Janaury 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 1

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Publications

Contemporary Justice Review Special Issue: Anarchism as a Foundation for Justice. Contemporary Justice Review welcomes papers that focus on the theory of anarchism as it relates to justice as well as on practices that serve to meet the needs of all in different social situations. Anarchism is regarded as a needs-based perspective on social life whose aims are best achieved through nonviolent means. Articles might suggest or outline anarchist strategies for fostering families, schools, and places of work that take into account the needs of all, structurally as well as in the daily practices of those involved in these social arrangements. Articles focusing more broadly on economic and sociopolitical issues as they impact the principles and processes of justice are also welcome. We welcome any work on the ecology movement, animal rights movement, local food movement, sustainable agriculture movement, and/or restorative justice movement. Deadline: April 15, 2013. Contact: Dennis Sullivan at dsullivan6@nycap.rr.com.

Feminist Criminology Special Issue: 30th Anniversary of the Division on Women & Crime. In November 2014, the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women & Crime (DWC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In honor of this milestone event, the Division’s official journal, Feminist Criminology, is soliciting papers for a special issue commemorating the DWC’s 30th anniversary. Papers for this issue will be divided into three categories but will have one unifying theme: an assessment of the “state of the discipline” for feminist criminology. The three categories include: feminist criminological theorizing, feminist criminological methodology, and feminist criminological praxis. All papers should be anchored in an analysis of current best practices for feminist criminology. Empirical analyses are preferred, but theoretical essays also may be submitted. Deadline: April 19, 2013. Contact: Susan Sharp at ssharp@ou.edu or Amanda Burgess-Proctor at burgessp@oakland.edu; fcx.sagepub.com.

The Michigan Sociological Review is pleased to announce its upcoming special edition (Vol. 27, Spring 2013) on “Social Construction of Difference and Inequality.” Topics salient to inequality and difference are welcome. All manuscripts are to be in ASA format and sanitized (remove author self-references) for review. Deadline: February 28, 2013. Contact: tore@stcloudstate.edu; www.gvsu.edu/msr/.

Meetings

11th Conference of the European Sociological Association, August 28-31, 2013, University of Turin, Italy. Theme: “Crisis, Critique and Change.” The conference calls for research, explanations, and reflections on the causes of the crisis and its effects, both on the political agenda and on individuals’ and family lives. We look for sociological contributions to foster an understanding of the crisis and the dual role of critique in interpreting and affecting changes. Deadline: February 1. www.esa11thconference.eu.

18th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, July 4-6, 2013, ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Theme: “Technology in the Age of Information.” A main aim of the conference is to encourage debate on the cultural, social, economic, political, and ethical implications of advances in information and media technology. Digital networks and computerized technological systems have enlarged the domain of human technological action and responsibility, which raises new questions about the impacts of globalization and of the expanding information economy on the public and cultural spheres. Reflecting on the emergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs), several questions may be raised. Contributions from a variety of disciplines are encouraged. Deadline: February 1, 2013. Contact: spt2013@iseg.utl.pt; www.spt2013.com.

2014 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 10-13, 2014, Atlanta, GA. Theme: “Crossing Borders.” The history of the United States is a product of migrations–internal and international. Along with people, goods and ideas crossed these borders, reshaping the composition and character of the American people. The theme for the 2014 conference seeks to examine, in all their complexity, a broad array of border crossings and “encounters” in U.S. history, highlighting the contributions and challenges presented by those who transcended borders to redefine their lives or flee the constraints of their pasts. The program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that deal with the themes of the conference and other important issues in American history. Teaching sessions and professional development sessions are also welcome. Deadline: February 15, 2013. www.oah.org/news/index.html?article_id=3043.

International Congress on Sociology of Law and Political Action (ISA/RCSL), September 3-6, 2013, Toulouse, France. Workshop: “Environment and the Law: Popular Struggles, Popular Epidemiology and Other Forms of Resistance ‘from Below’ in Worldwide Areas at Risk.” This workshop aims to explore how lay-actors’ reactions to environmental manipulations attempted by states and corporations challenge the law, the policies concerning the development of the areas, and the notion of general interest, etc. In particular, postcolonial reflections on the relations between space, “development,” and the law are welcomed. The workshop is open to any kind of method, but it favors qualitative and ethnographic investigations. Deadline: February 1, 2013. 2013rcslcongress.sciencespo-toulouse.fr/IMG/pdf/Call_for_Papers_-_Environment_and_the_Law.pdf.

International Workshop on Religion, Law and Policy Making: European Norms and National Practices in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation, June 13-14, 2013, Tartu, Estonia. The goal of the workshop is to advance the multidisciplinary study of the processes—cultural, economic, political, and legal—of European integration related to the patterns of interaction among religion, policies, and law in post-communist countries of Eastern Europe. The complex interplay among European and national law and law, policy, and religion at the levels of nation and European Union is approached from jurisprudential, religious, sociological, cultural, historical, and political perspectives. Deadline: February 11, 2013. Contact: Alar Kilp at alar.kilp@ut.ee, Jerry G. Pankhurst at jpankhurst@wittenberg.edu or William B. Simons at william.simons@ut.ee; ceurus.ut.ee/conferences/call-for-papers-religion-and-politics-workshop.

9th Annual Stony Brook Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, April 19, 2013, Stony Brook Manhattan campus. The conference will explore the theme “Expanding Boundaries.” The conference invites researchers who have been pushing disciplinary, physical, methodological, and conceptual boundaries of ethnography to submit their work. Abstracts for presentations are welcome from scholars using various ethnographic methods. Include a brief (300 words) project description that specifies what stage your research is in, time in field, number of research participants, and other relevant information. Preference given to research in advanced stages. Submit abstracts/project descriptions, with the title, university affiliation, and your name, mailing address, and email address by February 15 to sbethnographyconference@gmail.com. Upon acceptance, a full paper is required. 

Power and Justice in the Contemporary World-Economy, August 9, 2013, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City. This one-day conference will focus on highlighting sociologists’ contributions to contemporary struggles for social justice around the world. Co-sponsored by four ASA sections, it is being held the day before the opening of the ASA annual meeting in New York. The conference program is open and all proposals for participation on topics related to power and justice in the contemporary world-economy will be considered. Deadline: February 23, 2013. powerandjustice.com.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 63rd Annual Meeting, August 9-11, 2013, New York, NY. Theme: “Re-imagining Social Problems: Moving Beyond Social Constructionism.” SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. Each participant is permitted to submit one sole-author paper and one critical dialogue paper, but additional co-authored papers may be submitted. Critical Dialogue sessions include short (5-minute) presentations by eight authors followed by an engaged dialogue that critically explores connections among the papers. The audience will have an opportunity to participate in the dialogue as well. Deadline: January 31, 2013. Contact: sssp@utk.edu; www.sssp1.org.

The 2013 ASA Section on Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference Workshop, August 8, 2013, New York, NY. Theme: “Universal Design: Interrogating Inequality in Learning.” Through engagement with experienced colleagues and with each other, keynotes, panels, discussions, roundtables and networking are designed to provide an integrated learning experience grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We invite colleagues at the earlier stages of their teaching careers who are particularly dedicated to the science and art of teaching sociology to become part of this community of scholarly teachers. Space is limited to 40 participants. A non-refundable $60 registration fee covers conference materials, programming, and meals. Participants are expected to be members of the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning. Early application ensures that there is space for you. Deadline:  June 15, 2013. Contact: Melinda Messineo at mmessine@bsu.edu; sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/asa-pre-conference-workshop. Travel support is available.

SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Awards: Travel grants sponsored by SAGE Publications to prepare a new generation of leaders in the sociology teaching movement are available. Deadline: March 1, 2013. Contact Keith Roberts at robertsk@hanover.edu; www.sage.com.

AKD Travel Grants: AKD, the International Sociology Honor society, provides travel grants to members.  The award covers up to $1,000 in travel expenses. This award is intended to advance the quality of teaching in the discipline of sociology. It is available to AKD members only and the selection committee will give the highest priority to AKD chapter representatives, especially those who are early in their careers. Graduate students who are ABD and within a year of entering the job market are encouraged to apply as well.  Deadline: February 1, 2013. sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/asa-pre-conference-workshop.

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Meetings

February 1, 2013. Fifth Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Contact: soc_aab@shsu.edu;  www.shsu.edu/~hss001/conference/ .

February 14-16, 2013. Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America 20th Annual Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Contact: Patricia O’Brien at pao4@georgetown.edu;  www.anzsana.net .

February 16, 2013. 34th Annual Meeting of the Hawaii Sociological Association, Honolulu Community College, Honolulu, HI. Theme: “Critically Examining Structures of Inequality: Encouraging Agency and Creating Change.” Contact: hawaiisoc@gmail.com;  sites.google.com/site/hawaiisociology/home .

March 1-2, 2013. Theorizing the Web, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. Theorizing the Web is an annual conference that focuses specifically on major theoretical questions raised by the Web’s entrance into everyday life. Contact: wboesel@ucsc.edu;  www.theorizingtheweb.org/2013/ .

March 13-14, 2013. State and Social Movements: Violence, Health, and Food Security, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Contact: Mangala Subramaniam at msubrama@purdue.edu;  web.ics.purdue.edu/~msubrama/CFP_Engaging_India.pdf .

March 18-20, 2013. 2013 International Labour Process, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Contact: ilpc.admin@ilpc.org.uk;  www.ilpc.org.uk/ .

March 27-30, 2013. 93rd Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association, New Orleans, LA. Theme: “New Social Media and Life, Politics, and Society in the Early 21st Century.” Contact: Cynthia Cready at Cynthia.Cready@unt.edu;  www.swsociology.org/html/home.html .

March 27-30, 2013. Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Integrating the Sociology Eclectic: Teaching, Research and Social Activism.” Contact: Barbara Keating and Kimberly Maas at mss2013@mnsu.edu; www.theMSS.org.

March 27-30, 2013. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC. Contact: katrina.hazzard@gmail.com; pcaaca.org/national-conference/.

March 29-31, 2013. Australian International Cultural and Educational Institute Online Conference on Multidisciplinary Social Sciences. www.auaicei.com.

April 9-13, 2013. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographer, Los Angeles, CA. www.aag.org/annualmeeting.

April 11-14, 2013. 2013 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Entangled Histories: Connections, Crossings, and Constraints in U.S. History.” www.oah.org/news/index.html?article_id=3043.

May 17-19, 2013. International Conference of Half Century of Migration and Regional Integration in South China, Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, CUHK-Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen, China. Contact: abby.kan@cuhk.edu.hk; www.cuhk.edu.hk/soc/prdsrc/index.html.

May 22-26, 2013. French Association for American Studies Annual Meeting Religion, Spirituality, and the Politicization of Sexualities in the United States Panel, Angers, France. Contact: Guillaume Marche at gmarche@u-pec.fr; afea.fr/spip.php?article447#atelier 10.

May 25-26, 2013. Collaboration among Government, Market, and Society: Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition sponsored by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Shanghai, China. www.appam.org/events/international-conferences/.

June 6-8, 2013. Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 20th Biennial Conference, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY. Theme: “Making Menstruation Matter.” www.menstruationresearch.org/2013-conference.

June 6-9, 2013. Labor & Employment Relations Association First Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Contact: david.lewin@anderson.ucla.edu; leraweb.org.

June 13-14, 2013. International Workshop on Religion, Law and Policy Making: European Norms and National Practices in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation, Tartu, Estonia. Contact: Alar Kilp at alar.kilp@ut.ee, Jerry G. Pankhurst at jpankhurst@wittenberg.edu or William B. Simons at william.simons@ut.ee; ceurus.ut.ee/conferences/call-for-papers-religion-and-politics-workshop.

July 1-3, 2013. CEPE 2013 Conference, Autónoma University, Lisbon, Portugal.Theme: “Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature.” www.cepe2013.com/.

July 4-6, 2013. 18th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Theme: “Technology in the Age of Information.” Contact: spt2013@iseg.utl.pt; www.spt2013.com.

August 6-9, 2013. Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY. Theme: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All: Resistance and Resiliency in an Age of Retrenchment.” Contact: rural_sociology@byu.edu; www.ruralsociology.

August 9, 2013. Power and Justice in the Contemporary World-Economy, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, NY. powerandjustice.com.

August 9-11, 2013. The Society for the Study of Social Problems 63rd Annual Meeting, New York, NY. Theme: “Re-imagining Social Problems: Moving Beyond Social Constructionism.” Contact: sssp@utk.edu; www.sssp1.org.

August 28-31, 2013. 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association, University of Turin, Italy. Theme: “Crisis, Critique and Change.” www.esa11thconference.eu.

September 3-6, 2013. International Congress on Sociology of Law and Political Action (ISA/RCSL), Toulouse, France. Workshop: “Environment and the Law: Popular Struggles, Popular Epidemiology and Other Forms of Resistance ‘from Below’ in Worldwide Areas at Risk.” 2013rcslcongress.sciencespo-toulouse.fr/IMG/pdf/Call_for_Papers_-_Environment_and_the_Law.pdf.

April 10-13, 2014. 2014 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Theme: “Crossing Borders.” www.oah.org/news/index.html?article_id=3043.

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Funding

American Philosophical Society Research Programs. Franklin Research Grants. This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Deadline: December 17, 2012. Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research. This Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Grants will be available to doctoral students who wish to participate in field studies for their dissertations or for other purposes. Deadline: February 1, 2013. Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, (215) 440-3429; LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org; www.amphilsoc.org.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way. The program welcomes proposals for research from a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project. Deadlines: February 1 and September 1. www.lsacnet.org/LSACResources/Grants/lsac-legal-education-grant-program.asp.

National Science Foundation (NSF) New Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences (IBSS) Competition. The new IBSS competition will support the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields. The two types of projects that may be supported by IBSS are IBSS large interdisciplinary research projects (with maximum awards of $1,000,000) and IBSS interdisciplinary team exploratory projects (with maximum awards of $250,000). Deadline: January 23, 2013. Contact: Thomas Baerwald at tbaerwal@nsf.gov and Brian Humes bhumes@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12614/nsf12614.htm.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems 2013 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Persons identified as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Asian-American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaska Native and accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences are invited to apply for the $12,000 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. All applicants must be a current member and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States when applying. Deadline: February 1, 2013. Contact: Alfonso R. Latoni at alfonso.latoni@nih.gov; www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/261/Racial/Ethnic_Minority_Graduate_Scholarship

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Fellowships

Predoctoral Fellowship: Multidisciplinary Training in Gender, Sexuality, and Health. The Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health will offer at least one and possibly two Predoctoral Fellowships in Gender, Sexuality and Health to PhD applicants entering in the fall of 2013. This fellowship is funded by a training grant award from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch. Fellowships cover tuition and a stipend and include monies for professional meeting travel and academic supplies.  Funding is guaranteed up to five years (students are encouraged to seek outside funding for their dissertation research).  Applicants must apply to and be accepted by the Department of Sociomedical Sciences before a training fellowship can be offered. Contact: Andrea Constancio at ac995@columbia.edu; www.mailman.columbia.edu/academic-departments/sociomedical-sciences/academic-programs/doctoral-program/predoctoral-fellowship.

Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) is a three-year training and service fellowship for master-level public health professionals. The fellowship focuses on public health program management and provides experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation through specialized hands-on training and mentorship at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and in-state and local health organizations. The goal of the program is to prepare public health professionals for leadership positions in local, state, national, and international public health agencies. Fellows first work in program areas within the CDC. They are then placed in a field assignment with a public health agency. Fellows initially earn a salary equivalent to a GS-9 pay grade and advance to GS-11 with geographic adjustments. Fellows receive supervision and mentoring while working on multidisciplinary projects with public and private partners. www.cdc.gov/PHPS/index.html.

Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. Fellowships are available for sociologists with an interest in economic sociology, the sociology of organizations, the sociology of work, labor movements, and/or political sociology for the 2013-2014 academic year. Fellows will study employee stock ownership, profit sharing, broad-based stock options, and broadened ownership of capital and economic democracy in the corporation and society in the United States. Several $25,000 and $12,500 fellowships will be offered by Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations to doctoral candidates, recent PhD graduates, and pre- and post-tenure scholars in the social sciences. Fellows may be in residence at their own university or visit Rutgers. Deadline: January 31, 2013. Contact: Joseph Blasi at blasi@smlr.rutgers.edu; smlr.rutgers.edu/research-and-centers/fellowship-programs.

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In the News

Christopher Bail, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a November 29 NBCNews.com article about his American Sociological Review study, “The Fringe Effect: Civil Society Organizations and the Evolution of Media Discourse about Islam since the September 11th Attacks.” His study was also the subject of articles in media outlets including Yahoo!News and UPI.com on November 29, Wiredon November 30, Salon.com on December 5, and a number of others.

Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant University, Jimmy Taylor, Ohio University-Zanesville, and Jennifer Dawn Carlson, University of California-Berkeley, were quoted in an Agence France Presse article about the gun culture in the United States. The article appeared in the Huffington Post on December 19.

Philip Cohen, University of Maryland-College Park, wrote a December 4 Atlantic column, “Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?” He was also mentioned in a December 15 Boston Globe article, that touched on the same topic.

Ed Collom, University of Southern Maine, was quoted in the November 12 Washington Post article, “Monopoly Money? Nope, Just Local Currency.”

Luca Diotallevi, University of Roma Tre, was quoted in a Religion News Service article that appeared in the December 19 Washington Post about how the Roman Catholic Church is working to stop Sunday shopping in Italy.

David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in an Associated Press article about how reports of child abuse and neglect have dropped in the United States for the fifth consecutive year, and abuse-related child deaths are also at the lowest level in five years. The article appeared in a number of media outlets including the Miami Herald, NBCNews.com, and the Huffington Post on December 12.

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College, was interviewed November 11 on an ABC Radio National in Australia program, “Religion and Ethics Report,” about African American preaching and its influence on U.S. politics.

Conrad Hackett, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and Ryan Cragun, University of Tampa, were quoted in a Religion News Service article about a new report, which shows that those with no religious affiliation are now the third-largest “religious” group in the world. The article appeared in the Washington Post on December 18.

Stephani Hatch, King’s College London, was mentioned in a December 3 Times-Picayune article “New Orleans Middle-School Students Describe High Rates of Depression.”

Kieran Healy, Duke University, was mentioned in a December 18 Chicago Tribune editorial about preventing a Newtown, CT, type situation from happening again.

Eric Klinenberg, New York University, was mentioned in an Associated Press article about how many single women, a key voting bloc, are avoiding the Republican party. The article appeared in a number of media outlets including NPR.org and Yahoo!News on December 15.

Neda Maghbouleh, Muhlenberg College, wrote a November 30 Salon.com column, “‘Shahs of Sunset’: The Real Iranians of Los Angeles?”

Jane D. McLeod, Indiana University, was quoted and Ryotaro Uemura, International Center at Keio University in Japan, and Shawna Rohrman, Indiana University, were mentioned in a November 29 U.S. News and World Reportarticle about their Journal of Health and Social Behavior study, which found that behavior problems, not depression, are linked to lower grades for depressed youths. The study was also the subject of articles in media outlets including Education Week and Newsday on November 29, UPI.com and The Times of India on November 30, and others.

Scott Melzer, Albion College, and Peter Dreier, Occidental College, were quoted in a December 17 BBC News article, “Newtown Shootings: NRA Silent on Gun Laws.”

Katherine Newman, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a December 15 CNN.com article about the school shooting in Newtown, CT, and how to make schools safer. Newman was also quoted or mentioned in articles related to the shooting in a number of other media outlets including Education Week on December 14, Slate.com on December 17, the Washington Post, the Commercial Appeal, and BBC News on December 18, and LiveScience.com on December 19. The BBC News article also quoted David Altheide, Arizona State University. Newman also wrote a December 17 CNN.com column about the issue.

Harry Perlstadt,  Michigan State University, wrote a letter to the editor, that appeared in the New Yorker on December 17 in response to an article in a previous issue of the magazine titled, “Tax Time.”

Bruce Phillips, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, was quoted in a December 8 Herald News article, “Couples of Mixed Heritage Find Ways to Honor both Jewish and Christian Traditions.”

Robert Putnam, Harvard University, was mentioned in a December 17 Vancouver Sun article, “Canadian Catholics Debate ‘Come Home’ Campaign.”

Lauren Rivera, Northwestern University, was quoted in a November 29 NBCNews.com article about her American Sociological Review study, which suggested that employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are on finding the person who can best do the job. The study was also the subject of articles in media outlets including the Toronto Star on November 29, the Huffington Post on November 30, the Wall Street Journal on December 4, the Houston Chronicle on December 5, the San Francisco Chronicle on December 7, TIME.com on December 10, and a number of others.

Deirdre A. Royster, a New York University, and William A. Darity, Duke University, were quoted in a December 14 Washington Post article, “Black Jobless Rate Is Twice that of Whites.”

Robert Sampson, Harvard University, was quoted in a December 17 Huffington Post article, “U.S. Gun Violence ‘Slow Drip’ Continues Despite Connecticut Shootings.”

Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, was mentioned in a December 16 New York Times op-ed, “The Decline of Evangelical America.”

Christian Smith and Heather Price, both of the University of Notre Dame, and Nicholas Christakis, Harvard Medical School, were mentioned in a November 16 Huffington Post column, “The 10 Most Generous Social Media Mavens.”

Jimmy Taylor, Ohio University-Zanesville, was mentioned in a December 18 Boston Globe column, “Common Ground on Guns.”

Verta Taylor, University California-Santa Barbara, was quoted in an October 17 San Francisco Weekly article, “A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights.”

Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Valencia College, wrote a December 19 Orlando Sentinel column, “Newtown Shootings Conjure Memories of Virginia Tech.”

Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, wrote a December 19 Atlantic column, “The Media Needs to Stop Inspiring Copycat Murders. Here’s How.”

Cristobal Young, Stanford University, was quoted and Charles Varner, Princeton University, was mentioned in an October 28 Los Angeles Times article centered around their study on whether changes in California’s top income tax rates lead to changes in the migration of top income earners. The study was also the subject of articles in other media outlets including CNBC.com and the Huffington Post on October 31 and the Sacramento Bee on November 2.

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Awards

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, received Oklahoma State University’s Regents Distinguished Research Award for 2012.

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Transitions

Scott Coltrane is the new Dean of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oregon.

Michael R. Gottfredson started as President of the University of Oregon in August 2012.

Burke Grandjean, University of Wyoming, has completed his service as director of the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center and is returning to a regular faculty position as professor of statistics and sociology. People

Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut, is the President elect of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Sharon Bird, Iowa State University, was elected Treasurer of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Patricia A. Gwartney, University of Oregon, is the President elect of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Robert O’Brien and James Elliott, both of the University of Oregon, are the new co-editors of Sociological Perspectives.

Chelsea Starr, University of San Diego, is the new editor of the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology newsletter.

Dorceta Taylor, University of Michigan, Stephen Gasteyer, Michigan State University, and Monica White, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received a $4 million USDA grant to study food security in Michigan.

Tiffany Taylor, Kent State University, was elected Vice President of Sociologists for Women in Society.

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New Books

Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood, both of University of California-San Diego, Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives, (Princeton University Press, 2012).

H. B. Cavalcanti, James Madison University, Almost Home: A Brazilian American’s Reflections on Faith, Culture, and Immigration (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

Todd Schoepflin, Niagara University, Sociology in Stories: A Creative Introduction to a Fascinating Perspective (Kendall Hunt, 2013).

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Summer Programs

20th Annual RAND Summer Institute. The institute consists of two annual conferences that address critical issues facing our aging population. The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists will be held on July 8–9, and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging conference on July 10–11, 2013. Both conferences will convene at the RAND Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica, California. Qualified applicants must hold a PhD or have completed two years of a PhD program and be actively working on a dissertation. Only applicants working in the field of aging or actively considering this research field will be considered. Deadline: March 22, 2013. www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi.html.

Summer Institute for Israel Studies. The Summer Institute for Israel Studies trains faculty who have been asked to design new courses in Israel Studies by their home college or university. Candidates from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply. The program includes a two-week seminar-in-residence at Brandeis University June 17-July 1, 2013, and a weeklong study tour in Israel July 2-July 11, 2013. Fellows receive a stipend of up to $2,500 for the full course; $1,500 for the Brandeis seminar only. Travel (within North America), meals, and accommodation are covered. Deadline: January 21, 2013. Contact:  scis@brandeis.edu; www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/SIIS/index.html.

 

 

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