February 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 2

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Looking forward to the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting

Hard Times and Inequality San Francisco Bay Area Style

Sheila M. Katz, Sonoma State University

This is the first article in a series in which colleagues on the Local Arrangements Committee and I will examine aspects of inequality, social activism, and policy change in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay Area is composed of nine counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin. In some ways inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area is similar to inequality across the country, but in other ways, it is quite different. After New York and Honolulu, San Francisco Bay Area has the highest cost of living in the United States. According to data from the California Budget Project, two working adults with two children need $97,696 in household income in San Francisco to make ends meet Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is slightly higher at $99,342, and Alameda County, just over the Bay Bridge (including the city of Oakland), the same family needs $86,816. This high cost of living is fueled in part by skyrocketing housing costs and links with growing income inequality and high rates of poverty in our area. Making ends meet here is extremely difficult for middle-income families and almost impossible for low-income families.

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Recipients of 2014 ASA Awards

The American Sociological Association proudly announces the recipients of the major awards for 2014. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the 2014 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 17, at 4:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will immediately precede the formal address of the ASA President Annette Lareau. All registrants are invited to attend an Honorary Reception immediately following the address to congratulate President Lareau and the award recipients.

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FAD Funds: Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities

Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut

One of the unique programs that ASA sponsors, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, is the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD). While the FAD grants fund individual research projects, they also can provide support for exciting and innovative conferences designed to map a developing field, and promote networking and collaborative research. Support for conferences, though, is contingent on the innovativeness of the proposal. In particular, the conference should not replicate a traditional paper/presentation/discussant format. After all, we have the ASA meetings for that.

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UIC Sociology and a Chicago High School Partner to Bring Public Sociology to Students

Emily Ruehs; William “Buddy” Scarborough; Carolina Calvillo; Michael De Anda Muñiz; Jesse Holzman, University of Illinois-Chicago

The University of Illinois-Chicago Sociology Department has public sociology at the core of its mission: faculty and students reach out to the community, engage in collaborative research with local organizations, and present accessible sociological information to people beyond the academy. As graduate students, we embrace this mission. When Dennis Kass, a teacher at Little Village Lawndale High School (LVLHS), contacted the department and requested that we partner with his students, we felt that this was an exciting opportunity to share our skills with the community. The LVLHS students live in neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago and are predominantly from low-income Latino families. The school was founded in 2005 in response to a protest movement by parents who believed their children were receiving a second-rate education. The neighborhood school at that time was overcrowded and lacked a college-track curriculum so LVLHS was founded, with a strong commitment to social justice and equality in education.

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