Call for Papers
African American Studies International Conference, April 9-11, 2004, Boston University, Boston, MA. Theme: “Race, Nation, and Ethnicity in the Afro-Asian Century.” Submit a 250-word abstract together with a current curriculum vita by October 1, 2003, to: Ronald K. Richardson, Director, African American Studies, Boston University, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Submit by email to Christine Loken-Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2004 Conference for Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive Institutions, July 10-12, 2004, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Theme: “Mission, Values and Identity.” The goal of the 2004 conference is to bring together administrators and faculty from Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive Universities to continue discussion of the place of these institutions within broad spectrum of higher education. Participants will analyze the many opportunities and challenges presented to doctoral research/intensive institutions, and set priorities to strengthen the future of these universities. Deadline: September 1, 2003. Visit: www.illinoisstate.edu/carnegie/. E-mail us at email@example.com.
Humboldt 2004 Bicentennial Conference, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, October 14-16, 2004. Theme: “Alexander von Humboldt: From the Americas to the Cosmos.” In commemoration of a visit from Alexander von Humboldt to the United States in 1804 at the invitation of President Thomas Jefferson, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York will host an interdisciplinary conference devoted to Humboldt and his legacy. Proposals for papers should consist of: (1) a concise (300 words or less) abstract with title, and (2) a cover letter indicating the author’s professional affiliation(s) and contact information. Send proposals to: Program Committee, Humboldt Conference, c/o the Bildner Center, The Graduate Center/CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5209, New York, NY 10016-4309; fax (212) 817-1540; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of proposals is February 1, 2004. www.humboldtconference.org.
26th Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, October 21-23, 2004. Theme: “Class, Work and Revolution.” The program committee encourages comparative and interdisciplinary scholarship from a range of national and international contexts, the integration of public historians and community and labor activists. Submit panel and paper proposals by March 1, 2004, to: Janine Lanza, Coordinator, North American Labor History Conference, Department of History, 3094 Faculty Administration Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 577-2525; fax (313) 577-6987; e-mail email@example.com.
Pennsylvania Sociological Association
53rd Annual Conference, California
University of Pennsylvania, California,
PA, October 24 and 25, 2003. Theme:
”Meeting Pennsylvania’s Community Challenges: Local Initiatives-Global Challenges.” All other topics will be
considered. Deadlines for proposals September 1, 2003, Papers: October 1, 2003. For more information view website: www.cup.edu/liberalarts/sociology/pss or contact Elizabeth Jones at Jones_EA@cup.edu. or (703) 938-5723.
Current Sociology, journal of the International Sociological Association and published by Sage, welcomes high-quality papers between 6,000 and 8,000 words. As the journal title implies, sociological articles that deal with current issues are most welcome. Submissions are refereed quickly and efficiently. Contact Dennis Smith, Editor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see: www.ucm.es/info/isa/publ/cs.htm.
Women’s Issues—Criminal Justice Series. Seeking papers to be included in a volume of work of women victims of violence published by Prentice Hall for the Women’s Issues in Criminal Justice Series. Papers should focus on the treatment of women victims in the media and/or in the criminal justice system. Of particular interest are papers dealing with female victims and the police, courts, and/or correctional systems, the presentation of female victims in the media, global female victimization, minority women as victims, women in non-traditional occupations as victims, and vicarious victims (e.g., mothers, daughters of victims of violence). Contact: Cynthia L. Line, Department of Law and Justice Studies, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028; e-mail email@example.com.
The Scholar & Feminist Online, Special Issue, “Young Feminists Take On the Family.” We invite critical essays, poetry, art, audio, visual and multimedia contributions that explode current myths of the American family and offer analyses of the larger culture that has helped shape and produce these myths. This special issue will inaugurate the webjournal’s Feminist Futures series. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2003. You will be notified by November 15 if your work is to be included. Essays should be no longer than 2,500 words. Shorter 1,000- to 1,500-word essays are encouraged. Submit text documents as Microsoft Word files. Images should be formatted as jpegs or gifs. Use MLA Manual of Style for proper manuscript form. If you would like your materials
returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send all materials
to: Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, c/o Soapbox, 201 East 2nd
Street, #5D, New York, NY 10009; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the webjournal or the Feminist Futures Series, contact: Deborah Siegel, Editor, S&F Online, Center for Research on Women, Barnard College, 101 Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027; e-mail email@example.com.
August 18-19, 2003. Sociological Practice Association Silver Anniversary Meeting, Wyndham Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta,
Georgia. Contact Prof. Mel Fein at Mfein@Kennesaw.Edu.
October 16-19, 2003. Society for Applied Sociology (SAS) 21st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Theme: “Sociological Know-How: Back to Our Applied Roots.” Contact: Paul T. Melevin, 2003 Program Chair, Customer Survey Services Unit, Audit
and Evaluation Division, Employment
Development Department, 800 Capitol Mall, MIC 78, Sacramento, CA 95814-
4807; (916) 487-6990; fax (916) 653-
7171; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.appliedsoc.org.
October 17-18, 2003. New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) 51st Annual Meeting, Siena College, Loudonville, NY. Contact: Paul T. Murray, Department of Sociology, Siena College, Loudonville, NY 12211; e-mail email@example.com.
October 24-25, 2003. 53rd Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Sociological Society, California University of Pennsylvania. Theme: Meeting Pennsylvania’s Community
Challenges: Local Initiatives-Global Challenges. Contact: Elizabeth Jones at Jones_EA@cup.edu. or (724) 938-5723. View website: www.cup.edu/liberalarts/sociology/pss.
November 14-15, 2003. Georgia Political Science Association Annual Meeting, The Callaway Inn at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA. Theme: “Consequences of Institutions and Cultures.” Visit web2.mgc.edu/gpsa or e-mail Harold Cline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 11-13, 2004. Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA) Conference, St. Louis, MO. Theme: “Cultural Imperialism and Competition: Travel, World’s Fairs and National/Colonial Image.” Contact: Carol Flores, Department of Architecture, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306; e-mail email@example.com.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces the Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program. Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program aims to increase the participation of women in international scientific research by helping establish new research partnerships with colleagues in Europe, Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Near East, Middle East, Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Small grants ($4,000-5,000) will provide travel and living support for a U.S. scientist and, when appropriate, a co-PI to visit a partner country to develop a research program. Funds can also be used to support a second visit to the partner country or for a foreign partner to travel to the U.S. Men and women scientists who have their PhD or equivalent research experience are eligible to apply. Applicants who have received their doctoral degrees within the past six years will receive special consideration, as will scientists applying to work with colleagues in less frequently represented countries and regions. PhD candidates are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Only fields funded by the National Science Foundation and interdisciplinary research cutting across these fields are eligible. For further information, visit the NSF website www.nsf.gov. The next application deadline is July 15, 2003. Contact: Marina Sansostri Ratchford, Senior Program Associate, Latin American and Latino Initiatives, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington DC 20005; (202) 326-6490; fax (202) 371-9849; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further application information and region-specific guidelines visit: www.aaas.org/international/wisc/.
American Philosophical Society Research Programs: (1) Franklin Research Grants. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate, or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Pre-doctoral students are not eligible, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. The program is designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, and the costs associated with fieldwork or laboratory research expenses. The program does not accept proposals in journalistic writing; for the preparation of textbooks, or teaching aids; or the work of creative and performing artists. Maximum award: $6,000. Deadlines: October 1, December 1. Decisions are reached in late January and in March. (2) Sabbatical Fellowship for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Mid-career faculty of universities and four-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/research year, but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the 2004-2005 academic year or the calendar year 2005. Candidates must not have had a financially supported leave at any time subsequent to September 1, 2000. It is expected that the candidate’s doctoral degree was conferred no later than 1996, and no earlier than 1981. Award: from $30,000 to $40,000. Deadline: November 1; notification in March. Contact: American Philosophical Society, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 440-3429; e-mail email@example.com.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Vera Institute of Justice 2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Race, Crime and Justice. The fellowship encourages new scholars of diverse backgrounds to work and publish in this important field. One fellowship is awarded each year for a two-year residency at the Vera Institute in New York. Fellows receive a generous annual salary and benefits and research and travel allowances to pursue a scholarly project of their own design while gaining experience in policy-oriented research and writing. Applicants must have completed a doctorate within seven years of applying for the fellowship or be completing it by summer 2004. Applications are due October 24, 2003, with the residency to start in summer or fall 2004. Information and an application are available at www.vera.org/mellon or contact: Suzanne Mueller, Administrative Director, Research, Vera Institute of Justice, 233 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10279; fax (212) 941-9407; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a brochure and application.
Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication (ES-03-007). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) www.niehs.nih.gov/ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) www.cdc.gov/niosh/ jointly announce this program to strengthen the NIEHS’ and NIOSH’s support of research aimed at achieving environmental/occupational justice for socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations in the United States. One goal of the participating institutions is to understand the influence of economic and social factors on the health status of individuals exposed to environmental or occupational toxicants. This component of the research program in environmental justice is designed to encourage community outreach, training, research, and education efforts that will become the catalyst for reducing exposure to environmental pollutants in underserved populations. The main objective of this request for application is to establish methods for linking members of a community, who are directly affected by adverse environmental conditions or community-based organizations serving affected communities, with researchers and health care providers and to create partnerships that can address environmental health problems. Community-based organizations are especially encouraged to apply. The entire RFA can be found at: grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-03-007.html. Letter of Intent receipt date: September 17, 2003. Application Receipt Date: October 17, 2003. Earliest Anticipated start date: July 30, 2004. For further information, contact: Shobha Srinivasan, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, PO Box 12233, MD EC-21, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, RTP, NC 27709; (919) 541-2506; fax (919) 316-4606; e-mail email@example.com.
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) announces a new program that provides early career opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in mentored clinical research in developing countries. This new program, which offers one year of mentored clinical research training at a site in the developing world, will expand international opportunities to graduate level U.S. students in the health professions, paired with students from the host country, with the hope that such experiences during a formative period will encourage them to pursue careers in clinical research, particularly related to global health. Initial training sites are in Botswana, Brazil, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mali, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia. The first annual competition for the Fogarty-Ellison Program will begin in the fall of 2003 for training that will commence in July of 2004. Additional information is available on the program website at www.aamc.org/overseasfellowship
The National Academies. The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Internship Program is designed to engage graduate science and social science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in the analysis and creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government. As a result, students develop essential skills different from those attained in academia and make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional. The Internship is a 12-week program. Each intern is assigned to a senior staff member who acts as his or her mentor. The mentor provides guidance and ensures that the intern’s time is focused on substantive work and activities. Students can apply for winter, summer, or fall each year. For details and application information visit www7.nationalacademies.org/internship/. Contact Rebecca Burka at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program is a two-year fellowship designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and action to address the broad range of factors affecting health. Outstanding individuals who have completed doctoral training in disciplines ranging from behavioral, social, biological, and natural sciences to health professions are eligible. Up to 18 scholars will be selected to begin training in
August or September 2004 at one of
six nationally prominent universities:
Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Wisconsin. Application
deadline: October 15, 2003. Contact:
(800) 734-7635 or e-mail email@example.com. www.healthandsocietyscholars.org.
In the News
Mounira M. Charrad, University of Texas-Austin, was interviewed by Weekly Public Affairs Program, KLRU Austin Public Broadcasting Station about her book, States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001).
Scott Coltrane, University of California-Riverside, was quoted in the May 7, 2003, Christian Science Monitor about stay-at-home dads and changing gender and parental roles.
Dan Cook, University of Illinois-Urbana, was quoted in a story on how Roxy Girls is producing fictional literature to promote its clothing line and brand name to Tween girls, which appeared in the April 5 Los Angeles Times.
Judith Cook, University of Illinois-Chicago, was interviewed by on WCPN, an affiliate of National Public Radio in Cleveland, about her research on employment as a critical factor in the recovery of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was interviewed about the United Nations and international terrorism for the CNN International program “Your World Today,” which broadcasted on May 8.
Jesse Diaz, PhD candidate at University of California-Riverside, was featured in the May issue of Pitzer Press about overcoming a life of gangs and poverty to become a success in academia.
Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted in a May 28 Washington Post article about Howard University’s plans to develop a genetics database on African Americans.
Donna Gaines read from her new memoir, A Misfit’s Manifesto: A Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart and discussed her classic study of working class youth in New Jersey, Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead End Kids on WBAI radio in New York City on May 21. She was also interviewed in the Bergen Record about disaffected youth, popular culture, and post-high school graduation anomie. She was interviewed on April 12 on KEXP radio, Seattle, about the New York punk scene; in the May 12 Charlotte Observer about women and bikers; and quoted on the effects of peer pressure in the May 22 issue of Junior Scholastics.
Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was interviewed by the The New Jersey Herald News about changes in attitudes on interracial relationships, and the Charleston Post and Courier on discrimination directed at black motorcyclists in Myrtle Beach.
Kathleen Gerson, New York University, wrote an op-ed column on working families in American society in the May 11 New York Times. Also mentioned in the article were sociologists Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, and Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania.
Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, was interviewed live on CNN Headline News on May 8, 2003, about teenagers who engage in very high-risk physical stunts.
David Grazian, University of Pennsylvania, was interviewed May 29 on WBEZ radio, Chicago, on authenticity in urban blues clubs.
Sharon Hays, University of Virginia, was interviewed on multiple radio programs—including National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered, Washington, DC’s Wilmer Leon Show, Radio Left, and NPR stations in San Francisco, Dallas, and Tulsa—regarding her research on welfare reform. A Rice University colloquium on her book, Flat Broke With Children (Oxford, 2003), was also broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV, and her research on welfare will be profiled in upcoming articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Baltimore Sun.
Sally T. Hillsman, ASA Executive Officer, was quoted in a May 7 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on plagiarism and other forms of professional misconduct in the humanities and social sciences.
Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado-Boulder, was quoted in Animal Sheltering Magazine, a periodical for animal care and protection professionals. The article refers to her research on emotion management in humane education.
Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, was quoted in the May issue of Cosmopolitan in an article about sexual harassment and stalking.
Steven M. Ortiz, Oregon State University, was quoted in the (Corvallis) Gazette-Times, August 28, 2002, in an article discussing his research on the ways in which wives of professional athletes cope with the marital stress induced by the careers of their husbands. He was quoted in Scotland’s Sunday Mail, March 23, about Scottish football wives.
H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was interviewed about his work developing the social norms approach to substance abuse prevention and health promotion on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Radio National Breakfast Show on April 23. He was also interviewed about his work in Syracuse TV’s ABC News on March 10.
David Popenoe, Rutgers University, was quoted in a May 24 New York Times article on the rise in Disney weddings and the changing traditions of weddings.
John Skrentny, University of California-San Diego, was mentioned in a May 2 syndicated opinion column by George Will on the topic of affirmative action.
Rodney Stark, University of Washington-Seattle, published an opinion piece in the June 6 Chronicle of Higher Education on the importance of the study of gods in social scientific study of religion, history, and civilization.
Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, was quoted in a May 6 New York Times article about a rural slave jail in Kentucky being turned into a museum dedicated to freedom; and in an Associated Press article about her public humanities project, “The African American Barbershop from the Era of ‘Jim Crow’ to Desegregation.”
Alan Wolfe, Boston College, authored an opinion piece in the May 30 Chronicle of Higher Education, on the merits of the practice of using pseudonyms for real places in sociological and anthropological research.
The national Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection honors demonstrated excellence in promoting the well-being of people who participate in research. The Health Improvement Institute is now accepting entries for the 2003 awards competition. The deadline for receipt of entries is September 29, 2003. Award categories are: (1) Best practice that has demonstrated benefit—given to a research institution, unit (such as an, Institutional Review Board), or individual Innovation established through research or other report published in the last five years—given to an individual (or team) that produced a significant contribution to advancing human research protection. (2) Lifetime achievement—given to an individual in academe, industry, or government. A panel of judges, representing the various sectors involved in human research, evaluates entries. Winners will be announced in November 2003. More information and/or application packets are available from the Awards Coordinator at (301) 651-1818 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be accessed at the Institute’s web site: www.hii.org.
The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award for each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of $500 per project are sometimes awarded. In addition to the cash prize, recipients may be invited to Iowa State University to present an overview of their research. Proposals must be postmarked by October 1, 2003. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, can apply. Three copies of a detailed description (5 to 10 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) of the research project including: (1) a 150-200 word abstract summarizing its purpose and content; (2) a discussion of relevant theory, contributions to literature in the field, and methodology; (3) a statement about how the Catt Prize will contribute to the research project; and (4) a timetable for completion of the project. As the proposals will be blind reviewed by a committee, the author(s) name(s) should not appear in this description. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2003. Materials should be mailed (not faxed or e-mailed) to the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1305. For more information, contact the Center at email@example.com or call (515) 294-3181.
The International Sociological Association (ISA) announces the organization of the fourth worldwide competition for young scholars engaged in social research. The winners will be invited to participate in the XVI World Congress of Sociology which will take place in Durban, South Africa, July 2006. The winners’ papers will be considered for publication in the ISA’s journal International Sociology, or in another ISA publication. By Young Scholars we mean people under 35 years of age on May 1, 2005. In case of joint or multiple authorship, this rule applies to all authors of
the submitted paper. Participants should hold a Master’s degree (or an equivalent graduate diploma) in sociology or in a
related discipline. Candidates must send an original paper that has not been
previously published anywhere. It should be no more than 6,000 words typewritten double-spaced on one side of the paper with margins of 3 cm and the pages
numbered. Notes and the bibliography should appear at the end of the text. Two copies of equal typographical quality should be sent to the following address: 4th ISA Worldwide Competition for Young Sociologists, Attention: Kenneth Thompson, Pavis Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom; 44-1908-654458; fax 44-1908-659267; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Members' New Books
John P. Bartkowski, Mississippi State University, The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers, and Godly Men (Rutgers University Press, 2003).
John P. Bartkowski, Mississippi State University, and Helen A. Regis, Louisiana State University, Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era (New York University Press, 2003).
Francesca M. Cancian, University of California-Irvine, Demie Kurz, University of Pennsylvania, Andrew S. London, Syracuse University, Rebecca Reviere, Howard University, and Mary C. Tuominen (eds.) Child Care and Inequality: Re-Thinking Carework for Children and Youth (Routledge, 2002).
Richard Felson, Pennsylvania State University, Violence and Gender Reexamined (American Psychological Association, 2002).
Glenn Firebaugh, Pennsylvania State University, The New Geography of Global Income Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2003).
Benjamin Gregg, University of Texas-Austin, Thick Moralities, Thin Politics: Social Integration Across Communities of Belief (Duke University Press, 2003); Coping In Politics With Indeterminate Norms: A Theory of Enlightened Localism (SUNY Press, 2003).
Kwang-ki Kim, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Order and Agency in Modernity: Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, and Harold Garfinkel (State University of New York Press, 2003).
Rebecca S. Kraus, U.S. Department of Justice, Minor League Baseball: Community Building Through Hometown Sports (Haworth Press, 2003).
H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, (editor), The Social Norms Approach to Preventing School and College Age Substance Abuse: A Handbook for Educators, Counselors, and Clinicians (Jossey-Bass, 2003).
Leila J. Rupp, University of California-Santa Barbara, and Verta Taylor, University of California-Santa Barbara, Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret (University of Chicago Press, 2003).
Kent L. Sandstrom, University of Northern Iowa, Daniel D. Martin, Miami University of Ohio, Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Social Psychology and Sociology (Roxbury Publishing Company, 2003).
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, (editor), Organizing Access to Capital: Advocacy and the Democratization of Financial Institutions (Temple University Press, 2003).
Dana Beth Winberg, Brandeis University, Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing (Cornell University Press, 2003).
Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, delivered a lecture, “Social Networks and Internal Migration: The Case of Nang Ron, Thailand,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on June 17.
Susan Farrell, has been appointed co-director of the Women’s Studies Program at Kingsborough, CUNY.
Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University, delivered the Commencement Address for the Graduate School of Fine Arts.
Barbara Hetrick is the new chief academic officer at Catawba College in North Carolina.
Robert Mark Silverman will be joining the faculty of SUNY-Buffalo as an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning effective August 2003.
David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Environmental Research Network Asia (ERNAsia), an independent institution which aims to bring together scholars and professionals from various parts of the world who share a common interest in environmental issues in the Asian region.
Christy A. Visher, Urban Institute, is the recipient of a $3.2-million award from the U.S. Department of Justice as a co-principal investigator and subgrantee with the Research Triangle Institute. The five-year project will evaluate a $100-million federal initiative to improve the post-release outcomes of prisoners among criminal justice, employment, education, health, and housing dimensions.
Janet Wilmoth, Syracuse University, was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging for research titled, “Health, Social Support and Housing Transitions.”
The Institute of Social Research at the Indiana University-Bloomington Department of Sociology has been renamed after a distinguished professor emeritus. The Karl F. Schuessler Institute for Social Research recognizes the contributions of the long-time IU faculty member.
The Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology (CACS) will conduct training for individuals who are interested in serving as a member of a CACS Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). An ARC conducts the accreditation review process for any applicant program seeking accreditation from the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology. This training is set for August 19, 2003, in Atlanta at the hotel of the Sociological Practice Association annual meetings. Anyone interested should contact Joyce Iutcovich at Joycei@kurc.org.
The Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology has accredited the Undergraduate Concentration in Applied and Clinical Sociology at Valdosta State University. The program has an exceptionally well-organized and well-administered internship component. Excellent relations exist with the community and community-based organizations in which interns work and graduates find employment. Faculty are actively engaged in practice and bring that experience into the classroom and the community. The program has a sound curriculum that clearly instills sensitivity to professional, ethical, and practical issues that applied and clinical sociologists encounter. Students receive a thorough grounding in theory, methods, and substantive courses in sociology. The Commission was formed in 1995 by the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association. Valdosta State joins undergraduate programs at St. Cloud State (MN) and Our Lady of the Lake (TX) as accredited programs.
Esther Chow, American University, is guest editor of the upcoming special issue of the journal International Sociology with the theme, “Gender, Globalization, and Social Change in the 21st Century.” The issue will be published in September.
Antonio Alas and Walter Bower were co-recipients of the 2003 award for Outstanding Teaching by a sociology graduate student at the University of Kentucky.
Pablo J. Boczkowski and b, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Awards from the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association.
Walter Bower and Tammy Werner were recipients of the 2003 Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching in the Teaching Assistant category at the University of Kentucky.
Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University, was selected as the 2003 Howard Beers Lecturer by the departments of Community and Leadership Development and Sociology at the University of Kentucky.
Campus Compact has selected finalists for the 2003 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning. They were chosen for their important work connecting community service to their coursework on their campus and promoting service-learning nationally. Among those selected were four sociologists: Jose Calderone, Pitzer College; Mark Chesler, University of Michigan; Sam Marullo, Georgetown University, Susan Ostrander, Tufts University.
William V. D’Antonio, Catholic University of America and former ASA Executive Officer, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Michaels University for his work as a Catholic intellectual. He was also honored by the District of Columbia Sociological Society with its Morris Rosenberg Award for recent achievements, for his books on sociology of religion.
Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree honoris causa from the University of Pennsylvania on May 19.
Drew Halfmann, University of California-Davis and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, won a research grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his project: “Closing the Gap: Explaining the Content of Policy Proposals on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.”
C. Margaret Hall, Georgetown University, received the Stuart A. Rice Award for Career Achievement from the District of Columbia Sociological Society, for her work in the development of clinical sociology.
Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado-Boulder, received the Marinus Smith Teaching Award from the University’s Parents Association.
Lane Kenworthy, Emory University, is the 2003 winner of the Aldi J.M. Hagenaars Memorial Award for the best paper making use of data from the Luxembourg Income Study by a scholar under 40 years of age. He received the award for the paper “Varieties of Welfare Capitalism,” co-authored with Alexander Hicks, which appeared in the January 2003, issue of Socio-Economic Review.
Doug McAdam, Stanford University, and Adrian Raftery, University of Washington-Seattle, were announced as 2003 fellows to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences under the social sciences classification.
Christopher Mele, University at Buffalo, received a grant-in-research award from The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.
Harriet B. Presser, University of Maryland, and Barbara Altman, National Center for Health Statistics, received the Lawrence R. Klein Award for their article on “Work Shifts and Disability: A National View.” This award, in the name of the 1980 Nobel Laureate in Economics, is given for an outstanding contribution to the Monthly Labor Review in 2002.
Steven Stack, Wayne State University, received the 2003 Louis Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of suicidology.
Patricia Ulbrich received the 2002 SWS Feminist Activist Award for her work to expand the health care response to domestic violence and her leadership with the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.
Murray Webster received the 2003 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s highest honor for faculty scholarship and intellectual inquiry.
Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, had her article, “Americans of African Ancestry,” selected as a landmark essay in the 40-year history of Society/Transaction.
Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University and D. Stanley Eitzen, Colorado State University, are co-recipients of the 2003 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for excellence over multiple editions of Diversity in Families by the Text and Academic Authors Association.
Albert Biderman, Mclean,VA, died June 16.
Nati Cohen, wife of professor Albert Cohen, died on March 29. She was a frequent attendee at sociology and criminology meetings. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Cohen at 3405 Florida Street #206. San Diego, CA 92104.
Sandra S. Tangri, Howard University, died June 11.
Wilbur B. Brookover
Wilbur Bone Brookover, professor of sociology, social studies, education, and urban and metropolitan studies at Michigan State University (MSU) and former mayor of East Lansing, died April 6, 2003, after a long illness. He was born on March 30, 1911, to Guy Brookover and Erma Mae Bone Brookover, on the family farm in Indiana.
After receiving his BA from Manchester College in 1933, he taught social studies and coached basketball at local high schools in Indiana (1933–38), while beginning graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his MA in 1939 and his PhD in 1943. He taught at Butler University and Indiana State Teachers’ College before entering the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Civil Readjustment Officer in the Educational Service Program at the U.S. Naval Hospital.
Wilbur joined the Michigan State University (MSU) faculty in 1946, where he served in a series of administrative positions over the years. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award at MSU in 1978, and two Crystal Apple Awards (1995, 1997) from the College of Education.
Wilbur’s research focused on the relationship between academic self-concept and school achievement, with particular attention to how school social environments affect the academic success of students. It is important to note that Brookover was recognized as an early pioneer in the effective schools research movement. Consistent with his interest in maximizing effective academic environments for all children, he testified in the Topeka Federal Court (1952) as an expert witness for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. He later served as a court monitor in desegregation cases in several districts throughout the United States.
Upon learning of Wilbur’s death, M. Belinda Tucker, a UCLA colleague of Wilbur’s daughter, said, “I feel so honored and blessed to have been in his sphere of influence—but, of course, every African American child educated in the United States after 1954 is firmly in that sphere as well.”
A lifelong member of the ASA, Wilbur was former chair of the Sociology of Education Section and, in 1986, was the first recipient of the section’s Willard Waller Award for Distinguished Scholarship. That he was the initial recipient of this award was entirely appropriate, given his early self-identification with and long-term contribution to the sociology of education. Indeed, Robert Dreeben identified him as one of the field’s defining intellects, citing his 1949 paper, “Sociology of Education: A Definition” and his 1955 textbook, A Sociology of Education.
He served as associate editor of Sociology of Education, president of the Ohio Valley Sociological Society, and president of the Michigan Educational Research Council.
In 1967, Wilbur was elected to the East Lansing City Council, where he served two terms (1967–75), the second as mayor of the City of East Lansing. During MSU student demonstrations against the war in Vietnam, Mayor Brookover and others persuaded students to remain nonviolent and denied state police access to the demonstration area on Michigan Avenue. He was awarded the second annual Crystal Award from the City of East Lansing (1989), which recognizes individuals who reflect the multifaceted tradition of service and giving in the community.
In addition, his other noteworthy accomplishments include: First faculty advisor of the NAACP chapter at MSU; as mayor, led the open housing movement; and one of the first MSU professors to sponsor minority graduate students.
Professor Brookover is survived by Edna Mae Eberhart Brookover, his wife of 65 years; three children, Linda B. Bourque, a professor of public health at UCLA; Thomas W. Brookover (Cicely), an attorney and retired judge in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and George M. Brookover (Patricia), an attorney in East Lansing; three grandchildren, two nieces, two cousins, and the memory of scrambled eggs at midnight with Ruth and John Useem.
A former student, Jeffrey Schneider, commented, “He provided the sociological building blocks for what we call Effective Schools. He designed the road map for achieving quality outcomes for all students. He had no problem letting others take credit for what he had done, if it meant that children would benefit.”
A colleague and former student, Maxie C. Jackson, Jr., commented, “For 30 years I have respected and appreciated Wilbur’s honesty, integrity, and his commitment to the belief that all students have the ability to learn. I remember him once commenting on the perception that football players are dumb and can’t learn: ‘Have you seen the playbook? If they can learn the responsibilities of everyone involved in the plays and how to make instantaneous and appropriate adjustments to actions that alter the designed play, they can learn in the right classroom environment.’”
One former student, Charles Beady, commented that one of his fondest memories of Brookover came from a drive around rural Michigan to collect data. He learned that Wilbur was, literally, colorblind, when he ran a red light. “He explained that he sometimes had difficulty distinguishing whether the light was red, green, or yellow. If the light was vertical, as most traffic lights are, he could easily deduce what the signal was. At that particular intersection, however, the light was horizontal, and it threw him off. I drove the rest of the way. I don’t remember if it was that day or sometime later that I thought to myself, what an amazing sense of humor God has. When He created Wilbur, He indeed created a person who was colorblind in many ways.”
I was a former student of Brookover’s, and one of my fondest memories is that we would talk at least twice a year after my departure from MSU in 1973 until the late 1990s, when poor health began to overtake him. Besides the inevitable sports update, he would always ask about my career changes, progress, challenges, and at certain times he would weigh the pros and cons with me about possible career options. The best way for me to encapsulate this is to say that he was a mentor’s mentor. I know he related to many of his former students in that fashion. (In fact, some of us began to call him “The Godfather.”) He cared, and he weighed in judiciously, I believe, when and where he felt we welcomed his counsel…. For Dr. Brookover, low expectations and lack of hope were the real crimes. He walked the walk.
Ronald D. Henderson, National Education Association
Donna K. Darden
On the evening of April 3, 2003, a series of postings appeared on “SSSITALK,” the online discussion list of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, following the announcement of Donna K. Darden’s death. Subscribers to the discussion list had been waiting for word about Donna since they received the news earlier in the week that a stroke had hospitalized her. She went fast. Donna always went fast. And her wit and enthusiasm and generosity and irreverence always went with her. News of Donna’s passing flashed through the electronic ethernets linking members of the sociological organizations in which her presence was so prominent: SSSI, MSSA, SSS, ASA’s TeachSoc. Over the next several days, Donna’s colleagues remembered her, honored her, and lamented her loss. Now several weeks later, it’s hard not to hear the silence in the spaces where Donna used to speak:
From SSSITALK, 10/23/02
Donna Kelleher Darden received a BA in French from Agnes Scott College in 1963, an MA in linguistics from Louisiana State University in 1969, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1973. Her interests, talents, and scholarship reflected the breadth of her educational background. She could speak French, deconstruct the subtleties of spoken and social discourse, and talk straight. In dozens of books and articles Donna directed her scholarly attention to the social underpinnings and operation of a broad set of topics including consumerism, cosmetics, and cockfighting. Donna’s professional life expanded beyond scholarly production into serious service and even more serious teaching and mentorship. Donna Darden frequently was selected for positions of leadership by her colleagues: she was president of SSSI, the Mid-South Sociological Association, the Arkansas Sociological Association, the National Council of State Sociological Associations, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology international honor society; she chaired countless committees and sessions and served on executive committees and editorial boards in these and other professional organizations including the Southwestern Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, and the ASA.
Donna had been a member the faculties of the University of Georgia, University of Arkansas, University of Tampa, and Tennessee Technological University (TTU). At TTU she served as the sociology department chair from 1993-2000. This distinguished record of service to our discipline, extensive as it is, is overshadowed by Donna Darden’s active and committed work as a teacher and mentor. On April 25, 2003, in the semester’s final issue of TTU’s student paper, The Oracle, editorial editor Shannon Terry spoke for dozens of students whose words I have heard and read in the more than a decade I have known Donna Darden. Shannon met Donna while working as a waitress at Spankies restaurant in Cookeville, Tennessee, where Donna often had lunch with her students. Donna’s interest in Shannon and her approachability impressed the young woman and inspired in her the confidence to attend the university:
I did not meet Donna at Tech, but she was one of the people who encouraged me to come to school here, and she probably never knew it…. Donna Darden was one of those people who didn’t fit neatly into any category. Before coming to Tech, I was somewhat intimidated. Donna eased that intimidation. I thought to myself, if this is the kind of professors Tech has, then I am there! Of course, there could never be another professor or person like Donna.
Donna’s commitment to teaching and to mentorship—of undergraduates, graduate students, and colleagues—touched many of our lives. She was quick to look up a topic, find a reference, think of an example, or offer a word of encouragement. When she discovered in her large class of introductory sociology class students who could not visually access the textbook, she first approached the university to have the text converted from print to voice format. When that failed, she contacted AT&T, convinced them to donate the software needed, scanned the hundreds of pages of printed text (with the author’s generous permission), refined and corrected the audio file, and made a CD version of the textbook available to students who needed it. This sort of extraordinary effort was typical of Donna’s indefatigable commitment to teaching. She never gave up the struggle to open the minds of students to sociology’s unique perspective and the liberating insights we have all experienced as sociologists. As Angus Vail expressed on SSSITALK on the eve of Donna’s death, her work and life constituted an affirming “celebration of the power of education and the fundamental nobility of our chosen profession.”
Donna Darden is survived by her partner of many years (and fellow “consenting adult”), Coy VanMeter, her two sons Patrick and Kelly, three grand children, and hundreds of students, most of whom will never forget her. Nor will we, her friends and colleagues, fans and confidants, fellow travelers and co-conspirators. Donations in Donna’s name can be sent to the National Organization for Women, 733 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, 800-507-7007, www.now.org.
Joane Nagel, University of Kansas and National Science Foundation
Stanford M. Lyman
Stanford Lyman, Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar and Professor of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, died on March 9, at age 69, of liver cancer. The following week he appeared posthumously in Becoming an American, a PBS documentary on the Chinese-American experience hosted by Bill Moyers. His invitation to take part in the series was a reflection of the significant contribution he made to Asian American studies over a period of four decades. Stanford was a pioneer in the field, teaching perhaps the first university course devoted to the Asian in America, and he was one of the founding members of the ASA’s Asia/Asian America Section. Not surprising to anyone who knew him, he was working up to the end on a new book on Chinese Americans, which he tentatively titled From Canton to California.
However, Stanford’s interests were not limited to Asians in particular or race and ethnicity in general. While much of his published work was devoted to topics in these areas, a survey of the titles of his 25 books and around 100 articles reveals a scholar with interests that literally ranged the discipline. Influenced by the symbolic interactionist tradition, ethnomethodology, and dramaturgy, Stanford made a substantial contribution to social theory, most notably in his writings on “a sociology of the absurd” and the “drama of social reality.” Related to this work was an abiding concern, shaped during his graduate years in particular by Kenneth Bock, in historical sociology. Linked to this was his immersion in the history of sociology. But his interests were even more wide-ranging than that. He wrote, for example, on the student movement of the 1960s, NATO, political sociology, law, deviance, gender and emotions in American cinema, and the sociology of cultural icons.
But Stanford’s conviction that race was a central defining feature shaping American social life was deeply embedded in him from his earliest years, as he grew up in the Western Addition of San Francisco and worked in the family grocery store. The son of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, he lived in a neighborhood that catered to the Japanese and black residents of the area. In a wonderful essay on “Growing Up Among Ghetto Dwellers,” Stanford chronicled the ways that he learned to think sociologically about race relations without knowing what sociology was at the time. In the course of witnessing the impact of the Japanese internment on his neighbors and trying to understand how such a patently unjust policy could occur, he began as a teen to think seriously about the ways that race is integrated into the larger social structure, and not simply in the psyche. He began to think like Blumer before he knew Blumer’s work.
During his high school years Stanford became a friend of a number of Chinese students and so became a part of the Chinatown community. Given what he would later describe as his “indeterminate” racial features, he often passed for Chinese, thereby allowing him access to places in Chinatown that he otherwise would not have been able to observe. Somewhat later he also acquired Japanese friends, particularly after he and some of his Japanese neighbors entered Berkeley in 1951. He became a frequent master of ceremonies at Japanese-American wedding receptions, and spoke proudly of the fact that he had been invited to become a hakujin member of the San Francisco Barons Nisei social and athletic club.
With brothers named Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, Stanford’s parents were far from subtle in conveying the significance they attached to higher education for their children (or at least their male children, since his twin sister Sylvia didn’t receive a Seven Sisters moniker). However, rather than attending any of these elite private institutions, Stanford headed across the Bay. All of his higher education was completed at Berkeley, including a BA in sociology and social institutions in 1955, an MA in political science two years later, and in 1961 a PhD in sociology and social institutions. His dissertation work involved an analysis of 19th century Chinese-American society, under the direction of Kingsley Davis, Franz Schurmann, and Edward Barnhart.
After a decade at Berkeley, Stanford began what would become a peripatetic career, beginning with a post at the University of British Columbia. He subsequently taught in the Liberal Arts Extension Division at the University of California-Berkeley before founding and chairing the Department of Sociology at Sonoma State College. He and Marvin Scott began their fruitful collaboration during this time. In 1968, he moved to the University of Nevada-Reno, where he would meet another of his future collaborators, William Douglass. Two years later he accepted a position at the University of California-San Diego.
In 1972, Arthur Vidich and Benjamin Nelson invited him to apply for a senior tenured position in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. At a memorial service for him held at the New School on May 9, Vidich reflected on the hire by recounting that Hannah Arendt, a member of the tenure committee, was aghast at Stanford’s appearance: a Hawaiian print shirt rather than the customary tweed jacket, with decidedly unfashionable glasses. However, he won Arendt and the others over once he began to speak. In Vidich’s account, “His sartorial habits were obliterated in the sunlight of his intellectual brilliance.” Stanford entered an especially productive period of his career and he and Vidich became close colleagues and friends. He served as Chair of the Sociology Department and later was appointed Professor of Asian Studies.
However, these were also difficult years. A state accreditation panel produced a highly critical review of the department, contending in one memorable passage from its report that the professors at the New School were purveyors of European social thought in contrast to rigorous American social science. In partial response, Stanford and Vidich devoted five years to producing their critique of the criticism leveled at the institution: American Sociology (Yale, 1985), a book that unearthed the lingering vestiges and the varied impacts of Protestantism in the mainstream discipline. The department weathered the storm, but it also paid a price. In the process, Stanford’s foray into university political infighting left him vulnerable. In 1985, when offered an endowed professorship at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, he sold his Soho loft, and said farewell not only to the New School, but to the things he especially loved about New York: the opera, theater, cinema, and its ethnic diversity.
Stanford stayed put in Florida. He continued to publish extensively, to co-edit the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, and to prepare books on 19th century sociological precursors for the University of Arkansas Press series he edited. He also continued to lecture frequently. As former students can attest, Stanford the lecturer was a uniquely engaging performer. At Florida Atlantic, he was a highly sought after speaker in the Lifelong Learning Society and other venues in the surrounding community. During the past few years, he served as a dissertation advisor in FAU’s Public Intellectuals Program, shepherding through the first PhD in the program. To the end, he continued to work. I last spoke to him two months before his death. While he knew he was seriously ill, he didn’t say much about his illness. He preferred to discuss his work and mine, and spoke insistently about the future. A person so willing to talk about the existential realities of life was strikingly silent about the prospect of death. He is survived by his sister Sylvia and by brothers Harvard, Princeton, and Elliott.
Peter Kivisto, Augustana College
Dorothy Nelkin died on May 28, 2003, a few weeks before her 70th birthday, after a brief battle with cancer. A keen observer of science in culture, she was part of the first generation of science studies scholars, and a founding member of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her scholarly interests ranged from her early work on pan-Africanism and on migrant laborers, to studies of nuclear power, technological risk, controversies, creationism, medical diagnostics and, most recently, the impact of corporate culture on biomedicine. In an extraordinarily productive and rich career, she was the author, co-author, or editor of 26 books. Threaded through all these works are her consistent concerns with power and technical knowledge, social justice, and human rights.
Dorothy, called Dot by her friends, was born on July 30, 1933, in Boston. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry L. Wolfers, who founded and ran the Henry L. Wolfers lighting company in Boston. Her mother was a homemaker. Dot was the first in her family to attend college. She reported a childhood of avid reading, and sometimes joked about her own tendency as a young girl to fidgety, restless classroom behavior. In retrospect, that early energy and restlessness foreshadowed a life of high-energy engagement and deep curiosity about the world.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Cornell University in 1954. By the time she graduated, she had already met and married physicist-in-training Mark Nelkin, with whom she was to enjoy a marriage of more than 50 years, many of those years at Cornell.
The early marriage was spent in full-time motherhood, but Dot became interested in academic work after a stint as a research assistant for a volume edited by W.H. Friedland and Carl G. Rosenberg in 1964. She filled in when one of the contributors dropped out, quickly writing a paper on the socialist sources of pan-African ideology. She went on to complete several other papers on Africa, on labor in Africa, and then, her first book, on migrant labor in New York State, On the Season (Cornell, 1970).
Dot never earned a masters or a PhD. She simply pursued questions that interested her, writing papers and books that attracted international attention. Within a very short time she was a research associate and then a tenured professor at Cornell (in the early 1970s). In 1989 she moved to New York University, where she became a chaired professor. Her rise through the academic hierarchy was rapid and unconventional, and like many outstanding scholars she did not quite fit any of the standard disciplinary molds. Her status as a sociologist was a rough approximation. Dot was better understood as a unique thinker and public intellectual with the ability to dissect complicated public debates in productive ways.
The debates she focused on often illuminated the status and meaning of technical knowledge in public culture. Her work on creation science, The Creation Controversy (Norton, 1982), is a case in point. Rather than adopting a model of “warfare” between science and religion, she looked critically at how both sides used notions of neutrality and bias, or of certainty and uncertainty, to establish the public legitimacy of the conflicting accounts they provided of the natural world. She was by no means a relativist—her work was highly sympathetic to the concerns of the scientific community, and she testified against the creationists in the 1982 Arkansas trial (McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education). But she recognized that such public debates could reveal important tensions surrounding the status of science in American culture. When she turned to studies of press coverage of science, in Selling Science (Freeman, 1987), again she explored the stakes that both sides had in the representation of science stories in the mass media.
More recently, Dot had increasingly focused on biomedicine, commercialism, and public culture. Her work with Larry Tancredi, Dangerous Diagnostics (Basic, 1989), and with me, The DNA Mystique (Freeman, 1995), explored the social and medical consequences of the scientific claims made about diagnostic technologies and about genes. Her book with Lori Andrews, Body Bazaar (Crown, 2001), looked at the economic value of bodily materials, and the impact that this commercial network has on both patients and scientists.
Dot’s work was widely cited and she received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, the J.D. Bernal Award of the Society for the Social Studies of Science in 1988, the John McGovern Award of the American Medical Writers Association in 1999, and election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. She was on editorial boards for journals in sociology, science studies, law, history and public health. She participated as an advisor or consultant on projects in the United States, France, Canada, Israel, and Britain on questions raised by risk assessment, privacy, science and the media, Huntington’s disease, gene enhancement, and data ownership.
She greatly enjoyed working with co-authors and collaborating with people who brought a different perspective to the work. Her collaborators over the years included legal scholars, historians, artists, and sociologists. When she died she had, as usual, multiple projects underway. She was wrapping up her forthcoming book with the artist Suzanne Anker, The Molecular Gaze, (Cold Spring Harbor), which looks at the ways that elite artists have drawn on images and ideas from molecular biology to critique commercial culture. She and I were also revising the introduction and the conclusion of our earlier work on DNA in American popular culture, for a reissue.
Dot was an avid bicyclist who cycled around Manhattan almost every day. With her husband Mark she participated in biking vacations around the world. She was also in love with Manhattan, and took full advantage of the cultural opportunities it offered, keeping up with the art world and enjoying the diversity of the intellectual life around NYU. She is survived by her husband Mark, daughter Lisa and granddaughter Erica, and by many friends, students and colleagues who will miss her always.
Susan Lindee, University of Pennsylvania
Edward Louis Rose
During his 91st year, Edward Rose wrote a record of how he would like to be remembered: Psychologist, Soldier, Editor, Professor, Ethnographer, Artist and Thinker. This last identity—Thinker—he claimed after he reached the (then) mandatory age for retirement. He had taught in the University of Colorado’s Sociology Department for 33 years, established the Behavioral Science Institute, and pioneered ethnomethodology, ethnography, and ethno-inquiries. These are his words about his retirement:
And so Edward was out of a job at age of 70. What could he possibly do for the rest of his life? Edward could think of just one thing to do. He could indeed think of just one thing to do. And that was what he was doing at the time:
Edward was thinking.
No matter what Edward claims, though, he did not become a Thinker after retirement, he just had more time to be what he had always been: A man who melded analytical and creative practices. He was learned in the social sciences—BA in anthropology (Berkeley, 1931), MA in social institutions (under Kroeber, Berkeley, 1935), and a PhD in Economics (Stanford, 1942). He created prize-winning watercolors, acrylics, etchings, mixed-media representations of Blake’s poetry, computer art, line drawings of cats and folk; he designed the landscape and house that he shared with his (now deceased) wife of 60 years, Evelyn, and their daughter Carolyn. Entering that house was entering into an aesthetic sensibility that charmed, amused, and surprised. After his retirement, he wrote voluminously—unconventional, philosophically visionary works (e.g., The Werald and The Worulde), through which he developed a following in Europe. Into his 90s, he was writing, publishing, conversing, painting, drawing, and thinking.
So, I will name Edward “Examplar.” He is an examplar of how to construct a life that resists the temptations of repetitious research, theoretical pabulum, teaching by rote, and ivory towerism—a life instead that invites rigorous inquiry, expansion of one’s intellectual palate, caring about students, and respect for the imagination, intuition, and spirit.
Let me give you a sense of what it was like to study with Edward, which I had the good fortune of doing in 1958-62. In the social change seminar, he posed the ontological question: “What’s change? How can you study it?” In the Talcott Parsons seminar, he required the students to transform Parsons’ theories into three pages of propositions, and then, to make a lexicon, noting which of Parson’s concepts were new words for old meanings, old words for new meanings, and new words with new meanings. (In my lexicon, there were no words in the last category.) In the Durkheim seminar we “created” social facts. In the Simmel, Taggart and Wittgenstein seminars, we grappled with the social foundations of language; we traveled to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s computer “translation” program—this in 1959! And, in the interdisciplinary Atomic Energy seminar, he introduced a fledging sociology of science into the department—and into the university wide-ranging conversations between local and visiting scientists, humanists, and social scientists.
But my most cherished memories are being a student in the first of his “Little World” and “Language” seminars, occasionally visited by Harold Garfinkel, and the foundational basis for what became known as “ethnomethodology.”
In the intervening 40 years, Edward and I have shared ideas, letters, and papers. One of his Blake prints hangs in my study. He wrote of his pride in his daughter, Carolyn Rose Gimian, her husband, James, and his granddaughter, Jenny. When I told him I had retired, he responded: “Good that you have retired. You have many important things to do, and now, you have more time to do them.” In the last letter he wrote me, he said, “If I were a student, now, I would like to work with you—and then go to Europe and try to learn to speak French, German, Italian and Chinese…I’m still painting…I’m 92 and shouldn’t be here…. Do write again with words about your work and your life….”
From the first words he spoke to me to the end of his life, Edward Rose, the student of language, found the right words, the words of inspiration that supported my life circumstances, encouraged my intellectual and creative growth. He has provided that life-long support to other students, friends, colleagues, and academics from around the world who have been drawn to his astonishing gifts of engagement. I think I speak for them in writing of gratitude for the good fortune of having known Edward Rose—an extraordinary teacher, life-mentor, and creative spirit. I am forever thankful for being a part of the “world he worded” into being.
Laurel Richardson, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
Carl H. Simpson
Carl Simpson passed away in late January of this year after a struggle with cancer. He was born in San Francisco and raised in mostly rural Hillsboro, Oregon. During summers he worked picking berries and later in construction in Orange County with his uncle. In high school he was head of a debate team that won more awards than any sports team in Hillsboro; Carl himself won 32 separate titles. As a senior he was elected student body president and was valedictorian. Carl always felt that some force of luck rather than a depth of ability enabled him to go to college, and this luck sent him to an environment that he feared would be in such contrast to his rural Hillsboro that he would not last. But he received the four-year Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship to Stanford University and the world opened up for him. He lasted at Stanford for his BA in sociology, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and later earning his PhD in sociology (1975).
He interrupted his graduate work to join the then-fledgling VISTA program to work in East Harlem. Later, as part of his application for Conscientious Objector status, he taught for two years at Delaware State College. These experiences were extensions of Carl’s personal beliefs and values, but were ones that would stamp his research in evident and lasting ways. With these experiences etched into him, he returned to finish his doctoral work that would explore how racial differences in academic performance might be explained, but more importantly, he learned how to significantly reduce such differences by structuring classrooms differently. He was intent on effecting real changes in racial disparities that he knew deeply were constructed by social forces that could be empirically identified and manipulated. He did not look kindly on policies or practices that assumed the status quo to be natural, or highly resistant to change.
Soon after completing his graduate work, he joined the Department of Sociology at Western Washington University, where he stayed for nearly 30 years. Over this time he chaired the department from 1989 to 1994, published several academic papers and chapters, including one of four chapters comprising Evaluating Social Service Agencies, the best-selling book ever published by The W. E. Upjohn Institute for the Study of Employment and Training. Also during this time he obtained 19 research grants or contracts for public-interest research, and directed more than 120 surveys. After nearly 20 years in the department of sociology, Carl assumed the position of Director of Institutional Research. In this position, he produced over 70 technical reports that dealt in some way with the institutional complexities of the contemporary university. The professional legacy that Carl leaves is one of unquestioned commitment to quality matched by an extraordinary level of productivity.
In terms of formal degrees, Carl was a sociologist. But his intellectual interests were never confined by the boundaries of professional disciplines. He was a real and passionate “theorist” along with being a technically astute and practical social scientist. He was committed to finding ways to create change. His many surveys exemplify his belief that such instruments are half technical and half art. His assistance to community agencies reflected his commitment to social service. Carl’s dissertation on how young children come to form self-conceptions of their ability, known as ability formation theory, was novel and challenging. It became a basis for successful experiments in schools that sought to reduce racial differences in academic achievement. Only a few in academic work translate their doctoral dissertations into real and meaningful change. At the end of his life, he was working on another theory, how brain development is impacted by and interactive with social environments. The pursuit of truth was not an abstract ideal for Carl; it was a mandate to follow.
John Richardson and Karen Bradley, Western Washington University-Bellingham
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