January 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 1

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Publications

Comparative Sociology is a quarterly international scholarly journal dedicated to advancing comparative sociological analyses of societies and cultures, institutions and organizations, groups and collectivities, and networks and interactions. Book-length manuscripts may be submitted to the related book series, International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology www.brill.nl/issa. All submissions are peer reviewed. For more information, visit www.brill.nl/coso.

The Journal of Applied Social Science, the official journal of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, is requesting submissions for future issues. The journal publishes original research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the sociological practitioner. Ongoing deadlines: winter issue-August 15; spring issue-February 15. Contact: Jay Weinstein, Editor, Journal of Applied Social Science, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; jay.weinstein@emich.edu. For more information, visit www.aacsnet.org.

Meetings

3rd Annual CICA-STR International Conference, September 2-5, 2009, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Theme: "Political Violence and Collective Aggression: Considering the Past, Imagining the Future." Individual papers, symposia with recommended panelists, and poster presentations on topics related to political violence and collective aggression are welcome. Submission deadline: March 31, 2009. For more information, visit www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/spri/documents/ForthcomingConference.pdf.

28th CICA Conference, September 24-27, 2009, Bodrum, Turkey. Theme: "Attitudes Toward Conflict and Aggression: A Cross-Cultural Approach." Proposals welcome. Contact: cicabodrum@ttmail.com; Cc: mramirez@med.ucm.es and msfredy@mscc.huji.ac.il.

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

The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, April 30-May 2, 2009, Arizona State University. Theme: "Group as Individuals in Social Dynamics." We seek to initiate an ongoing conversation and collaboration among natural, behavioral, and social scientists on the ways in which individual entities organize themselves into groups that subsequently come to act as higher-level entities. Papers and posters are invited that contribute to this emerging domain of inquiry by advancing theoretical frameworks and showcasing cutting-edge methods in empirical case studies on the origins, evolution, and dynamics of groups as individuals. Submit a title and 200-word abstract at: csdc.asu.edu/events/conference.html. Contact: (480) 727-9746 or lyn.mowafy@asu.edu.

Fifth General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, September 10-12, 2009, University of Postdam. The main academic program will be organized in the format of sections and panels, with each section chair organizing a variety of panels in a different field. The program is intended to be very broad, with over 50 accepted sections. Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.ecpr.org.uk/potsdam. For papers dealing with regional politicians, contact: xavier.coller@aya.yale.edu

New England Sociological Association (NESA) Spring 2009 Conference, April 11, 2009, Western New England College, Springfield, MA. Theme: "The Sociological Imagination." Proposals for papers, workshops, speaker panels, and poster presentations are welcome. Undergraduate students are welcome to present posters or to co-present with sponsors. Submit proposals with full title and 100-word abstract via email to Conference Organizers: Ray Zucco at rzucco@wnec.edu, Michaela Simpson at bsimpson@wnec.edu, or to NESA President Patricia Leavy at pleavy@stonehill.edu. Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.nesaonline.org.

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Meetings

April 8-11, 2009. Pacific Sociological Association’s 80th Annual Meeting, Westin Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA. Theme: "The Shifting Foundations of Inequality." For more information, visit www.pacificsoc.org/2006/08/2009-annual-mee.html.

April 11, 2009. New England Sociological Association Spring 2009 Conference, Western New England College, Springfield, MA. Theme: "The Sociological Imagination." For more information, visit www.nesaonline.org.

April 16-18, 2009. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff City Hall. Theme: "The Challenge of Global Social Inquiry." The 2009 conference is a new way of organizing the annual conference of the association. Instead of the conference being organized under a single conference theme, participants can present on any topic they wish within broad and open streams that reflect the core research areas of the membership. For more information, visit www.britsoc.co.uk/events/Conference.

April 17-18, 2009. Council on Contemporary Families Annual Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago. Theme: "Relationships, Sexuality, and Equality." For more information, visit www.contemporaryfamilies.org/subtemplate.php?t=conference&ext=09conference.

April 29-May 2, 2009. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s 11th Conference, Milwaukee, WI. Theme: "Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation Through Partnerships." Contact: (414) 456-7404; ccph@mcw.edu; depts.washington.edu/ccph/conf09-overview.html.

April 30-May 2, 2009. The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University. Theme: "Group as Individuals in Social Dynamics." Contact: (480) 727-9746; lyn.mowafy@asu.edu; csdc.asu.edu/events/conference.html.

September 2-5, 2009. 3rd Annual CICA-STR International Conference, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Theme: "Political Violence and Collective Aggression: Considering the Past, Imagining the Future." For more information, visit www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/spri/documents/ForthcomingConference.pdf.

September 10-12, 2009. Fifth General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, University of Postdam. For more information, visit www.ecpr.org.uk/potsdam.

September 24-27, 2009. 28th CICA Conference, Bodrum, Turkey. Theme: "Attitudes Toward Conflict and Aggression: A Cross-Cultural Approach." Contact: cicabodrum@ttmail.com, mramirez@med.ucm.es, or msfredy@mscc.huji.ac.il.

November 12-15, 2009. Association for Humanist Sociology, Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. Theme: "Doing Change Work: The Many Paths to Peace, Equality, and Justice." For more information, visit www.humanistsociology.org/.

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Funding

The Advertising Educational Foundation Visiting Professor Program (VPP). The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications, and the liberal arts. The number of placements in the VPP is contingent on the number of companies willing to host a professor. Preference is given to professors with little or no industry experience and to those who have not already participated in the program. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the advertising and media industries while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. A two-day orientation is followed by individual fellowships. For more information, visit www.aef.com. Contact: Sharon Hudson, Vice President, Program Manager, (212) 986-8060 x15; sh@aef.com. Application deadline: February 13, 2009.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program provides dissertation support and small grants for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and data from the large-scale data sets. The grant is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation. Application deadline: March 6, 2009. Further information on the fellowship and grants programs is available on the AERA website. Contact: (202) 238-3200; fellowships@aera.net; www.aera.net.

International Research and Exchanges Board is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009-10 Short-term Travel Grants (STG) Program. The STG Program provides fellowships to U.S. scholars and professionals for up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to U.S. foreign policy. Application Deadline: February 2, 2009. For more information, visit www.irex.org/programs/stg/stg_info.asp.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants available: Adaptations of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs to Engage Fathers in Child Maltreatment Prevention (U01). This Funding Opportunity Announcement solicits research applications that will help advance our knowledge of effective strategies for engaging the participation of fathers and male caregivers in evidence-based parenting programs that may prevent child maltreatment. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/CE09-002.htm. Youth Violence Prevention through Economic, Environmental, and Policy Change (U01). The purpose of this program is to assess the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions and policies designed to change the economic or environmental characteristics of a community to reduce rates of youth violence perpetration and victimization. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/CE09-009.htm. Preventing Sexual Violence Perpetration: Targeting Modifiable Risk Factors (U01). The purpose of this is to conduct a rigorous evaluation of a primary prevention strategy designed to reduce risk for perpetration of sexual violence. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/CE09-003.htm.

National Center for Marriage Research (NCMR) Request for Proposals: 2009 Small Grants Competition, Families and Financial Instability. NCMR seeks to fund up to four proposals ($20,000 per award) to support innovative research that contributes to theoretical, conceptual, methodological, or empirical developments about family responses to financial strain. NCMR encourages applicants to bring fresh, innovative approaches to research on families and financial instability. Applicants must have completed a PhD in a social science discipline. Preference will be given to untenured scholars with full-time academic appointments. Applicants may request up to $20,000 in direct costs; no indirect cost recovery is allowable. Grantees must submit a progress report six months after the start date as well as a final report no later than one month after the completion of the grant period. Application deadline: Postmark February 1, 2009. Contact: The National Center for Marriage Research, 111 Bromfield, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403; (419) 372-4910; ncmr@bgsu.edu.

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Competitions

2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. The New Innovator Awards are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical Research and supports exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. The awards provide up to $1.5 million in direct costs and are for early career investigators who have not received an NIH regular research (R01) or similar NIH grant. NIH expects to make up to 24 New Innovator Awards in September 2009. The New Innovator Award competition proposal submission period is from December 15, 2008, to January 15, 2009. For more information, visit nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator.

Sixth Norbert Elias Prize. The prize of €1,000 will be awarded to a significant first major book published between January 1, 2007-December 31, 2008. First-time authors from any part of the world are eligible for the award. The prize is awarded in commemoration of the sociologist Norbert Elias (1897–1990), whose writings, at once theoretical and empirical, boldly crossed disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences to develop a long-term perspective on the patterns of interdependence that human beings weave together. The prize-winning book will necessarily be directly inspired by Elias’s own work. Nomination deadline: March 31, 2009. Contact: Marianne Bernard, Secretary to the Norbert Elias Foundation, J.J. Viottastraat 13, 1071 JM Amsterdam, The Netherlands; elias@kpnmail.nl.

Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award. The Sociology of Education special interest group at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award. The award is given once every two years to a sociologist or someone in a related field whose body of research has focused on the improvement of schools, school districts, or educational policy. The awardee should be a member of AERA, and he or she will be honored at the AERA Annual Meeting. Deadline: February 1, 2009. For each nomination, please send a letter identifying the person and the reasons the scholar is worthy of this award. Send nominating letter to Alexander W. Wiseman, Chair of the Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award Committee (aww207@lehigh.edu).

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In the News

Organized by Subject Area

Aging and the Life Course

Judith Bootcheck, DePaul University, was quoted in a November 14 New York Times article about an elderly woman who had kept the bodies of her deceased siblings in their family home.

Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a November 20 MSNBC.com article about retirement in a down economy.

Children and Youth

Danielle Giffort, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in a July 29 Chicago Sun-Times article about the Girls Rock! camp.

Carole Joffe, University of California-Davis, was quoted in an October 26 San Diego Union-Tribune article about a California proposition to mandate parental notification before a teenager gets an abortion. She was also interviewed by Newsweek on the subject.

Merril Silverstein, University of Southern California, was cited in a November 26 New York Times article for her research about the frequency in which children see their grandparents.

Communication and Information Technologies

Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was profiled in a November 17 Boston Globe article. Turkle, the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, was also interviewed for a question-and-answer column published on November 14 on Forbes.com.

Philo Wasburn, Purdue University, was quoted in November on the National Public Radio Ombudsman website concerning popular perception of media bias.

Community and Urban Sociology

Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University, was cited in a November 4 Slate article about the significance of the Hyde Park community in Chicago. Duneier’s book Slim’s Table, a study of black masculinity and values was referenced in the article as being based on a restaurant in the neighborhood.

Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, was quoted about the global food system in a December 4 Star Tribune article about Cargill. Hendrickson studies rural sociology.

Stephen Klineberg, Rice University, was quoted in a November 29 Christian Science Monitor news story about political and demographic changes in Texas. The story also ran on ABCNews.com.

Zachary Neal, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in the Globe and Mail about his research on urban networks and changes in urban economic geography.

Deirdre Oakley, Georgia State University, was cited in a December 3 Associated Press story for her research team’s examination of the potential impact of demolishing public housing in Atlanta. The report was published by the Augusta Chronicle.

Michael Roberts, San Diego State University, was quoted in a November 22 San Diego Union-Tribune article about a city budget proposal. Roberts, who studies the sociology of surfing, discussed the implications of the proposal for local culture.

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on November 23 about Chicago’s higher profile in light of the election of Barack Obama.

Comparative and Historical Sociology

Keith Whitworth, Texas Christian University, was quoted in a November 24 USA Today article about a Florida teen who broadcasted his suicide over the Internet. Whitworth linked this incident to suicide pacts in Japan and school shootings in the United States.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Marilyn Brown, University of Hawai’i-Hilo, co-authored an opinion piece about incarceration rates in her state. The op-ed was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on November 7.

Jay Corzine, University of Central Florida, was quoted in a November 24 Orlando Sentinel article about Orlando’s urban crime ranking. WOFL-TV, the FOX affiliate in Orlando, reported that the city was ranked among the top 20 most dangerous cities, but Corzine cautioned against placing too much emphasis on the ranking.

David Jacobs, Ohio State University, was quoted in an article in the December 3 Columbus Dispatch about crime and the size of a police force.

Jack Nusan Porter, International Association of Genocide Scholars, was interviewed November 24 by the ABC affiliate in Boston and by New England Cable News about his views of two Boston politicians arrested for bribery.

Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University, was quoted in a November 20 Associated Press article about research from the Netherlands about the association between deviance and "messy neighborhoods." The story was published in USA Today and other news outlets across the country. He also was cited in a November 17 Houston Chronicle article for his research on immigrants and crime.

Darrell Steffensmeier, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a November 20 USA Today article about a report surrounding girls and violent crime. Steffensmeier is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Girls Study Group that published the report.

Sociology of Culture

Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, was quoted in a November 23 article in The Record about the changing ways people spend traditional holidays.

Jacqueline Hagan, University of North Carolina, was quoted in a November 14 Chicago Tribune article about Mexican immigrants and their unofficial patron saint. Hagan is the author of the forthcoming book Migration Miracle.

Economic Sociology

Ron Crouch, University of Louisville, was quoted in an article about the shrinking middle class in the December 3 Lexington Herald-Leader. Crouch asserted that the middle class is dissolving.

David Elesh, Temple University, was quoted in a November 26 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the financial difficulties of local county governments. He was quoted on December 4 in an article in the same newspaper about the cumulative effect of small layoffs.

Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, was quoted in a November 29 Associated Press story about toy marketing to children during tight economic times. The article appeared on FOXNews.com and CBSNews.com, as well as other print and online outlets.

Juliet Schor, Boston College, authored an opinion column about holiday consumerism in the November 28 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Kristin S. Seefeldt, University of Michigan, was quoted in a November 8 New York Times article about the working poor during an economic downturn.

Jerry Williams, Stephen F. Austin University, was quoted about the economic resources of retirees in a November 23 article in the San Antonio Express-News.

Sociology of Education

Raymond Eve, University of Texas-Arlington, was quoted in a November 17 Houston Chronicle article about a survey he conducted for the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund to determine views of Texas scientists on teaching evolution. His study also was cited in November 18 United Press International (UPI) and Associated Press stories.

Emotions

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard Medical School, garnered widespread media coverage for a study he co-authored about social networks and happiness. The research was covered on December 5 by CNN, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Reuters, Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other media outlets worldwide.

John Robinson, University of Maryland, received widespread media attention for his study that found unhappy people watch more television. Robinson was quoted in articles by MSNBC (November 17), Reuters (November 18), The New York Times (November 19), among others.

Environment and Technology

Rebecca Gasior Altman, unaffiliated, was quoted about her research in November 21 interviews on the weekly radio news service The Environment Report, and in Cape Cod, MA, area radio stations WQRC and WXTK. Altman was lead author on a December Journal of Health and Social Behavior article that explored a shift in perceptions of environmental problems. The research was covered by UPI and the Canwest News Service on November 21.

Sociology of Family

Suzanne Bianchi and Sarah Kendig, both of the University of Maryland, were cited in a November 28 (Toronto) Star article about their research correlating a mother’s education with the amount of quality time she spends with her children.

Maria Kefalas, St. Joseph’s University, was quoted in a December 1 Philadelphia Inquirer article about single-parent households in the context of Barack Obama’s upbringing.

Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, was quoted in a November 24 Baltimore Sun article about curbing the holiday-related demands of children. Pugh is author of the forthcoming book Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, appeared on the Chicago CBS affiliate’s evening news broadcast on September 25 in a segment about a Pew Research Center study that found women make household decisions more than men.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in the November 24 issue of Newsweek in an article about the potential for a baby boom linked to Barack Obama’s presidential victory.

International Migration

Camille Charles, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a November 27 Chicago Tribune story about black immigrants in the United States and their perceived connection to Barack Obama. Her research indicates that 13 percent of black students at elite colleges are African immigrants.

Ruben Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine, is quoted in a November 22 Houston Chronicle editorial about immigration reform. Rumbaut cites data on the incarceration rates of immigrant young men.

Medical Sociology

Charlene Harrington, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in the Denver Post on November 15 in an article about new patient-centered efforts in the elder-care industry. Harrington has studied nursing home reforms.

Lori Hunter, University of Colorado-Boulder, was interviewed in an October 28 segment on the Earth & Sky radio program about her research on HIV/AIDS and the natural environment in rural South Africa.

Ronald Kessler, Harvard Medical School, was quoted in a November 26 article about end-of-life decision making in the Boston Globe.

Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, was quoted in a November 24 United Press International (UPI) article about research on health care reform published in the December Journal of Health and Social Behavior that she co-authored with an international team of medical and political sociologists.

Sociology of Mental Health

Allan Horwitz, Rutgers University, was interviewed about his recent book with Jerome Wakefield, The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Illness, in the December 4 issue of Scientific American.

Jeanne Hurlbert, Louisiana State University, was quoted in a December 1 Los Angeles Times article about stress relief. The story cited Hurlbert’s research surrounding social networks’ influence on stress following Hurricane Katrina.

Steven Stack, Wayne State University, was quoted in a November 7 CNBC.com article about suicide during times of financial hardship. Stack cited the work of Emile Durkheim.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Fred Block, University of California-Davis, was quoted in a November 20 Wall Street Journal article about government interventions in the economic crisis. He studies public-private partnerships.

Barbara Brents, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was quoted in a November 29 Las Vegas Sun article about erotic services being marketed on the Internet.

Jill Esbenshade, San Diego State University, co-authored an opinion piece in the December 2 San Diego Union-Tribune about union membership as a way to help American families during difficult economic times.

Janet Lever, California State University-Los Angeles, had her research on prostitution cited within an article about why men buy sex in the December 4 issue of Scientific American.

Gregory Maney, Hofstra University, was quoted in the November 23 edition of Newsday in an article about minorities in the workforce.

Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, appeared in the CNBC television documentary, Dirty Money: High-End Prostitution, broadcast on November 11.

Peace, War, and Social Conflict

Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook University, has discussed the Iraq War and his new book, War Without End, on several radio outlets this fall, including the Peter B. Collins Show (KKGN-AM), Urban Journal with Keith Murphy (XM Satellite Radio channel 169), This Is Hell with Chuck Mertz (WNUR-FM), Radio Islam with Abdul Malik Mujahid (WCEV-AM), The Seed Show with Tom Turnipseed (WOIC-AM), and Veteran’s Voice with Bill Bires and Marvin R. Simmons (KBOO-FM).

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed on NBC Nightly News on July 25 regarding the decline in African American recruitment to the Army. He was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on August 3 about the Navy’s use of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhart Jr. in its recruiting campaign. The August 5 St. Petersburg Times quoted him about the use of economic incentives in military recruiting. On October 20 he was quoted in the Arizona Republic about recruiting advertising aimed at the parents of recruits. And on October 29 he was quoted in the San Antonio Express-News on the stress of multiple deployments on American soldiers.

Political Sociology

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was interviewed about the impact of the presidential election on U.S. climate change policy in a November 9 BandNews FM radio broadcast in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dana Fisher, Columbia University, was quoted in a November 21 USA Today article about the next steps for the volunteers who participated in Barack Obama’s political campaign.

Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University, authored an opinion piece on the abortion debate published in the November 24 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. Flavin is author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in a November 7 post in the "Of Sacred and Secular" blog for the Austin American-Statesman. Lindsay speculated on the implication of Obama’s election for evangelicals. This also was the topic of a November 8 Associated Press story that quoted Lindsay and appeared on CBSNews.com and in newspapers around the country. He was also quoted in a November 23 Reuters article about the hopes of abortion rights activists given the Obama presidency.

Jen’nan Ghazal Read, Duke University, was quoted in a November 7 Boston Herald article about Muslim American support for Barack Obama.

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, authored an opinion piece, "Formerly Excluded Groups Secured Democrat Victory," published in the November 7 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, was quoted in a November 26 "Booster Shots" blog post on the Los Angeles Times website. The post described research Pescosolido co-authored on health care reform that appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York, was quoted in a December 1 Huffington Post column asserting the need for a "Secretary of the People" cabinet position in the Obama administration. Piven discussed what comparisons of Obama to Franklin D. Roosevelt overlook.

Jack Nusan Porter, International Association of Genocide Scholars, was interviewed by several media outlets, including the Boston Jewish Advocate, in August 2008 about the Obama-McCain election.

Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania, authored an opinion piece in the November 9 Boston Globe about the meaning of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency.

R. Steven Warner, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in an article in the June 17 edition of Christian Century magazine that examines the efforts of Metropolitan Community Churches’ founder Troy Perry to legalize gay marriage.

Race, Gender, and Class

Tony Brown, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in a November 28 Christian Science Monitor article about black comedians in an "Obama era." Brown argued that there will continue to be sources of comedic rants for African Americans, such as unemployment rates, and overrepresentation in prison.

William Frey, Brookings Institution, and Charles Gallagher, La Salle University, were quoted in a November 8 Times-Picayune article about the impact of race on the presidential election.

Roderick Harrison, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and Sut Jhally, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, were quoted in a November 7 Kansas City Star article about the election of Barack Obama for president and the way the country thinks about race.

R. L’Heureux Lewis, City College of New York, was interviewed in a November 20 National Public Radio segment about racial stereotypes.

Maria Krysan, University of Illinois-Chicago, was cited in a November 24 Chicago Tribune article about her research on race and how neighborhoods are evaluated. She also was quoted in an October 10 Science article that examines the issue of hidden racial bias in voter surveys.

Devah Pager, Princeton University, was cited in a November 15 opinion piece in The Times-Picayune about race and inequality in context of the election of Barack Obama. The column cited Pager’s research on race, job applications, and criminal records.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Tomás R. Jiménez, Stanford University, authored an opinion column about the implications of Barack Obama’s historic election for American race relations. The column was published in the December 2 issue of the San Jose Mercury News.

Carolyn Liebler, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a November 28 Chicago Tribune article in which she forecasted that more people will identify themselves as multiracial in light of an increasing number of mixed-race marriages and the "Barack Obama effect."

Maurice St. Pierre, Morgan State University, was quoted in a November 24 story published in Afro-American Newspapers about the Obama family reinforcing family among African-Americans. St. Pierre stated that the Obamas do not represent the typical black family.

Sociology of Religion

Christopher Bader and Rodney Stark, both of Baylor University, were quoted in a November 24 LiveScience.com article about religious and supernatural beliefs. The article also appeared on Yahoo! News on November 24.

Science, Knowledge and Technology

Fred Block and Matthew Keller, both of University of California-Davis, were cited in a December 1 post on BusinessWeek’s "NEXT Innovation Tools & Trends" blog for their call to President-elect Barack Obama to appoint a cabinet-level Department of Innovation within the next two years.

Dalton Conley, New York University, authored a column in the December 5 edition of the Chronicle Review. The article discussed "The Social Limits of Scientific Knowledge in an Age of Easy Information."

Troy Duster, New York University, discussed ancestry testing in a November 14 Scientific American article about genetic testing.

James Evans, University of Chicago, had his research on the Internet’s narrowing effect on scholarship detailed in a November 23 Boston Globe article. Evans’ research was published in Science in July.

William R. Freudenburg, University of California-Santa Barbara, was included in a November 25 New York Times article about the relationship between science, the law, and corporate funding.

Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University, was quoted in a November 18 ABCNews.com article about her research finding that half of scientists react to political controversy with censorship. The study was covered the same day by Scientific American, the Houston Chronicle, Financial Times, and the Star-Ledger, among others.

Patricia A. Roos, Rutgers University, was quoted about the role of women in science in articles by the Associated Press, the Asbury Park Press, and the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 30, November 28, and November 29, respectively.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Lori Hunter, University of Colorado-Boulder, authored an article about gender empowerment, fertility, and the environment in the September/October issue of World Watch magazine.

Michael Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, had his book, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, detailed in a November 29 article in the Chicago Tribune.

Sociology of Sexualities

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a November 30 Associated Press article that explored the debate surrounding the question "Is gay the new black?" Cherlin disputed the comparison.

Adam Isaiah Green, University of Toronto, had his research detailed in an article from the November 28 issue of Edge New England and a November 28 story by United Press International (UPI). His research exploring risky sexual behaviors of gay men in Toronto was were published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, was quoted about his research on older adults and sex in a November 17 Los Angeles Times article. The article cited the 2004 National Social Life, Health and Aging Project.

Virginia Rutter, Framingham State University, was interviewed in a November 19 Minnesota Public Radio news segment about recent studies suggesting that infidelity is on the rise.

Sociological Practice and Public Sociology

Paul Attewell and David Lavin, both of City University of New York, were recognized for their receipt of the Grawemeyer Award in Education in articles published on December 4 within the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Courier-Journal.

Jack Nusan Porter, International Association of Genocide Scholars, was quoted in the June 14 Armenian Weekly of Watertown, MA, in an article about his participation on a panel, "The ADL and the Armenian Genocide: Pursuing Common Goals through Grassroots Activism." Porter was profiled in the October issue of Newton Magazine in an article titled, "Never Again...for Anybody: Genocide Scholar and Fighter for Human Rights."

Richard Scotch, University of Texas-Dallas, described the results of a program to track a local nonprofit agency in the Dallas Morning News on November 23. The university is a partner to the nonprofit Educational First Steps.

Teaching and Learning

Diana Rickard, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was featured in an article about communication across the curriculum at Baruch College in the November/December issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, University of Illinois-Chicago, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed for an article on June 8 surrounding her new book, The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure—Without Losing Your Soul.

Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association, had her report on "What Is Happening in Your Department" detailed in a November 19 Inside Higher Ed story.

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Awards

Robert Broadhead, University of Connecticut, has received an award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse that will enable him to adapt his already successful HIV-prevention method in regions overseas. The NIDA award will fund the global expansion of his peer-driven intervention program for one year.

Hugo A. Freund, Union College, received the 2008 Excellence in Research Award from Union College.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, received the Olivia Rambo McGlothern National USA Alumni Outstanding Scholar Award in October 2008. Picou was also the recipient of the William Foote Whyte Career Achievement Award given by the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Practice in Boston in August 2008.

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Jeremy Brunson has been named professor of sociology at Gallaudet University.

Héctor L. Delgado, University of La Verne, has accepted the position of Executive Officer of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Delgado will assume the position at the conclusion of the 2009 Annual Meeting.

Kristin G. Esterberg was appointed by Salem State College’s Board of Trustees as the College’s next provost and academic vice president.

Hugo A. Freund, Union College, was promoted to Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences with tenure in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Alfonso R. Latoni has been promoted to Deputy Chief of the Scientific Review Branch of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Valerie Leiter was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology at Simmons College.

Dale Lund has joined the Sociology Department at California State University-San Bernardino as Professor and Chair.

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People

Mark Fisch, University of Maryland-University College Europe, is among the first faculty, and the first sociologist, to teach face-to-face classes for his institution in Iraq. He has previously taught in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Djibouti.

Hugo A. Freund, Union College, was awarded an Appalachian Music Fellowship by the Special Collections and Archives which is a part of the Berea College Hutchins Library.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates and San Jose State University, discussed his book, Aging and Chronic Disorders, at the San Jose State University Research Panel on Ethnogerontology on November 6, 2008.

Jack Nusan Porter, International Association of Genocide Scholars, traveled October 13-19, 2008, to Erbil, Kurdish Regional Government, in northern Iraq, to help investigate the "Anfal," the genocide of the Kurdish people by Saddam Hussein.

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New Books

David Baronov, St. John Fisher College, The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange (Temple University Press, 2008).

Daniel Béland, University of Calgary, and Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, Eds., Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Daniel Béland, University of Calgary, and André Lecours, Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Lionel Cantú Jr., The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, edited posthumously by Nancy A. Naples, University of Connecticut, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, American University (New York University Press, 2009).

Tawnya Adkins Covert, Western Illinois University, and Philo C. Wasburn, Purdue University, Media Bias: A Comparative Study of Time, Newsweek, the National Review and the Progressive Coverage of Domestic Social Issues: 1975-2000 (Lexington Books, 2009).

Don A. Dillman, Washington State University, Jolene D. Smyth, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Leah Melani Christian, The Pew Research Center, Internet, Mail and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, 3rd ed. (John Wiley, 2009).

Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in the Unites States (New York University Press, 2008).

Heather Jacobson, University of Texas-Arlington, Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008).

Lane Kenworthy, University of Arizona, and Alexander Hicks, Emory University, Eds., Method and Substance in Macrocomparative Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Derek Phillips, University of Amsterdam, Well-Being in Amsterdam’s Golden Age (Amsterdam University Press, 2008).

Edward Royce, Rollins College, Poverty and Power: The Problem of Structural Inequality (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook University, War without End: The Iraq War in Context (Haymarket Books, 2008).

Charles V. Willie, Harvard University, Steven P. Ridini, The Medical Foundation, and David A. Willard, Harvard University, Grassroots Social Action: Lessons in People Power Movements (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

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Summer Programs

2009 Luxembourg Income Study Summer Workshop, July 5-11, 2009. The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Summer Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment, and social policy using the LIS database. LIS welcomes applications from researchers with varying levels of knowledge and experience. The language of instruction is English. The workshop format includes a mix of lectures on comparative research, laboratory sessions, and individual one-on-one advisory sessions. Attendees will also be introduced to the new Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS). Applications can be downloaded at www.lisproject.org/workshop/2009application.pdf. Applications should be completed and returned to Caroline de Tombeur, by email at caroline@lisproject.org or by fax +352 26 00 30 30. Application deadline: April 3, 2009. For more information, visit www.lisproject.org.

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