July/August 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 6

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Looking Forward to the 2014 Annual Meeting

Youth Activism in the Bay Area

Jessica K. Taft and Hava R. Gordon

The San Francisco Bay Area has long been an important site of progressive and radical social movement activity within the United States, including the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, and the Center for Third World Organizing’s model for community-based organizing. Furthermore, the Bay Area’s social movement history has been shaped by the enduring strength and legacy of student activism in the area. The Berkeley Free Speech Movement is often described as the beginning of the wave of college student activism that spread throughout the United States in the 1960s. In fact, the first student strike for ethnic studies occurred in 1968 at San Francisco State University.

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Results of the 2014 Election

Barbara J. Risman

Barbara J. Risman

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman, CUNY – Graduate Center, has been elected the 107th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2015-2016. Barbara J. Risman, University of Illinois – Chicago, has been elected Vice President for 2015-2016. Milkman and Risman will assume their respective offices in August 2015, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect. Milkman will chair the 2016 Program Committee that will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in Seattle, August 20-23, 2016. As ASA President, Milkman will be a member of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies, and its chair in 2015-2016. She will also be a member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (2015-2017) and the 2016-17 Publications Committee.

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Social Psychology Quarterly
Welcomes New Co-Editors

Brian Powell, Indiana University

Jan Stets and Richard Serpe

Jan Stets and Richard Serpe

“Hardest working sociologist I know.” “Extraordinarily organized.” “Astonishingly prolific.” “Genuinely nurturing.” “Tireless.” “Must never sleep.” “Committed to sociology and social psychology and their future.” These are among the responses I received when I asked social psychologists from around the country to describe Richard Serpe and Jan Stets, the incoming co-editors of Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ). With descriptors like these, it’s no wonder that their selection as co-editors has been greeted with enthusiasm in the sociological social psychology community.

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Advocating for Social Science Is a Team Sport

Wendy A. Naus, Consortium of Social Science Associations

I am a little more than halfway through my first year as Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), having replaced Howard J. Silver who retired at the end of 2013. As Howard stated in his Footnotes piece in January 2014 (www.asanet.org/footnotes/jan14/cossa_0114.html), COSSA has witnessed a number of “triumphs and difficulties” in its 33-year history. In fact, many of the same challenges that inspired the creation of COSSA in 1981 persist today, whether it is having to justify how or why federally funded social and behavioral science research is in our “national interest,” fending off attacks on individual grants simply because their titles lure additional scrutiny, or beating back attempts to pit fields of research against one another, especially in times of scarce resources. Unfortunately, there will always be policy makers in need of convincing when it comes to the value of social and behavioral science. The best thing we can do as a community is be prepared with the cogent arguments that we all know to be true.

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