February 2016 Issue • Volume 44 • Issue 2

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ASA in the Emerald City

A Washington State Ferry makes its way across Elliott Bay under the watchful eye of the Space Needle. Photographer: Howard Frisk

A Washington State Ferry makes its way across Elliott Bay under the watchful eye of the Space Needle. Photographer: Howard Frisk

Jerald R. Herting, University of Washington, and Jennifer McKinney, Seattle Pacific University

We welcome ASA to Seattle in 2016. The Association was last here in 1958 when the city was leaving behind its label as “Gateway to Alaska and the Orient” to become the “Gateway to the 21st Century,” theme of the 1962 World’s Fair. Since then Seattle has grown from a city of about 560,000 to a city of 670,000 with a metropolitan area of more than 3.6 million. It has also changed its official moniker to the “Emerald City.”

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Recipients of the 2016 ASA Awards

The American Sociological Association proudly announces the recipients of the major awards for 2016. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the 2016 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will immediately precede the formal address of the ASA President Ruth Milkman. All registrants are invited to attend an Honorary Reception immediately following the address to congratulate President Milkman and the award recipients.

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Four Steps to Enhance Your Social Media Presence

Dustin Kidd (@PopCultureFreak), Temple University

If you are not yet an active user of social media, I am guessing that you probably have your doubts about its value and you may even worry that your colleagues are wasting precious time on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and/or Pinterest. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I am sure there were similar fears in the early days of both the internet and the telephone. Like those earlier communication technologies, there is an air of inevitability about social media. To borrow from Trollope, social media is part of the way we live now. So if you’ve been putting off using social media at all, or putting off using it for scholarly purposes, it may be time to reconsider. To help you get started, I offer these four easy steps.

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October 2015 FSU Harvest Festival

October 2015 FSU Harvest Festival

The Campus Kitchen at Fayetteville State University

Sherree Davis, Stacye Blount, and Nicole Lucas, Fayetteville State University

Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger and food waste in their community. On university and high school campuses across the country, students transform surplus edible food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.

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Special Announcement!

Nominations Sought for 2016 Section Awards