health in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, tracked by the Wilder Research Center. Free report download and regular updates at
Social Science Research Council has developed a page of links on the September 11 disaster. See
Students for a Democratic Social Science was organized by a group of social science graduate students at the University of California-Berkeley. The new website, with a discussion bulletin board, calendar of events, links, and a media section, is to help meet a need for basic information and critical perspectives to understand the September 11 events and aftermath. See
Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) invites submissions for the ABS Undergraduate and Graduate Paper Competition. Cash awards will be presented to the top three papers submitted to each of the graduate and undergraduate competitions. Student winners will present their papers at the ABS Annual Meeting, to be held August 14-17, 2002, in Chicago, IL. Papers are due April 15, 2002. Undergraduate papers must be no more than 20 pages in length. Graduate papers must not exceed 35 pages. Submit six copies of submissions (indicating graduate or undergraduate status), plus an abstract of no more than 200 words, to: John B. Diamond, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2115 North Campus Drive, Room 217, Evanston, IL 60208-2610; e-mail
Institute for the Study of Genocide invites nominations for the Raphael Lemkin Award, presented to the best book or dissertation published in English in 2001-2002 that focuses on explanations of genocide, crimes against humanity, state mass killings, and gross violations of human rights and strategies to prevent or suppress such violations. The Award carries a stipend of $500, with travel funds of an equal amount for an award ceremony and lecture at the Institute in New York in May 2003. Send nominations by September 1, 2002, to: Roger Smith, Department of Government, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187; e-mail
International Sociological Association, Research Committee Women in Society, is organizing an essay competition to stimulate the formation of a theoretical framework for comparative studies on the changing position of women throughout the world. For more information on submission, see
http://www.ucm.es/info/isa/rc32.htm. Submissions are due January 15, 2002, and should be sent to: RC32 Essay Competition, Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa, Box 450, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada.
Sociologists for Women in Society invites nominations for the 2002 Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer. The scholarship encourages doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology, and related fields on women's experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. A prize of $1,500 will be awarded to support any aspect of research and/or publication and presentation of results from the data advanced to candidacy through one year following receipt of doctorate. The award will be presented at the SWS Annual Meeting in August 2002. Application deadline is March 1, 2002. For an application packet, contact: Nancy Stoller, Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship Committee, Community Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members' New Books
Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University (editor), Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition (Routledge, 2002).
Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois (editor), Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Volume 24 (Elsevier Science, 2000).
Patricia Ewick, Clark University, and Austin Sarat, Amherst College, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 22 (Elsevier Science, 2001).
Al Gedicks, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations (South End Press, 2001).
Uta Gerhardt, Ideal Type: Methodological Foundations of Modern Sociology (Suhrkamp Publishers, Germany, 2001).
Randy Hodson, Ohio State University, Dignity at Work (Cambridge, 2001).
David A. Locher, Missouri Southern State College, Collective Behavior (Prentice Hall, 2002).
Barbara F. Lovitts, American Institutes for Research, Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Causes and Consequences of Departure from Doctoral Study (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
Paul Mattessich, Marta Murray-Close, and Barbara Monsey, Wilder Research Center, What Makes It Work, Second Edition (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2001).
David O. Moberg, Marquette University (editor), Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (Haworth Press, 2001).
Kenneth J. Neubeck and Noel A. Cazenave, University of Connecticut, Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card Against America's Poor (Routledge, 2001).
Timothy J. Owens, Purdue University, Sheldon Stryker, Indiana University, and Norman Goodman, University at Stony Brook (editors), Extending Self-Esteem Theory and Research: Sociological and Psychological Currents (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Richard Quinney, Northern Illinois University, Borderland: A Midwest Journal (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001).
K. Warner Schaie and Jon Hendricks, Oregon State University (editors), The Evolution of the Aging Self: The Societal Impact on the Aging Process (Springer, 2000).
Mitchell L. Stevens, Hamilton College, Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, Deviance and Social Control (McGraw-Hill, 2002).
Benjamin Zablocki, Rutgers University, and Thomas Robbins, independent scholar (editors), Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Contested Field (University of Toronto Press, 2001).
The City of New York Department of Health is launching an Office of Behavioral and Social Science, charged with integrating behavioral and social science research and interventions across its full spectrum of programs. The office will develop, implement, and evaluate state-of-the-art behavior change models and methods, and integrate them into the Department's programs. For more information, including position openings, contact: Angela L. Sharpe, Associate Director for Government Affairs, Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) at (202) 842-3525 or via e-mail to email@example.com; or Rose Gasner, New York City Department of Health, at (212) 295-5311.
Family Research Consortium III 2002 Summer Institute, June 20-23, 2002, Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte, NC. Theme: "Family Processes, Mental Health, and Positive Development in Diverse Contexts." The Institute, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, will provide a forum for dissemination, evaluation, and discussion of important new developments in theory and research design, methods, and analysis in the field of family research. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2002. For applications or additional information, contact: Dee Frisque, Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts, Pennsylvania State University, 106 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802-6504; (814) 863-7108; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
Augustine J. Kposowa has been promoted to full professor, Department of Sociology, University of California-Riverside.
John H. Laub, University of Maryland, was elected President-elect of the American Society of Criminology.
Nancy B. Miller is the new Executive Officer of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). The SWS executive office will move in January 2002 from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) to the University of Akron.
S.M. Miller, Boston College and Commonwealth Institute, was reappointed to the Scientific Board of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty by the International Social Science Council.
Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, has been appointed Professor and Research Dean at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Paul L. Ranelli, University of Wyoming, has been appointed Dean of the School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences.
Jim Wolf, Indianapolis research consultant, has been named director of the Statewide Treatment Needs Assessment Project to examine substance abuse in Indiana.
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Ronald J. Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, received the Wisconsin Sociological Association's 2001 William H. Sewell Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Roy Bruce-LaPorte, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, was honored by a symposium on "History and Future of Caribbean Migration" held on November 17, 2001.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, received the Smithsonian's John P. McGovern Behavioral Science Award in recognition of his contributions to furthering an understanding of American family life.
Jennifer Fishman, University of California-San Francisco, Henning Hillman, Columbia University, and Jeffrey Sweat, University of California-Davis, received 2001 Dissertation Fellowships from the Social Science Research Council's Sexuality Research Fellowship Program.
Karrie Snyder, New York University, won the New York State Sociological Association's 2001 Graduate Student Paper Award for "Working Off the Books: Patterns of Informal Market Participation within New York's East Village.
Natalie Allon, formerly of Hofstra University, died recently.
Emily Dunn Dale, Illinois Wesleyan University, died on August 20, 2001.
Kriss A. Drass
It is with deep sorrow that we report that Kriss Drass passed away on September 24, 2001, after a brief illness. He was 48 years old. Kriss was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Government Studies at Georgetown University and his MA and PhD in Sociology at Indiana University. During his career, he held academic posts at Western Washington University and Southern Methodist University, before joining the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Kriss had an extensive publication record in sociology and criminology. His research was remarkably diverse including publications in the study of utopian literature, discrimination in legal processing, case congregation in court litigation, the structure of discourse in medical consultation, revolts and war in early modern Western Europe, race and crime, and historical analyses of crime trends. He was the computer programming genius for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and applied this technique in a variety of substantive areas. He approached the world of theory and data from a non-linear perspective. His research began with the assumption that human behavior is complex and his innovative application of QCA allowed him to look for logical patterns that made the description of behavioral outcomes more parsimonious. For all of us who worked with him, it was clear that Kriss made our research better.
In working with him over the years, it struck us that he was a close approximation of the scientific ideal. Rather than being motivated by the desire for recognition or accolades, he was invariably most interested in analyzing data and getting to the bottom of the investigation. When it came to data analysis, Kriss could be counted on to work weekends, holidays, and far into the night. But despite the fact that he was an original and innovative thinker and a constant source of great ideas and alternative views, he remained humble and modest whenever asked about his academic accomplishments. He brought the same enthusiasm to the classroom. His students appreciated the individual tutorials on statistics and methods that helped them either truly understand the material or simply pass the class.
Perhaps it sounds trite, but Kriss was a really nice guy. He had a gentle, easy-going style and a highly developed sense of humor. It was a rare exchange with Kriss that did not include laughter. He was an avid fan of "small budget" baseball teams, he believed that life was too short for cheap beer, and he was one of the most skillful "road warrior" commuters either of us have ever met.
For those of us who have known and worked with Kriss, his death leaves an incredible void in both our personal and professional lives. We miss his compassion and passion, his personal integrity, his remarkable academic skills, and above all else, his friendship.
Donations can be made in Kriss's name to the Indiana University Cancer Center.
Gary LaFree, University of Maryland, and Terry Miethe, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Jeanne Zeringue Hand
Jeanne Z. Hand, age 44, died of a brain hemorrhage on October 25, 2001 in New Orleans. Jeanne was born and raised in Luling, Louisiana, a small town just upriver from New Orleans. She is survived by her 23-year-old daughter (Jessica Hand), her mother, two brothers, two sisters, and a large extended family.
Jeanne was working on her doctoral dissertation, "Effects of Family Transitions of Women's Employment Histories, 1968-1999," in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. Her empirical project was "an event history analysis on three separate birth cohorts of women over a 30 year time period focusing on changes in occupational sex-type as well as job exits or reduction to part-time.
For 16 years Jeanne worked at Waterford III, a nuclear power plant. She started out as a decontamination technician ("nuclear janitor") and was promoted to radiological environmental specialist. Her employment experiences in this male-dominated workplace sparked her interest in occupational sex segregation and its consequences for women. Her research and teaching ambitions facilitated her return to college in 1990. She completed her bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior at Loyola University in New Orleans in 1995.
After entering the graduate program in sociology at Tulane University in 1996, Jeanne was awarded a four-year fellowship from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund for Superior Graduate Students. During that time, she completed her master's thesis under the direction of Professor Laura Sanchez. Her thesis was later published as "Badgering or Bantering? Gender Differences in Experience of, and Reactions to, Sexual Harassment among U.S. High School Students" in the December 2000 issue of Gender & Society. Jeanne was currently in the process of revising a paper for publication entitled "Attitudes toward Gay People in the United States, 1973-1998" with her dissertation advisor, April Brayfield.
Jeanne was a member of the Sex and Gender Section and the Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, as well as Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and SWS-South for several years. She had attended the winter SWS meetings several times and often related to her feminist colleagues that, of all sociological gatherings, she valued those meetings the most because of the wonderful sense of camaraderie she found there – a sense of united purpose where her work was both challenged and encouraged by the scholars she most admired. Jeanne was a dedicated and thorough researcher but her passion was teaching. She wanted nothing more than to become a college professor and share her enthusiasm about feminist sociology with her students. She had taught Introduction to Sociology at Tulane University and was teaching Introduction to Sociology and the Sociology of Gender at Loyola University at the time of her death. Her students, her mentors, indeed, anyone who knew her but especially her graduate school colleagues will all miss Jeanne's zeal for her work, her loyalty, her untiring support, and, perhaps most of all, her unique and often earthy commentary on the world of sociology.
April Brayfield, Sue Falter Mennino, and Barbara Stroope, Tulane University
Marie Haug was one of the most distinguished alumnae and also one of the most distinguished faculty members of the Department of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She died on October 4, 2001 at the age of 87. Marie excelled in all she did and continued to be a productive scholar and mentor right up to her death. She is survived by her beloved daughter and granddaughter. Her distinguished career at CWRU spanned 35 years.
Marie was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1914. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She did graduate work in English at Yale University and studied social work at the new School for Social Research. She received her PhD in Sociology at CWRU in 1968 at the age of 54.
It is truly befitting for a gerontologist to make great creative contributions during later phases of her life. Marie's productivity was a tour de force, with over 80 articles and six edited books to her credit. At 6 foot, 2 inches, Marie was an imposing presence with a sharp mind and strong convictions. She never let age, expectations, or even personal adversity slow her down.
During her career, Marie served as Principal Investigator on seven major research grants and co-investigator on 10 others. Not only did Marie Haug produce a large quantity of work, but she has made significant contributions to the fields of medical sociology, sociology of professions, and sociology of aging. Many of her early papers have become classics in the field. As early as the 1970s, she was prescient in her focus on computer technology as a major influence in redefining work and careers. In the late 1970s, Marie began to turn her attention to issues in medical sociology. She set the agenda for the health care consumerism movement and brought to light important challenges to accepted models of health care delivery.
Her early background as a union organizer and social activist never let her stay away from difficult topics which had social policy implications. At the same time, Marie approached each research question in a methodologically rigorous fashion. Her interest in research methods led her to develop a campus-wide seminar series in which renowned methodologists provided training for university faculty and advanced students in the latest cutting-edge techniques.
Another major direction in Marie's research agenda focused on gerontological topics working in the framework of the stress paradigm. She also became increasingly intrigued by the roles of race and gender in shaping health care, self-care, adaptation to stress, and mental health in late life. Marie received Distinguished Scholar awards from both the Medical Sociology and Sociology of Aging Sections of the ASA.
Among Marie's greatest contributions was being a mentor per excellence to both students and senior colleagues. In her critiques of manuscripts and grant proposals, she always honed in on the crux of the problem and minced no words in providing feedback. For her positive influence on training leading scholars in the field of aging, she received the Gerontological Society of America's Distinguished Mentorship Award.
On the CWRU campus, Marie may have been best known as the founding director of the Center on Aging and Health, an organization she guided to national leadership. Marie's disciplinary home was in the CWRU Department of Sociology, which she chaired from 1975 through 1978. Marie had an abiding belief that our discipline's contributions to society and to the educational enterprise will be recognized, and that sociology will thrive in the years ahead. All of us in the department hope that Marie will be smiling as she sees her predictions come true. We will give it our all to make her proud.
Eva Kahana, Case Western Reserve University
Official Reports and Proceedings
2000-2001 Council Minutes
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Present: Richard D. Alba, Elijah Anderson, Catherine White Berheide, William T. Bielby, Florence B. Bonner, Diane Brown, Michael Burawoy, Craig Calhoun, Nancy Denton, Joe R. Feagin, Richard Flacks, Arne L. Kalleberg, Nan Lin, Carole C. Marks, Douglas S. Massey, Ross Matsueda, Barbara F. Reskin, Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin.
Absent: Paul J. DiMaggio
Incoming Council members: Linda M. Burton, Robert D. Crutchfield, Victor Nee, Ivan Szelenyi
Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Alfonso R. Latoni, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Phoebe H. Stevenson
1. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was approved as presented.
2. Welcoming Remarks
President Massey thanked all Council members for their faithful service. He welcomed incoming Council members and expressed appreciation to outgoing members.
3. Report of the President
President Massey reported that the number of registrants at the Anaheim meeting was 4,105. Turnout at the meeting was even much lower than expected. The sessions, however, were very well attended, and attendees were pleased with the 4-day program. Some attendees hoped that the online program could be made available sooner. Massey noted that there has been considerable media interest in the Annual Meeting—with both a media presence and many media calls handled in the on-site media office.
Massey also reported on ASA's efforts to address human rights concerns specifically with regard to sociologists being arrested in China and Egypt. Two scholars imprisoned in China were released, and both have extended their appreciation to the Association for help in putting pressure on the Chinese government. Dr. Ibrahim is still imprisoned in Egypt. Massey indicated that overall the U.S. State Department has not been as aggressive in protecting and defending researchers who have been detained or arrested because of their scholarly work. He thanked Council for its timely review and approval of a resolution that was released on August 20, 2001 urging greater vigilance and action by the State Department to protect the rights and well-being of U.S. scholars, including those who are foreign born and those who are permanent U.S. residence. Follow-up inquiries are expected from the media in response to this press release.
Massey introduced the film commissioned for the 2001 Annual Meeting. With support from the ASA and the University of Pennsylvania, this film entitled "Cities in Celluloid" was addressed to the Annual Meeting theme. Council members viewed the film and responded quite positively. They thought that the film could potentially be of use in sociology classes. President Massey indicated that he and Executive Officer Felice Levine will examine copyright arrangements and whether ASA could distribute and sell the film.
4. Report of the Secretary
Secretary Florence Bonner reported on ASA membership. As of July 20, the count was down by approximately 2.5 percent as compared with last year. Bonner commended the Executive Office, and the entire staff, for embarking on a series of outreach efforts to retain and recruit members. Some non-renewing members indicated that, since they were not attending the Annual Meeting in Anaheim, they would not renew this year. ASA continues to attract a healthy number of new members, with a solid representation from students. The retention rate was slightly lower when compared with previous years. One area of concern is how the decline in members might affect sections.
Bonner reported that, overall the total number of section memberships has increased in 2001 primarily due to memberships in Labor and Labor Movements, a new section-in-formation. The proportion of ASA members participating in sections has remained relatively stable at more than 60 percent. However, there are 11 sections that are below the 300-member minimum requirement, and most of these sections have been below the minimum numbers for two years. The Committee on Sections contacted these sections before the Annual meeting, to monitor the section membership and to help them.
Bonner reported on journal subscriptions, indicating that institutional subscriptions were only slightly below (1.6 percent) the same period last year. Vice President Richard Alba observed that the data from 1994 to 2000 show the number of journals per member subscriber is going down nontrivially (1.5 versus 1.25). The decline is continuous over this period, and it affects not only the specialty journals but also American Sociological Review (which experienced more than a 20 percent decline). Executive Officer Levine indicated that these data on member subscriptions are pertinent to the discussion about decoupling dues and journal subscriptions because the proportion of members in categories requiring two journals has declined.
Levine specifically addressed the issue of institutional subscriptions. She noted that ASA journals experienced a smaller decline in institutional subscribers as compared to other learned societies. While she thought that the market might be close to saturation in the U.S., there are opportunities to expand the international markets especially through electronic publication. She indicated that she hopes that the drop by the end of the year would remain close to 1 percent as we experienced in 2000.
JSTOR subscriptions have remained consistent as compared to last year. Levine indicated that, while subscriptions have been healthy, actual usage has not been as high among those who subscribe. Therefore, the costs to ASA are lower than anticipated since charges also reflect use. JSTOR provides the opportunity for members to be able to access and search back issues online (five years and beyond).
5. Report of the Executive Officer
Executive Officer Levine thanked ASA staff for a wonderful job of ensuring smooth operations of the Association as well as preparing for the Annual Meeting. She indicated that the agenda itself reflected many of the important issues of substance occupying the Executive Office and thus that her opening remarks would be brief.
Levine commented further on the unusual membership renewal pattern this year. Initially, membership renewals were ahead of the prior year during the early months of the renewal cycle. During the data conversion at the Executive Office, no membership reports were available, and the 2nd renewal notices were sent later than usual. The slow down in the number of renewals occurred at the middle of the cycle. Further, these factors intersected with the Annual Meeting being held in Anaheim, a less attractive or convenient place for ASA members, even with a very appealing program. To address this situation, the Executive Office launched an aggressive outreach project. The outreach yielded many more renewals, but many members, who were not planning on attending the Annual Meeting, decided not to renew this year. Levine is hopeful that the coming year will be better, especially with efforts to reach out earlier, including partnering with sections on such issues as outreach to lapsed members of ASA and of specific sections.
Levine thanked Council for its support and for the opportunity to serve as Executive Officer.
6. Investment Report
Secretary Bonner reported that ASA's long-term investment portfolios did show losses given the market situation. Kenneth Siegel, the ASA investment manager at Fiduciary International cautioned that the outlook for the coming year is not optimistic. Bonner indicated that, despite the downturn, investments have been able to generate the necessary income to support the Rose Fund and the Executive Office lease. She noted that the Rose Fund must generate annual income to support the publication of Contexts and protect the principal necessary to maintain the Rose Series by the end of the support period for Contexts. She overviewed ASA's investment manager's recommendation to reposition our asset mix for Rose—moving from a 60-40 mix to a 50-50 mix. Bonner also reported that ASA's bond holding has been increased and equity holding decreased in response to the volatile market. Bonner indicated that ASA is in a good position in the long run.
Executive Officer Levine addressed the concerns that Vice President Alba had raised in February regarding financial projections and the ability of the Rose Fund to yield the needed resources. Levine indicated that she had worked with Kenneth Siegel to reexamine projections and to make the necessary adjustments to the asset allocation to ensure the ability to meet the needs of Contexts. Council discussed whether the 50-50 mix will yield the annual income needs from the Rose Fund. Levine indicated that the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB) thought that this allocation was reasonable at this point. She noted that Fiduciary International is vigilant in monitoring requirements for this account and that there is also considerable interaction with the Executive Office and discussion at meetings of the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB).
Council member Craig Calhoun requested that more comprehensive information be presented when describing the overall performance of the accounts within the ASA portfolio. Past President Joe Feagin urged that the proportion of ASA's investment in stocks be further reduced during this time when the economy is so uncertain. Council appreciated the cautious approach of the Executive Office and the EOB and reiterated the importance of the Association's risk-adverse nature.
7. 2000 Final Audit and Financial Report
Bonner reported that the 2000 audit has been completed and that the Association's financial affairs are in good order. She also reported on the new practice of the auditor interviewing the Secretary to ensure good financial management and spending by the Executive Office. This new practice was put in place last year for all non-profit organizations.
Bonner reported that the 2000 budget year ended on a positive note. The excess of revenue over expenditure is mostly due to above budget revenues in subscriptions, publication sales, and the Annual Meeting and below expenditure predictions for governance expenses and the Annual Meeting.
8. COLA Adjustment for Membership Dues
Secretary Bonner and Executive Officer Levine reported on the recommendation from the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget to return to the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase with the 2002 dues renewal. EOB recommended an adjustment of 2.5 percent. Bonner and Levine reminded Council that dues had been kept at the 1999 rate in 2000 and 2001 pending review of the dues structure. Since the mid-1980s, the Association had raised dues by COLA on an annual basis.
Council member Lynn Smith-Lovin asked if ASA could hold dues at the same level for another year while the Association waited for the outcome of the referendum. Executive Officer Levine indicated that the COLA adjustment is independent of the referendum change—although the COLA adjustment will only be applied to the dues portion and not to required subscription rates if the referendum passes. She indicated that EOB thought the Association should return to the general practice of a COLA adjustment. Council asked whether there is a financial need to reinstate COLA. Levine indicated that there was insofar as projected membership dues income and income from Annual Meeting are lower than budgeted and, in that sense, the revenue picture is tighter than in prior years.
Motion: To approve a COLA increase of 2.5 percent for the 2002 Dues. Carried (yes, 11; no, 2).
9. Decoupling of Dues and Journals Subscriptions
Secretary Bonner and Executive Officer Levine provided a brief update on the status of Council's decision in February to recommend decoupling dues and required journal subscriptions. Council had approved taking a referendum to the membership that would decouple dues while requiring all members to subscribe to one journal. In February, Council asked EOB to work on final costs with specific consideration to preserving the neutrality of combined costs of dues and journals for all categories of members, especially for students. At its August meeting, EOB had considered rates that achieved this goal and provided additional subsidy to students to encourage their subscribing to journals. Levine presented a table showing the costs under the current "coupled" and proposed "decoupled" plans for all dues levels.
Council thought that the proposed plan achieved Council's intent. Council discussed the importance of the referendum being accompanied by a clear explanation of the change. Council members thought it unlikely that ASA members would recall the Footnotes story in any detail.
Motion: To approve the 2002 dues rates as proposed. Carried unanimously.
Council considered the request that was presented at the Business Meeting to include pro and con statements about the proposed change in the dues structure. The issue was brought to the Business Meeting by co-editor of the Rose Series Dan Clawson who inquired about the possibility of presenting a "counter" view to make clear the advantages and disadvantages. President Massey indicated that it would be useful to include pro and con statements to ensure that voting members were aware of the care that went into Council's recommendation and that the intent is to make transparent both the advantages and disadvantages to voting members.
Council discussed different approaches to providing members with information on the referendum. Council concluded that it would be best to present the pros and cons without seeking to define who supported which views. Council appreciated that editors wanted to be sure that members understood the advantages and disadvantages as they were voting.
Executive Officer Levine indicated that she and incoming Secretary Kalleberg could craft such a statement outlining both the pros and cons. She noted that they were well positioned to do so—having weighed many considerations in arriving at the recommended plan. She indicated that this draft could be circulated to the editors and Council for review. Council thought this approach made sense and suggested that editors be informed so that they were aware that their recommendation for a "counter" statement was being addressed.
Council discussed some of the pros and cons that they had previously considered in making the recommendation in February. Council members agreed that it was hard to forecast how the change would affect member reading and purchasing preferences. Vice President Alba indicated that he was concerned that ASA is introducing a change in the dues/subscription structure while, at the same time, introducing a new journal. He was concerned that members wishing to reduce the amount that they pay would only subscribe to one journal. He was also concerned that, if members chose Contexts, it could erode support for journals publishing original research. Alba suggested that Contexts should not be included as a required choice in the mix of ASA-wide journals until a period of time has passed to assess the impact of the dues restructuring. Levine indicated that historically no ASA-wide journal has been excluded as a member required choice.
Council member Nancy Denton raised the issue of section-sponsored journals. Levine clarified that, prior to the adoption of the Guidelines for the ASA Publications Portfolio in February 1999, sections were not permitted to sponsor journals. The Guidelines make possible the Publications Committee and ASA Council approving section journals under a specific set of conditions, including requiring subscriptions from all section members. Levine also clarified that the Guidelines do not classify ASA-wide journals as "general" and section-sponsored journals as "specialty." Council member Calhoun suggested that we should proceed as planned understanding that, in the coming years, ASA may need to deal further with the distinctions among ASA-wide general and specialty journals, section-sponsored journals, and Contexts.
Council member Diane Brown asked whether ASA should think about a discount for members subscribing to more than two journals. Levine indicated that the Publications Committee had suggested the possibility of creating a "package deal" for purchasing more ASA journals. While EOB also reflected on this possibility, it seemed wise to bring to the members a simple and direct referendum rather than seek to have members consider a number of packaging options.
Motion: To include Contexts with other ASA journals in the cafeteria plan. Carried unanimously with 2 abstentions.
Council returned to a discussion of ASA-wide general and specialty journals and section-sponsored journals. Council members sought to craft a number of motions with friendly amendments but none was duly seconded. Levine indicated that the Publication Committee spent considerable effort developing the Guidelines for the ASA Publications Portfolio which addressed the distinction between ASA-wide journals and section-sponsored journals. She noted that these Guidelines were also reviewed and adopted by Council. Levine suggested that Council might make a request to the Publications Committee rather than making a formal motion.
Motion: Noting the changing mix of ASA publications and the decoupling of dues and journal subscriptions, Council seeks the advice of Publications Committee as to whether the definition of "ASA-wide journal" and "section-sponsored" remains adequate. This review is needed by 2004 to inform the first mandated review of Contexts.
Past-Vice President Lin suggested that the motion be tabled until January when ASA would know the results of the membership referendum. Motion to table carried (yes,11; no, 4).
10. Task Forces and Status Committees
Executive Officer Levine indicated that, because some Council liaisons were rotating off of Council at the conclusion of this meeting, President Massey and President-elect Reskin have scheduled their reports to be on the agenda for this Council meeting. Levine overviewed the work of the Council Subcommittee on Task Forces (Chair Kate Berheide, Nancy Denton, Paul DiMaggio, and Levine). She also reminded Council that it had approved via e-mail the recommended composition of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum. Outgoing Council member Kate Berheide was asked by Council to chair this Task Force (she did not participate in this e-mail selection). Berheide indicated that she had convened a meeting of Task Force members present in Anaheim. She noted that the full group would meet in the late fall or early winter.
Berheide continued the report of the Council Subcommittee on Task Forces. She indicated that the Subcommittee had invested considerable effort in preparing a slate of nominees for both the Task Force on Contingent Employment in the Academic Workplace and the Task Force on Opportunities Beyond Graduate Education: Postdoctoral Training and Career Trajectories. Because the number of self-nominations for these task forces was low, the Subcommittee worked as a group to identify a broad and diverse slate.
Berheide circulated the rank-ordered list of nominees for both of these Task Forces. Council responded favorably to the slate with some suggested modifications.
Motion: to approve the suggested list for the Task Force on Contingent Employment in the Academic Workplace, as proposed with amendments. Carried unanimously.
Motion: to approve the suggested list for the Task Force on Opportunities Beyond Graduate Education: Postdoctoral Training and Career Trajectories, as proposed, deferring to President Reskin the appointment of chair and any amendments as may be necessary. Carried unanimously.
Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology. Staff Liaison Carla Howery and Council Liaison Kate Berheide reported on the activities of this Committee, which have primarily centered on the accessibility of the Annual Meeting. At the 2001 Committee meeting, the group addressed programmatic issues, such as doing research when the sample includes persons with disability (e.g., how to interview persons with particular disabilities). The Committee wants to provide an opportunity for persons with specialties in disabilities to meet at the Annual Meeting, such as during the "Other Group Activities" slots. The Committee will submit proposals to the 2002 and 2003 Annual Meeting Program Committees.
Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology. Staff Liaison Roberta Spalter-Roth and Council Liaison Barbara Risman reported that the Committee continues its interest in available data on the status of women, including trend data on women's participation in ASA. Over the winter and spring, the Executive Office provided members with data and data sets for them to review and analyze.
Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology. Staff Liaison Alfonso Latoni and Council Liaison Ross Matsueda reported that Verna Keith will be stepping down as chair at the end of the calendar year, but will remain on as member. With some members departing and others commencing terms, the Committee composition will change in 2002. Only a few members came to the meeting in Anaheim. The Committee had received data from the ASA Executive Office. At the meeting, there was some discussion as to whether to collect qualitative data to augment the quantitative data.
Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Persons in Sociology. Staff Liaison Roberta Spalter-Roth and Council Liaison Richard Flacks provided an update on the Committee's activities. The Committee is making progress in collecting data on the following: (1) articles on GLBT topics in a broad selection of sociological journals from1960-2000; (2) papers and roundtables on GLBT topics presented at the ASA Annual Meetings from 1986-2000; and (3) books reviewed on GLBT topics in journals, Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grants on GLBT topics, and support for graduate student research. A report is expected in 2002.
Task Force on the Reexamination of COC and CON. Vice President Alba and Council member Berheide provided a brief overview of the work of this Task Force. The key recommendation of this Task Force—to reconstitute the Committee on Committees (COC) with an altered structure and scope—was supported by Council in February. Members will be voting on it as part of the referendum. Council was pleased that there were supportive comments and essentially no negative comments about the restoration of COC.
Alba and Berheide also reported that at its August meeting the Task Force considered a number of possibilities regarding the nomination process and the Committee on Nominations (CON). These include: (1) that Council members receive a more extensive statement on diversity guidelines; (2) that a task force be reconstituted in four years to review the guidelines and results of implementation; (3) that ASA move forward as soon as possible to create a relational database so that information about persons who can be potential nominees can be easily created; and (4) that there be some tracking of networks for names, where nominations come from (e.g., Footnotes), and any patterns in declination of candidates who are asked to run.
Task Force on ASA Journal Diversity. Council member Carole Marks (Vice Chair of the Task Force) reported that the Task Force is interested in (1) an analysis of content, (2) a review of process (submission, review, feedback), and (3) strategies of outreach to encourage submissions. She indicated that the Task Force would divide into subgroups around these issues and would be meeting during the 2001-2002 year to accelerate the pace. Conference calls are also likely to be held.
Task Force on Current Knowledge on Hate/Bias on Campuses. Hate Crimes. Staff Liaison Levine and Council Liaison Marks said that the Task Force has submitted a report. Levine indicated that it was important for Council to digest the report and request any further clarification or information it might wish. She noted that the Task Force was interested in Council's view and pursuing any next steps that might be useful.
Task Force on Articulation of Sociology in Two-Year and Four-Year Sociology Programs. Staff liaison Howery and Council Liaison Berheide described the activities of the Task Force. Members have summarized articulation agreements in a number of states. The chair, Rhonda Zingraff, made a presentation to the chair conference and sought their feedback. The Task Force's goal is to provide a report and craft a handbook for two- and four-year schools addressed to the transfer of sociology credits.
Task Force on an ASA Statement of Race. Staff liaison Roberta Spalter-Roth and Council Liaison Diane Brown indicated that the Task Force has been constituted under the leadership of Troy Duster as chair. Duster convened an initial meeting in Anaheim that provided a useful opportunity to share ideas, consider background documents, and discuss how best to proceed. The Task Force will meet again in the fall. The Task Force aims to have a statement ready for Council's consideration in August 2002.
Council concluded by meeting in Executive Session.
The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.