Call for Papers
American Sociological Association 95th Annual Meeting, August 12-16, 2000, Hilton Washington and Towers and Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. Theme: "Oppression, Domination, and Liberation: Challenges for the 21st Century." Members of the Association and other interested individuals are invited to submit papers and discussion topics to be considered for inclusion in the 2000 Annual Meeting Program. Complete details for submissions available in the ASA website: www.asanet.org/convention/call.html.
27th Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, April 8, 2000, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Empirical, theoretical, and review papers are invited. A completed paper or abstract of at least half page in length, with name(s) and telephone number(s) of student author(s) and faculty sponsor(s) should be submitted by February 11, 2000, to: Shawn Ginwright, Anthropology/Sociology Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053.
Conference on Carework, August 11, 2000, Howard University, Washington, DC. Theme: "Carework: Research, Theory, and Advocacy". A two-page abstract of your paper must be submitted by February 1, 2000. Contact Mary Tuominen, (740) 587-6646; e-mail email@example.com, for names and addresses of session organizers to whom papers should be submitted. For general information contact the carework listserve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Awareness Society International, Ninth International Conference, May 25-28, 2000, Regal UN Plaza Hotel, New York. Theme: "Global Awareness and its Effects on Peace and Reconciliation." Proposals are invited focusing on the effects of the shrinking globe on all areas of human endeavor. Deadline: February 15, 2000. Contact: James C. Pomfret, President, Global Awareness Society International, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; (570) 387-4292; fax (570) 389-3599; e-mail email@example.com; acwww.bloomu.edu/~pomfret.
International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment (Formerly SASH), Ninth Annual Conference, August 10-11, 2000, Washington, DC. Theme: "Sexual Harassment in Global Context." Papers, workshops, panels, and discussion groups on all aspects of sexual harassment are sought. Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2000. For further information and registration material contact conference co-chairs Susan Fineran, Boston University, (617) 353-7912, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Patti Giuffre, Southwest Texas State University, (512) 245-2113, e-mail email@example.com.
International Gender and Language Association (IGALA), First Conference, April 13-16, 2000, Stanford University, CA. We seek papers that deal with language in relation to gender and/or sexuality. Contact: First IGALA Conference, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2150; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of abstracts January 10, 2000; notification date: Late February. www-linguistics.stanford.edu/Conferences/igala/.
International Sociological Association, Fifth International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Research Committee on Logic and Methodology, October 3-6, 2000, Cologne, Germany. Deadline for abstracts for individual papers is January 31, 2000. For detailed information and e-mail registration access the web page www.za.uni-koeln.de/rc33. Contact: Joerg Blasius, Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung, University of Cologne, Bachemer Str. 40, D-50931 Koeln, Germany; e-mail email@example.com.
Justice Studies Association, Second Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, 2000, Ramada Inn, Albany, NY. Theme: "Confronting Processes and Institutions of Power: Where Restorative Justice and Social Justice Meet." Those wishing to make a presentation at the conference should send an abstract of 200 words or fewer by February 1, 2000 to: Justice Studies Association, c/o Dennis Sullivan, Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice, P. O. Box 262, Voorheesville, NY 12186; (518) 765-2468; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posting the Male: Representations of Masculinity in the Twentieth Century, Conference, August 24-26, 2000, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. Contributors to the conference are encouraged to consider not only specific 'themes' or contents, but also to investigate the different styles and 'poses' of masculinity and their psychic, cultural and socio-political implications. Send proposals for papers to: Daniel Lea and Berthold Schoene-Harwood, Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, Dean Walters Building, St. James Road, Liverpool L1 7BR, United Kingdom. Deadline: January 31, 2000. Contact: Cathy Cromby, 0151- 231-5009; e-mail email@example.com.
Rural Sociological Society 63rd Annual Meeting, August 16-20, 2000, Washington, DC. Theme: "Policy and Rural Communities: Challenges for the 21st Century." Send abstracts for Special Sessions, Round Tables, Organized Panels, Forums, Workshops, Paper and Poster Presentations and Film and Video sessions by February 14, 2000 to: Don E. Albrecht, RSS 2000 Program Chair, Department of Rural Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2125; (409) 845-9781; fax (409) 845-8529; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Aztlanahua@aol.com.
Contributions in Sociology Series (Greenwood Press) welcomes scholarly manuscripts and monographs/edited volumes on a wide array of subjects in sociology and related disciplines. Submit proposals to the Series Advisor: Dan A. Chekki, Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9, Canada; fax (204) 774-4134; e-mail email@example.com.
Humanist Sociology (Teaching) Resource Book, 4th Edition, Joint Project of the ASA Teaching Resources Center and the Association for Humanist Sociology. We are looking for short (three pages maximum) pieces on how you successfully teach humanist sociology. A partial listing of areas/subjects of interest include humanist notions of teaching philosophy, classroom discussion, grading, take-home assignments, readings, use of video in the classroom, use of music, fiction, or other humanities-based data in the classroom, and intersections of feminist, class, race, and gender concerns in humanist teaching. We also encourage submissions of interesting/unique humanist sociology course syllabi for consideration. Deadline: April 15, 2000. Contact the Editors at the Department of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701: Glenn A. Goodwin, (740) 592-1637; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Martin D. Schwartz, (740) 593-1366; fax (740) 593-1365; e-mail email@example.com.
Journal of Correctional Best Practices. The American Correctional Association (ACA) is seeking submissions to be published next August. The first edition of this peer-reviewed journal will focus on youthful offenders in adult correctional systems. Submissions can be 20-40 typed, double-spaced pages in length, inclusive of charts, graphs and references and follow the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 4th edition. The paper should be accompanied by an abstract of 300 words or less. Contact Mike Kelly, (800) 222-5646 x1930; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for complete details on the editorial policy, submission guidelines and submission deadline.
Michigan Sociological Review is requesting submissions for its Fall, 2000 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association and has been recognized as one of the leading state journals in the nation. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews on a wide range of sociological topics. Submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2000. Send three hard copies, the word-processed file on disk (Word, Word Perfect, etc.), and a brief biographical statement to: Jay Weinstein, Editor, Michigan Sociological Review, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197; e-mail email@example.com. A $20.00 processing fee is charged to authors whose papers are accepted for publication.
Passages: Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies invites submissions for a number of upcoming special issues. The themes include border studies, transnational sexualities, cities and globalization, conquest and culture. Essays on other themes related to the interests of the Journal are also welcome. Interdisciplinary work is highly encouraged. All essays should be accessible to readers across various fields. Send inquiries and submissions to the Editor: Mohammed A. Bamyeh, New York University, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 715 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-6806; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualitative Sociology (special issue on Strategy). We are looking for empirically-grounded work on strategic chaos, interactions, and plans from any subfield of sociology, including organizations, business, military, politics, social movements, and sports among others. We are especially interested in issues such as how actors (whether individuals or organizations) make strategic choices, the kinds of dilemmas they face, how they learn and innovate, and how they distinguish different audiences for their words and actions. Five copies of submissions should be sent by September 1, 2000 to: Qualitative Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003. Inquiries should be addressed to the issue's guest editors, James Jasper (e-mail Jmjasper@juno.com) or Ian Roxborough (e-mail email@example.com).
Radical Pedagogy invites submissions for Volume 2, Issues 1-3, 2000. RP is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the analysis of contemporary teaching and learning. Articles are published on a per-issue basis with regular volume numbers. Contact: Timothy McGettigan, Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, Box 7808, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109; (336) 758-5447; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
Research in Urban Sociology, Volume Seven. Theme: "Urban Redevelopment" (JAI Press). Submissions are invited on various dimensions of urban redevelopment in the United States and around the world. The primary objective of Volume Seven is to publish high quality papers that increase our knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of urban redevelopment. Deadline for submissions: May 2000. Contact: Kevin Gotham, Guest Editor, Research in Urban Sociology, Department of Sociology, Tulane University. 220 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. tulane.edu.
Resource Book for Teaching Sociological Theory, to be published Summer 2000 by the Teaching Resource Center of the American Sociological Association. Editor: Terry LeMoyne, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Submission deadline: January 21, 2000. Please contribute your syllabi, course materials, and resource lists in any of the following word processing formats: Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. Submit your Windows/MS-DOS readable file(s) on a 3.5" IBM-compatible diskette or as an e-mail attachment (Mac usersplease use your word processor's "save as" option to convert your file[s] to the Windows/MS-DOS format). Send your materials before January 31, 2000 to: Terri LeMoyne, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403; e-mail email@example.com.
January 5-7, 2000. 1st Annual Relevance of Assessment and Culture in Evaluation (RACE 2000), Tempe Mission Palms Resort and Conference Center, Tempe, AZ. Contact: RACE 2000, P.O. Box 870611, Tempe, AZ 85287-0611; (480) 727-6591; fax (480) 965-0300; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; .
February 5, 2000. Hawai'i Sociological Association Y2K Millennium Conference, Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawai'i. Theme: "Toward the Center from the Edges: Legacies of Marginalized People at the Dawn of the Third Millennium." Contact: Peter Froelich, Social Science Department, Leeward Community College, 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782; (808) 455-0369; e-mail email@example.com.
February 25-27, 2000. Sociology of Education Association 2000 Annual Conference, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Theme: "Educational Stratification: Past and Prospects." Contact: Reynaldo Baca, Rossier School of Education - WPH 402, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0031; (213) 740-2360; fax (213) 740-7101; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. .
March 3-4, 2000. MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy and NICHD Family and Child Wellbeing Research Network Interdisciplinary Conference, Bethesda, MD. Theme: "Conflict and Cooperation in Families." Contact: Robert A. Pollak, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, Campus Box 1133, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899; (314) 935 4918; fax (314) 935 6359; e-mail email@example.com.
March 23-25, 2000. A Symposium Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the Publication of The Souls of Black Folk, Mercer University, Macon, GA. Theme: "W.E.B. DuBois, Race and the New Millenium." Contact: DuBois Symposium, English Department, Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207; fax (912) 301-2457; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24-25, 2000. Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association, XXIV Annual Conference, Boston College, Boston, MA. Theme: "The Modern World-System in the 20th Century." Contact: Ramón Grosfoguel, Sociology Department, McGuinn Hall 426, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167-3807; e-mail: email@example.com.
April 9-12, 2000. American Methadone Treatment Association Conference 2000, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA. Theme: "Entering the New Millenium - From Pioneers to Innovators." For more information call: (856) 423-7222, ext. 350; fax (856) 423-3420; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
June 8-11, 2000. 7th International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Theme: "Charting a Course to the Future: Women, Work and Computerization." Contact: Deborah Kirby, Executive Director, WWC 2000 Conference, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
June 23-25, 2000. University of Leeds, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies International Conference, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Theme: "Gendering Ethics/The Ethics of Gender: An International Interdisciplinary Conference." Contact: Sasha Roseneil and Linda Hogan, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com, or Yoshimichi Sato, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Phillip Bonacich, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557; (310) 825-3017. email@example.com.
July 9-18, 2000. World Alzheimer Congress 2000, Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington DC. Theme: "With Change in Mind." Contact: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676; (312) 335-5813; fax (312) 335-1110; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; smabs2K@lse.ac.uk. email@example.com and Earl Wysong, Department of Sociology, Indiana University-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN 46902; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 11-15, 2000. 2000 Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Hotel, Durham, NC. Theme: "At the Crossroads: Transforming Community Locally and Globally." Contact: Mary Murphy, Department of History and Philosophy, P.O. Box 172320, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-2320; (406) 994-5206; fax (406) 994-6879; e-mail email@example.com.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research invites applications for research program project grants to conduct research on racial and ethnic disparities in health that are amenable to improvements in health services. Application Receipt Date is January 21, 2000. The announcement can be accessed from: .
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program is funded by a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each grant awarded will be up to $25,000. In addition to submitting a paper, successful applicants will also present their results to SSA in Washington, DC. Submissions are due by January 31, 2000. Awards will be made in March, and final projects must be completed by March 31, 2001. Awardees will be required to prepare a presentation for SSA in Washington, DC. Papers will appear in the CRR Working Paper Series at the discretion of the Center. Contact: Sandell Grant Program, The Center for Retirement Research, Boston College, 550 Fulton Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Proposals must be received via mail by the close of business on January 31, 2000. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Contact: Annika Sundèn, (617) 552-1459; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Board, 2000-2001 Grant Opportunities for U.S. Scholars: (1) Individual Advanced Research Opportunities, (2) Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, (3) Mongolia Research Fellowship Program, (4) Mongolian Language Training Program, (5) Russian-U.S. Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program, (6) Short-term Travel Grants, (7) Social Sciences and Humanities Network. For deadlines and more information contact: International Research and Exchanges Board, 1616 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 628-8188; fax (202) 628-8189; e-mail email@example.com. www.irex.org.
Lindesmith Center invites applications for a limited number of fellowships to support research on the history and politics of drug prohibition as well as its costs, consequences and alternatives. Preference will be given to proposals that are unlikely to be funded by government agencies. Pre-doctoral fellowships provide $18,500 for one year. Applicants must be "advanced to candidacy" (i.e. working on the dissertation). Post-doctoral fellowships provide $32,000 to $42,000 for one year (depending on years post PhD). Post-docs must have completed their PhD (or equivalent) within the past six years. All fellows are eligible for up to $4,000 in research/travel expenses. Complete application files must arrive by January 21, 2000 to: TLC Pre/Post Doc Fellowship, Lindesmith Center, 925 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10019. www.lindesmith.org.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program is requesting proposals for policy analysis, research, demonstration, and evaluation projects that examine major issues in health care financing and their effects on costs, access, or quality. Projects funded under this initiative will emphasize the importance of relating research results to key current public policy and market developments. Intensive technical assistance will be made available to researchers whose proposals are found to be of merit but lack the necessary access and network capabilities to develop an appropriate research team. www.rwjf.org. Once at the site, click on "Applying for a Grant," then "List of Open Calls for Proposals."
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The eighth grant cycle of the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program will be announced in January 2000. The program challenges investigators from a variety of fields to tackle critical health policy issues, think creatively about the most important problems affecting the health and health care of Americans, and explore innovative ideas and perspectives that may contribute to the theoretical underpinnings and knowledge base of future health policy. The program provides grants of between $100,000 and $250,000, primarily for project salary support for the principal investigator, for up to three years. Up to 10 awards will be made annually over the course of this eight-year, $18 million program. For further information and a copy of the Call for Applications, contact: Barbara Kivimae Krimgold; (202) 223-2477. www.ahsr.org/rwjf.
U.S. Department of Education invites applications for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program. The deadline for submitting applications is January 24, 2000. Available funds: $500,000 (FY 1998 funds). Estimated rang of awards: $50,000-$100,000 per fellow. Estimated number of awards: five to eight. Project period: Up to 12 months. The Council is particularly interested in applications that meet one or both of the following priorities: (1) Issues Related to How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience; (2) Traditionally Underrepresented Groups and Institutions. For further Information or applications, contact: Craig Gidney, The Fellowship Program, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418; (202) 334-2872; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; TDD Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) 1-800-877-8339. ; www.ed.gov/news.html.
ASA Section on Sex and Gender, Martin P. Levine Dissertation Fellowship Award. This award of about $3,000 is open to advanced graduate students currently writing dissertations in the fields of human sexuality, AIDS, or the sociology of homosexuality. Applicants must have completed a dissertation proposal and be working actively on their dissertation at the time of the award. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2000. Applicants should send a letter confirming their academic progress and describing the way their work fulfills the mandate of the fellowship; five copies of the dissertation proposal; and a letter or recommendation from the Chair of their Dissertation Committee to: Michael Kimmel, Levine Fellowship Award, Department of Sociology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794.
University of Richmond. The Jepson School of Leadership Studies seeks submissions for the 2000 Jepson Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Leadership Studies. Finalists will receive a cash stipend and be invited to discuss his or her dissertation research at a colloquium to be held in Richmond, VA on April 1-2, 2000. Dissertation must be completed between August 1, 1998 and March 1, 2000. Winning submissions will be published in a collection on new developments in leadership studies. Dissertations will receive a blind review by a panel of judges, and they will be evaluated in terms of scholarly excellence and potential impact for advancing leadership theory, research, and practice. All submissions must be received by January 15, 2000. Notifications to finalists will be made by February 15, 2000. Send a letter of interest, a brief biographical note, one substantive dissertation chapter (the chapter that best represents author's dissertation), and verification of the dissertation defense date (e.g., a letter from the dissertation advisor) to: J. Thomas Wren, Chair, Jepson Dissertation Award Committee, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173; e-mail email@example.com. www.richmond.edu/academics/leadership/.
In the News
Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Sacramento Bee regarding the potential effects of violent video games.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, and Kelly Candaele, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, wrote a piece on the labor movement in Los Angeles for the October 8 Los Angeles Times.
Lori B. Girshik, Warren Wilson College, was profiled in a feature article on women in prisons in the October 5 Asheville Citizen-Times.
Rebecca E. Klatch, University of California-San Diego, was interviewed about her research and had a column devoted to her just released book, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s (University of California Press) by the San Diego Union Tribune, October 20. She was interviewed by the same newspaper in a November 4 article on American values and the desire to get rich quick.
Jerome Rabow and Tiffani Chin, University of California-Los Angeles, were interviewed by Fox TV, CNN and Reuters about their recent book Tutoring Matters: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about How to Tutor (Temple University Press, 1999).
Barbara Katz Rothman, CUNY-Baruch College, was quoted in a cover story on women and their biological clock in the New York Times week in review section, October 3. She also appeared in several radio shows, including Minneapolis NPR and Miami CBS on the web site auctioning of the eggs of fashion models.
Martin K. Whyte, George Washington University, was interviewed by CNN on November 2 on why the Chinese Communist Party fears the Falun Gong sect.
Melvin D. Williams, University of Michigan, was interviewed on October 31 and November 3 for the Public TV show, "American Black Journal" on segregated cities and mortality.
Laura M. Carpenter, Johns Hopkins University, was named a Postdoctoral Fellow by the Social Science Research Council.
Erin Calhoun Davis, University of Virginia, received the 1999 Martin P. Levine Fellowship Award for "Overcoming Gender? Transsexualism and the Gender Paradigm."
Riley Dunlap, Washington State University, was elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the rank of AAAS Fellow.
Lynn Green, University of Pennsylvania, was named a 1999 Dissertation Fellow by the Social Science Research Council.
Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jeffrey Prager, University of California-Los Angeles, received the New York Psychoanalytic Institute's 1999 Heinz Hartmann Award for Outstanding Work by a Recent Graduate from Psychoanalytic Training for his book Presenting the Past: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering (Harvard University Press, 1998).
The following minority scholars were awarded fellowships in the 1999 Ford Foundation Fellowship program: Cynthia Feliciano, University of California-Los Angeles; Richard Norris Pitt, University of Arizona; Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez, University of California-Berkeley; Kimberly Ann DaCosta, University of California-Berkeley; Colleen Kay Larimore, University of California-Berkeley; Sara Schatz, University of California-Los Angeles; Vilna Francine Bashi, Northwestern University; Dolores Delgado Bernal, University of Utah.
Lonnie Athens, Seton Hall University. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Richard Rhodes recently published a critically-acclaimed book about Athens' life and work titled "Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist" (Alfred Knopf, 1999).
Mary Blair-Loy, Washington State University, is lead investigator of a research project entitled "Extended Stock Market Hours and the Restructuring of Financial Services Work" funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Co-PI is Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania.
Neil Brenner and Vivek Chibber have joined the faculty of New York University as Assistant Professors of Sociology.
David Britt has become Chair of the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University for a three-year term. He also is co-Principal Investigator of a recently-funded NSF grant examining how distributed work groups develop and sustain working relationships using a variety of communications technologies.
Barbara J. Denison has been named associate dean for graduate and continuing education at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Fielding, University of Rochester, received a grant of $29,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to conduct an in-depth study of women's perceptions as they undergo a medical abortion using mifepristone (RU486).
Donald J. Hernandez, SUNY-Albany, was recently elected to the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development. He also received the U.S. Bureau of the Census Special Achievement Award.
Philip McMichael is now Chair of Rural Sociology at Cornell University. He is also the sociologist Co-chair of the Program Committee for the millennial meeting of the Social Science History Association in Pittsburgh, October 2000.
Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates/California College of Podiatric Medicine, has been asked to serve as Editor of the Annals of Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education.
Fenggang Yang has joined the faculty at the University of Southern Maine in a tenure-track position.
Members' New Books
Mohammed A. Bamyeh, New York University, The Social Origins of Islam: Mind, Economy, Discourse (University of Minnesota Press, 1999).
João R. Barroso, University of Pittsburgh (editor and translator) Globalização e Identidade Nacional, (Atlas, 1999).
Robert A. Beauregard, New School for Social Research, and Sophie Body-Gendrot, Sorbonne: Paris IV (editors), The Urban Moment: Cosmopolitan Essays On The Late 20th Century City (Sage Publications, 1999).
Nijole V. Benokraitis, University of Baltimore (editor), Feuds About Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives (Prentice Hall, 2000).
Jeffrey M. Clair, University of Alabama and Richard M. Allman, The Gerontological Prism: Developing Interdisciplinary Bridges (Baywood Publishing Company, 1999).
Jeff Goodwin and Adam Green, both New York University, "Revolutions," a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic Press Inc., 1999).
Jeanne Guillemin, Boston College, Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak (University of California Press, 1999).
Barbara Hanson, York University, The Research Process: Creating Facticity (Waveland, 1999).
Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College and Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant College, Working Women in America: Split Dreams (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College, Christina Gilmartin and Robin Lydenberg, Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California-Santa Barbara, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, 2000).
Peter Kivisto, Augustana College (editor), Social Theory: Roots and Branches (Roxbury Publishing Company, 1999).
Rebecca E. Klatch, University of California-San Diego, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s (University of California Press, 1999).
Duane A. Matcha, Siena College, Medical Sociology (Allyn and Bacon, 2000).
Lynn McDonald, University of Guelph, Women Theorists on Society and Politics (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1998).
Robert L. Miller, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Researching Life Stories and Family Histories (Sage, 2000).
Chava Frankfort-Nachmias, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Anna Leon-Guerrero, Pacific Lutheran University, Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, 2nd Edition (Pine Forge Press, 1999).
Jerome Rabow, Tiffani Chin, and Nima Fahimian, University of California-Los Angeles, Tutoring Matters: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About How to Tutor (Temple University Press, 1999).
J. Timmons Roberts, and Amy Hite, both Tulane University, From Modernization to Globalization: Social Perspectives on International Development (Blackwell Publishers, 1999).
Marilyn Rueschemeyer, Brown University, Linda Cook and Mitchell Orenstein (editors) Left Parties and Social Policy in Postcommunist Europe (Westview Press, 1999).
Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Case Western Reserve University, Lives in Time and Place: The Problems and Promises of Developmental Science (Baywood Publishing Company, 1999).
Neil J. Smelser, Stanford University and Jeffrey C. Alexander, University of California-Los Angeles (editors), Diversity and Its Discontents: Cultural Conflict and Common Ground in Contemporary American Society (Princeton University Press, 1999).
John Torpey, University of British Columbia, The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Tony Waters, California State University-Chico, Crime and Immigrant Youth (Sage Publications 1999).
Alisse Waterston, Surveys Unlimited, Love, Sorrow and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence (Temple University Press, 1999).
Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University (editor), Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry (Routledge, 1999).
David Willer, University of South Carolina, Network Exchange Theory (Praeger, 1999).
Fenggang Yang, University of Southern Maine, Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999).
Donate Books: Get A Tax Deduction. Universities in Sudan desperately need recent American textbooks and reference works for use by faculty and students. You can help by donating books you no longer use. The Sudan-American Foundation for Education, a nonprofit organization in Arlington, VA, will ship them to Sudan for distribution. For further information, visit our Web site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caught in the Web
Police Foundation has launched their new web site email@example.com.
University of Prince Edward Island 17th Annual Faculty Development Summer Institute, July 31-August 4, 2000, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The overall goal of the Institute is to improve teaching and learning by enhancing the knowledge and skills of professors. For further information please check the website: www.upei.ca/~extensio/FDSInstitute.htm.
Policy and Practice
Wendell Bell, Yale University, participated in a seminar on the future of humanity sponsored by the Foundation for the Future, Bellevue, WA.
Craig B. Little, State University of New York-Cortland, is Project Director of a $400,000 Community Outreach Partnership Center grant to help SUNY-Cortland work with community organizations and local governments to revitalize the community near their campus.
Raymond P. Cuzzort, University of Colorado-Boulder, died in August.
Sigmund Diamond, 79, former professor of sociology and history at Columbia University, died on October 14 in Norwich, CT.
Robert W. Peddycoat died on July 4 at the age of 79 in Ocala, Florida.
Verl R. W. Franz
Verl R. W. Franz was a practicing sociologist. For his entire professional life he was involved in the application of the profession of sociology to what he called "real world events." One of his first consulting engagements was a life insurance company that was suffering 200% turnover among its agents. After extensive data collection Verl sized up the problem and created what he called, "The Triad Sales System." These were sociometrically chosen groups who can solve problems together. Agents were arranged in self-chosen groups of three. The triad set sales goals together with the strong helping the weak. The system reduced the turnover to 40% in the next year. The national publication Business Week wrote up the story.
His formal positions throughout his career reflect this. He was President and Senior Associate of Human Equations Associates in Chicago. Overlapping that activity he was also Director of Organization Research at the Industrial Relations Center of the University of Chicago where he was in charge of a 450,000 industrial employee opinion norm bank. Much later he was Research and Information Systems Director for a marketing and Opinion Research organization in Nashville. Even after he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he maintained an active involvement in applied work.
And it didn't abate in retirement. Verl was Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee that successfully funded the Oshkosh Seniors Center. He served as a consultant for the Oshkosh Public School System that gave him the "Friends of Education Award." The Oshkosh Committee on Aging gave him a "Distinguished Leadership Award."
During his career as an Applied Sociologist, he often took on adjunct teaching assignments at local colleges and universities. Among these were Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene College, Loyola University of Chicago, Marian College, and Extension courses at Michigan State University. He loved to teach. He used the Socratic method by listening and questioning students. He challenged them to rethink their assumptions and their data rather than the easier approach of telling them what was wrong with their design. His students won letters of commendation from large companies, voluntary organizations and hospitals. Students who have studied under him have gone into law, computers, founded their own consulting firms, and have become directors of education of hospitals.
His last formal employment was with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He taught a popular Introductory Sociology course and used all sorts of pedagogical techniques to make it interesting. For example, he tied a rope to a railing and as he lectured he slowly pulled the rope tight and literally herded his students into a contained circle. This was to teach the concept of population density. With this he not only taught them the concept but also how it felt. His was hands-on teaching before it became a buzzword in the educational field.
He often displayed two letters of which he was very proud. One was from a father of a freshman boy. The letter said the father did not know how he had done it but Verl had completely turned his son around in his attitude about school and performance. The father said he'd be eternally grateful to Verl for what he had done for his son. The second letter was from an ex-student, a girl, who had taken his Introduction to Sociology. He required every student to design a research project, collect data, use the computer lab to process the data (this was before computers were as ubiquitous as they are today), and write a report interpreting the results. This was revolutionary for a freshman class. This female freshman said she had hated Verl and his research project because she hated computers. However, she concluded her letter by saying that she met her fiance in the computer lab and that he had helped her get through the project. Now they were to be married and would Verl please attend their wedding. Students came to view Verl as a respected teacher, mentor and friend.
Verl was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, a son of Arthur and Ida Streck Franz. He went to High School in Menasha and served in the Navy during World War II. He had bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin in psychology and rural sociology respectively. His PhD was in sociology from Michigan State University.
He married Margaret Miller in 1950. She preceded him in death by eight years.
Eugene C. Erickson, Archibald O. Haller, Robert G. Holloway, Cornell University
University of California-San Francisco Doctoral Sociology Program is accepting applications for 2000-2001 (deadline February 1, 2000). Focus: medical sociology. Special emphases: aging, chronic illness, disability; health policy and institutions; women's health; AIDS/HIV; science/technology; race/ethnic relations. Contact: Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-0612; (415) 476-3047; fax (415) 476-6552; firstname.lastname@example.org.