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Contexts Magazine Wins Publisher’s Award

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers awarded ASA’s quarterly Contexts magazine with its Best Journal Award in the Social Sciences. Both ASA Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman and University of California (UC) Press’s Assistant Director for Journals Publishing Rebecca Simon accepted the award on February 4, 2003. (ASA publishes the magazine in collaboration with UC Press.)

The PSP Awards are given annually to acknowledge excellence in book, journal, and electronic publishing in all disciplines represented by professional, scholarly, and reference publishing.

This is a very high profile award in the publishing world,” said Simon, “and wonderful news for Contexts.”

ASA “rang in the new year” in 2002 with the inaugural issue of Contexts. It is the Association’s newest entry into the publication world and represents an entrepreneurial foray into research-oriented magazine publishing.

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  Has Sociology Suffered the Declines Predicted Ten Years Ago?

In 1993, in a climate of government reductions in funding and fears of too many PhDs chasing too few jobs, outgoing President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended that universities eliminate or downsize departments. Universities were urged to focus on eliminating those departments that did not meet “world class” standards, even if they were successful in meeting the needs of local, regional, or “niche” markets.

  Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The ASA Annual Meeting this year will feature a 2.5-hour tour to introduce Annual Meeting attendees to the world of higher education in black Atlanta. Atlanta is home to the largest consortium of black colleges in the world, the Atlanta University Center, a sprawling urban campus that boasts six independent colleges and universities. These include: Clark Atlanta University, The Morehouse School of Medicine, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College.

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