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David Halle, University of California-Los Angeles
The High Line, a disused, above-ground rail freight line converted into a park, which initially opened in June 2009, has in four years become New York City’s most visited park (yes, more than Central Park). Its roughly 4 million visitors as of 2012 is a couple of million below the Metropolitan Museum, one of the city’s top tourist sites. The High Line is also now surrounded by some of the city’s most innovative new buildings, designed by a slew of “starchitects.” How this happened (which I detail in a chapter in a forthcoming book on Manhattan’s Far West) is a story full of lessons of enormous interest.
Paula England, New York University, has been elected the 106th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2014-2015. Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University, has been elected Vice President for 2014-2015. England and Menjivar will assume their respective offices in August 2014, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect. England will chair the 2015 Program Committee, which will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in Chicago, August 22-25, 2014. As ASA President, England will be a member of the ASA Council, which governs the Association and its policies, and its chair in 2014-2015. She will also be a member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (2014-2016) and the 2015-16 Committee on Publications.
Angela L. Sharpe, Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)*
Sally Hillsman, Erich Jarvis, Kellina Craig-Henderson, Roderic Pettigrew
On June 6, 2013, the Collaborative for Enhancing Diversity in Science (CEDS) held a congressional briefing, “Innovative Strategies for Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce,” to officially release and highlight the accompanying recommendations in its report of the May 2012 workshop, Enhancing Diversity in Science: Working Together to Develop Common Data, Measures, and Standards. Sponsored by CEDS (of which ASA is a founding member) in conjunction with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the briefing was also cosponsored by an array of diverse organizations.