February 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 2

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Sociological Focus solicits papers for a special issue titled Globalization of Crime with a Focus on East Asia. Topics may include, but not limited to, testing of criminological theories with comparative data, crime control in East Asian cultures, human and drug trafficking, and various forms of emerging crimes, such as internet crime in East Asia. Contact: Liqun Cao, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; liqun.cao@emich.edu or Shanyang Zhao, Department of Sociology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122; bzhao001@temple.edu.

Social Forces seeks papers for a special section on the sociology of natural disasters, Disaster as a Sociological Event: Modern Destruction and Future Instruction. Original papers are invited that address the way in which disasters disturb the natural environment and tear at the social fabric. Papers that make a theoretical contribution in this area will be welcomed, as will empirical papers based on sound methodological approach. The deadline is June 13, 2008. Manuscripts should be limited to 5,000-9,000 words including references and endnotes and should be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to Social_Forces@unc.edu. Tables and figures must be editable in Microsoft Word or Excel. Contact: David L. Brunsma at brunsmad@missouri.edu.


Association for Humanists Sociology (AHS) 2008 Annual Meeting, John Hancock Center, Boston, MA, November 6-9, 2008. Theme: “What is to be Done? Public Sociology in Theory and Practice.” This meeting is an opportunity to examine the past, evaluate the present, and begin to shape the future of a public sociology that matters. Paper submissions should address some aspect of public sociology and its relationship to teaching, activism, policy or community-based research, or other aspects of sociology as they relate to incorporating humanist goals with sociological work. Send papers, abstracts, posters, or session/workshop ideas by June 15, 2008, to Daniel Egan at Daniel_Egan@uml.edu or Corey Dolgon at cdolgon@worcester.edu.

CRESC Annual Conference, September 3-5, 2008, St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Theme: “Culture and Citizenship.” This conference seeks to explore the interrelationships between citizenship and culture and their contemporary social, cultural, and political significance in a number of different contexts. Submit either a 300-word abstract for individual papers, or proposals for panels including three papers by the end of February 2008. Proposal Forms are available online and should be sent to: CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL; +44(0)161 275 8985; fax +44(0)161 275 8985; cresc@manchester.ac.uk; www.cresc.ac.uk/events/conference2008.

European Sociological Association RN29 International Conference Social Theory Research Network, September 11-13, 2008, Innsbruck, Austria. Theme: “Social Theory and the Sociological Discipline(s).” Papers are invited that analyze how social theory operates in one of the sociological sub-disciplines or in sociology in general. Submit an abstract (250 words) by May 15, 2008, to: Frank Welz, Innsbruck University, frank.welz@ uibk.ac.at. For more information, visit www.welz.eu/esa.

5th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, May 2, 2008, Stony Brook University-Manhattan. Abstracts for presentations are welcome from graduate students using ethnographic methods, including field research and in-depth interviews. Papers of all topics are welcome, although preference will be given to ethnographic research that relates to public sociology. Email your project description, the title of your presentation, your university affiliation, and your contact information to SBEthnographyConference2008@gmail.com. Deadline: March 1, 2008. Specify in your email what stage you expect your research to reach by the time of the conference. Note whether there is any special equipment that you will need for your presentation.

Psychology and Social Justice (PASJ) Conference 2008, Saturday, April 19, 2008, New School for Social Research, New York, NY. PASJ is an annual national research-oriented gathering of faculty and graduate students whose work focuses on social justice. Submissions are invited addressing a wide range of issues in social justice research. To submit a proposal, fill out the submission form in the submission section at homepage.newschool.edu/~castanoe/pasj and email it to pasj2008@gmail.com. The conference is organized by Social and Political Psychology students and faculty at the New School for Social Research. Contact: pasj2008@gmail.com. For more information, visit homepage.newschool.edu/~castanoe/pasj. Submission

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Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation’s Human and Social Dynamics for her project, “An Agent-Based Approach to Population-Environment Relationships in a Marginal Environment.”

Erik Love and Jennifer Rogers, both of the University of California-Santa Barbara, are recipients of the 2007 Richard “Dick” Flacks Democracy Fund Award. Love’s project title is “Countering Islamophobia: Organizing for Civil Rights among Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Americans.” Rogers’ project title is “On the Trail of Mexican Maiz: Tracking a Vanishing Seed through a Maze of Globalization and the Struggle from Below.”

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March 27-30, 2008. The Midwest Sociological Society Conference, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Theme: “Making Sociology More Public,” Contact: Lauren Tiffany at (608) 787-8551; MidwestSS@centurytel.net. For more information, visit www.TheMSS.org.

March 28-30, 2008. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2008, University of Warwick. Theme: “Social Worlds, Natural Worlds.” The theme of this conference invites engagement with contemporary debates about the relationship between the natural and the social and the ways in which the natureculture distinction is being challenged by developments within social theory and empirical research. Contact: BSAConference@britsoc.org.uk; www.britsoc. co.uk/events/Conference.

April 3-5, 2008. National Association for Ethnic Studies 36th Annual National Conference, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA. Theme: “Politics of Ethnicity.” Contact: Ashton W. Welch; (402) 280-2657; fax (402) 280-1454; awelch@creighton.edu; www.ethnicstudies.org.

April 4–6, 2008. Times of Trouble: Violence in Eurasia, from Past to Present Dissertation Development Workshop, New York, NY. Contact: Eurasia Fellowship Program, 810 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; info@ssrc.org; www.ssrc.org.

April 7-8, 2008. The 2nd National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference of Fiscal Year 2008, Providence, RI. Contact: (703) 465-5736; nsf_regional@nsf.gov; www.seeuthere.com/event/m2c757-147023511192.

April 19, 2008. Psychology and Social Justice (PASJ) Conference 2008, New School for Social Research, New York, NY. PASJ is an annual national research-oriented gathering of faculty and graduate students whose work focuses on social justice. Contact: pasj2008@gmail.com. For more information, visit homepage.newschool.edu/~castanoe/pasj.

May 2, 2008. 5th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, Stony Brook University-Manhattan. Contact: SBEthnographyConference2008@ gmail.com.

July 7-11, 2008. 23rd International Workshop on Statistical Modeling, Utrecht University. For more information, visit www.fss.uu.nl/iwsm2008.

July 15-19, 2008. International Peace Research Association, Leuven, Belgium. With significant changes in the human climate, our planet has a better chance for sustainable development. Scholars, decision-makers, and practitioners must bring intellectual, volitional, and emotional functions into play together. Peace researchers have a vital role in the process of constructively transforming the conflicts in the world today. For more information, visit www.IPRA2008.org.

August 21-24, 2008. Interim Conference of the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Research Committee on the History of Sociology (RCHS). Theme: “Perspectives from the Periphery: An International Conference on the History of Sociology and the Social Sciences.” an ISA RCHS Interim Conference, Umeĺ University, Sweden. Contact: Kaarina Streijffert, Conference Secretary, at kaarina.streijffert@umea-congress.se. For more information, visit www.periphery2008.se.

September 3-5, 2008. CRESC Annual Conference, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Theme: “Culture and Citizenship.” Contact: CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL; +44(0)161 275 8985; fax +44(0)161 275 8985; cresc@manchester.ac.uk; www.cresc.ac.uk/events/conference2008.

September 11-13, 2008. European Sociological Association RN29 International Conference Social Theory Research Network, Innsbruck, Austria. Theme: “Social Theory and the Sociological Discipline(s).” Contact: Frank Welz, Innsbruck University, frank.welz@uibk.ac.at.For more information, visit www.welz.eu/esa.

November 6-9, 2008. Association for Humanists Sociology (AHS) 2008 Annual Meeting, John Hancock Center, Boston, MA. Theme: “What is to be Done? Public Sociology in Theory and Practice.” This meeting is an opportunity to examine the past, evaluate the present, and begin to shape the future of a public sociology that matters. Contact: Daniel Egan at Daniel_Egan@uml.edu or Corey Dolgon at cdolgon@worcester.edu.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently launched Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million fast-track grants initiative to support innovative global health research. The goal of the initiative is to spur the kind of unconventional scientific thinking that is critical to solving serious global health problems. We want to encourage researchers around the world to take risks on creative, unorthodox approaches that could ultimately lead to breakthroughs in health. The initiative will support hundreds of earlystage research projects pursuing creative concepts for new global health solutions, including vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other technologies for health problems disproportionately affecting poor countries. Projects will initially be funded at $100,000 each, with the opportunity for additional funding in the future for projects that show promise. For more information, visit www.gcgh.org.

EAI Fellows Program. The East Asia Institute (EAI) based in Seoul, Korea, invites applications to its Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. The Fellows Program targets United States-based East Asianists with cutting-edge expertise in political science, international relations, and sociology for an international exchange program with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research with a comparative perspective in the study of East Asia. Fellows choose the subjects of their articles, seminars, and lectures within the broadly defined themes of peace, governance, and development in East Asia in order to make the visitation an integral part of their on-going research. Fellows are free to decide how they will divide their time among two or more member institutions, giving a seminar and a lecture apiece at each of the sites chosen. The EAI plans to select five Fellows in 2008. The program provides a total of $10,000 for each of the Fellows for a three-week visit or more. Application Deadline: May 31, 2008. Contact: Ha-jeong Kim, +82-2-2277-1683; fellowships@eai.or.kr, www.eai.or.kr/eng/program/fellows.html.

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. The Institute offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. Trainee stipends range from $35,568 to $51,036 per year depending on years since completion of the doctorate. Specialized fields of interest include Mental Health and Aging; Psychosocial Influences on Mental Health; Conceptual Foundations of Mental Health and Mental Health Practice; Psychiatric Disorder and Help Seeking Processes; Cultural and Ethnic Variations in Mental Health and Mental Health Services; and Interorganizational Perspectives in Mental Health Services. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by June 30, 2008, and should send a CV, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference. Only citizens, non-citizens nationals, or persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence are eligible for these positions. Contact: Deborah Carr, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 30 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1293; carrds@rci.rutgers.edu; www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu.

Markets and Social Systems in Europe Graduate Program. The Graduate Program of the University of Bamberg and the German Research Foundation (DFG) want to encourage outstanding students to pursue up to three years of doctoral research at the University. The goal of the Graduate Program is the interdisciplinary analysis of the development and changes of markets and social systems in the context of global competition, European regulation, and national traditions. The program welcomes research proposals originating from the fields of sociology, political science, social policy (economics), finance, and international management. During the first round, the University of Bamberg with the German Research Foundation (DFG) offers 10 grants for doctoral students to outstanding graduates of sociology, political science, business administration and economics with a strong research interest in European and global developments and their impact on national societies. The doctoral grants are initially awarded for two years with the option for extension to another year. The Graduate Program starts October 1, 2008. Contact: Richard Muench, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, Feldkirchenstr. 21, D-96045 Bamberg; richard.muench@sowi.unibamberg.de. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2008. For more information, visit www.uni-bamberg.de/sowi/mse.

National Institutes of Health Interaction of HIV, Drug Use, and the Criminal Justice System (R01). This initiative solicits R01 applications that link drug abuse, HIV/AIDS prevention and/or treatment, and the criminal justice system. Applications responsive to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) should conduct intervention research or propose descriptive research that can clearly lead to effective new interventions. This initiative has $3 million set aside to fund approximately four to six meritorious applications. Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution/ organization to develop an application for support. Applicants may submit more than one application provided each application is scientifically distinct. Applications submitted in response to this FOA for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Deadline: February 27, 2008. For more information, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-08-007.html.

National Science Foundation Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) FY 2008. Proposal deadline: March 18, 2008. The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to foster the development of the knowledge, theories, data, tools, and human capital needed to cultivate a new Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP). SciSIP’s goals are to understand the contexts, structures and processes of science and engineering research, to evaluate reliably the tangible and intangible returns from investments in research and development (R&D), and to predict the likely returns from future R&D investments within tolerable margins of error and with attention to the full spectrum of potential consequences. Specifically, the research, data collection and community development components of SciSIP’s activities will: (1) develop usable knowledge and theories of creative processes and their transformation into social and economic outcomes; (2) develop, improve, and expand models and analytical tools that can be applied in the science policy decision making process; (3) improve and expand science metrics, datasets, and analytical tools; and (4) develop a community of experts across academic institutions and disciplines focused on SciSIP. The FY 2008 competition includes three emphasis areas: Analytical Tools, Model Building, and Data Development and Augmentation. The emergent body of research will develop and utilize techniques for retrospective and prospective analyses. Contact: Kaye Husbands Fealing, Science Advisor, Science of Science and Innovation Policy, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, 907 N; (703) 292-7267; khusband@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08520/nsf08520.htm.

The Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/ Foundation German-American Academic Relations) will fund research groups who propose to explore topics of particular interest for the transatlantic relationship, focusing on international or domestic and comparative issues and/or opening up new methodological approaches. Any topic that is of relevance to transatlantic relations will be welcome. Study groups can be funded over a period of 1-2 years, funding requests should not exceed €20.000 ($28,000). Funding may be renewed depending on the evaluation of the project report. Proposers are encouraged to seek additional funds or stipends from other sources. Support from other foundations or stipends should be speci- fied in the proposal. Proposers should be scholars from Germany, North America, or another European country, holding a PhD and working at a university or a research institution. Deadline: March 31, 2008. Contact: SDAW, +49 (0) 2 01 84 01-193 / -150; fax +49 (0) 2 01 84 01-255; sdaw@stifterverband.de; www.stifterverband.de.

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Professional Development Conference for Undergraduate Seniors Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences. September 26-28, 2008, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. The School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University will host the second annual Professional Development Conference. This conference is designed to bring together undergraduates to learn about the changes and facets of research-oriented graduate training in family and child sciences. Undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctoral graduate education in a discipline related to family and child sciences will be brought together for a weekend of discussions about preparation for graduate school, where the field is going, opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education, and general discussions with faculty and graduate students in the field. This competitive conference will allow students to learn more about the profession, develop networks of faculty and students from across the country, and help prepare themselves for graduate school and beyond. Students who are selected to attend will be provided with funding to pay for all travel-related expenses. Students will attend interactive discussion sessions over the course of the 2 days of the conference. Applications are to be completed online at www.asu.edu/clas/ssfd/conf/register.html by March 1, 2008. For more information, see www.asu.edu/ssfd/conf. Contact: study@familychildsciences.net.

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In the News

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, was quoted by the Associated Press on January 9, 2008, in an article on the criticism of Dr. Phil received for his involvement with Britney Spears’ “meltdown.” She also appeared on CNN Headline News on the program Showbiz Tonight on the topic of how young celebrities are reflecting a general trend of extended adolescence in America.

Nancy T. Ammerman, Boston University, was quoted in an Associated Press article on January 10, 2008, on a controversial Kentucky Southern Baptist seminary president who has advocated a Christian “exit strategy” from public schools and is in the running for Southern Baptist Convention president. The article was run in the January 9 Houston Chronicle.

Michael Bell, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was quoted in a December 31 Washington Post article on women playing a greater role in farming in America.

William Bielby, University of Illinois-Chicago, was listed as one of the 25 most powerful people in business by Fortunemagazine for his role as a key plaintiffs expert in dozens of employment-discrimination class-action suits.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was discussed in an article on “International Intelligence Sharing for Global Security,” in Turkish Weekly, December 23, 2007.

Silvia Dominguez, Northeastern University, was interviewed live by Radio Caracol on the attempts to criminalize youth wearing sagging pants and the secondary effects this would have on youth and their families. The interview was in Spanish and Radio Caracol is heard in Mexico, Panama, Colombia, and Chile, as well as, Los Angeles and Miami.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, coauthored an article “The Conservative Origins of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis” for American Prospect magazine on December 18, 2007. Neal Peirce devoted his January 3, 2008, Washington Post column to Dreier’s analysis, quoting extensively from both the article and from an interview with Dreier. His column, “Bush’s Class Warfare,” appeared in the Huffington Post on December 21. He was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on December 19 about the LA County Federation of Labor’s endorsement of Mark Ridley-Thomas for County Supervisor, and in the Fort Worth Star Telegram on November 25 about the housing problems of the working poor. He published an article in the American Prospect on December 18, 2007, about the foreclosure wave and criticized President Bush’s plan to help homeowners as not comprehensive enough and in the Huffington Poston December 7 about a National Public Radio (NPR) debate among Democratic candidates in which NPR reporters framed the issue of U.S. trade with China in terms of low wages for Chinese workers benefits U.S. consumers. He wrote an op-ed column in the Pasadena Weekly on December 6, 2007, about the growing grassroots movement to support public schools in Pasadena, an op-ed in the Pasadena Star-News on November 28 about the potential bus drivers’ strike in Pasadena, and he wrote op-eds in both the LA Daily News on November 26 and the LA Business Journal on November 12 about the efforts of community and labor groups in LA to get TESCO, the British supermarket giant, to make clear commitments about its environmental, health and workplace practices. He wrote an article in the Fall issue of Shelterforcemagazine outlining a new federal policy agenda for housing the working poor by adding a housing component to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, was quoted and had his research data collected from U.S. soldiers in the summer of 2004 in Baghdad cited in a December 20, 2007, front-page article in USAToday. The article featured what, how, and how often soldiers and loved ones communicate between Iraq and the homefront.

Nancy Foner, Hunter College, was quoted by the Associated Press and interviewed on Public Radio International’s The World on December 18 on the trial of a Long Island couple accused of enslaving their Indonesian domestic workers.

Donna Gaines wrote a letter to the editor regarding an article on research about online networking that was published in the December 24 New York Times.

Barry Glassner, was quoted and had his book, The Gospel of Food, cited on NPR’s Morning Edition in a segment on the disparity between foods available to wealthy and poor Americans.

Adia Harvey, was interviewed by the Atlanta, GA, NBC affiliate about the sociological implications of the Atlanta Public Schools’ decision to ban baggy pants on December 10.

Jerome Karabel, University of California- Berkeley, was cited in a December 30 New York Times article about Harvard’s move to attract students of middle- and uppermiddle- class parents with scholarships.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY-Graduate Center, was quoted in the German Newspaper Die Welt on December 16 2007, and was interviewed on RTL German Television on December 18, 2007, on the increasing number of European tourists in New York City. He was also a quest on the WABC New York talk show El Tiempo discussing language and assimilation among Latinos on December 16, 2007.

Jason Kaufman and Nicholas Christakis, both of Harvard University, were quoted in a December 17 New York Times article for their ongoing research about online social networking of college students. Vincent Roscigno, as editor of the American Sociological Review, and Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University, were also quoted in the article.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani was featured in an article by the West Orange Chronicle on December 6, 2007, which was about the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation’s hearings that reflected on the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report. He was interviewed on WIMA Radio on December 10, 2007, concerning a speech he gave in Plainfield, NJ, on “Educational Broken Promises for African Americans” and was interviewed on Healing Gardens internet radio on December 5, 2007, about wealth building.

Jack Nusan Porter, The Spencer Institute, was quoted on October 19 in the New York Times regarding the Anti-Defamation League and the Armenian genocide. He was quoted in The Armenian Weekly on September 1, 2007, and in The California Courier on August 16, 2007, on the con- flict within the Jewish community over the Armenian genocide issue. His letter to the editor regarding the Armenians was published in the Newton (MA) TAB newspaper on October 17, 2007, in the Forward on October 20, 2007, and in the Jewish Advocate on September 14, 2007.

Craig Reinarman, University of California- Santa Cruz, had an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Sunday, October 14, 2007, titled “Five Myths About that Demon Crack,” on the Supreme Court case concerning the crack cocaine/powder cocaine sentencing disparity. He was quoted in a December 25 Washington Post article on that topic.

Ronald Rindfuss, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a December 21 Washington Post article on the rising fertility rates in the United States.

Tom Rudel, Rutgers University, was interviewed about his research on the human drivers of tropical deforestation for Mongabay.com, a website devoted to tropical rainforest conservation.

Abigail C. Saguy, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on November 7, 2007, and the New York Times on November 11, 2007, discussing how negative cultural attitudes about fatness predispose scientists and the lay public to think that thinner is automatically healthier, despite scientific evidence undermining this simplistic assumption.

Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, was quoted in a December 8 New York Times article about his research on adolescence and religion. Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, was quoted in the same article on the same topic.

Deborah Smith, University of Missouri, was quoted in a December 23 New York Times article about people opting out of traveling to see family for the holidays.

Stephen Steinberg, Queens College and Graduate Center-CUNY, was the subject of an article, “A Sociologist Offers a Harsh Assessment of How His Discipline Treats Race Relations” by David Glenn in The Chronicle of Higher Education, on November 16, 2007.

Ann R. Tickamyer, Ohio State University, was quoted by the Associated Press on January 10, 2008, in an article on how some local officials in Appalachian, OH, are skeptical of a recently released U.S. Census study indicating that poverty is worsening in the region.

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Jacob Cheadle was recently appointed as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

L. Janelle Dance recently began a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Christina D. Falci was recently appointed as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bridget Goosby has a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lisa A. Kort-Butler was recently appointed as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Candace Kruttschnitt joined the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

John H. Laub, University of Maryland, has been named Distinguished University Professor.

Kristen M. Olson has a joint appointment as an assistant professor of sociology and Survey Research and Methodology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jolene D. Smyth recently began a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Survey Research and Methodology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rosalie Torres Stone has relocated to the Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Mental Health Services Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Beverlyn Lundy Allen has been elected Chair of the Discrimination Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Rebecca Bach, Duke University, has been elected Chair of the Awards Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Wendy Christensen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected Student Representative of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Donna Gaines was elected into the Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church on November 10, 2007.

Shirley Hill, University of Kansas, has been elected President-elect of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Marina Karides, Florida Atlantic University, has been elected Chair of the International Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Laura Kramer, Montclair State University, has been elected Deputy Treasurer/ Treasurer of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, served as Marie Jahoda Visiting International Professor of Feminist Studies at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, in October-November 2007. She also lectured on her research on gender in the workplace to faculty and students in gender studies and sociology at Leipzig University (Hannover, Germany), the University of Applied Sciences (Darmstadt, Germany), the University of Kassel (Kassel, Germany) and Raboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands).

Jack Nusan Porter, Spencer Institute, spoke on October 18 at Harvard Medical School’s Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine on the subject of the “genocidal mind” and its sexual and sociological aspects.

Jerome Rabow, University of California- Los Angeles and California State University-Northridge, did a commentary on Horton Hears a Who, the children’s book by Dr. Seuss on September 17, 2007. His comments and analysis were on the themes of prejudice, discrimination, voice, and the value and benefit for children and parents of the book and the social psychological theories and evidence supporting the story. The video is being released by Warner Home Video, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Inc. 2008.

Mimi Schippers, Tulane University, has been elected Secretary of Sociologists for Women in Society.

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Members’ New Books

Matthew Archibald, Emory University, The Evolution of Self-Help: How a Social Movement Became an Institution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Mohammed Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh, Of Death and Dominion: The Existential Foundations of Governance, (Northwestern University Press, 2007).

Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, 3rd ed. (Roman & Littlefield, 2008).

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, The Gospel of Food (Harper Perennial and Larousse, 2007).

Meg Wilkes Karraker, University of St. Thomas, Global Families (Allyn and Bacon, 2008).

David Knoke, University of Minnesota, and Song Yang, University of Arkansas, Social Network Analysis, 2nd ed. (Sage Publications, Inc., 2007).

Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Patrick McGovern, London School of Economics, Stephen Hill, University of London, Colin Mills, University of Oxford, and Michael White, Policy Studies Institute- London, Market, Class and Employment (Oxford University Press, 2007).

William Minter, ed., Africa Focus Bulletin, Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb, Jr., No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000 (Africa World Press, 2007).

Lucjan Mis, Jagiellonian University, Problemy spoleczne. Teoria, metodologia, badania (Social Problems. Theory, Methodology & Research) (Jagiellonian University Press, 2007).

Jack Nusan Porter, Spencer Institute, Is Sociology Dead? (Rowman and Littlefield/ UPA, 2007).

Milan Zafirovski, University of North Texas, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Authoritarianism (Springer, 2007), Liberal Modernity and its Adversaries (Brill, 2007), Modern Free Society and Its Nemesis (Lexington, 2007).

Irving M. Zeitlin, University of Toronto, The Historical Muhammad (Policy Press, 2007).

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Other Organizations

International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFjP), launched in 1999 and published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, seeks applications from scholars in the fields of feminist and women’s studies interested in taking up a co-editorship role on the journal. IFjP, which publishes original scholarship engaging with topics at the intersections of politics, international relations, and women’s studies, is edited by a team of three. The new editor will join continuing editors Sandra Whitworth (York University, Canada, home base office of the journal) and Catherine Eschle (University of Strathclyde, UK). The editorial term will be for three years beginning July 2008. The next editorial transition will take place in 2011.The successful candidate in 2008 will have the option of reapplying for the post in 2011 as part of a new editorial team. Applications for the new editing role are welcome from individuals who have had some involvement with the journal and from those beyond its community. The journal is committed also to increasing submissions from scholars located in the global South, thus applications from candidates based there are strongly encouraged. The important editorial qualities are a high level of commitment to collaborative journal work and the best standards of peer reviewed publishing, along with significant achievements in feminist scholarship. Contact: International Feminist Journal of Politics, Centre for International and Security Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3; ifjp@yorku.cal; www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14616742.asp. Deadline is 1 May, 2008.

The Midwest Sociological Society will convene at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark March 27-30, 2008. Exploring the theme, “Making Sociology More Public,” the conference will offer more than 200 sessions, including three outstanding plenaries. Mario Luis Small, University of Chicago, keynotes with “Public Sociology in the Age of Freakonomics: Bringing a Perspective Back In.” MSS President Helen Moore’s presidential address, “Splitting the Academy: Labor Market Theory and Praxis on Campus” will take place March 28. The Peter M. Hall speaker this year is David L. Altheide, a Regents’ Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, who will discuss “Terrorism and Propaganda.” Chicago’s acclaimed About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, will present “The Home Project,” a production based on true stories of homeless gay youth, that will offer the opportunity to experience dynamic theatre while critically engaging ideas and issues that live on every campus. Optional tours will explore the city’s North Side and East St. Louis, and several traditional social events are planned, including an ice cream social, a guided pub crawl, and Students’ Night Out. Contact: Lauren Tiffany at (608)787-8551; MidwestSS@ centurytel.net. For more information, visit www.TheMSS.org.

Sociology Undergraduates’ Network (SUN). During the first ISA worldwide Forum of Sociology in Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8, 2008, Sociology Undergraduates’ Network plans to arrange an ad hoc session of the SUN. Apart from being a wonderful opportunity to gather all the members of the forming organization at the public event, we are also looking forward to the presence of our invited speakers: Michael Burawoy, Manuel Castells, John Urry, etc. Contact: Nikita Pokrovsky, State University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; nikita@gol.ru or nikita1951@yahoo.com.

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Summer Programs

The University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative to Increase Diversity. The goals of the program are to provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and increase their interest in doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral and economic science fields. The program has a special emphasis on population groups underrepresented in these fields. This eight-week program will be held on the University of Maryland- College Park campus from June 2-July 25, 2008. Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of our nine academic departments: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. We will supplement their research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700. Basic eligibility requirements include junior or senior status by fall 2008, interest in a career in the social, behavior, or economic sciences, and U.S. citizen or permanent resident status. We are especially interested in applications from students underrepresented in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The application deadline is February 15, 2008. Contact: Kim J. Nickerson at SRI@bsos.umd.edu; www.bsos.umd.edu/dean/summer.html.

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