March 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 3

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Correction

In the article "Sociology Professors Awarded Grawemeyer Award" in the January 2009 Footnotes, the captions associated with the two photos of the award winners were incorrectly identified so that the picture of Lavin is labeled as Attewell and vice versa.

Call for Papers

Publications

Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. The Society for Terrorism Research announces the launch of the new flagship journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Papers are being accepted on a rolling basis. Both the inaugural issue and instructions for authors may be found on the publisher’s website at www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g907849793~db=all. Contact: Samuel Justin Sinclair at JSincl@Post.Harvard.Edu.

Contemporary Justice Review (CJR). The editors of invite scholars from all disciplines, activists, and practitioners of restorative justice to submit an essay title and abstract for a special issue on "‘Celebrating’ the 35th Birthday of Restorative Justice." Those with questions about the appropriateness of their work for this special issue of CJR should contact Dan Okada at dokada@csus.edu. Those interested in submitting work on these topics should send title/abstract to Diane Simmons Williams at dsw27@earthlink.net by June 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.justicestudies.org.

Criminology & Public Policy (CPP). The American Society of Criminology journal CPP is planning a special issue on "The Global Economy, Economic Crisis, and White-Collar Crime." The central objective of CPP is to strengthen the role of research findings in the formulation of crime and justice policy by publishing empirically based, policy-focused articles. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that contribute to a more informed dialogue about policies and their empirical bases. Submission deadline: August 1, 2009. Submissions will be peer reviewed and must conform to the journal’s guidelines, which are available at cpp.fsu.edu. Contact: Neal Shover at nshover@utk.edu.

Meetings

6th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, May 1, 2009, Stony Brook University-Manhattan Campus. Abstracts for presentations are welcome from graduate students using ethnographic methods, including field research and in-depth interviews. Papers of all topics are welcome, although preference will be given to research in advanced stages. A brief description of your work (1-2 pages) should be received by March 15, 2009. E-mail your project description, the title of your presentation, your university affiliation, and your contact information to sbethnographyconference@gmail.com. Specify in your e-mail what stage you expect your research to reach by the time of the conference and note whether there is any special equipment that you will need for your presentation.

XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology RC32 Program, July 11-17, 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, view the final RC32 proposed program for 2010 with the session topics, short descriptions, names, and e-mails of session organizers at www.isa-sociology.org/congress2010/rc/rc32.htm. Submission deadline: October 1, 2009.

International and Interdisciplinary Conference, April 17-18 2009. Theme: "Human Rights, International Law & Collective Violence." Selected papers from the conference will be published, subject to editorial review. There is a small travel fund available for organizers of panels. Deadline for abstracts: March 20, 2009. Contact: Chandana Chakrabarti at (304) 637-1293; Chakrabartic@DavisAndElkins.edu or Chandanachak@gmail.com.

Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On The Margins Of A Dream, October 16-18, 2009, Connecticut College, New London, CT. Includes presentations by immigrants, educators, social-service providers, attorneys who work with undocumented Hispanics, and border-enforcement officials. Preregistration is now open. Deadline for paper and panel proposals: April 1, 2009. Contact: Frank Graziano at fgraz@conncoll.edu. For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu/AcademicsDocs/CC_HispStudies_Call_For_Papers.pdf.

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Meetings

April 1-4, 2009. 10th Annual Conference on White Privilege (WPC10), Hilton Memphis. Theme: "Understanding, Respecting, and Connecting." The Conference is a program of The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/wpc.

April 2-5, 2009. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Des Moines, IA. Theme: "Teaching Sociological Scholarship." For more information, visit www.TheMSS.org.

April 17-18, 2009. Council on Contemporary Families 12th Annual Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago. Theme: "Relationships, Sexuality, and Equality." For more information, visit www.contemporaryfamilies.org.

April 17-18 2009. International and Interdisciplinary Conference. Theme: "Human Rights, International Law & Collective Violence." Contact: Chandana Chakrabarti at (304) 637-1293; Chakrabartic@DavisAndElkins.edu or Chandanachak@gmail.com.

April 27-28, 2009. 9th Annual Jerry Lee Crime Prevention Symposium, University of Maryland Inn & Conference Center, Adelphi, MD, and the Hall of the States Building, Washington, DC. Contact: Cody Telep at (703) 993-4901; cebcp@gmu.edu or; gemini.gmu.edu/cebcp/JerryLee.html.

May 1, 2009. 6th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, Stony Brook University-Manhattan Campus. Contact: sbethnographyconference@gmail.com.

June 27, 2009. Fifth Annual Academy Health Gender and Health Interest Group Meeting, Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL. Join health services researchers, policy professionals, and practitioners to hear presentations and engage in discussions on related topics, including a panel session focused on health care reform and women’s health. Contact: Chloe E. Bird, Senior Sociologist, RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, PO Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138; (310) 393-0411 ext 6260; www.rand.org.

June 28-30, 2009. AcademyHealth 2009 Annual Research Meeting, Chicago, IL. Sociologists interested in all aspects of healthcare institutions, practice, policy, and outcomes are welcome. For more information, visit www.academyhealth.org/conferences/arm.htm.

August 7, 2009. Carework Network Sixth International Carework Conference, San Francisco, CA. Theme: "Bridging Worlds of Care." For more information, visit www.carework-network.org.

October 16-18, 2009. Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On The Margins Of A Dream, Connecticut College, New London, CT. The conference includes presentations by immigrants, educators, social-service providers, attorneys who work with undocumented Hispanics, and border-enforcement officials. Contact: Frank Graziano at fgraz@conncoll.edu. For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu/AcademicsDocs/CC_HispStudies_Call_For_Papers.pdf.

November 12-15, 2009. National Communication Association 2009 Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. Theme: "Discourses of Stability and Change." The 2009 convention will focus on celebrating our foundations and what binds us together, as well as on the growth and opportunities of the National Communication Association and our discipline into the future. For more information, visit www.natcom.org.

July 11-17, 2010. XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology RC32 Program, Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, visit www.isa-sociology.org/congress2010/rc/rc32.htm.

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Funding

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Division of Special Populations, invites applications from eligible institutions to conduct health disparities-related workshops, meetings, and symposia with community organizations. The purpose of this project is for NICHD to assess the benefit of bringing community organizations and academic institutions/organizations together to identify opportunities for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). They may include (but are not limited to) public schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and/or advocacy groups. The purposes of these partnerships (e.g., workshops/symposia/meetings) are to identify important community partners, establish community research priorities, and to develop a long-term CBPR agenda. It is expected that the academic community partnerships developed through this initiative will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. These projects can focus on one or more of the following areas: infant mortality; SIDS; techniques for outreach and information dissemination; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; health literacy; uterine fibroid tumors; and violence prevention. For more information, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-092.html.

Request for Research Proposals: Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice. The William T. Grant Foundation supports research that can inform policy and practice. Our particular focus is on policies and practices that affect youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. In this area there are significant gaps between research and policy and between research and practice. Researchers express frustration that policymakers and practitioners do not use or misuse research findings. Policymakers and practitioners suggest that research is often not relevant to their work or is not easily accessible or understood. Relatively little research attention has been devoted to understanding the user side—that is, studying what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. For the next several years, we anticipate supporting research projects with award amounts ranging from $100,000 to $600,000, covering direct and indirect costs for two to three years of work. Our total estimated budget for these projects is $1.5 million per year. The Foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies and add-on studies to existing projects. We encourage interdisciplinary projects and welcome applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines. Letters of inquiry deadline: May 12, 2009. For more information, visit www.wtgrantfoundation.org.

Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF). Professors, established researchers and other senior academics from any country, field, or discipline may qualify. Applications from female scholars and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. Fellowships are awarded for visiting academic positions ranging from three months to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to $25,000, plus health coverage. Fellowships are disbursed through host academic institutions for direct support of scholar-grantees. Deadlines: January, April, and October. Contact: SRF@iie.org; www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-scholars.php.

University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce a $3-million project on the Science of Generosity. Open invitations are now issued for letters of inquiry proposing research on generosity in the human and social sciences. Four to eight proposals for funding of between $250,000 and $500,000 will be awarded in this first wave of competition in 2009. Letters of inquiry are due April 1, 2009. Proposals may be either discipline specific or inter-disciplinary and may come from scholars with expertise in generosity research or those recently investing in researching generosity. For more information, visit generosityresearch.nd.edu. Contact: Science of Generosity, University of Notre Dame, 936 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556; (574) 631-2173; generous@nd.edu.

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Competitions

American Institute of Indian Studies 2009 Fellowship Competition. Applications are invited from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to 11 months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD degree for up to nine months of research in India. Application deadline: July 1, 2009. Contact: American Institute of Indian Studies, 1130 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 702-8638; aiis@uchicago.edu; www.indiastudies.org.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) FY 2009 European Union-United States Atlantis Program. FIPSE is pleased to announce the Atlantis Program competition for fiscal year 2009. The main focus of Atlantis is to support innovative institutional projects for cooperation in the higher education field, which are designed to develop and implement double or joint "transatlantic degrees" for students in the European Union and United States. The program may also support projects to promote other forms of EU-U.S. cooperation in higher education and vocational training, including academic mobility projects and policy studies. Atlantis is funded jointly by the European Commission’s Directorate for Education and Culture and by the U.S. Department of Education’s FIPSE. Total awards range from two to four years for up to $460,000 and €428.000. Deadline: March 23, 2009. Contact: Frank Frankfort, U.S. Department of Education; (202) 502-7513; frank.frankfort@ed.gov; www.ed.gov/FIPSE.

Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science Visiting Member Awards for 2010-2011. Visiting Members are expected to pursue their own research, but the school organizes a seminar on the year’s focus and a weekly lunch at which members as well as invited guests present their ongoing work. The school welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with a historical and humanistic focus. Memberships are for the full academic year; we regret that we cannot consider applications for a single term. The group is interdisciplinary and international, with memberships awarded at both the junior and senior level. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent by November 1, 2009. The theme for 2010-11 is Secularism. Applications that do not fall within the parameters of the theme will still receive full consideration. Applications must be submitted through the Institute’s online application system applications.ias.edu by November 1, 2009.

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In the News

Alcohol and Dugs

Geoffrey Hunt, Institute for Scientific Analysis, Karen Joe-Laidler, University of Hong Kong, and Molly Moloney, Institute for Scientific Analysis, had their presentation from the Drugs and Culture Conference in Paris featured in a December 16 article in Le Monde.

Children and Youth

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was cited for her Contexts article about video games and aggressive behavior in children in a January 13 post on the CNet.com blog, "The Digital Home."

Collective Behavior/Social Movements

Clark McPhail, University of Illinois, was cited in a number of news articles regarding anticipated crowds in Washington, DC, during President Obama’s inauguration. Coverage included a January 8 post in The Wall Street Journal’s "The Numbers Guy" blog, The Washington Examiner (January 9), The New Mexico Independent (January 23), The Los Angeles Times (January 21), and on Swamppolitics.com, a part of the Chicago Tribune.

Communication and Information Technologies

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, was quoted in a January 7 Los Angeles Times column in which he spoke about the media’s tendency to exaggerate the danger of various phenomena.

Community and Urban Sociology

Andrew Beveridge, CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College, analyzed Census figures for a January 9 New York Times article about the demographics of New York City neighborhoods.

Brian Finch, San Diego State University, was quoted in a January 10 San Diego Union-Tribune article about the posturing of two cities in anticipation of a football rivalry. He said that cheering for a hometown sports team is a way of satisfying a need for identity.

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, was quoted in a January 10 post on the Chicago Tribuneís "The Skyline" blog about developing a knowledge economy in Chicago.

Michael Schudson, University of California-San Diego, was quoted in a January 14 San Diego Union-Tribune article about the city of Chula Vista being named to a list of boring cities.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Benjamin Bowser, California State University-East Bay, was quoted in a January 9 Associated Press story in which he cited factors influencing anger over a police shooting in Oakland, CA. The article appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, and other newspapers around the country.

Martha K. Huggins, Tulane University, authored an opinion piece published in the January 9 New Orleans Times-Picayune about police violence and the shooting of a man by a New Orleans police officer.

Sociology of Culture

Dalton Conley, New York University, had his book, Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety, reviewed in the January 9 Time magazine. Conley and his book also were cited in a number of news outlets across the country during the month of January.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was quoted in the January 18 New York Times in an article about near-death experiences. Clarke is author of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination.

Brian Hinote, Middle Tennessee State University, was quoted in a January 13 Tennessean article about a new, "anti-energy" drink. He discussed society’s search for the next quick fix.

Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College, was quoted in a CanWest News Service article about celebrities getting involved in architecture. The article, in which Leavy asserted that the phenomenon is another form of celebrity branding, appeared in the National Post on January 8.

Jennifer Lena, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in a January 25 Chicago Tribune article about youth culture and the Obama presidency.

Christopher J. Schneider, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, was quoted in a January 26 Maclean’s magazine article about cell phone ring tones. He was interviewed on Kelowna’s (British Columbia, Canada) AM1150’s Early Edition on the Maclean’s article. He was also recently a guest on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio’s Daybreak discussing Blackberry and laptop computer use during city council meetings.

Gregory J. Snyder, Baruch College, had his book Graffiti Lives discussed in a January 21 Wall Street Journal article.

Jeremy Brooke Straughn, Purdue University, was quoted in a January 16 New York Times op-ed about the inauguration of President Obama. He researches generational memory and spoke about the "street cred" of attending the inauguration.

Economic Sociology

Cindy Anderson, Ohio University, was quoted in a January 12 article about the impact of the economy on the working poor. The article was posted on the website for WCPO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Charles Gallagher, La Salle University, was quoted in a January 19 Associated Press story about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Gallagher discussed the impact of a down economy on the impoverished. The article was published widely in print and online news outlets in the United States. He also was quoted on November 9 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune about the role of race and economy in the election of President Obama.

Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, was quoted in article on Amish businesses which appeared in the January 7 New York Times.

Sociology of Education

Sandra L. Hanson, Catholic University, responded via e-mail to questions about her book Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education on Insidehighered.com on February 2.

Sociology of Family

Stephanie Coontz, Evergreen State College, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on February 5 titled "Till Children Do Us Part."

Daniel Lichter, Cornell University, had his findings surrounding women and divorce discussed in a February 1 San Francisco Chronicle article. The article also quoted Paula England, Stanford University, who commented about cohabitating Americans.

S. Philip Morgan, Duke University, discussed the potential for a recession-based fertility drop in a January 14 MSNBC.com article.

Virginia Rutter, Framingham State College, is quoted in a January 18 Boston Globe Sunday Magazine article about marital intimacy.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in a January 29 New York Times Magazine article about the relationship between mothers and fathers.

International Migration

Andrew Beveridge, Queens College, was interviewed for a January 27 New York Times story on the views of new New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on immigration.

Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, was cited in a Pravda, Slovakia, publication on July 31 on Raúl Castro and Cuba’s Transition. She was also cited in an article in Polityka on July 28, 2007, on Cuban exiles in Miami.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Vanesa Estrada, University of California-Riverside, was quoted in a January 8 Press-Enterprise story about Latin American immigrants sending less money to their families. She commented on a finding that showed similar foreclosure rates for Latinos as for all homeowners.

Gaspar Rivera, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a January 15 Los Angeles Times article in which he commented on the case of an arranged marriage of a 14-year-old Mexican girl in California.

Nestor Rodriguez, University of Texas, was quoted in an Associated Press article about Latino immigrants returning to their native countries to run for office. The article appeared on January 13 in newspapers across the country and on news websites such as CNBC.com and MSNBC.com.

Medical Sociology

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, was a guest to discuss nut allergies on The Conversation, a radio show produced by KUOW-FM, a Public Radio International affiliate in Seattle.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Helen Ebaugh, University of Houston, had her "role exit" theory cited in a January 23 Inside Higher Ed article that reported on the research of Jeffrey Breese, Marymount University, who found that people’s identities are as shaped by the positions they left as by the positions they enter.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, discussed the Service Employees International Union in a December 31 Los Angeles Times article. He wrote about a sit-in at a Chicago factory in the February issue of Le Monde Diplomatique, the December 9 Huffington Post, and the December 17 Dissent. He authored an article about labor law reform in the December 2 American Prospect.

Michael Sauder, University of Iowa, and Wendy Nelson Espeland, Northwestern University, had their American Sociological Review article about law school rankings covered by U.S. News & World Report’s "Morse Code" blog on February 2, by Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education on February 3, and the ABA Journal on February 4.

Bruce Western, Harvard University, had his research on income inequality detailed within a January 21 LiveScience.com article that appeared on the Yahoo! News website. Western’s study appeared in the December American Sociological Review.

Political Economy of the World System

Ching Kwan Lee, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in the January 30 edition of Science magazine regarding civil unrest in China. Lee authored an article about the growing rights revolution in that country in the summer 2008 issue of Contexts.

Anthony P. Maingot, Florida International University, authored an opinion piece about the admission of Cuba to the Rio Group in mid-November. The column was published in The Miami Herald on January 12.

Christine Schiwietz, Georgetown University, appeared on National Public Radio regarding the evolving social impact the Internet has on presidential campaigns and discussed how technology influences reputations in the digital age.

David Stuckler, Oxford University, was cited for his work collaborating on a report about the impact of privatization on mortality rates in post-communist nations. The article appeared in the January 16 New York Times.

Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, was interviewed about capitalism and the global financial crisis in a January 12 question-and-answer column on the website of the History News Network.

Political Sociology

Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in a January 10 New York Times article about a city proposal to limit communication to English in Nashville. He suggested that anti-immigrant sentiment grew as the economy weakened.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the November 4, 2008, issue of USA Today about the role of professional athletes in the recent presidential election. His article, "Shifting Gears: Transforming Obama’s Campaign into a Movement for Change," appeared in The Huffington Post on November 6, 2008.  

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was quoted in a January 22 New York Times in an article about the declining importance voters put on environmental concerns. She also was interviewed on Sirius/XM P.O.T.U.S. channel’s "Morning Briefing" concerning the political feasibility of the Obama Administration’s energy and environmental agenda immediately following the president’s January 26 speech laying out his agenda.

Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University, published an opinion piece in the Jan uary 18 Washington Post Outlook section about President Obama’s word usage in pre-election speeches and debates.

Paul Hollander, University of Massachusetts, forecasted a global decline in anti-Americanism in an article in the January 23 issue of the National Post.

Tomás R. Jiménez, Stanford University, authored an opinion piece in the January 23 San Francisco Chronicle asserting that the United States needs an immigrant policy, not an immigration policy.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Essex County College, was featured on WBAI Radio in New York to talk about the Obama presidency and political challenges in Africa on January 8.

Michael W. Macy, Cornell University, discussed political homophily in a January 20 Washington Post article.

John Skrentny, University of California-San Diego, authored an op-ed in the October 1 San Diego Union-Tribune. The piece explored the cultural identities of the crucial swing voters of the Rust Belt.

Doug Snyder, Maryland Legal Services, was quoted in a January 19 front-page Washington Post article. The quote was drawn from Snyder’s letter to the editor attacking a challenge before the Supreme Court to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Race, Gender, and Class

Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Sharon Collins, University of Illinois, were cited in a January 24 Newsweek article about race and class.

Abby Ferber, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, has a regular blog that appears in the Huffington Post.

Charles Gallagher, La Salle University, was quoted on December 20 in the News and Observer about the evolution of black Santa Clauses. He was interviewed on December 12th on CBS’s affiliate KYW radio on the various social factors which mitigated the role of race in the election of Barack Obama.

Judith Stacey, New York University, appeared on the January 21 edition of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams to discuss how the Obama family reflects the changing demographics of the United States.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Camille Zubrinsky Charles, University of Pennsylvania, was interviewed on the January 23 edition of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer about the Obama presidency and the civil rights movement.

Shirley A. Jackson, Southern Connecticut State University, was quoted in a January 8 New Haven Register article about a study that found that whites tended to be more biased than they thought. She cited the concept of color-blind racism.

Aldon Morris, Northwestern University, was quoted in a January 19 article in the Wichita Eagle in which he discussed the significance of Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Susan Pearce, Eastern Carolina University, was quoted in an article about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., on the website for WNCT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, NC.

Michael Rosenfeld, Stanford University, was quoted in a January 18 Star-Telegram article about interracial couples in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sociology of Religion

Nancy T. Ammerman, Boston University, discussed the prayer offered by Rick Warren for the presidential inauguration in an article in the January 21 Boston Globe.

Jen’nan Read, Duke University, was quoted in a number of articles about American Muslims and Obama appearing in news outlets across the country. Coverage included Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, and USA Today (November 7), and The New York Times (November 6).

Sociology of Sex and Gender

C. Lynn Carr, Seton Hall University, was quoted in an article about "tomboys" from Psychology Today. The article was posted on Newsdayís website on January 7. Carr discussed the role of parents in shaping the qualities that children want to emulate.

Lynn Prince Cooke, University of Kent, discussed the relationship between the division of labor among spouses and divorce in a January 9 article in The New York Times.

Sociology of Sexualities

Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut, was quoted in the Hartford Courant on November 12 about Connecticut’s new same-sex marriage legislation. She was also quoted in the Columbian newspaper El Espectador on February 4 about her research on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement.

Laura Carpenter, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in a January 22 CNN.com article about a woman who was attempting to auction off her virginity.

Melissa Embser-Herbert, Hamline University, was quoted in an article in the January 13 San Francisco Chronicle about the President Obama’s plans regarding the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.

Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago, had her research on how when transgender people become men, their pay rises, and when they become women, their pay drops covered in Time and Ms. Magazine.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was interviewed for the January 15 National Public Radio show On Point about the release of a revised edition of The Joy of Sex.

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Awards

Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, recently received two of the National Council on Family Relations’ prestigious honors: the Ernest Burgess Award, honoring a lifetime contribution to the field of family studies, and the Reuben Hill Award, which recognized his co-authorship of the best family research article in the previous year.

John Hagan, University of Toronto, received the 2009 Stockholm Criminology Prize.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, and Clifford D. Bryant, Virginia Tech, were placed on the 2009 Southern Sociological Society’s Roll of Honor.

2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. This award is for the best paper in the field of race, gender, and class written by a graduate student. Eligible papers must be unpublished, sole-authored, and must have been written while the author was enrolled as a graduate student in 2007, 2008, or 2009. Papers will be accepted from authors who are currently enrolled or who hold their terminal MA or PhD degree. Eligible papers must be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, not counting references) in length. References must follow the ASA Style Guide format. Nominations may be submitted by the author or by others. Send a letter of nomination not exceeding two pages that states why the paper makes a significant contribution to the field of race, gender, and class; send an electronic copy of the paper via e-mail. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2009. Please send all information to Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee: Siobhan Brooks, Siobhan.Brooks@lawrence.edu.

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Transitions

Kevin B. Anderson has joined the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara as a Professor.

Jessie Daniels has been named Associate Professor in Urban Public Health at Hunter College-City University of New York, beginning September 1, 2009.

Paul LePore is the new Associate Dean for Student and Academic Programs in Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dale Lund has joined California State University-San Bernardino as Chair and Professor of the Sociology Department.

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People

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, was named Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center.

Sharon Araji, University of Colorado-Denver, was elected the 2010-2011 President of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Don Barrett, California State University-San Marcos, was elected the 2010-2011 Vice President of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was invited to give the annual Urban Studies Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2008. His talk was titled "Is There Hope for America’s Cities?"

Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, had his research on life course studies celebrated in a special issue of Research in Human Development. The special issue, "Glen H. Elder, Jr., and the Importance of Lived Experience," was edited by Michael J. Shanahan, also of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is Volume 5, Number 4, October-December 2008.

Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, was the keynote speaker at a conference on immigration organized by the Universidad de Almería in Spain, December 17-18, 2008.

Vincent J. Roscigno, Ohio State University, was elected President of the Southern Sociological Society.

Richard Sennett, London School of Economics, has been awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Medal, an honor which, until now, has been reserved for architects and designers.

Catherine Zimmer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was elected Vice President of the Southern Sociological Society.

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New Books

Alessandro Bonanno and Douglas H. Constance, both of Sam Houston State University, Stories of Globalization: Transnational Corporations, Resistance, and the State (Penn State Press, 2008).

Robert D. Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, and Beverly Wright, Dillard University, Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009).

Dean John Champion, Texas A&M International University, Richard D. Hartley, Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 3rd ed. (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010).

Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida, Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work (Left Coast Press, 2009).

Sandra L. Hanson, Catholic University, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education (Temple University Press, 2009).

Michel S. Laguerre, University of California-Berkeley, Global Neighborhoods: Jewish Quarters in Paris, London, and Berlin (State University of New York Press, 2008).

Karen F. Parker, University of Delaware, Unequal Crime Decline: Theorizing Race, Urban Inequality and Criminal Violence (New York University Press, 2008).

Jerome Rabow, University of California-Los Angeles, and Pauline Yeghnazar, Guide to Learning Through Discussion: For Facilitators and A Guide to Learning Through Discussion: For Students (University Readers, 2009).

David Rogers, New York University, Mayoral Control of the New York City Schools (Springer, 2008).

James W. Russell, Eastern Connecticut State University, Class and Race Formation in North America (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Laura Toussaint, American University, The Contemporary U.S. Peace Movement (Routledge, 2009).

A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, Ed., Talcott Parsons on Law and the Legal System (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

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Other Organizations

International Sociological Association Search for Editor. The present editor of the Current Sociology Monographs and of the Sage Studies in International Sociology Book Series will soon complete her term of service. The ISA is now seeking expressions of interest for this position. The new editor will take on responsibilities six months after the search committee has reached a decision. For more information, visit www.isa-sociology.org/publ/search_for_editor.htm.

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Caught in the Web

WGBH Media Library and Archives has made available the findings of its Assessment for Scholarly Use, an examination of the public broadcaster’s television and radio holdings that date back 50 years. The project sought to determine the educational value of WGBH’s archival collection for academic research and instruction by designing a model assessment tool and methodology available to any organization seeking to survey its audio-visual collections. The report and model assessment tool are now available at Open Vault, a searchable online digital library featuring 1,200 multimedia clips drawn from WGBH programming. To access the report and tool, click on "About Us" at openvault.wgbh.org.

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New Programs

PhD in Sociology, University of South Florida. The PhD in Sociology emphasizes multi-disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship related specifically to the study of Sustainable Communities in Global and Urban Environments. Designed to prepare students to engage in research and teaching that focus on the post-industrial urban environment, the program requires a minimum of 60-credit hours beyond the MA and includes an interdisciplinary professional seminar, disciplinary core requirements, disciplinary electives, interdisciplinary electives, a capstone interdisciplinary seminar, and a dissertation. The program is currently accepting applications for fall 2009. Contact: Donileen R. Loseke, at dloseke@cas.usf.edu; sociology.usf.edu/.

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Summer Programs

ICPSR Summer Program Workshop Data User Training for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, July 8-10, 2009. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research workshop is designed to train researchers to access, analyze, and use the datasets of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). Covered topics include the conceptual framework of the study, its methodological design, documentation of research instruments, and documentation of the psychometric properties of a large subset of variables included in the analytical datasets and with the raw datasets. Participants will learn about the most appropriate variables for their analyses and about cutting-edge analytical methods. The expected outcome of the course is for participants to be able to independently use and train others to use the SECCYD databases for original scholarship and publication. Application deadline: May 1, 2009. All participants will receive a $1,000 travel stipend. Contact: Russel S. Hathaway at (734) 615-9525; rhataway@umich.edu.

ICPSR Workshop on Sentencing and Other Federal Case Data Analysis, July 20-23, 2009. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, in partnership with the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and the National Institute of Justice is introducing a four-day workshop on sentencing and other federal case data analysis. The purpose is to promote federal court research by improving understanding of case processing, familiarity with data compiled by BJS Federal Justice Statistics Program, and knowledge of multi-level and multi-stage statistical techniques. Support for non-federal employees will be made available to qualified applicants for travel expenses. Application Deadline: April 27, 2009. For more information, visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/events/icpsr-data-workshop.htm.

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