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  1. Workshops

    March 11-14, 2019. Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp, Carrboro, NC. The main goal of this 3.5-day camp is to position attendees to develop an active and engaged posture toward designing and executing qualitative data collection projects. To accomplish this goal, ResearchTalk mentors will emphasize strategies to employ a posture of openness, flexibility, and responsiveness in interviews, focus groups, observation, and online data collection. ASA members: Use the discount code ASA15 to receive 15% off registration.

  2. Awards

    Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue University, was awarded the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award for his book, The Gerontological Imagination: An Integrative Paradigm of Aging (Oxford University Press, 2018).

  3. Transitions

    Stephen J. Morewitz, Founder and President of the Forensic Social Sciences Association, was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University-East Bay.

    Rubin Patterson, chairman of the department of sociology and criminology at Howard University, will become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July.

  4. Summer Programs

    26th Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 8-11, 2019, Santa Monica, CA. The RAND Summer Institute offers two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: a Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (July 8-9) and a Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging (July 10-11). Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. Deadline: March 15, 2019.

  5. People

    David and Mady Segal, University of Maryland, were inducted into West Point’s Henry H. (Hap) Arnold Society, recognizing their lifetime service to the Academy, by the West Point Association of Graduates. The U.S. Military Academy, West Point, has also established the David and Mady Segal Military Sociology Consortium to serve as a forum for teaching and research collaboration among sociology faculty members at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and other institutions. The Segals’ relationship with West Point spans more than 40 years. 

  6. Other Organizations

    The General Social Survey (GSS) is announcing its module competition for proposals to add items to the 2020 GSS. The GSS is a nationally representative survey of non-institutionalized adults in the United States, conducted primarily via face-to-face interviews. The General Social Survey (GSS) project plans to include some items or short topical modules designed by users in its 2020 survey. We solicit proposals for possible additions on two separate tracks: 1. Proposals on any substantive topic and 2. Proposals that address the “big ideas” of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  7. Obituaries

    William Parker Frisbie

    William Parker Frisbie was born on September 5, 1940, in Yorktown, TX, a small town in Dewitt County. Throughout his life, he was known to his family and friends as Parker. His dear friend and colleague Dudley Poston knew Parker for over 48 years and never heard anyone refer to Parker as William or Bill. 

  8. In the News

    Deborah Carr, Boston University, was quoted in the New York Times on November 20, 2018, in an article, titled “A Cornucopia of Grandparents.”

    Charles Gallagher, LaSalle University, was interviewed by CBS news on the effects of gentrification taking place in North Philadelphia and interviewed on KWY’s Flashpoint about allegations of racism at the Philadelphia Mummer’s Parade. 

    Saida Grundy, Boston University, published an op-ed in The Atlantic titled “The Risky Business of Branding Black Pain” on September 14, 2018.

  9. New Books

    Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, Appearance Bias and Crime (edited collection) (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

    Melanie E. L. Bush, Adelphi University, Ed. Rod Bush: Lessons from a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice (Ahead Publishing House, 2019).

    Robert J. Durán, Texas A&M University, The Gang Paradox: Inequalities and Miracles on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Columbia University Press, 2018).

  10. 90th Annual Meeting: Conference of the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)

    March 28-31, 2019. 90th Annual Meeting: Conference of the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA). Oakland, CA. Theme: “Engaging Millennials: Researching, Teaching, Learning about Power, Diversity and Change.” For more information, visit: