January 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 1

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Publications

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, a peer-reviewed volume, encourages submissions for volume 33 of the series. This volume will have both thematic and open-submission sections. For the open-submission/non-thematic section, submissions appropriate to any of the three broad foci reflected in the series title will be considered. The special section will focus on "new" and "old" media in social movements, conflicts, and change. We encourage submissions on the relationship between older media and social movements, conflicts or change, or between "new" media and social movements, conflicts or change. Deadline: May 16, 2011. Contact: Jennifer Earl at jearl@soc.ucsb.edu and Dena Rohlinger at drohling@fsu.edu. For more information, visit info.emeraldinsight.com/products/books/series.htm?
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Meetings

National Borders in the 21st Century 35th Annual PEWS Conference, April 28-30, 2011, Stony Brook University-SUNY. Investigating ongoing transformations in the purpose and meaning of national borders in the world: state sovereignty and global governance, global inequality and transnational migration, citizenship and human rights, new global flows, transnational predicaments, and transnational activism. Deadline: December 19, 2010. Contact: Timothy P. Moran at timothy.p.moran@stonybrook.edu.

The 3rd Joint Conference of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Sociological Associations, September 29, 2011-October 1, 2011, Innsbruck University, Austria, in German/English. Theme: "The New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere." Abstract deadline: April 1, 2011. Contact: frank.welz@uibk.ac.at. For more information, visit www.soziologie2011.eu.

The York Deviancy Conference, June 29-July 11, 2011, University of York. Theme: "Critical Perspectives on Crime, Deviance, Disorder and Social Harm." The conference theme is broadly conceived and we encourage papers from a variety of critical perspectives. We particularly encourage papers that are speculative, theoretically informed, and future oriented, as well as those straying outside the usual parameters of mainstream criminological thought. We seek papers that draw on diverse topic areas providing variously constructive, polemical, considered, and critical discussions of key elements of socially harmful and criminal behaviors. We are particularly keen to hear from those working around economic harms; globalized and networked forms of criminality and harm; environmental criminology; "invisible" problems of criminality and hurt; psycho-social assessments of, among other things, violence and abuse, and treatments that bring in spatial considerations. Deadline: January 31, 2011. Contact: Josine Opmeer at josine.opmeer@york.ac.uk; www.york.ac.uk/sociology/about/news-and-events/department/deviancy-conference.

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Meetings

February 19, 2011. 32nd Hawaii Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI. Theme: "Making Sense of Conflict in a Changing World." Deadline for meeting registration: February 1, 2011. For more information, visit hawaiisoc.org/.

February 3-6, 2011. Sociologists for Women in Society 40th Anniversary Winter Meeting, El Tropicano Hotel, San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit: www.socwomen.org.

February 15-25, 2011. XX International Conference on Addiction Problems, Tioman Island of Malaysia. Theme: "Drug Addiction Prevention and Molding a Healthy and Sober Life Among Young People." Contact: tel./ fax: + 7 (831) 421 13 21 or 251 96 59; mayurov@sandy.ru or mayurov@mail.ru; www.intacso.ru or www.intacso.com.

March 24-27, 2011. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, St Louis, MO. Theme: "The Dynamics of Inequality." Contact: Mary Zimmerman or Pooya Naderi at mss2011@ku.edu; www.theMSS.org.

March 31-April 2, 2011. Eastern Community College Social Science Association 37th Annual Conference, Erie Community College-City Campus, Erie, PA. Theme: "The National and Global Impacts of Economic Collapse: Perspectives from the Social Sciences." For more information, visit www.ecc.edu.

April 28-30, 2011. National Borders in the 21st Century 35th Annual PEWS Conference, Stony Brook University-SUNY. Investigating ongoing transformations in the purpose and meaning of national borders in the world. Contact: Timothy P. Moran at timothy.p.moran@stonybrook.edu.

June 29-July 1, 2011. The York Deviancy Conference, University of York. Theme: "Critical Perspectives on Crime, Deviance, Disorder and Social Harm." Contact: Josine Opmeer at josine.opmeer@york.ac.uk; www.york.ac.uk/sociology/about/news-and-events/department/deviancy-conference/.

September 29-October 1, 2011. The 3rd Joint Conference of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Sociological Associations, Innsbruck University, Austria. Theme: "The New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere." Contact: frank.welz@uibk.ac.at. For more information, visit www.soziologie2011.eu.

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Funding

2011 Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Pilot Grant Program. The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will award two to three pilot grants to investigators using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) data for scholarly research. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, careers, retirement, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well being, morbidity and mortality, and gene-environment interactions from late adolescence to the retirement years. Selected recipients will receive $5,000 to support their research, and a travel stipend to WLS training workshops. The training workshop will take place in Madison on August 11-12, 20011, while the research workshop will be held one year later. Deadline: May 27, 2011. Contact: Carol Roan at (608) 265-6196; roan@ssc.wisc.edu; www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/pilot.

Catalyzing New International Collaborations Program. One component of the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan is to increase the extent to which U.S. researchers engage with the international research and education community. It is the Office of International Science and Engineering’s (OSIE) aim to identify opportunities for international engagement that will enable transformative research, new modes of investigation and networking, and development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce. This solicitation offers support for the exploratory phase of an international collaboration with the strong expectation that the next phase will involve submission of a follow-up proposal for continued funding of the collaborative research. OISE supports the initial phases of a collaboration which then generates a competitive research proposal to an NSF disciplinary program. This solicitation offers the opportunity to experiment with new modalities for supporting international collaborations. OISE can support workshops that may immediately precede or follow a larger-scale conference when they add an international dimension that is focused on building research collaboration. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12815.

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to $35,000 will be available in 2011. Funds of up to $3,500 will be awarded. Grants will normally extend for one year. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens residing in the United States. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Award. Deadline: March 1, 2011. Contact: Frank Mackaman at fmackaman@dirksencenter.org; www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRAs.htm.

National Institutes of Health Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) Short-term Mentored Career Development Awards in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences for Mid-career and Senior Investigators (K18). This funding opportunity provides candidates with protected time to achieve a shift in the focus of their research direction in the basic behavioral and social sciences, or to substantially enrich current basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR) research programs through the introduction of tools, theories, or approaches from other disciplines or scientific areas; it is not a substitute for research project support. Two categories of candidates are targeted: (a) biomedical or clinical researchers with little experience in basic behavioral and social sciences research; and (b) investigators in the basic or applied behavioral and social sciences who wish to build new components or domains of basic-BSSR into their research programs. Deadline: January 24, 2011. For more information, visit oppnet.nih.gov.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Census Bureau Seek Proposals on Methodological Questions. NSF and the U.S. Census Bureau invite teams of researchers to submit proposals for the conduct of long-term interdisciplinary research and educational activities on methodological questions of interest and significance to the broader research community and the Federal Statistical System, particularly the U.S. Census Bureau. The activities should advance both fundamental and applied knowledge, and contribute to the training of the next generation of researchers in research skills of relevance to the measurement of economic units, households, and persons. The two agencies will use the awards to create a Network of Nodes (NoN) with complementary research foci. NSF and the Census Bureau will define the research program to include the major measurement challenges of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences relevant to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nodes may conduct independent research activities and/or partner with existing Census Research Data Centers (RDCs). In FY 2011 NSF expects to make 8 to 12 awards with anticipated spending of $18.5 million subject to the availability of funds. Deadline: February 11, 2011. Contact: Cheryl Eavey, (703) 292-7269; ceavey@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10621/nsf10621.htm.

The National Science Foundation-Census Research Network will provide support for a set of research nodes, each of which will be staffed by a team of scientists conducting interdisciplinary research and educational activities on methodological questions of interest and significance to the broader research community and to the federal statistical system, particularly the U.S. Census Bureau. The activities will be expected to advance both fundamental and applied knowledge as well as further the training of current and future generations of researchers in research skills of relevance to the measurement of economic units, households, and persons. Deadline: February 16, 2011. Contact: Cheryl L Eavey at (703) 292-7269; ceavey@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applicants for the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. This program provides one of the few funding opportunities for outstanding researchers throughout the stages of their careers to explore bold new ideas for improving the nation’s health or health care system. Deadline: January 19, 2011, 3:00pm EST. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org/cfp/ia.

Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) is partnering with The Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division (HFD) of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to launch a special competition to fund survey experiments that will advance our understanding of questions central to HFD’s mission. Surveys should allow for an in-depth, theoretically informed exploration of factors that may contribute to terrorism-related attitudes, beliefs, judgments, and behaviors. To fill this gap, HFD and TESS are partnering to sponsor a set of survey experiments. We invite researchers from multiple social and behavioral science disciplines to submit brief proposals (5 page maximum) describing an experiment to test theoretically derived hypotheses about the factors that affect individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, judgments and/or behaviors related to (a) terrorism/extremist violence and/or (b) government policies and measures to counter terrorism/extremist violence. The deadline for this competition is January 21, 2011. For more information, visit tess.experimentcentral.org.

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Fellowships

Beyster Fellowship. Fellowships are available for the study of employee stock ownership, profit sharing, broad-based stock options, and broadened ownership of capital in the corporation/society. Fifteen $25,000, $12,500, or $5000 fellowships will be offered by Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations to doctoral candidates, recent PhD graduates, and scholars in the social sciences. Fellows may be in residence at their own university or visit Rutgers. Deadline: January 31, 2011. Contact: Joseph Blasi at beysterfellowships@smlr.rutgers.edu; smlr.rutgers.edu/research-and-centers/beyster-fellowship-and-fellows-programs.

The College of Brockport Presidential Fellowships. Women and Gender Studies at the College at Brockport welcomes applications for the next round of Presidential Fellowships. These non-tenure track, two-year term appointments are rooted in bringing diversity in knowledge and identity to the campus. Contact: Barbara LeSavoy, Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, 201E Dailey Hall, The College at Brockport-SUNY, 350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY 14420; (585) 395-5799; fax (585) 395 5999; blesavoy@brockport.edu; www.insidehighered.com/career/seekers/posts/view/163048.

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) supports early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in formulating competitive doctoral dissertation proposals. DPDF provides fellows with up to $5,000 to support pre-dissertation research during the summer of 2011, as well as sponsors their required participation in two workshops framing the summer. Students apply to one of five research fields led by two research directors; twelve fellows are selected for each research field. Deadline: January 28, 2011. For more information, programs.ssrc.org/dpdf/.

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Competitions

The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an advanced sociology PhD student who began her or his study in a community college or technical school. A student advanced to candidacy (ABD status) in an accredited PhD program in sociology in the United States is eligible to apply if she or he studied at a U.S. two-year college either part-time or full-time for at least one full academic year. The Scholarship carries a stipend of $3500 from Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and an additional $300 from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) to be used to support the pursuit of a PhD as well as a one-year membership in SWS and SSSP. To honor Hess’s career, the committee will look for: Commitment to teaching, especially at a community college or other institution serving less-privileged students; research and activism in social inequality, social justice, or social problems, with a focus on gender and/or gerontology being especially positive; service to the academic and/or local community, including mentoring and activism; and high-quality research and writing in the proposal and letter of application. Deadline: April 1, 2011. Contact: Denise Copelton, Department of Sociology, The College at Brockport-SUNY, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420; dcopelto@brockport.edu.

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In the News

The American Sociological Review was mentioned in a November 29 Springfield News-Leader column about year-round education.

David L. Altheide, Arizona State University, was quoted in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia on October 18.

Wayne Baker, University of Michigan, wrote blog posts for AnnArbor.com on December 1 and December 3 on religion and reproductive technology.

Suzanne M. Bianchi, University of California-Los Angeles, and Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, were quoted in a December 1 New York Times "Economix" blog post, "Delayed Child Rearing, More Stressful Lives."

Chloe Bird, RAND, and her Journal of Health and Social Behavior article, were mentioned in a December 9 Vancouver Sun blog post about a Canadian conference on gender, sex, and health research.

Hannah Brueckner, Yale University, was mentioned in a December 6 Hartford Courant article about her study, which found that gay and bisexual adolescents are singled out for punishment. She was also mentioned in December 6 Montreal Gazette and Bloomberg Businessweek articles. The Bloomberg Businessweek article also quoted Stephen T. Russell, University of Arizona-Tucson.

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, co-wrote a November 16 CNN.com column, titled "Do Tweets Change Your Behavior?"

Daniel Cook, Rutgers University-Camden, was quoted in a December 5 Christian Science Monitor article, "Beyond the Scary Christmas List: The Full Parenting Price Tag," about the rising costs of raising children.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina-Columbia, was quoted in a November 16 Agence France-Presse (AFP) article about a course he is going to teach called "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame."

Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University, was quoted in a November 9 New York Times article about the uncertainty gap in science and how it relates to climate change.

Elaine Ecklund, Rice University, was quoted in a November 21 Times of Trenton article about her research on what scientists really think about religion.

Rick Eckstein, Villanova University, was quoted in a December 1 Philadelphia Inquirer article about whether Villanova’s football team should join the Big East conference.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, wrote a November 10 CNN.com column about how dieting gets people nowhere.

James G. Ennis, Tufts University, was quoted in a December 5 New York Times article, "Narcissism: The Malady of Me."

Mike Epitropoulos, University of Pittsburgh, was quoted in a November 29 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about three governors who grew up with blue-collar roots in Western Pennsylvania.

Robert Fishman, University of Notre Dame, was interviewed on December 3 on Chicago’s public radio station, WEBZ, about Portugal and the European debt crisis.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, University of Arkansas, and Mark LaGory, University of Alabama-Birmingham, were quoted in a November 27 UPI.com article about their research, which found that where people live affects their health and how long they live.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, University of Arkansas, was mentioned in a November 13 Northwest Arkansas Times and a November 15 Stuttgart Daily Leader article centered around a survey he conducted, which found that, aside from the commute, northwest Arkansas is a good place to live.

Catherine Hakim, London School of Economics, was quoted in a December 6 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about attractive people profiting from their beauty.

Steven A. Haas, Arizona State University, was mentioned or quoted in a number of media outlets about his Journal of Health and Social Behavior study, co-authored with Olga Kornienko and David R. Schaefer, Arizona State University, which found that kids who are sick have fewer friends than they think. The media outlets include Bloomberg Businessweek on December 7, The Times of India on December 8, and the Los Angeles Times "Booster Shot" blog on December 10. The Times of India article also quoted Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas-Austin.

Pamela Herd, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was mentioned or quoted in a number of media outlets about her Journal of Health and Social Behavior study, which found that getting good grades in high school leads to better health. The media outlets include MSNBC.com on December 7, AOL Health and UPI.com on December 8, Bloomberg Businessweek and Time.com on December 9, and a variety of others.

Nikki Jones, University of California-Santa Barbara, was quoted in a December 5 Santa Barbara Independent article about her new book, Fighting for Girls—New Perspectives on Gender and Violence.

Judi Kessler, Monmouth College, was quoted in a November 29 Register-Mail article about rural homelessness.

ChangHwan Kim, University of Kansas, was mentioned or quoted in a number of media outlets about an American Sociological Review study he co-authored with Arthur Sakamoto, University of Texas-Austin, which exposed racial discrimination against Asian American men in the job market. The media outlets include UPI.com and Reuters on December 7 and the Lawrence Journal-World on December 13.

Eric Klinenberg, New York University, was quoted and Robert Putnam, Harvard University, was mentioned in a November 10 Boston Globe column centered around Klinenberg’s research on people living alone.

Hugh Klein, Morgan State University and Kensington Research Institute, was quoted in a November 17 Medscape Medical News online feature based on his research examining the factors associated with low perceptions of risk among men actively seeking unprotected sex online.

James Loewen, Catholic University, was quoted in a November 30 New York Times article about commemorating the Civil War and celebrating of the secession of the South.

Chaeyoon Lim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Robert Putnam, Harvard University, were mentioned or quoted in a number of media outlets about their American Sociological Review study, which revealed the "secret ingredient" in religion that makes people happier. They include MSNBC.com, CNN.com’s "The Chart" blog, and USA Today on December 7. The USA Today article also quoted Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, and Daniel Olson, Purdue University. A variety of other outlets also wrote about the study including AOL Health on December 8, UPI.com on December 9, and The Globe and Mail, which also quoted Ammerman, on December 13.

Jooyoung Lee, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a December 13 Philadelphia Inquirer article about his research on the lives of Philadelphians who have been shot.

Bernice A. Pescosolido, Indiana University-Bloomington, was quoted in a November 24 Bloomberg Businessweek article about the stigma of mental illness.

Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was interviewed December 1 on NPR’s "Morning Edition" about the mental health effects of the BP Gulf oil spill.

Brian Powell, Indiana University, wrote a December 7 guest post titled, "Accepting Same-Sex families," for The Washington Post’s "Political Bookworm" blog.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in a November 24 Wall Street Journal article about holiday traditions undergoing an overhaul as American work hours are shifting during the recession.

Josipa Roksa, University of Virginia, commented about the Presidents’ Alliance for Excellence in a November 16 Chronicle of Higher Education article.

Gonzalo Santos, California State University-Bakersfield, was quoted in a November 14 Bakersfield Californian column about a federal bill that would allow some undocumented students access to acquire state financial aid to attend college.

Stephen J. Scanlan, Ohio University, was quoted in a December 13 CNN.com article about food insecurity.

Christopher Schneider, University of British Columbia, was quoted in a November 11 Winnipeg Free Press article about how Canadian Remembrance Day tributes took place on social media sites.

Scott Schieman, University of Toronto, was quoted and Marisa Young, University of Toronto, was mentioned in a November 18 Time "Healthland" blog post, "Is Work Flexibility Good or Bad? It’s Complicated," which was centered around their research.

Susan Stewart, Iowa State University, was quoted in a November 18 New York Times article about post-divorce living arrangements.

Richard Sullivan, Illinois State University, was quoted in a December 4 Santa Cruz Sentinel article regarding controversy within the University of California graduate student union.

Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College, was quoted in a November 24 Inside Higher Ed article about whether hazing can be stopped.

Robb Willer, University of California-Berkeley, was mentioned in a November 18 New York Times "Dot Earth" blog post, centered around his research on global warming skepticism. The post also quoted Robert Brulle, Drexel University. Willer’s work was also mentioned in a variety of other media outlets including the Washington Post "Post Carbon" blog on November 16, the Orange County Register on November 18, and Reuters on November 19.

Alford A. Young, Jr., University of Michigan, was quoted in a December 2 Wall Street Journal post on "The Juggle" blog centered around research he did on the means employees use to resolve work-family conflicts.

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Awards

Kevin Bales, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, and President of Free the Slaves, won the$100,000 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for 2011 for his book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves.

John Laub, National Institute of Justice and the University of Maryland, and Robert Sampson, Harvard University and the Russell Sage Foundation, have been announced as the 2011 winners of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Laub and Sampson are long-time collaborators on research that has resulted in two seminal works that examine the issue of desistance from crime.

Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College, was named the New England Sociologist of the Year by the New England Sociological Association on November 6, 2010, at their annual conference at the University of New Hampshire.

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Transitions

Timothy J. Owens has accepted a position as a full professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. He also serves on the Graduate Faculty of the Graduate School at Purdue University.

Catherine Richards Solomon has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Sociology at Quinnipiac University.

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People

David L. Altheide, Arizona State University, delivered the inaugural address for a new graduate program in Risk Communication developed in the School of Communication at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.

Daniel Cook, Rutgers-Camden, delivered a keynote talk, "Examining the ‘Culture" in Children’s Commercial Culture," at the Children and Cultures conference of the Association for French Speaking Sociologists in Paris in December.

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New Books

Paulo de Carvalho, University Agostinho Neto, A campanha eleitoral de 2008 na imprensa de Luanda [The 2008 political campaign in press in Luanda], (Kilombelombe, 2010).

David R. Heise, Indiana University, Surveying Cultures: Discovering Shared Conceptions and Sentiments (Wiley Interscience, 2001).

Neil J. MacKinnon, University of Guelph, and David R. Heise, Indiana University, Self, Identity, and Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Harvey Molotch and Laura Noren, both of New York University, Eds., Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing (New York University Press, 2010).

Kimberly D. Richman, University of San Francisco, Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law (New York University Press, 2010).

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Other Organizations

Demography. The Population Association of America (PAA) released the supplemental issue of its journal Demography. The supplemental issue, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), consists of 10 articles based on presentations at the 2009 15th Anniversary Conference of the founding of the Demography and Economics of Aging Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. Many of the journal articles are written by sociologists. Demography, a quarterly scientific journal, includes research conducted in several disciplines including the social sciences, geography, history, biology, statistics, business, epidemiology and public health.

The Sociological Quarterly Editor Search. The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) seeks an individual with a distinguished scholarly record and editorial experience to be the next editor of The Sociological Quarterly (TSQ). Since 1960, the journal’s contributors, peer reviewers, advisory editors, and readers have made it one of the leading generalist journals in the field. Editing TSQ is a unique, rewarding professional responsibility that brings visibility and distinction to a department and university. During his/her four-year appointment, the editor solicits, reviews, and makes decisions about all manuscript submissions. The editorial office employs an efficient, productive web-based submission and peer-review system. The new editor will be expected to open an editorial office by March 1, 2012, and will edit volumes published in 2013 through 2016. The review process begins February 1, 2011. Contact MSS at (608)787-8551; MidwestSS@centurytel.net; www.TheMSS.org.

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Contact

Sociology of Consumers and Consumption. Petitions are now being accepted in support of creating a Section on the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption. Contact Dan Cook at dtcook@camden.rutgers.edu or visit csrn.camden.rutgers.edu for more information.

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Caught in the Web

The Sociological Cinema www.thesociologicalcinema.com is an online resource to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. The centerpiece of the site is a searchable database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with sociological themes, year, and includes a summary of the clip with suggestions of how to use it in the classroom. The focus of the site is on short video clips (less than 10 minutes), but videos may be up to one hour in length. The site also includes comment sections for all videos, a blog, assignments, video-related scholarship on teaching and learning, and a form to submit new video clips to the site.

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Summer Programs

AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Date Sets. The Faculty Institute’s goal is to help faculty use large-scale federal data sets in their courses. Especially important are data sets sponsored by the NCES, NSF, and other federal agencies. These data sets, often longitudinal and nationally representative, offer an excellent opportunity to conduct research and learn advanced quantitative methods with high-quality policy relevant data. This Institute aims to teach faculty to incorporate these data sets in their statistics and methodology courses, thereby preparing the next generation of researchers to take advantage of these rich data resources in their research. This Institute will be held June 15-17, 2011, at Stanford University. The Institute will cover participant expenses. Deadline: January 20, 2011. For more information, visit: www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/stat_institute/SIFacFly.html.

AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Transitions from High School to College. The Institute’s goal is to build the capacity of the U.S. education research community to use large-scale national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies. Hands-on training is provided in the application of large-scale data sets, with special emphasis on using them for policy-related research in education. The Institute will focus on using these data sets to address research questions related to student transitions from high school to college. The training will be held May 24-26, 2011, in Washington, DC. The Institute will cover participant expenses. Application deadline: January 20, 2011. For more information, visit: www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/stat_institute/SIFly.html.

Antwerp Summer University Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research. July 4-8, 2011, Antwerp, Belgium. The Summer School on longitudinal and life course research is supported by relevant learned societies and research units. It aims to bring closer the social and biological sides of this research area and to build the early career capacity of a European research network. The Summer School is intended for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and (research) master students who are interested in exploring the potential of longitudinal and life course research or who want to develop further their existing skills. The course includes lectures and discussions led by experienced researchers. Computer lab sessions develop practical skills and small group project work develops scientific creativity, with final day presentations and roundtable discussions giving constructive feedback. Contact: Dimitri Mortelmans, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, De Meerminne, Sint Jacobstraat 2, B - 2000 Antwerpen – Belgium; ++32 (0)3 275 55 35; fax : ++32 (0)3 275 57 93; dimitri.mortelmans@ua.ac.be or lllcr@ua.ac.be.

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies’ (CAPS) Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities at the University of California-San Francisco is accepting applications for participation in the 2011 summer program. CAPS is a leader in HIV-prevention research in minority communities. This program allows minority-focused investigators to use the technical assistance of a team of collaborators who are both successful researchers and knowledgeable about the issues of doing HIV-prevention research with minority communities. This program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with ethnic minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work. Program participants will spend six weeks in San Francisco for three summers, receive a monthly stipend for living expenses and roundtrip airfare, and receive up to $25,000 to conduct preliminary research before the second summer to strengthen an investigator-initiated RO1 application. Deadline: January 18, 2011. Contact: Jackie Ramos at (415) 597-4976; Jackie.Ramos@ucsf.edu; caps.ucsf.edu/CAPS/about/fellows/minorityindex.php.

University of Maryland (UMD) Summer Research Initiative to Increase Diversity. The goals of the program are to provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to increase their interest and learn about doctoral-level training and provide basic research skills that can be applied in the social, behavioral, and economic science fields. The program has an emphasis on population groups underrepresented in these fields. The eight-week program will be held on the University of Maryland-College Park campus May 31-July 22, 2011. Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor. Their research experience will be supplemented with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in on-campus housing, and a stipend of $2,700. Deadline: February 15, 2011. Contact: Kim J. Nickerson at SRI@bsos.umd.edu; www.bsos.umd.edu/diversity/summer-research-initiative.aspx.

The National Mentoring and Training Program of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute. The Center is seeking applications for its National Pre-Doctoral Mentoring Program, open to doctoral and advanced masters’ students. The program connects trainees with expert faculty mentors in LGBT health research from the center’s national network of participating scientists. Mentors are closely matched to students’ research interests and assist students who are developing or working on a research project in the study of LGBT health or same-sex families/households. An ideal candidate will have an interest in working with a mentor to better incorporate population health research methods and/or concerns in their projects. Deadline: February 15, 2011. Contact: Aimee Van Wagenen at mentoring@lgbtpopcenter.org; training.lgbtpopcenter.org.

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