November 2008 Issue Volume 36 Issue 8

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Call for Papers

Publications

The International Review of Comparative Sociology invites papers for its second volume. The purpose of this annual journal is to examine through a comparative lens the issues and problems confronting societies, or their distinct subpopulations, around the world with the goal of providing innovative solutions from a sociological perspective. Research papers from social science disciplines are encouraged. Send manuscripts to Debarun Majumdar at dm28@txstate.edu. Manuscript preparation guidelines and related information is available at www.soci.txstate.edu/IRCS/Journal.html.

Korean Journal of Sociology (KJS) is the official journal of the Korean Sociological Association. It publishes original works of interest to the discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of qualitative or quantitative research that advance our understanding of Korean society, and related subjects. KJS pursues diversity in research objects, perspectives, and methods, but it gives priority to articles that deal with Korean society or related subjects. KJS aims to promote academic interaction and communication among sociologists in Korea and abroad. For more information, visit www.kjs.re.kr.

Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts. Theme: "Race and the Global Politics of Health Inequity." This volume explores the implication of race and ethnicity in health outcomes around the world with special attention to the social, economic and political foundations of health inequity. Manuscript deadline: December 31, 2008. Send manuscript submissions to Eavon Mobley at mobley.2@osu.edu. Submission of artwork for the cover that relates to the theme of the issue is welcome. For more information, visit www.raceethnicity.org.

Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance is a series of edited volumes that includes work in the areas of the sociology of deviance, criminology and criminal justice, and sociology of law. Each volume of the series revolves around one specified theme. The Series Editor is currently soliciting proposals for volumes on themes to appear in the coming years. Proposals should contain a brief exposition of the planned volume, including the name of the editor, a one-paragraph description of the theme, and a (provisional) list of potential contributors to the volume. Contact: Mathieu Deflem at deflem@sc.edu.

Work and Occupations invites papers for a special issue, "Changing Worlds of Professional Work: New Markets, New Morals, New Models." This new work emphasizes the agency of actors at different levels—individual professionals and clients, employing and client firms, professional associations, and regulatory agencies—within their economic, technological, and cultural environments. Papers are invited that seek to understand new empirical developments, offer new conceptual lenses, or employ new ideas and innovative approaches to push the boundaries of the sociology of professions and professional work. Review of manuscripts will commence on March 1, 2009. Contact: Elizabeth H. Gorman at egorman@virginia.edu or Rebecca L. Sandefur at sandefur@stanford.edu.

Meetings

2009 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Gypsy Lore Society, August 27-29, 2009, University of Helsinki. Abstracts should be submitted no later than March 31, 2009. Send abstract of up to 250 words in plain text format (no tables or charts) in the body of an email message to Kimmo Granqvist at Kimmo.Granqvist@kotus.fi. Contact: salla.makela@helsinki.fi; www.ling.helsinki.fi/ykiel/GLS_2009.

Justice Studies Association (JSA) 11th Annual Conference, May 27-30, 2009, Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany, NY. Theme: "Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds Without Borders." Those interested in presenting at the conference might explore any aspect of the lives of those forcibly transformed into stateless, undocumented, and displaced persons. Interested presenters should go to the Justice Studies Association website www.justicestudies.org for a description of the conference theme and a full listing of suggested topic areas as well as additional information about JSA. Send your presentation (or session) title with a 200-word abstract electronically to Dennis Sullivan at dsullivan6@nycap.rr.com by February 15, 2009. Contact: John F. Wozniak at JF-Wozniak@wiu.edu; www.justicestudies.org.

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Meetings

December 27-29, 2008. XXXIV All India Sociological Conference, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Theme: "Youth, Globalization and Social Transformation." Sponsered by the Indian Sociological Society. Contact: Arvind Agrawal, XXXIV All India Sociological Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004; phone 093145-09491; drarvindagrawal@gmail.com; sociology@uniraj.ernet.in.

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 8-11, 2009. Pacific Sociological Association’s 80th Annual Meeting, Westin Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA. Theme: "Sociology of Memory: New and Old Conceptualizations of Memory, Personal or Commodity, Public or Private?" Contact: Noel Packard at packardn@prodigy.net; www.pacificsoc.org.

April 16-18, 2009. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff. Contact: Liz Jackson, Liz.jackson@britsoc.co.uk; www.britsoc.co.uk.

May 27-30, 2009. Justice Studies Association (JSA) Eleventh Annual Conference, Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany, NY. Theme: "Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds Without Borders." Contact: John F. Wozniak at JF-Wozniak@wiu.edu; www.justicestudies.org.

August 27-29, 2009. 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Gypsy Lore Society, University of Helsinki. Contact: salla.makela@helsinki.fi; www.ling.helsinki.fi/ykiel/GLS_2009.

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Funding

2009 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Eligibility information and online applications are available on the National Academies website at: nationalacademies.org/fellowships. Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded. Application deadline dates: Predoctoral: November 14, 2008, Dissertation and Postdoctoral: November 28, 2008. Contact: Fellowships Office, K576, National Research Council of the National Academies, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 334-2872; fax (202) 334-3419; infofell@nas.edu.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants for Research on the U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announces the second round of its small grants program to support creative research on the U.S. workforce and labor markets in science and engineering. The Foundation wishes to especially encourage proposals that focus on the complex nexus between the U.S. science and engineering workforce and international migration. Projects of up to two years in length will be considered. Proposed budgets requested cannot exceed $45,000, though most successful submissions will be smaller than this ceiling. We encourage applicants to consider creative ways to make use of existing datasets as well as of new and large datasets emerging from the American Community Survey and the New Immigrant Survey. The term of proposed projects should be two years or less. Deadline: November 17, 2008. Contact: Michael S. Teitelbaum, Research Awards on the U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2550, New York, NY 10111; Teitelbaum@sloan.org. Grant application guidelines, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for this initiative can be found online at www.sloan.org/programs/edu_careers.shtml#sciwork .

American Philosophical Society Research Programs. Franklin Research Grants: This program of small grants is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. It is designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Deadline: December 1, 2008. Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research: This Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Deadline: February 15, 2009. Contact: Linda Musumeci at (215) 440-3429; LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org; www.amphilsoc.org.

The Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications from qualified candidates for a one- to five-year post-doctoral position in the area of health behavior theory. The Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship is a full-time position within the Basic and Biobehavioral Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the NCI. The fellow will work with scientists on projects aimed at advancing the development, use, and testing of health behavior theory in basic and applied cancer prevention and control research. Contact: Kara L. Hall, NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program, Basic and Biobehavioral Research Branch, 6130 Executive Blvd, Room 4080, MSC 7326, Bethesda, MD 20892-7326; hallka@mail.nih.gov; cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/theories_project/index.html;  dccps.nci.nih.gov/brp.

Graduate Fellowships Available from Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships. The Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships Program provides fellowships to graduate students with diverse academic backgrounds, including sociology. The program accepts proposals for participatory research with communities in sustainable natural resource management, environmental social and economic justice, the maintenance of traditional lifeways, land use issues, and other natural resource topics in urban and rural communities. Community members are full partners who actively participate in designing and conducting the research. We also offer fellowships with a focus in the southwest. The goal of these fellowships is to support graduate students doing participatory research with Native American and other southwestern communities to develop socially just and ecologically sustainable natural resource practices. Applications must be received by February 1, 2009. Applications and program details are available at www.cnr.berkeley.edu/community_forestry. Contact: Carl Wilmsen, CFERP Program Coordinator, University of California-Berkeley, 101 Giannini Hall #3100, Berkeley, CA 94720; (510) 642-3431; cffellow@nature.berkeley.edu.

Health Behavior Theory Postdoctoral Fellowship. This position is a one- to five-year full-time Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) position. Stipend is commensurate with relevant work experience and education. The stipend range is $42,600 to $66,100. Participation in conferences and continued training in theoretical issues, cancer control and relevant statistics, and methodological approaches is encouraged and supported. Contact: Kara L. Hall, NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program, Basic and Biobehavioral Research Branch, 6130 Executive Blvd, Room 4080, MSC 7326, Bethesda, MD 20892-7326; hallka@mail.nih.gov; cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/theories_project/index.html;  dccps.nci.nih.gov/brp.

The Kellogg Health Scholars Program, a two-year post-doctoral program, is now accepting applications for its 2009-11 cohort. Through the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, scholars develop as leaders with research expertise to add to our knowledge about the nature of social disparities in health and interventions to reduce those disparities, the capacity to partner with communities in carrying out research and building policy advocacy, and the skills to inform and support policy makers who seek to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The program consists of two tracks and offers fellowships at eight training sites. The Community Track highlights community-based participatory research and relationships between academe, community and public health practice. The Multidisciplinary Track highlights a multidisciplinary approach to studying the social determinants of health disparities. Application deadline: December 3, 2008. Only online applications are accepted. To access the application, visit www.kellogghealthscholars.org. Contact: Community Track: Saundra Bailey, (734) 647-3065; fax (734) 936-0927; saundrab@umich.edu. Multidisciplinary Track: Marie Briones-Jones, (202) 387-2829; fax (202) 387-2857; mbjones@cfah.org; www.cfah.org.

New Post-Doctoral Scholar Positions in the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology/Emerging Technologies. The NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology and Society at the University of California-Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB) announces three new postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research on the societal aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on nanotechnology. The CNS-UCSB invites applications from scholars whose research interests intersect with projects and topics in ongoing Center research. Two of the fellowships are open with regard to interest and specialization; one is to participate in a qualitative research project on gender and race in nanotech public participation and requires relevant experience. Prospective applicants should examine the CNS-UCSB research portfolio at www.cns.ucsb.edu. Initial review of applications will begin as early as August 15, 2008, however, the positions will remain open until filled.

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Competitions

Irmgard Coninx Research Grant 2009 Essay Competition and Workshop and Conference. International Essay Competition and Workshop organized by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), and Humboldt-University Berlin for the 40th anniversary of the WZB. Fifty successful applicants to the essay competition will be invited to discuss their research with prominent scholars at two of Europe’s leading research institutions. The workshops will take place at the Social Science Research Center Berlin, March 18-23, 2009. An international jury will award a three-month fellowship to three participants to be used for research at the WZB, the Humboldt-University Berlin and the State library Berlin. Deadline for essay submission: December 15, 2008. The Irmgard Coninx Foundation will cover travel and accommodation costs. Contact: info@irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de; www.irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de.

The Midwest Sociological Society 47th Annual Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to all student members of the Midwest Sociological Society. Graduate and undergraduate papers are judged in separate divisions with up to three prizes in each division. Deadline: January 8, 2008. Contact: Jean Van Delinder, Oklahoma State University, (405) 844-4613; jean.van_delinder@okstate.edu. For more information, visit www.TheMSS.org.

North Central Sociological Association Paper Competition 2009. Graduate Student Division and Undergraduate Division. The maximum length of a paper is 5,000 words (approximately 18-20 pages). An abstract of no more than 100 words must also be included. Papers with multiple authors will be considered provided that all authors are students in the same division category. Winners are expected to present their papers at the 2009 annual meeting to receive the monetary award. Submit entries by January 5, 2009. Contact: Carolette Norwood, Department of African and African American Studies, University of Cincinnati, 609 Old Chemistry Building, PO Box 210370 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370; Carolette.Norwood@uc.edu; www.ncsanet.org.

Outstanding Publication Award of the ASA Environment and Technology Section. This award recognizes outstanding research in the sociology of the environment and technology. This year the committee will consider series of thematically-related articles published from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2008. The committee will consider self-nominations. Send three copies of the works along with a nomination letter to Richard York at rfyork@uoregon.edu by April 1, 2009.

Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist White Paper Award. Theme: "Research on Policies for Providing Universal Access to Healthcare in the United States." We invite social science scholars familiar with health care policy research to provide an accessibly written critical overview of the policy options available to the United States in providing universal access to healthcare. We are particularly interested in coverage of relevant feminist scholarship, including the impact of various policy options on women. The white paper should include a data-based analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of models adopted in other industrialized nations as well as a consideration of the logistics and costs of providing health care in the United States. Limit: 10 pages exclusive of references and tables. Contact: sws@etal.uri.edu, Subject: Feminist White Paper Competition. Deadline: January 1, 2009.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Fellowships in Public Policy. Policy Fellowships with the SRCD will be available for 2009-10. SRCD Policy Fellows work as "resident scholars" at the interface of science and policy. Both early and mid-career doctoral level professionals of all scientific disciplines related to child development are encouraged to apply. Deadline: December 15, 2008. For more information, visit www.srcd.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=181&Itemid=306.

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In the News

Aging and the Life Course

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, had his research on sex and the life course reported in the August 19 Chicago Tribune. The research was also covered by Reuters on August 13.

Alcohol and Drugs

Judith A. Cook, University of Illinois-Chicago, had her research on crack and HIV disease progression featured in a Reuters Health article posted on the ABC News website on August 6. Cook conducted the research with colleagues at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

George W. Dowdall, Saint Joseph’s University, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on August 20 and interviewed on Bill O’Reilly’s The Radio Factor, broadcast on Philadelphia public radio station WHYY and Sirius satellite radio. His forthcoming book commented on the recent proposal to lower the minimum drinking age.

Robert Nash Parker, University of California-Riverside, authored an opinion piece in the August 27 The Los Angeles Times regarding the debate surrounding the drinking age in the United States. Parker argued against lowering the drinking age to 18.

Asia and Asian America

Pyong Gap Min, City University of New York-Queens College, had his research on Korean grocers detailed in a September 2 New York Times "City Room" blog. An abridged version of this post was published in the newspaper on September 5.

Children and Youth

Sandra L. Hofferth, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in a September 28 Washington Post article about "overscheduled" children.

David Popenoe, Rutgers University, W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, and Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, were quoted in a September 4 New York Times article about teen marriage in light of the news of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy and marriage plans.

Adam Shapiro, University of North Florida, was quoted in an article about teen pregnancy published in the Florida Times-Union on September 5.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was quoted in a September 9 Associated Press story about the teen driving age and safety. The story appeared in print and online media outlets across the country.

Community and Urban Sociology

Dan Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, discussed the growth of Nashville in an article about the marketing of the city in advance of a political debate to be held there. The article appeared in the September 28 The Tennessean.

Derek Hyra, Brown University, had his work on the transformation of New York’s Harlem and Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhoods described in the September 7 New York Post.

Douglas Massey, Cristobal Young, and Charles Varner, all of Princeton University, were cited in articles regarding their report about migration in and out of New Jersey. The report received coverage in amNew York (September 16), The Philadelphia Inquirer (September 17), The Star-Ledger (September 17), and The Daily Record (September 18) among others.

Philip Olson, University of Missouri-Kansas City, was quoted in an October 1 News & Observer article about the state of American cities and the presidential candidates’ views on urban issues.

Danny Wilson authored an opinion piece in the July 2 Long Beach Times Newspaper. Wilson advocated for the relocation of a local career center to the downtown area from the current suburban location.

Communication and Information Technologies

Zeynep Tufekci, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, was quoted in an article from the September 24 New York Times about an advertising campaign for chewing gum that encourages people to get offline. She also spoke about the growing promotion of "niceness" online in an article in the September 19 The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, shared his thoughts on Google’s impact on everyday life in an article about the company’s tenth anniversary in the September 7 San Francisco Chronicle.

Crime, Law and Deviance

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was cited in articles about September 11, 2001, that appeared in the newspaper Pravda (Slovakia) on August 22-23. Deflem also conducted interviews on border control and terrorism for radio stations in San Francisco, Tucson, Fort Collins, Sacramento, and San Diego on August 20.

Rosemary Erickson, Athena Research Corporation, was quoted in an August 30 San Francisco Chronicle article about an increase in local robberies. She also was quoted in an article in the Boston Globe Magazine on August 3 about the increasing number of female bank robbers. David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in a September 22 Associated Press article regarding a murder case in New York. He discussed the potential for gender bias in cases involving parents and their children. The article was published in news outlets worldwide and on CNN.com, MSNBC.com and FOXNews.com.

Peter Moskos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was profiled in an August 30 article in The Financial Times’ Arts & Weekend magazine.

Harriett Romo, University of Texas-San Antonio, was quoted in a September 20 San Antonio Express-News article about fears of crime in San Antonio among Hurricane Ike evacuees.

Sociology of Culture

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, was quoted about the impact of high definition television (HDTV) in a September 16 Associated Press article about HD makeup. The article was published in news outlets throughout the United States and Canada.

Denise Bielby, University of California-Santa Barbara, commented on cultural differences among television shows in a September 25 MSNBC.com article about strange television shows around the world.

Ashley Doane, University of Hartford, was quoted in The Seattle Times on August 29 in an article about the mullet hairstyle, culture, and trends. She suggested that the term "mullet" evolved from a hairstyle to a pejorative label.

Heather Downs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was quoted in an August 17 New York Times article about her research on family photographs.

Donald Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, had his research on the growth of the Amish population in the United States described in an August 21 Associated Press article. The research was also covered on USA Todays "On Deadline" blog the same day.

Economic Sociology

Jennie Brand, University of California-Los Angeles, had her research cited in a September 15 Forbes.com article about the emotional impact of the Wall Street crisis. Brand was lead author of a study from the September issue of Social Forces that shows laid-off or displaced workers were less likely to be involved in their communities. The study, co-authored with Sarah A. Burgard, University of Michigan, was also mentioned in a September 2 United Press International (United Press International) article.

Dalton Conley, New York University, authored an opinion piece for The New York Times about work ethics and income inequality. The column was published on September 2.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, and Gregory Squires, George Washington University, co-authored an article on the subprime mortgage crisis in the fall 2008 New Labor Forum. Dreier also authored an article about the housing crisis in the June 27 Rooflines.

Glenn Firebaugh, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a September 24 LiveScience.com article about the impact of the financial crisis on happiness. The syndicated article also appeared on the Yahoo! News and the U.S. News & World Report websites.

Jeanne Fleming, Money magazine, was quoted in a September 23 New York Times article about "financial therapy." She was quoted about what happens when adult children return home to live with their parents.

Sociology of Education

Jennifer Booher-Jennings, Columbia University, was the subject of several news articles surrounding her "eduwonkette" blog on Education Weeks website. Education Week published an article revealing her identity as the author of the blog in its August 27 edition, and an August 24 New York Magazine article detailed the controversy surrounding her blog.

Daniel Chambliss, Hamilton College, was quoted in an August 31 Associated Press article about his research on the business success of liberal arts graduates over time. The article was published in media outlets across the United States and Canada.

Jennifer Glanville, University of Iowa, and David Sikkink and Edwin Hernandez, both of the University of Notre Dame, had their research on church attendance and academic performance detailed in articles published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on September 8 and in LiveScience.com on August 19.

Argun Saatcioglu, University of Kansas, had his research on desegregation in schools profiled in the September 2 edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Saatcioglu’s research was presented at ASA’s 2008 annual meeting.

Joseph A. Soares, Wake Forest University, was cited in a September 25 Inside Higher Ed article about a report questioning the requirement for standardized testing for college admission.

Environment and Technology

Robert Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, was quoted in an August 11 Newsweek article about young activists and the environment. Bullard was cited as the "father of environmental justice" and named by Newsweek as one of "The Century’s Environmental Leaders" in a feature on Newsweek.com.

James A. Evans, University of Chicago, posted an entry to the "Britannica Blog" on August 12 reacting to an Atlantic Monthly article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" That blog posting was cited in Salon.com’s "Machinist" blog on August 14.

Al Gedicks, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, was a guest on August 1 on Wisconsin Public Radio as part of a discussion of the pros and cons of nuclear power. He discussed lessons from a successful alliance between Indians and environmentalists for a controversy over a proposed metallic sulfide nickel mine in the August 3 Mining Journal (Marquette, MI).

Sociology of Family

Tim Biblarz, University of Southern California-Los Angeles, was quoted in USA Today on August 27 in an article about raising children in a single-parent home. The article was republished on ABCnews.com on August 29.

Mary Blair-Loy, University of California-San Diego, was quoted in an article about stay-at-home dads in the September 19 Press-Enterprise.

Andrew J. Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, contributed a column about the American family to the Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post on September 7. Cherlin participated in an online discussion about his column on washingtonpost.com on September 8. Cherlin also authored an editorial in the September 15 Dallas Morning News regarding the 2008 presidential election and the fact that there is no longer a "typical" American family.

Obie Clayton, Morehouse College, was quoted in a September 13 Detroit Free Press article about black families.

Renata Forste, Brigham Young University, was quoted in an August 15 New York Times article about her study on why women discontinue breastfeeding.  

Rosemary Hopcroft, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, provided perspective concerning a British study of the social impact of a man’s wealth in a September 30 article posted ABC News.com. While the study reported that wealthy men father more children, Hopcroft pointed to U.S. Census data to the contrary.

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, University of Florida, was cited in a September 15 Newsweek.com story about the number of women in their 40s who have children. She was author of a 2003 study that analyzed data from a survey about relationships and family life.

International Migration

Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, was quoted on recent immigration trends in New York in a September 23 New York Times article.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center, and Mary Waters, Harvard University, were featured in a report on their book, Inheriting the City, on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition on August 24.   

Sociology of Leisure/Sports/Recreation

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, co-authored an opinion piece in the July 23 Nation suggesting that former players union director Marvin Miller be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for his work to improve players’ pay and working conditions.

Medical Sociology

Julia Ericksen, Temple University, had her research on how breast cancer patients make sense of their disease detailed within a September 30 United Press International wire service article that appeared on the websites of radio station across the country.

Kelly Joyce, College of William and Mary, was quoted about her research on cultural perceptions of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in The Boston Globe on August 17. The article questioned the veracity often attributed to anatomical pictures.

Kathleen Miller, University of Buffalo, was quoted in an article in The Times (UK) on September 29 about the risks of beverages with high caffeine content. Miller’s research, published in The Journal of American College Health, showed a link between caffeinated drinks and risky or aggressive behavior patterns in young people.

Ann Swidler, University of California-Berkeley, co-authored a response to a letter in the September 19 issue of Science magazine. The response discussed approaches for HIV testing and prevention.

Sociology of Mental Health

Judith A. Cook, University of Illinois-Chicago, was featured in a news segment aired by the ABC affiliate in Chicago about the mental health of college students and what leads them to seek help when they are experiencing problems.

Military Sociology

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy-West Point, was quoted in an August 21 Valley News Today (Shenandoah, IA) article about endorecruitment in the military—recruiting new service members from career military families. He had his research on military spouses, deployments, and children featured in the European and Pacific editions of the Stars and Stripes newspaper (August 19). Ender was quoted in Prison Fellowship magazine regarding moral waivers granted by the military to allow first and second offenders to serve in the military.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in The New York Times on July 9 about the contrast between the patriotic themes of World War II posters and the economic themes of contemporary military recruiting. He discussed military recruiting of high school students in the May 21 Santa Fe Reporter. Segal was quoted about veteran suicides in the May 11 St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the May 9 Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN). He was quoted on May 8 in the Westminster Eagle on non-citizens serving in the American military. On April 25, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on his testimony to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Science and Technology regarding the funding of social science research on warfare and terrorism. Segal was quoted in the April 23 Stars and Stripes regarding the conversion of military forces from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve after September 11, 2001.

Mady Wechsler Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in June 12 Newsweek article regarding job satisfaction of minorities and women in the military.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Carter Butts, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in a September 11 Christian Science Monitor article about the 911 emergency response system.

Emilio J. Castilla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had his research on merit-based pay detailed in a September 24 Washington Post column. Castilla’s research was published in the American Journal of Sociology.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in The Los Angeles Times on August 16 and August 29 in articles about a corruption scandal involving the Services Employees International Union in Los Angeles.

Kathleen Gerson, New York University, appeared on the September 1 broadcast of PBS’s Nightly Business Report to speak about the impact of new technologies on the workplace.

Barbara Mitchell, Simon Fraser University, was quoted about the changing nature of work in an article from the August 29 Vancouver Sun.

Ruth Milkman, University of California-Los Angeles, was the author of a report detailed in the August 31 San Francisco Chronicle, which found an increase in the percentage of U.S. union workers for the first time since 1979.

Bruce Nissen, Florida International University, shared insights on the increase in professionals seeking temporary positions in a September 2 article on The Miami Heralds website.

Timmons Roberts, College of William and Mary, was quoted in a September 23 Reuters article about consumer preferences for corporate commitment to green ethics. He was involved in the poll, which was conducted by The Nielsen Company and surveyed 28,000 Internet users in 51 nations.

Scott Schieman and Taralyn McMullen, both of University of Toronto, had their research on gender in the workplace described in a number of media outlets in the United States and Canada. The study, published in the September Journal of Health and Social Behavior, was detailed on MSNBC.com and in The Globe & Mail on September 10. An opinion column in the September 12 Macon Telegraph detailed the findings as well.

Political Economy of the World System

John Gulick, Hanyang University, appeared as a guest on two public affairs radio programs, KPFA’s Against the Grain (August 13) and WBAI’s Behind the News (August 21), to discuss Chinese ascent, the Sino-Russian strategic partnership, and their implications for US primacy in the global system.

Adam Habib, University of Johannesburg, was quoted in a number of articles on South African politics. His commentary appeared in The New York Times on September 22, Newsweek on September 22, The Washington Post on September 21 as well as multiple BBC and wire service articles by Agence France Presse and Reuters.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, American University (Cairo), was the subject of a September 23 article in The Washington Post. Ibrahim is lobbying Congress to attach conditions to America’s $1.5 billion annual aid to Egypt. The article was republished in the September 24 Boston Globe.

Political Sociology

Elijah Anderson, Yale University, was quoted about a voter registration drive led by Al Sharpton in a Reuters article published in The Boston Globe and The Washington Post on September 23.

Wayne Baker, University of Michigan, was cited in a September 11 National Public Radio commentary about the current "culture war" being waged during the 2008 presidential election.

Monte Bute, Metropolitan State University, authored an opinion piece in the August 17 St. Paul Pioneer Press about the Obama campaign and its lawn sign policies.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the September 9 Sports Illustrated about the growing number of athletes participating in the presidential and congressional races this year. He was quoted in an August 25 LiveScience.com article dealing with the psychology and politics of "flip flops" among political candidates and in a New York Times story on August 24 examining Barack Obama’s political philosophy. Dreier also authored a number of columns on presidential politics during the summer months, with four articles published in The Nation, one in Editor and Publisher, and several in The Huffington Post.

Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, was quoted about the racial barriers faced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in a September 23 article on BlackAmericaWeb.com. He was interviewed by Newhouse News Service and Panorama, Italy’s largest newsmagazine, regarding his views on Senator Obama’s campaign.

Charles Gallagher, LaSalle University, was quoted in an August 29 Chicago Sun-Times article about Barack Obama’s ascent to the presidential candidacy and race in America. He asserted that Obama’s candidacy is cementing the idea of a colorblind nation.

James Davidson Hunter, University of Virginia, was quoted in a September 2 article about the emergence of "culture wars" in American politics based on the addition of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican presidential ticket. The article was published on Politicos website.

Carole Joffe, University of California-Davis, co-authored an article about women’s issues and presidential candidate John McCain posted to The Huffington Post website on August 31.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in the August 15 issue of The Christian Science Monitor within an article about the ascent of the evangelical pastor Rick Warren. He discussed the uniqueness of presidential rivals addressing Warren’s church within an August 14 article in the International Herald Tribune. He was also quoted in a September 4 Reuters story about Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s effect on the left. Lindsay asserted that Palin is more of a mobilizing figure for both sides than John McCain.

Roger Nemeth, Hope College, was quoted in an August 31 Associated Press article about the demographics and personal experiences represented by the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2008 election.

Andrew J. Perrin, University of North Carolina, was quoted in an article about the political campaign strategies of Presidential candidate Barack Obama and John McCain in The Huffington Post on September 24.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted about sexism in the 2008 presidential campaign in an article posted on Politico's website on September 4.

Henry Schissler, Housatonic Community College, was quoted in the September 26 Connecticut Post regarding voter interest in the presidential debates.

Veronica Tichenor, SUNY Institute of Technology, was quoted a the September 15 Washington Times article about the dynamics and potential appeal of Sarah and Todd Palin. She was also quoted in an article on CNN.com on September 5 about when women earn more than their husbands.

Sociology of Religion

Carson Mencken, Baylor University, was quoted in an August 18 LiveScience.com story about beliefs in the supernatural. He asserted that many people share a spiritual orientation to the world.

Margaret Poloma, University of Akron, was interviewed for a September 5 All Things Considered broadcast on National Public Radio. Poloma spoke about the Pentecostal church and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Scott Thumma, Hartford Seminary, was cited in an article about the declining membership of megachurches in the September 9 edition of USA Today. >He authored an opinion piece in the August 18 issue of USA Today on the topic of megachurches and politics. Thumma cited research from Mark Chaves, Duke University, within the op-ed.

Race, Gender, and Class

Maxine Craig, University of California-Davis, was quoted about national identity politics in beauty contests in a July 18 Christian Science Monitor article on beauty contests in Rwanda.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, was quoted in an August 20 Boston Globe article about the media’s reporting of demographic projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. Patterson commented on the topic of Hispanics classifying themselves as white in Census data.

Gina Walls, Parkland College, was quoted on changing demographics in the United States in a story on the website for Illinois’ CBS affiliate WCIA on August 14.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, was quoted in The New York Times on August 18 in an article about the increasing number of women electing not to have children. She was quoted in an August 16 Associated Press article surrounding the "opting-out" debate and the current economic conditions.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a September 26 Washington Post article regarding the results of a Pew Research Center study on gender roles in the home.

Brooke Harrington, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, had her book, Pop Finance, mentioned in an August 17 Washington Post story on sex differences in strategies used to manage investments.

Michael Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, had his book Guyland reviewed in The Wall Street Journal on September 20 and in The Washington Posts Book World on September 14. His research was the subject of an article in the September 8 issue of Newsweek. Scott Coltrane, University of Oregon, is also quoted in the article discussing men and happiness. Kimmel and his research were referenced in an August 25 USA Today article, and he was interviewed about his book in the August 21 of Inside Higher Ed.

Michael Ramirez, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was the invited guest on The Lucky Dog Show on August 18. He was featured to discuss his research on gender and dog ownership.

Arthur Shostak, Drexel University, participated in a question and answer column in the September 12 "On Men" blog on U.S. News & World Reports website. He discussed how abortions affect men, based on research he has conducted since the early 1980s.

Sociology of Sexualities

Michael Hout, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a September 16 article about California’s gay marriage debate in The Guardian.

Social Psychology

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, was interviewed by Eleftherotypia, a national newspaper in Greece, on the topic of appearance bias.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy-West Point, and Steve Carlton-Ford and Ahoo Tabatabai, both of University of Cincinnati, had their research on Iraqi adolescents and self-esteem featured in an article from the July/August Psychology Today.

Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, was quoted in a news brief from the September 15 Inside Higher Ed regarding an online vote to select the cover art for the March 2009 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly. Fine is the editor of the journal.

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was quoted in an article in The Star-Ledger on July 22 that featured his survey research on social norms and misperceptions of bullying among middle school students in New Jersey schools. He was also quoted in the Washington Post on July 15 regarding the social psychology of bystander behavior and why people don’t intervene to help or protect others.

Sociological Practice

Rina Agarwala, Johns Hopkins University, was cited in a September 2 Inside Higher Education article for a presentation she made at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Agarwala presented findings from a study she co-authored that found that grant proposals for graduate students in sociology and political science were often overlooked by philanthropic and government programs.

Claude S. Fischer, University of California-Berkeley, and his working paper about the General Social Survey’s findings surrounding social networks were the subject of a September 30 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. J. Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin, both of Duke University, and Matthew E. Brashears, Cornell University, were cited for their 2006 research on social networks. Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center, and Peter V. Marsden, Harvard University, were also quoted in the article about the GSS data.

Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, was recognized in the August 21 Times-Picayune for being awarded ASA’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award for her work after Hurricane Katrina.

Theory

Grace Kao, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a posting on The San Francisco Chronicle "Asian Pop" blog on August 28, responding to an assertion that mixed-race people are inherently more likely to engage in "bad behavior." Kao cited the "marginal man" theory and said it has little credibility today.

Diane Vaughan, Columbia University, was cited for her discussion of the "normalization of deviance" theory in an August 14 Las Vegas Sun article about health care in Nevada.

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Awards

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, received the 2008 Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Renee M. Byrd received the Women of Color Fellowship from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Esther Chow, American University, received the Feminist Activist Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Lars Christiansen, Augsburg College, was the 2008 recipient of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Distinguished Contributions Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Don Dillman, Washington State University, received the 2008 Distinguished Rural Sociologist award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Paula England, Stanford University, received the Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Mary Grigsby, University of Missouri, has been awarded the Rural Sociological Society 2008 Excellence in Instruction Award.

Jay Howard, Indiana University Purdue University-Columbus, received the 2008 Hans O. Mauksch Award for distinguished contributions to undergraduate education from the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning.

Crystal Jackson, Loyola University-Chicago, received the Beth Hess Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Daniel Jaffee, Washington State University, was awarded the C. Wright Mills Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems for his book Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival.

Malcolm W. Klein, University of Southern California, received the 2008 August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Amrita Pande, University of Massachusetts, received the Cheryl Allen Miller Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Domenico (Mimmo) Parisi, Mississippi State University, received the 2008 Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Marcia Segal, Indiana University-Southeast, received the Feminist Mentor Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.

Terence P. Thornberry, University of Colorado, received the 2008 Edwin H. Sutherland Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Robert Zehner, University of New South Wales, received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

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Transitions

Robert Adelman, University at Buffalo, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective September 2008.

Richard Alba has joined the faculty of the City University of New York-Graduate Center as a Distinguished Professor.

Maxine Atkinson has accepted the position of Department Head in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University.

Sarah Bowen has joined the sociology faculty at North Carolina State University.

Ryan Ashley Caldwell recently accepted a social theory and culture position at Soka University of America.

Brett Clark and Sinikka Elliot have joined the sociology faculty at North Carolina State University.

Maxine Craig has accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of California-Davis.

John Gulick has been appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology of Information Society at Hanyang University-Ansan in South Korea.

Shauntey James has joined the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Briar Cliff University as an associate professor.

Dmitry Khodyakov has accepted the position of Associate Social/Behavioral Scientist with the RAND Corporation.

Robert M. Kunovich has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Arlington.

John Lang has joined the sociology faculty at Occidental College.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, has joined the Department of Communication at California State University-East Bay.

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People

Monica Boyd, University of Toronto, recently was elected President of the Canadian Sociological Association, 2008-2009.

Robert Getso, CUNY, has produced and directed a short film "ACT UP / New York: National March on Washington DC, 11 October 1987." It is available at the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Archives at the LGBT Center in New York City, as well as other archives in New York.

Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, had a class discussion on a lawsuit filed by the city government against predatory loan practices of 21 financial institutions that brought about a home foreclosure crisis in Cleveland taped by Jean-Stéphane Bron, a Swiss filmmaker who is producing a documentary on the U.S. financial crisis.

Sandra L. Hofferth, University of Maryland-College Park, was elected 2009 vice president-elect of the Population Association of America.

Joan Huber, Ohio State University, and Sheila Tobias, Independent Scholar, delivered the Second Annual Alice and Peter Rossi Lecture, September 25, 2008, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This year’s lectures focused on the contributions of Alice Rossi to politics, feminism, and science.

Robert D. Mare, University of California-Los Angeles, was elected 2009 president-elect of the Population Association of America.

Pyong Gap Min, CUNY-Queens College and the Graduate Center, was appointed to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Asian Advisory Committee as of April 2008.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, had his book, Death Threats and Violence: New Research and Clinical Perspectives, listed on Amazon.com’s bestselling new and future releases in clinical psychology list.

Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was recently invited to give keynote addresses on the "Social Norms Approach to Health Promotion" for two conferences in the United Kingdom. On June 10, he addressed a special meeting convened by the Government Office of the Northeast. On June 11 he addressed a regional conference sponsored by the Middlesbrough Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Primary Care Trust organizations of the region.

Jill Quadagno, Florida State University, is a consultant to the Barack Obama Florida presidential campaign.

Jerome Rabow, University of California-Los Angeles, was interviewed for Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard, a DVD produced, written, and directed by Robyn Symon.

Roberta Spalter-Roth, Jean H. Shin, and Margaret Weigers Vitullo, all of the American Sociological Association, received a three-year National Science Foundation grant to conduct a field experiment and evaluation of the ASA’s new digital library, titled "Diffusion of Innovation in Digital Libraries: Mobilizing Networks to Increase the Scope and Depth of Use of a New Cyber Infrastructure."

Margaret Weigers Vitullo and Lee Herring, both of the American Sociological Association, presented a paper at the International Sociological Association Forum in Barcelona, Spain, titled "Assessing the Poor: A Critical Examination of the Push for Accountability in U.S. Higher Education as Seen in the Spellings Commission and the No Child Left Behind Act."

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New Books

Karen Barkey, Columbia University, Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Ronald J. Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Hoop Dreams on Wheels: Disability and the Competitive Wheelchair Athlete (Routledge, 2009).

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, Beauty Bias: Discrimination and Social Power, Greek translation (Polytropon Publishers, 2008).

David L. Brown and Nina Glasgow, both of Cornell University, Rural Retirement Migration (Springer, 2008).

Ronald S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin, Texas A&M University, The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Ximena de la Barra, South American Dialogue, and Richard A. Dello Buono, New College of Florida/Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Latin America after the Neoliberal Debacle: Another Region Is Possible (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

Joe R. Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Hernán Vera, University of Florida, Liberation Sociology (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Henry W. Fischer III, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Response to Disaster: Fact Versus Fiction & Its Perpetuation: The Sociology of Disaster, 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Jack Fong, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, Revolution as Development: The Karen Self-Determination Struggle against Ethnocracy (1949 - 2004) (Universal Publishers, 2008).

Steven Hitlin, University of Iowa, and Moral Selves, Evil Selves: The Social Psychology of Conscience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Derek S. Hyra, The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West (Oxford University Press, 2008).

William T. Markham, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Environmental Organizations in Modern Germany: Hardy Survivors in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Berghahn Books, 2008).

Pyong Gap Min, CUNY-Queens College, Ethnic Solidarity for Economic Survival: Korean Greengrocers in New York City (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008).

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, Death Threats and Violence: New Research and Clinical Perspectives (Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2008).

Patrick Nolan, University of South Carolina, and Gerhard Lenski, University of North Carolina, Human Societies: An Introduction to Macrosociology, 11th ed. (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Charles M. Payne, University of Chicago, So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools (Harvard Education Publishing Group, 2008).

Charles M. Payne, University of Chicago, and Carol Strickland, Teach Freedom: Education for Liberation in the African-American Tradition (Teachers College Press, 2008).

Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook State University, War Without End: The Iraq War in Context (Haymarket Press, 2008).

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, Ariane Liazos, and Marshall Ganz, What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Barbara Sutton, University of Albany-SUNY, Sandra Morgen, and Julie Novkov, Eds. Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

Sherry Turkle, MIT, Falling for Science: Objects in Mind (MIT Press, 2008).

Dale Yeatts, University of North Texas, Cynthia Cready, University of North Texas, and Linda Noelker, Empowered Work Teams in Long-Term Care: Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Residents and Staff (Health Professions Press, 2008).

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Contact

Editorship of Sociological Focus. The North Central Sociological Association is seeking proposals for the editorship of its official journal, Sociological Focus. The term of editor is for three years and the starting date is negotiable. The applicant should be either an active member of the North Central Sociological Association or willing to join the organization. The applicant should demonstrate past and continuing experience with the journal review process and publication. Sociological Focus is edited and published by the department of the editor in association with Paradigm Press. Editor’s duties include, but are not limited to, receiving manuscripts, distributing manuscripts to reviews, decision-making on articles for publications, and communicating with authors as to strengths and weakness of their submissions. The applicant’s proposal should include a statement of specific departmental commitment to provide the editor with released time, an editorial assistant, office space for the journal, and supplies. Contact: Kent Schwirian, Chair of the Publications Committee, North Central Sociological Association, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, 238 Townshend Hall, 1885 Neil Ave Mall, Columbus, OH 43210; schwirian.2@osu.edu.

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Caught in the Web

National Children’s Study has launched a new national website with enhanced content, new sections, and an updated look and feel. The national website can be accessed at www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov. The Study redesigned its website to communicate new and updated information to its numerous key stakeholders—the largest of which will be its participants—and to better represent the progress it has made to date. New features include: Interactive map of Study locations, enhanced participant information, easier access to news and information about upcoming events and past programs, and an updated design with easier navigation through different sections and left-hand menus. In addition to the new national website, the Study will soon be launching local Study Center sites to allow people access to specific information about the Study in their communities. Those sites will launch sometime over the next few months, and will also be reached through the Study Locations section of the website www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov. Contact: NCS@mail.nih.gov.

The Sociologists without Borders Think Tank is an international, interactive space devoted to discussions and forums relating to equality of rights, dignity for all, democracy, and solidarity. You can post videos and photographs, create your own blog, and join discussions about patriarchy and gender equality. For more information, visit www.ssfthinktank.org.

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New Programs

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) announces a new program, "Collaborative Ventures in Behavioral Science." This program offers an opportunity for small multidisciplinary teams to utilize the Center’s signature programs and facilities to advance interdisciplinary research, focused centrally but not exclusively on the behavioral sciences. The program is intended to build upon our institution’s distinguished residential fellows program and provide a new avenue to stimulate innovative research that will transform knowledge and be of significance to society. For three years, beginning in 2009, the Center will invite teams for a summer workshop of up to two weeks hosted at the Center. The task of the summer workshop is to design a multi-year effort that will advance research in an important area of interdisciplinary research. The workshops will design an effort that includes a group project during the Center’s residential fellowship year. Contact: Claude M. Steele or Anne C Petersen, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS), 75 Alta Road, Stanford, CA 94305; (650) 321-2052; www.casbs.org.

Johns Hopkins Predoctoral Training Program in Education Research. Applicants and inquiries are invited for the Johns Hopkins University Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program in Education Research, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. The Program’s focus is advanced quantitative methods in education research. Traineeships are for full-time study and provide five years of funding. Prospective trainees are reviewed from admitted students into the doctoral program of one of the partnering academic units who express an interest. Applicants must have a strong academic record and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in educational research. Application materials of students accepted for doctoral study with an interest in education research will be forwarded to the Training Program Steering Committee for its review. Contact: Karl Alexander at karl@jhu.edu.

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Summer Programs

Bradley University’s Annual Berlin Seminar will be held from July 5-11, 2009. This program is intended for academics interested in the history and contemporary culture, society, economy, and politics of Germany and Europe. Centered at the European Academy in Berlin-Grunewald, the seminar activities include discussions with leaders from the realms of academia, culture, and politics. All sessions are conducted in English or with a translator. Application deadline: January 15, 2009. Contact: John A. Williams, (309) 677-3182; johnw@bradley.edu; www.bradley.edu/academics/las/his/Berlin.

Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware Fifth Annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Ten students from a variety of disciplines will be selected to participate in a nine-week program providing hands-on research training and mentoring in social science aspects of disasters. A stipend and all transportation and lodging expenses are included. Students should have declared a social science major and/or completed at least 12 credits in the social sciences. Deadline: February 13, 2009. For program details, guidelines, and application materials, visit www.udel.edu/DRC/REU. Contact: Lynn Letukas, (302) 831-6625; lletukas@udel.edu. Back to Top of Page


Classifieds

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law

The United States Naval Academy invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the rank of assistant or associate professor to begin no later than August 2009. This appointment is with the Leadership Ethics and Law (LEL) Department. The purpose of this position is two-fold: 1) to enhance LEL’s core educational curriculum and expand the teaching and research expertise of the department in the general areas of culture, gender, interpersonal violence and the intersection of leadership with these issues, with an emphasis on sexual harassment and sexual assault; and, 2) to advise and provide regular curriculum consulting, training and educational program evaluation to the Academy’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) office. There will be a reduced teaching load.

The successful candidate must have a professional background of at least two years and research interest in interpersonal, social, and organizational issues related to diverse populations, with a specific interest in sexual harassment and assault prevention. We are seeking a faculty member who is not only interested in scholarly activities in the areas of sexual harassment and assault prevention, but is interested in enhancing and advancing the Naval Academy’s cutting-edge prevention education program in an advisory role. Candidates for this position must have completed the Ph.D. in a relevant field of human and social behavior including, but not limited to, anthropology, education, psychology, public health, social work, and sociology. The incumbent must possess a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, advising, and a desire to actively engage in research and scholarship that expands the field of knowledge or promotes understanding of issues in the aforementioned areas of expertise. Applicants should submit a CV, transcripts, three letters of reference, samples of scholarship or research and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The United States Naval Academy is a four-year, Federal undergraduate institution with a highly motivated and select student body. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience and expertise. Full faculty and Federal government service benefits provided. Final approval for hiring is contingent on funding and the availability of appropriate applicants. Send complete application to Human and Social Behavior Search Committee, Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, Luce Hall 7B, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402.

Assistant Professor – Immigrant Integration.

University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences invites applications for an assistant professor with a research specialization that addresses issues of immigrant integration.

The position, beginning in fall 2009, is part of a university-wide initiative to promote research and teaching on the processes of immigration, settlement, and social transformation. The candidate should be an empirical social scientist working in these areas; we are particularly interested in candidates who can relate their research to policy issues.

The search committee is being conducted jointly by the departments of American Studies & Ethnicity, Political Science, Sociology and History, and the appointment will be made formally in one of these departments.

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one or two writing samples, and the names of three references and their contact information to: Manuel Pastor, Chair of Search Committee, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4033. We will begin to review applications on November 5, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

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