Greg Nielse and Jean-François Côté, Co-chairs for the Local Organizing Committee, look forward to welcoming ASA to Montréal for the 2017 Annual Meeting.
ASA is partnering with the March for Science, scheduled for April 22, 2017. The primary march will take place in Washington, DC, beginning with a teach-in and rally on the National Mall. There will also be satellite marches in almost 400 locations around the world.
The March for Science is a public celebration of science and a reminder of the important role evidence plays in informing public policy. We believe the use of evidence-based research into policy debates is not a partisan concept but rather essential to understanding the world and making the best decisions as a nation.
For many Americans, safety pins have suddenly appeared everywhere: Pinned to shirts, posted to Facebook, or worn by celebrities. When I started wearing one a handful of strangers asked “what the heck are these safety pins all about?” This is the challenge of new symbols. Before they can work people need to know what they mean.
A March 17 article in the New York Times, “What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?,“ has many readers taking notice. Neil Irwin, senior economics correspondent for the Times made the argument that sociology deserves a similar status in policymaking that the economics field has long enjoyed. Irwin used unemployment as an example.
“Pat White is a force! Few sociologists have had as big an impact on the discipline,” said Brian Powell, Indiana University, about Patricia White, who recently retired as the Program Director for the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is one of many sociologists who mourn Pat’s recent retirement. Patricia E. White, an Ohio State University PhD, was Program Director for the Sociology Program, Division of Social and Economic Sciences at the NSF, where she was employed since 1988.
Bernice A. Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences and a leading expert on the stigma associated with mental illness, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Pescosolido is the Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and co-director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. Her research and teaching focus on social issues in health, illness and healing.
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World invites papers for a special issue on gender in the 2016 elections. We invite contributions on all topics relevant to gender and politics. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to): gender and the executive; women, social policy, and state legislative elections; intersectionality and the media; gender and public opinion; and women in changing political institutions. Informative papers on trends or cross-national comparisons are welcome as long as they are framed in relation to the 2016 U.S. election.
Individual and team applications are invited for the position of editor of City & Community, a journal co-sponsored by the American Sociological Association and its Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will begin in January 2018. The editor’s term is for a minimum of three years, until January 2021, with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years.
City & Community brings together major work and research in urban and community sociology. It is published four times per year.