January 2016 Issue • Volume 44 • Issue 1

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Report of the ASA Secretary on ASA Finances:
The ASA Operating Budget and Invested Assets

Mary Romero, Arizona State University and ASA Secretary

ASA secretaries regularly report to the membership about the status of ASA’s finances. I do this semiannually by publishing the minutes of the ASA Council meetings at which Council reviews and acts upon the annual operating budget and our invested reserves. I also post the annual audit on the ASA website. The Executive Office publishes an ASA Annual Report just before the August Annual Meeting that contains my financial report, and I present a financial report at the annual Business Meeting.

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Launching a New Pilot Mentoring Program at ASA

Beth Floyd and Jean H. Shin, ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Attendees at the Mentoring for Success in Research program

Attendees at the Mentoring for Success in Research program

This past November ASA successfully launched a small pilot mentoring program centered on Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) alumni. The program focused on alumni from its National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded period between 2000 and 2010. Titled Mentoring for Success in Research (MSR) the goal of the pilot program is to assist MFP alumni who are currently assistant professors (on the tenure track) in applying to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for large or small research grants. It is an MFP-focused development project that is consistent with the program’s current and future goals, and ASA hopes to learn lessons from it about programmatic directions.

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ASA Rolls Out Standards for High School Sociology at NCSS

Jean Shin, ASA Minority Fellowship Program

On November 13, 2015, in New Orleans, ASA once again sponsored an all-day symposium for high school teachers at the 2015 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference. This was the fifth event of this kind that ASA has sponsored since 2011. However, this one was a little different because of the high school teachers’ excitement about the newly published ASA National Standards for High School Sociology.

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My Childhood Memories of Florian Znaniecki

Marcia Kaplan Rudin, writer

Florian and Eileen Znaniecki in July 1956 (photo taken by Max Kaplan)

Florian and Eileen Znaniecki in July 1956 (photo taken by Max Kaplan)

My father, Dr. Max Kaplan, came to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1945 to earn his PhD in sociology. His mentor there was the great Polish sociologist and philosopher, Florian Witold Znaniecki.

I was only five years old when Daddy began his PhD, but I remember the reverence and awe in his voice when he announced he was going to study with this great man. He told my sister, my mother, and I how important Dr. Znaniecki had been in Poland, that he had founded the field of empirical sociology as we know it.

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