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The title of the November 2006 Footnotes profile of the 2007 ASA President was incorrect. Frances Fox Piven is the 2007 ASA President.

Call for Papers


Annual International Symposium on Forecasting, June 24-27, 2007, Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York, NY. Theme: “Financial Forecasting in a Global Economy.” Abstract submission deadline: March 2, 2007. For more information, visit

Engaging Islam, September 12-15, 2007, University of Massachusetts-Boston. The 2007 Fall Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Boston invites proposals that explore critically the relationship between Islam and Feminism today. By engaging Islam through a feminist lens, we hope to challenge inadequately interrogated assumptions and modes of thinking that posit secularism and democracy in opposition to religiosity and oppression. For more details about the institute and guidelines for submissions, visit

On The Edge: Transgression and the Dangerous Other, an Interdisciplinary Conference, August 9-10, 2007, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center. The conference will involve presentations, art and photographic exhibits, music, spoken word performances, and film screenings centered around the concept of a new criminology for the 21st century. Interested participants from all disciplines can send their ideas and concepts to: Transgression Conference, c/o Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 10th Street, New York, NY 10019; email Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2007.


The ASA Demography Teaching Resource Guide will be updated this spring and published in August 2007. We would like to include course syllabi or teaching exercises for a variety of undergraduate and graduate demography courses. If you have a syllabus or a relevant teaching exercise that you would like to share with demography colleagues in this publication, submit them by April 15, 2007, to: Demography Teaching Resource Guide, Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma, 780 Van Vleet Oval, KH 331, Norman, OK 73019; email The Demography Teaching Resource Guide is published by members of the Population Section of the American Sociological Association.

The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care is interested in articles of about 20 pages in length that are focused on any aspect of health care and social issues as they pertain to the elderly. Manuscripts may include position papers, reports of research studies, case reports, analyses of government policy, descriptions and/or evaluations of agencies, programs, and not-for-profit organizations serving any component of the aged population. The Journal also considers for publication commentaries on previously published articles, book and media reviews, etc. Contact: F. Russell Kellogg or Philip W. Brickner, Saint Vincent’s Hospital-Manhattan, Department of Community Medicine, 41-51 East 11th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10003;

Research in Sociology of Education, 2007 Edition. This issue will focus on the press for school accountability, both in the U.S. and abroad. Papers must contribute to our theoretical understanding of how governments attempt to alter social relations inside schools or classrooms, and may include new findings on resulting effects on local educators, children, or families, as well as benefits accruing to the state. Manuscripts must draw on original quantitative or qualitative data. Review articles or essays are not appropriate. Email a two-page sketch of your proposed paper by February 28, to Melissa Henne at Earlier editions can be viewed at

Review of Sociology of Education, 2007 Edition. The 2007 edition of Review of Sociology of Education (RSE) will include 10 high-quality articles that focus on (1) describing school accountability reforms in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world, including how they differ and sometimes depart from idealized policy models, (2) assessing empirically how local educators interpret and respond to accountability policies, (3) reporting on how students respond to accountability regimes, including differing kinds of child measures, and (4) examining how centralized accountability may affect social participation and the distribution of political power across stakeholders. RSE does not accept review papers or speculative essays. A prospectus, not exceeding two single-spaced pages, should be mailed by January 12, 2007, to Melissa Henne, PACE-Graduate School of Education, Tolman Hall 3653, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Special Issue of Signs: Gender and Spirituality. In this special issue we are seeking essays that rethink contemporary feminist theory and practice through analysis of various representations and formations of spirituality. The special issue editors seek manuscripts that provide new ways of theorizing and analyzing the relationship between women/gender and spirituality. They are interested in essays that move beyond conventional binary oppositions between the sacred and the secular by considering the ways in which women’s lives, identities, thought, cultural and intellectual practices, activism, and social movements have rested on complex understandings of the relationships among the spiritual, the material, the rational, the scientific, and the secular. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2007. Visit for submission guidelines.


April 3-5,2007. Social Policy Research and Evaluation (SPRE) Conference 2007, Wellington Convention Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. A New Zealand Government initiative led by the Ministry of Social Development the 2007 SPRE Conference will provide a forum for the diverse audience of policy practitioners, non-governmental organizations, researchers and evaluators, and the wider community to come together to discuss and debate the landscape of social policy in New Zealand in an open, engaging and innovative way. For more information and to register, visit

April 4-7, 2007. The Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association Joint Annual Meetings and Conference, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Social Policy, Social Ideology, and Social Change.” Contact: Lauren Tiffany, MSS Executive Director, (608)787-8551; email;

June 7-10, 2007. The 11th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Hilton Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Theme: “Community and Culture: Implications for Policy, Social Justice, and Practice.”

June 24-27, 2007. Annual International Symposium on Forecasting, Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York, NY. Theme: “Financial Forecasting in a Global Economy.”

June 26-29, 2007. Cheiron (International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences) will hold a joint international conference with the European Society for the History of Human Sciences, Cheiron Conference, University College, Dublin, Ireland. For more information, visit

August 9-10, 2007. On The Edge: Transgression and the Dangerous Other, an Interdisciplinary Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center. Contact: Transgression Conference, c/o Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 10th Street, New York, NY 10019; email

September 12-15, 2007. Engaging Islam, University of Massachusetts-Boston. For more details about the institute and guidelines for submissions, visit

October 19-20, 2007. Atlanta Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2007, Global Learning Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. Theme: “Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation in the Changing Global Economy.” Contact:


The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise offers five $15,000 Schusterman Israel Scholar Awards to students interested in pursuing academic careers in fields related to the study of Israel. These highly competitive awards will be available to undergraduates who have already been accepted to graduate programs, graduate students who have received master’s degrees in Middle East related fields who wish to pursue doctorates, and doctoral students who are writing dissertations related to Israel. Grants are renewable for up to five years based on the completion of certain milestones. Proposals from candidates in all disciplines with an Israel focus are welcome. The competition is open only to U.S. citizens. Complete applications including transcripts and references must be received by March 1, 2007. Eligibility requirements and application materials are available at

Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research 2007. The Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supports highly qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of America’s most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants of up to $335,000 are awarded to investigators from a variety of disciplines for innovative research projects that have national policy relevance. Application deadline: March 28, 2007. Contact: Lynn Rogut, (732) 932-3817; email;

Research Fellowship. The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research is a major collaborative research initiative involving a number of Scottish universities, and is supported by the Scottish Funding Councils and the Scottish Executive. Its six thematic research networks will provide an important stimulus to criminological and criminal justice research in Scotland. Applicants may come from a range of fields, but should be able to demonstrate that their interests, skills, and experience are appropriate to the objectives of the relevant network. As well as a strong background in research methods and practices, applicants should also have a good knowledge of the main developments in the area of criminal justice policy, practice, and research. Further details on the Centre and its networks can be found at For the fellowship announcement, visit

Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship. The online application is now available for this year’s Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by an endowment from TIAA–CREF, at which Professor Hamilton served as a trustee from 1989-2003, and will be administered by the TIAA-CREF Institute. The fellowship will be awarded to graduate students enrolled in a social science field relating to urban/black studies or the African Diaspora at an accredited public or private university. Apply online by visiting Click the “Apply for a new scholarship” link. Follow the onscreen instructions to apply for an applicant identification number (AIN). Once you have retrieved your AIN use TIAA as your access key.


Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award. The Sociology of Education special interest group at AERA invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award. The award is given once every two years to a sociologist or someone in a related field whose body of research has focused on the improvement of schools, school districts, or educational policy. The awardee should be a member of AERA during the year in which the award is given. He or she will be honored at the AERA Annual Meeting. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2007. For each nomination, send a letter identifying the person and the reasons the scholar is worthy of this award. Send nominating letters to Daniel A. McFarland at

In the News

Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute, had her fact sheet on Mexican workers cited on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Martha Beck, Harvard University, was interviewed by ABC News on weight loss on January 5.

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, has done a number of 30 minute interviews on syndicated radio shows such as Greg Allen’s The Right Balance, Richard Baker’s Perspectives, Pat Reuter’s Viewpoints, and Bruce Wadzeck’s Transitions. She has also done several 30 and 60 minute interviews on local radio stations including WFAN and WXRK in New York, WSMN in Nashua, NH, KVON in Napa California, KPTK in Seattle, WA, KAOS in Evergreen, WA, WBAA in Lafayette, IN, and KSFR in Santa Fe, NM. These interviews centered on her new book, Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst.

Judith A. Cook, University of Illinois- Chicago, was quoted in a December 27 Baltimore Sun article about her research on employment as a path to recovery for adults with mental illness.

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, Harvard University, is mentioned and pictured with her children in a December 26 New York Times article about racial attitudegenerated difficulties that black families encounter when trying to find nannies willing to care for their children.

John Dale, George Mason University, had his photo of students from his Social Movements and Political Protest class protesting for a class project named “Photo of the Week” in the Nation.

Paul DiPerna, The Blau Exchange Project, recently had an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner, which touched on collective action, networking, and online community themes, commenting on the new Intellipedia website used by the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was quoted extensively in the December 1 issue of CQ Researcher devoted to “The New Environmentalism.”

Donna Gaines was interviewed by the Associated Press on December 13 about Dreamgirls and the girl groups of the 1960s. She was interviewed on December 8 for No One’s Listening, an award-winning radio show/podcast produced at San Francisco State University, about the commodification of punk and the NY scene after CBGB. In its June 2006 issue, Current Biography published an extensive profile of Gaines. She also appears in Sam Dunn’s acclaimed documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, had his book The Gospel of Food reviewed in the December 31 Los Angeles Times.

Angela S. Jamison, University of California- Los Angeles, had her Journal of Politics article analyzing the impact of “soft news” on voting behavior featured on on November 2.

James M. Jasper recently discussed his new book, Getting Your Way, in a business show podcast The Invisible Hand.

Christopher Jencks, Harvard University, was quoted in a December 10 New York Times article about New York renewing a more humane flophouse.

Douglas Klayman, American University and President of Social Dynamics, LLC, had his research on a program that links the performing arts with early literacy highlighted in several media outlets nationwide, including the Kansas City Journal Infozine.

Cameron Macdonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was quoted in a December 26 New York Times article about African-American nannies working for African-American parents.

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, was a guest columnist and wrote an op-ed in the December 23 and 26 New York Times. The first discusses the need for a holiday for all and the second is about the inner self and prejudice. He also wrote an op-ed about the democratic belief in freedom that does not work in Iraq that appeared in the December 19 New York Times.

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on August 16 about applying his work on reducing risk behavior using peer social norms in a new project surveying middle school students about bullying. This work was also cited in the September 1 edition of Britain’s Times Educational Supplement. Perkins was also quoted in Canada’s Macleans news magazine on November 13 about his survey research on 15,000 students at 10 colleges and universities across Canada indicating that most students drink in moderation but overestimate drinking levels of their peers.

Krishnendu Ray, New York University, was quoted by the Associated Press on the rising trend of more and more people entering the culinary arts on January 3.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted on on November 2 regarding evidence that American military personnel were becoming disillusioned with the Iraq War, and in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 4 and the Houston Chronicle on November 5 regarding editorials in the Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force Times newspapers calling for the firing of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. He was quoted again on on November 9 on Rumsfeld’s resignation. He was also quoted on November 5 in the New York Times on marginal declines in military personnel quality, on November 10 in the Christian Science Monitor on the increase of women among military veterans, and on November 11 in the Gilroy Dispatch on increasing numbers of women on active duty. On November 13, he was quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune on an increase in atrocities committed by American military personnel. On November 21 he was quoted in the Lowell Sun on opposition to the reinstatement of a military draft. On November 29, his participation and that of the American Sociological Association in an amicus curiae in support of gay and lesbian service personnel was noted in the UK Gay News. Segal was interviewed on December 15 on Bloomberg Radio concerning military manpower policy. He was quoted on December 21 in the International Herald Tribune, on December 22 in the Wilmington Morning Star, and on December 23 in the Winston-Salem Journal on the relatively small percentage of Americans (2-3 percent) who knew someone who had been killed in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was quoted on on December 22 on increasing the size of the U.S. military and on December 23 in the Baltimore Sun and on December 24 in the Chicago Tribune on the National Guard paying off-duty personnel a bounty for bringing in new recruits. He was quoted in the USA Today on August 1 regarding mothers and grandmothers who are joining the army. Segal was quoted on December 30 in the USA Today and the Seattle Times on a survey of military personnel.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, and John Butler, University of Texas, were quoted in a Reuters article, which appeared in the Washington Post, on the camaraderie experienced by African- American soldiers serving in racially integrated military units.

John Skrentny, University of California- San Diego, was quoted in the January 23 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle on the politics of gay rights and in the July 23, 2006, edition of the Knight Ridder Tribune Business News on the origins of affirmative action categories. Also, a column in the November 12 Los Angeles Times on Latino politics quoted his book, The Minority Rights Revolution. His essay, “The Dying Debate over Racial Justice,” was published in the November 17, 2006, issue of The Forward.

D. Randall Smith, Rutgers University, was quoted in a December 8 New York Times article on the Knicks’ home game performance.

Roberta Spalter-Roth and William Erskine, both of the America Sociological Association, had their research on retirement trends among the social sciences discussed in the article, “Where the Social Science Jobs Are,” on

Rodney Stark, Baylor University, was quoted in the cover story of the December 18 Newsweek on Americans’ religious beliefs.

Duncan Watts, Columbia University, Mark Granovetter, Stanford University, Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, and James Moody, Duke University, were quoted in a November 10 Science magazine about network analysis of the Internet.

Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, was a guest on the Public Broadcasting Service’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on January 8, 2007, discussing the resignation of a Polish clergyman who reportedly worked with Poland’s communist secret police.


Michael Messner, University of Southern California, received the 2006 Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, Research, and Service from the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.


Cynthia D. Anderson, Ohio University, is the new Sociologists for Women in Society Vice President.

Erin K. Anderson, Washington College, is a new member of the Sociologists for Women in Society Career Development Committee.

David Baker presented “Recommendations and Future Scenarios for the Super Research University” at the International Fulbright New Century Scholars Symposium on Global Higher Education, to the United Nations Education, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 24. He also presented on “National Curricula and National Achievement in Mathematics and Science” at the 2nd Annual IEA Research Conference, the Brookings Institute on November 10. On December 8, Baker presented “The Super Research University and the Schooled Society: Synergy, Paradoxes, and Future Scenarios.” Keynote presentation at the Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Denise A. Copelton, SUNY-Brockport, Shannon Davis, George Mason University, are new appointees to the Sociologists for Women in Society Membership Committee.

Diane D. Everett, Stetson University, and Kecia Johnson are new members of the Sociologists for Women in Society Nominations Committee.

Margaret L. Hunter, Loyola Marymount University, and Kerry Ann Rockquemore, University of Illinois-Chicago, are new members of the Sociologists for Women in Society Publications Committee.

Minjeong Kim, University at Albany- SUNY, is the new Sociologists for Women in Society Student Representative.

Kenneth Land, Duke University, has been named Editor of the Population Association of America’s publication, Demography, from 2008-2011.

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, was elected as an AAAS Fellow in October.

Constance Nathanson, Columbia University, was elected as an AAAS Fellow in October.

Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was recently invited to keynote two conferences in Great Britain focusing on reducing risk behavior among youth. In London he gave the keynote address, “Using Normative Approaches to Promote Health and Well-being,” for a conference on youth sponsored by the National Children’s Bureau on December 6. In Sheffield, he gave this keynote address at the Personal, Social and Health Education Conference sponsored by the Centre for HIV & Sexual Health on December 7.

Jammie Price, Appalachian State University, is the new member of the Sociologists for Women Awards Committee.

Tamara Smith is the new Sociologists for Women in Society Chair of the Career Development Committee

Joey Sprague, University of Kansas, is the new Sociologists for Women in Society President-Elect.

Marybeth Stalp, University of Northern Iowa, is the new Sociologists for Women in Society Chair of the Social Action Committee.

Zoltan Tarr, New York City, conducted a seminar, “Sociologists in Exile (L’esilio americano di Adorno, Horkheimer e Cahnman,)” at the Universita degli Studi di Firenze on October 5, 2006.

Howard Waitzkin, University of New Mexico, was recently named Distinguished Professor, the highest ranking faculty position at the University of New Mexico.

Members' New Books

Paul R. Amato, Alan Booth, David R. Johnson, and Stacy J. Rogers, Pennsylvania State University, Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Bernadette Barton, Morehead State University, Stripped Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers (New York University Press, 2006).

Berch Berberoglu, University of Nevada- Reno, The State and Revolution in the Twentieth Century: Major Social Transformations of Our Time (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Rogers Brubaker, University of California- Los Angeles, Margit Feischmidt, Jon Fox, and Liana Grancea, Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town (Princeton University Press, 2006).

Toni M. Calasanti, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Kathleen F. Slevin, College of William and Mary, Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking (Routledge, 2006).

Laura Fingerson, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Girls in Power: Gender, Body, and Menstruation in Adolescence (SUNY Press, 2006).

Albert N. Greco, Clara E. Rodríguez, Fordham University, and Robert M. Wharton, The Culture and Commerce of Publishing in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Karen D. Hughes, University of Alberta, Female Enterprise in the New Economy (University of Toronto Press, 2005).

Hermann Kurthen, Antonio V. Menéndez- Alarcón, Butler University, and Stefan Immerfall (Eds.). Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences (Lexington Books, 2006).

Michel S. Laguerre, University of California- Berkeley, Diaspora, Politics and Globalization (New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2006).

Bart Landry, University of Maryland, Race, Gender, and Class: Theory and Methods of Analysis (Prentice Hall, 2007).

Dennis Loo, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, and Peter Philllips, Sonoma State University, Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (Seven Stories Press, 2006).

Judith Lorber, CUNY-Graduate School, Mary Evans, University of South Florida, Kathy Davis, Handbook of Gender Studies and Women Studies (Sage, 2006).

Celine-Marie Pascale, American University, Making Sense of Race, Class, and Gender: Commonsense, Power, and Privilege in the United States (Routledge, 2006).

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, both of Purdue University (Eds.). The Transformation of Work in the New Economy (Roxbury Publishing Company, 2007).

Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University, (Ed.). Politics and Globalization, Research in Political Sociology, Vol.15 (Elsevier/JAI Press, 2007).

Emily Rosenbaum, Fordham University, and Samantha Friedman, Northeastern University, The Housing Divide: How Generations of Immigrants Fare in New York’s Housing Market (New York University Press, 2007).

Louise Marie Roth, University of Arizona, Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street (Princeton, 2006).

Jennifer Rothchild, University of Minnesota, Gender Trouble Makers: Education and Empowerment in Nepal (Routledge, 2006).

Karen Seccombe, Portland State University, Families in Poverty (Allyn & Bacon 2007).

Wendy Simonds, Georgia State University, Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York, and Mari Meltzer Norman, Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States (Routledge, 2006).

Kathy Shepherd Stolley, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Vern L. Bullough (Eds.). The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, 2 Vols. (Praeger, 2006).

Mangala Subramaniam, Purdue University, The Power of Women’s Organizing: Gender, Caste, and Class in India (Lexington Books, 2006).

Diane L. Wolf, University of California- Davis, Beyond Anne Frank: Hidden Children and Postwar Families in Holland (University of California Press, 2007).

New Publications

The Women Founders: Sociology and Social Theory 1830-1930 is available again and has a new home at Waveland Press (Long Grove, IL 60047; (847) 634-0081) and a new ISBN 1577665090. It is available now for class adoption. The move to Waveland is also a hallmark in the history of the incorporation of women into the Classical Theory canon as The Women Founderswill have as a companion volume Lewis Coser’s classic history Masters of Sociological Thought. We would also like to thank all the Sociologists for Women in Society members who have supported the book over the years.

New Programs

Career Development Program in Population Based Cancer Prevention and Control Research. The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research of the School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is accepting applications for a post-doctoral training program in population-based multi-disciplinary cancer prevention and control research. The program is funded by the National Cancer Institute, and features: tailored coursework including the option of completing a MPH or MSPH degree; research in collaboration with nationally-recognized senior faculty mentors; independent translational research leading to scientific publications and grant applications. Traineeships can be for one to three years. Compensation is $55,000 annually, plus benefits. Additional funds provided for tuition, travel, and research expenses. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree and be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. For application materials visit, Send completed applications, or requests for additional information, to: Barbara Berman, UCLA DCPCR, 650 Charles Young Drive South, A2-125 CHS, Box 956900, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900; (310) 794-9283; fax (310) 206- 3566; email

A New PhD in Gender Studies will begin Fall 2007 at Arizona State University. The Gender Studies curriculum is designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary training in theory and methods needed to create original research and scholarship about gender. At the core of the program are four required courses: Critical Concepts of Gender; Mapping the Intersections of Gender; Engendering Methodology; and Research Design and Development. Students also take two research methods courses relevant to their dissertation plus additional courses in one of our three areas of specialization: (1) health, science, and technology; (2) justice, social change, and sustainability; or (3) visual and narrative culture. Expected application deadline for fall 2007 admission: February 15, 2007. Application details can be found at Program pending final approval by the Arizona Board of Regents

Summer Programs

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institutes of Health Summer Institute in Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development. The Child Development and Behavior Branch and the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the NICHD are organizing this Institute with financial support and guidance from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the Society for Research in Child Development. June 24-29, 2007, Bolger Center, Potomac, MD. Application packet and Institute information are available at Direct all inquiries to: Application deadline: February 15, 2007.


Kurt B. Mayer, University of Bern, passed away on September 13, 2006, in Lugano, Switzerland from the effects of Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

Helen Ralston, Saint Mary’s University, passed away on December 25, 2006, following a brief illness.


Donald D. Bouma

Donald D Bouma, 88, died August 8, 2006, in Sun City, AZ. Born February 9, 1918, in Grand Rapids, MI, he spent most of his life as an academic, public intellectual, and promoter of civil rights in Western Michigan; retiring to the Phoenix area in 1984. From 1944-46, he was in the U.S. Navy; serving on a mine-sweeper in the Pacific.

He received a BA from Calvin College, an MA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in sociology and anthropology from Michigan State University.

Following a stint as a high school teacher in Wyoming, MI, Bouma began a long academic career when appointed head of the sociology department at Calvin College in 1946. In 1960, he became Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University, retiring as emeritus professor in 1984. During that time he also served for 25 years as an adjunct professor of criminology at University of Michigan, and as visiting professor at Michigan State University. In the 1940s and 1950s he was active in community organizations working for social justice, social welfare, and improved social services. His students took up these causes as they populated social service agencies and schools.

Bouma is the author of Dynamics of School Integration (1958), and Kids and Cops: a Problem of Mutual Hostility (1969). He also authored more than 50 monographs and articles in professional journals. From 1974-84, he was an associate editor of the USA Today magazine, and for more than 20 years was a writer for the Grand Rapids Press. He was a lecturer on social issues to both lay and professional groups throughout the country.

In 1963, Bouma’s Expert Witness testimony at his Federal District Court in an obscenity case would result in a major change nationally in the way Federal Grand Jury panels were selected in order to reflect ‘community values’ rather than those of the elites.

Bouma was active at the local, state, and national levels. By Governor’s Appointment he was on the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and chair of the Michigan Fulbright Scholar Selection Committee. He was head of the Kent County, Michigan Council of Social Agencies Board and President of the Calvin College National Alumni Assn. Board. He also was an of- ficer of both the Kent Urban League Board and Bethany Christian Services Board.

In 1965, Bouma was honoured with the “Academy Award,” the highest award given annually for teaching and research, by the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. In 1970, he was given the “Teaching Excellence Award” by Western Michigan University. He was listed in Who’s Who in America, the International Biographical Index, American Men of Science and Community Leaders of America. He was a member of the American Sociological Association, American Criminology Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and President of the Michigan Sociology Society.

He is survived by three children: Prof. Rev. Gary (Rev. Patricia) Bouma, Melbourne, Australia; Margene (Phil) Burnett, Eaton Rapids, MI; Jack Bouma, Tetonia, ID; and six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Gary D Bouma, Monash University, Australia

Helen Ralston

Sister Helen Ralston, RSCJ, Emerita of Sociology at Saint Mary’s University and one of the grandes dames of Canadian Sociology, passed away on December 25, 2006, following a brief illness. She was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 1929. She maintained her family ties and Australian contacts until the end of her life, traveling to Australia at least once a year and spending there a good part of every year, since her retirement especially. Always active in research, she was usually a visiting fellow at various Australian universities, lecturing and attending conferences.

Helen was educated in convent schools. She received a diploma in Social Studies from the University of Sydney (1952), a certificate in Medical Social Work (1953), and worked at the Royal Newcastle Hospital. In 1956 she migrated to Canada, where she worked at the Montreal General Hospital. Sister Ralston launched her teaching career in 1959 at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Montreal. In 1962 she relocated to Halifax where she taught at the Convent of the Sacred Heart until 1965, when she returned to the United States to receive a BA in Sociology (Boston College), and in 1969 she received her MA (Boston College). In 1968, she joined the Faculty of Arts at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She obtained a Canada Council doctoral fellowship and went to Carleton, where she graduated in 1973 as their first PhD in Sociology. She returned to Saint Mary’s University as an Assistant Professor, became a full professor in 1989, and retired in 1994 and was designated Professor Emerita.

Her work focused on various issues concerning migrant women, with religion, identity, and empowerment as key themes. Her published comparative research focused on immigration and multicultural policies; interconnected gender, race, ethnicity, class and religion in identity construction, experience and empowerment amongst first and second- generation South Asian immigrant women. She produced numerous published articles, reports, policy papers, and conference presentations and two well-received monographs: Christian Ashrams: A New Religious Movement in Contemporary India (1988), and The Lived Experience of South Asian Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada: The Interconnections of Race, Class and Gender (1997). This is an excellent record for someone who started her academic career as a mature adult. What is most remarkable about Helen was the unabated zeal and energy with which she continued to be involved in research and with the international academic community beyond her retirement.

Besides religion, Helen Ralston identi- fied both in her work and life with feminism, a challenging though not impossible combination. She had no difficulty telling the story of the tough fight she had to go through with when she came up for tenure. It was unclear whether this was because she was a woman or a nun. In a sociological universe where practitioners’ range of religious identities mostly spans from atheists to agnostics to “religiously amusical,” a religious feminist sociologist might have been seen as a contradiction in terms. Helen felt supported by her feminist friends and inspired by the women’s movement.

At Saint Mary’s University, she taught in the Department of Sociology and in the Asian Studies, Atlantic Canada Studies, and International Development Studies Programs. She also served as a faculty member of the Interuniversity Graduate Program in Women’s Studies. Having been involved in the Canadian Metropolis project from its inception, she became highly active in the establishment of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Diversity/ Gender and Immigrant Women Domain. Helen taught, mentored, and inspired generations of students who will most certainly miss her.

All too humanly, despite her rationalanalytical thinking and empiricism, Helen embodied a bundle of contradictions that often exasperated those in immediate contact with her and challenged the faith of those who noticed this highly unconventional nun in action. She was a perfectionist in an imperfect world—which she knew about in a cognitive way—yet she was fighting to fix, possibly on principle things and people who stood in her way were swept over. Classically educated, with an old-world professorial style, Helen was an aristocrat concerned for the downtrodden, human rights, and women’s equality. Her lack of patience for incompetence and rights violation was feared and, sometimes, under deadline pressure, her manners left something to be desired. Ultimately however, she was forgiving and had a heart of pure gold which is the characteristic of true nobility.

Helen was convinced that God has a Plan and a time for everyone to go and that there is nothing one can do to speed this up or postpone it. Thus, you do your best and enjoy every moment for as long as it lasts. This was ultimately Helen’s legacy, another yet challenging, ambivalent and dialectical combination of spirituality and idealism infused with rationalism and Epicurean hedonism. I repeated one last time the story of Helen’s miraculous ability to survive at the ISA conference, this last summer, in Durban, South Africa, when we were all waiting for her and she failed to arrive. I wanted to reassure myself one more time: Helen would pull through. She almost did. This is why, her death, in the end, did not feel like a defeat in a battle but more like stealth (or a plan?).

Evie Tastsoglou, St. Mary’s University