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New Directions in U.S. Ethnic Studies, June 6-8, 2006, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. The ALANA (Asian- American, Latino, African-American & Native American ) U.S. Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Vermont invites abstracts/proposals for papers, panels, workshops, performances, or media productions from all disciplines and interdisciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The conference spotlights new trends, paradigms, formations, and provocations in the still-evolving field of U.S. ethnic studies. The conference will run concurrently with the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The deadline is January 30, 2006. No more than 250 words; include institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address; indicate if A/V equipment will be needed; and attach a one-page vita. Indicate whether the presentation is an individual paper, panel, workshop, performance, or media production. Contact: John Gennari, Director, ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program, University of Vermont, Old Mill Annex 502A, Burlington, VT 05405-0114; email:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites proposals for its 56th Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2006, Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Theme: “Building Just, Diverse And Democratic Communities.” Papers or extended abstracts (2- to 3-page summary) for presentations at divisionsponsored sessions must be sent electronically to session organizers no later than January 31, 2006. Contact: Phoebe Morgan, (520) 523-8245; email and Jim Gruber, (313) 593-5611; email Place SSSP in the subject line.

Sociological Imagination Group, August 10, 2006, Montreal Inter-Continental Hotel. Theme: “Alternatives to Sociology’s Tower of Babel: Building on the Sociological Imagination.” The Sociological Imagination Group is seeking papers for a oneday conference, the day before the annual conference of the American Sociological Association across the street from the ASA meetings. We are a group of scholars who have been working together to advance C. Wright Mills’ vision as expressed in The Sociological Imagination. Submit a two-page abstract in the body of your email to Bernard Phillips at by March 1. For more information, visit


Equity & Excellence in Education-Community Colleges. Equity & Excellence in Education is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on “Community Colleges and Social Justice Issues.” For this special issue, we invite empirical research articles that address equity issues unique to community colleges. Manuscripts are due March 1, 2006. Contact: Linda McCarthy at; Submit three “masked” paper copies (plus a disk) with separate cover page including author contact information. Indicate in your cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Social Justice Issues and Community Colleges. Mail to: Equity & Excellence in Education, Hills South 370, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.

Teaching Comparative and Historical Sociology. Syllabi and instructional materials for the fifth edition of the ASA’s Teaching Comparative and Historical Sociology are needed. Interested in syllabi for courses that are explicitly methodological as well as in the main subject areas that are taught and researched by comparative-historical sociologists (you decide what these are). I am particularly interested in ideas for short essays on teaching in this area. If you have syllabi, other instructional materials, or innovative ideas for this compilation, contact: John Foran, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9430; (805) 893-8199; email

Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) encourages submissions for its fall 2006 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews. Submissions will be accepted until June 16, 2006. Send an email attachment of your work in MS Word format (not pdf) along with a brief biographical statement to: Send disks via postal mail to: Joseph Verschaeve, Editor, Michigan Sociological Review, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, 1101 AuSable Hall, Allendale, MI 49401.

Fast Capitalism ( We publish work on the impact of rapid information and communication technologies on self, society and culture in the 21st century. Submissions for our third issue are sought by April 2006. Send electronically to Ben Agger at

Resource Guide for Teaching the Sociology of Disasters. The American Sociological Association (ASA) seeks course materials for the Resource Guide for Teaching the Sociology of Disasters. This resource is intended to assist instructors in preparing courses in this area of study. The editors invite submissions on topics related to the social science aspects of disasters, risk communication, emergency management, and other areas with themes relevant and tied to the social science study of disasters (e.g., environmental justice, public policy, race/ethnicity, gender, inequality, human rights). We aim to develop a volume that is interdisciplinary in nature, covers national and international aspects of disasters, and attempts to bridge the gap between theory and praxis. The editors request course syllabi accompanied by a short summary statement (1-3 double-spaced pages) describing the author’s approach to teaching the social science of disasters, including a description of their teaching philosophy and methodology, the relevance of readings to core concepts and problems of disasters, as well as offering approaches to the challenging task of communicating course materials to students from a variety of academic disciplines. Syllabi must be from courses that have been previously or are currently taught. The course syllabi must be single space; Times New Roman; font size 12; maximum of six (6) pages; and include the faculty’s contact. At a minimum, the syllabi should include a course description; learning objectives; expected outcomes; assigned readings and topics; and student evaluation criteria (e.g., exams, research reports, assignments). Deadline is March 15, 2006. Send submissions electronically to Havidan Rodriguez at This publication is peer-reviewed and will be published in time for the ASA’s 101st annual meeting in Montreal. If you have any questions, contact the editors, Havidan Rodriguez at, William Donner at, or Manuel Torres at

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE). The quarterly journal, which will first appear in March 2006, intends to publish empirical research and reviews of empirical literature on human research ethics. Empirical knowledge translates ethical principles into procedures appropriate to specific cultures, contexts, and research topics.

International Review of Comparative Sociology invites papers for its inaugural issue. he purpose of this biannual journal is to examine through a comparative lens the issues and problems confronting societies, or their distinct subpopulations, around the world with the goal of providing innovative solutions from a sociological perspective. Research papers from other related disciplines in the social sciences are also encouraged. Send manuscripts to Debarun Majumdar at Visit for manuscript preparation guidelines and related information. Electronic submissions are preferred, but if manuscripts are mailed, send three hardcopies and a floppy disk with the document in MS Word. A processing fee of $35 made out to Serials Publications should be sent to the address available in the website. This fee will also cover a one-year subscription to IRCS upon acceptance of the paper. The deadline for manuscript submission is April 15, 2006.


April 1, 2006. Hawaii Sociological Association 27th Annual Meeting. Theme: “Humanist Sociology, Public Sociologies, Public Ethnographies.” Keynote speaker: Michael Burawoy. Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel. Contact: HSA President, Michael G. Weinstein

June 6-8, 2006. New Directions in U.S. Ethnic Studies, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. The conference seeks to spotlight new trends, paradigms, formations, and provocations in the stillevolving field of U.S. ethnic studies. Contact: John Gennari, Director, ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program, University of Vermont, Old Mill Annex 502A, Burlington, VT 05405-0114; email:

August 10, 2006. Sociological Imagination Group, Montreal Inter-Continental Hotel. Theme: “Alternatives to Sociology’s Tower of Babel: Building on The Sociological Imagination.” Contact: Bernard Phillips at For more information, visit

August 10-12, 2006. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 56th Annual Meeting, Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Theme: “Building Just, Diverse And Democratic Communities.” Contact: Phoebe Morgan, (520) 523-8245; email and Jim Gruber, (313) 593-5611; email

March 29-April 1, 2007. 2007 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Theme: “American Values.” Contact: Jason Groth at


Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) presents the Visiting Professor Program (VPP). The VPP is a highly competitive, two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts (Anthropology, English, History, Psychology and Sociology). The objective is to expose professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, marketing, or media company; and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the industry, while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. Professors singled out by the VPP Selection Committee will be placed with host companies in New York City, Chicago, and possibly San Francisco/Los Angeles. Visit the On-Campus section on for a program application. Applications may be emailed. All other application materials must be mailed. Application due date: February 15, 2006. Contact: Sharon Hudson, Vice President, Program Manager, (212) 986- 8060; email

Alpha Kappa Delta 2006 Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Alpha Kappa Delta welcomes submissions from undergraduate students who are members of the Society. All submissions must be received by June 1, 2006. First Prize: $600 travel expenses to the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. First-place papers will be published in Sociological Inquiry, if authors choose to submit them. Second Prize: $300 and travel expenses to the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Third Prize: $150 and travel expenses to the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Authors of all prize-winning papers will receive one-year extensions of their subscriptions to Sociological Inquiry. In the case of co-authors, monetary awards will be divided equally. The ASA has reserved slots in the 2006 ASA Honors Program for first, second, and third place winners of the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. To be considered, each entry must conform to the following requirements: (1) The author(s) must be a current member(s) of AKD and the paper must have been written while the author(s) was/were undergraduate student(s) during at least one term of the 2005-2006 academic year. One, two, or three students may author papers, but no student may be included as an author on more than one paper entered in the 2006 competition. The paper must be unpublished or not currently under consideration by a professional journal. (2) A cover letter from a Chapter Representative who is an active member of AKD must confirm fulfillment of the eligibility requirements. The author ’s (co-author ’s) name(s), institution at the time the paper was written, and the title of the paper. The author and/or author(s) name(s) should not appear any place in the title page, abstract, or paper. The author’s or coauthor’s and the Chapter Representative’s names, e-mail addressees, phone numbers, and mailing addresses May through August 2006. (3) The paper must have sociological content and focus, but may be an empirical study, a theoretical analysis, or a critical review of the literature. (4) An abstract (100-150 words) must summarize the paper. (5) The paper may not exceed 35 doublespaced pages, including tables, appendices, and references. For a detailed statement on format and requirements consult Sociological Inquiry. (6) Submit three (3) copies of the paper with a stamped, selfaddressed envelope to: Elizabeth Hartung, Sociology, SA 245, One University Drive, California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA 93012; (805) 437-3274; email

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health announces grants in research on social work practice and concepts in health. Visit the following websites for more information:,, and

Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award. The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry announces the annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic. An award of $500 will be given to the winner. All doctoral candidates are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to January 1, 2006, and will defend their final dissertation by April 1, 2006. Applicants should submit four (4) copies: (1) A letter indicating interest in the award that includes the applicant’s name, address, university, telephone number(s), email, department, date of dissertation proposal defense, and current status of the dissertation. (2) A letter from the applicant’s dissertation advisor/chair recommending the applicant’s work for the award and verifying the date of the dissertation proposal defense. (3) A research description of no more than five (5) double-spaced pages: approximately two pages of introduction and theory, two pages on the methodology, and one page on the significance of the work. Finalists may be asked to submit their full proposal or additional information at a later date. (4) One chapter and a table of contents from the dissertation. Applications are now being accepted. Submissions should be sent to: Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award Committee, The Center for Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gregory Hall, Rm. 229 (mc-463), 810 South Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801; email; Deadline: February 1, 2006.

NIH Director’s Pioneer Award supports exceptionally creative scientists who propose pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. In September 2006, NIH expects to make 5 to 10 new awards of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years. Women and members of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, and individuals in the early to middle stages of their careers are especially encouraged to apply. Open to scientists who are: U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents; currently engaged in any field of research; interested in exploring biomedically relevant topics; and willing to commit at least 51% of their research effort to the Pioneer Award project. Streamlined application includes three- to five-page essay and three letters of reference. Apply between January 15 and February 27, 2006, at For more information, visit Contact email:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is recruiting applications for the 2006 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Persons accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences are invited to apply for the $10,000 Racial/ Ethnic Minority Scholarship. Applications are due February 1, 2006. Applicants will be notified of the results by July 15, 2006. All applicants must be current members and should be a citizen of the United States when applying. For further information and an application, visit Contact: Angela M. Moe, Chair, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008- 5257; (269) 387-5275; fax (269) 387-2882; email

In the News

Anne Barrett, Florida State University, was interviewed by public radio station WFSU for a Florida State University Headlines Radio show that aired November 18 regarding her research on women’s perceptions of aging.

Peter Bearman, Columbia University, had his book, Doormen, reviewed by Judith Martin in the December 4 New York Times Book Review.

Andrew A. Beveridge, City University of New York-Queens College, was quoted in a front-page December 1 New York Times article about a recent increase in the number of young children living in Manhattan and the implications for families, income levels, schools, and services.

Martin Bourgeois, University of Wyoming, had his study of how rumors spread discussed on the NPR show All Things Considered on November 28.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, had his research on disaster preparedness featured in the November 9 issue of The Guardian Unlimited.

Dalton Conley, New York University, published an opinion piece on the national debate about abortion in the December 1 New York Times.

Judith A. Cook, University of Illinois- Chicago was quoted in an October 31 Los Angeles Times article about her research on the therapeutic value of work for people with severe mental illness.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, published a November 28 article on campus anti-sweatshop activism in The Nation with Richard Appelbaum, University of California-Santa Barbara. His article about President Bush’s tax reform task force appeared on on October 18. His article on Hurricane Katrina was published in the fall 2005 issue of Dissent and reprinted on the Common Dreams website. His article about federal contracts to Republican-connected companies for post-Katrina reconstruction appeared on the AlterNet website on September 14. His article on Rosa Parks appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of Dissent magazine. He was quoted by the French news service, Agence France Presse, on November 13, comparing the riots in France with U.S. urban riots. He was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on October 6 about the LA Police Department’s policy of pushing homeless people off the streets. He was quoted in the Pasadena Star-News on October 27 about the Tournament of Roses’ selection of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as grand marshall, in the Los Angeles City Beat on November 2 about a City Council race between Nick Pacheco and Jose Huizar, and in the LA Jewish Journal on November 4 about a statewide proposition to shift reponsibility for state legislative and congressional redistricting to a panel of judges.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, was quoted in a November 10 Christian Science Monitor story that highlighted his research on how the war in Iraq is life’s “turning point” for soldiers. He was interviewed on National Public Radio on November 4 on reasons why rural American youth might serve in the military during times of war. He was quoted in a group of stories in the November 14 issues of the Army Times on the diversity of military families and their reactions when working with Army Casualty Assistance Officers following the death of a U.S. soldier. He appeared on Regional News Network (RNN), November 15, with Richard French to discuss the recruitment of rural and poor American youth into the armed forces. He appeared on Independent Television News (ITN) on November 24 about military recruitment in the U.S. Army’s enlisted ranks and at the U.S. Military Academy during times of war. He was quoted in the Cherry Hill Courier on November 27 explaining the confoundedness of soldier and family communication during the wartime. He was quoted in The Press Democrat on November 13 about rural Northern California recruitment of low income, rural youth into the U.S. military during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was quoted in an October 27 Dallas News article and InSide Higher Education about the controversy surrounding Highland Park High School’s Theme Day, which included white students dressed as gang members and maids for what they dubbed Thug and Fiesta Day.

Kathleen Gerson, New York University, was quoted in a front-page December 1 New York Times article about a recent increase in the number of young children living in Manhattan and the implications for families, income levels, schools, and services.

Arlie Hochschild, University of California- Berkeley, was quoted in the New York Times on November 24 in a front-page article about adult children leaving their careers to care for their parents.

Larry Isaac, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in The Florida Times-Union on October 2 in a story about farm labor camps in Florida.

Jerome Karabel, University of California- Berkeley, was on the November 21 Diane Rehm Show on NPR discussing his book The Chosen.

Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was interviewed about immigration and remittances on the Evening News broadcast on Globo, the Brazilian television network, on November 17.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Essex County College, participated in a radio talk show Open Line 98.7 FM in New York on December 4.

John Kinkel, Baker College, was quoted in an October 6 New York Times article about the shortage of Catholic priests. His book Chaos in the Catholic Church was also mentioned. He also wrote an article on celibacy in the Catholic Church in the November 25 Los Angeles Times.

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on November 30 regarding U.S. immigration.

Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Jonathan B. Imber, Wellesley College, and Alan N. Woolfolk, Ogelthorpe College, were quoted in a November 11 Chronicle of Higher Education article about sociologist Philip Rieff’s pessimistic books on culture.

S. M. Miller, Boston University and Commonwealth Institute, was quoted in the Public Editor column of the New York Times, September 11 for raising the issue of the newspaper’s coverage of poverty, especially in New Orleans, before the Katrina disaster.

Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, was quoted in the November 24 New York Times in the front-page article about adult children leaving their careers to care for their parents.

Dudley L. Poston, Jr., Texas A&M University, and Peter A. Morrison, the RAND Corporation, published an op-ed piece in the International Herald Tribune on September 14.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland, was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune on September 15 regarding an article she wrote with Janet Gornick in the August 2005 Monthly Labor Review on the feminization of weekend employment. She was also interviewed on WAMU radio’s Metro Connection on her book, Working in a 24/7 Economy, on November 11.

Kimberly Ayn Reed, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, was quoted in the Appleton Post-Crescent front-page article on December 3 discussing the social uses of blogs or shared journals in virtual communities on the Internet.

Deana A. Rohlinger, Florida State University, was quoted in the national magazine Grit regarding the affects of consumer culture on small-town life.

Robert M. Silverman, University at Buffalo, authored a November 14 Buffalo News opinion page column which discussed alternatives to city-county consolidation and their possible benefit to lowincome and minority neighborhoods. He was also quoted in a November 27 Rochester Democrat Chronicle article where he commented on equity concerns related to downtown housing development in Rochester, NY.

Robert Smith, City University of New York-Baruch College, was quoted in a front-page December 1 New York Times article about a recent increase in the number of young children living in Manhattan and the implications for families, income levels, schools, and services.

David Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, was recently interviewed by reporters for the Yakima Herald-Republic on use of Thai contract agricultural laborers in eastern Washington and for the Orlando Sentinel, on the social impacts of cellular telephone and wireless earpiece technologies.

Roberta Spalter-Roth and William Erskine, both of the American Sociological Association, wrote an article on work and family policies in academia in the November/December issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was quoted in a November 11 Financial Times article on the pervasiveness of communication networks.

Paul Root Wolpe, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, was quoted in an October 18 New York Times article about the economic practicality of applying modern brain imaging technology to the amelioration of brain-related disorders.

Summer Programs

Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University, July 10-27, 2006. Scholars pursuing tenure and career success in research intensive institutions, academics transitioning from teaching to research institutions, and faculty carrying out research in teaching contexts will be interested in this Summer Research Institute. The Institute is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among scholars from under-represented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. Participants will be provided with necessary resources for completing research that is already ongoing and will work with senior faculty mentors in their areas of study. There will be opportunities for networking with other junior and senior scholars. Research and professional development workshops will address topics related to publishing, research methods, and professionalization. The institute will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before an audience of nationally recognized scholars. Applications must be postmarked by February 10, 2006. For more information and to download an application, visit Contact:

Sixth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. July 9 - 21, 2006, Airlie Conference Center, VA. Organized by Columbia University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine with guidance and support from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Application due date: January 31, 2006. The objective of the program is to provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of clinical trials involving behavioral or social interventions. Applications are due January 31, 2006. The application form and instructions are posted at or may be obtained from: Michaela Shank, Department of General Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 W. 168th Street, PH9- 947, New York, NY 10032; (212) 342-4494; fax (212) 342-3431; email Complete information, is available at:

New Programs

Georgia Institute of Technology. The School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology announces its graduate program in History and Sociology of Technology and Science at both the Masters and PhD levels. This interdisciplinary program prepares individuals from a variety of backgrounds to engage the complex social issues posed by modern technology and science, broadly defined. Students majoring in history and sociology are particularly encouraged to apply. Financial aid is available and competitive with major research universities. Application deadline for fall admission is March 1, 2005. Those seeking financial aid should submit all materials by February 1. For more information, visit Contact: Hanchao Lu, Director of Graduate Studies, School of HTS, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345; email

Members' New Books

Janet Mancini Billson, Group Dimensions International, Female Well-Being: Towards a Global Theory of Social Change (Zed Books, 2005).

John Brewer, Trinity College, and Albert Hunter, Northwestern University, Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles (Sage Publications, 2006).

Leonard Cain, Portland State University, A Man’s Grasp Should Exceed His Reach: A Biography of Sociologist Austin Larimore (University Press, 2005).

Laura M. Carpenter, Vanderbilt University, Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences (New York University Press, 2005).

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, ATIRA Corp and Essex County College, The Hidden Debate: The Truth Revealed about the Battle over Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States (Routledge, 2006).

Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman, both of Pennsylvania State University, Ten Thousand Democracies: Politics and Public Opinion in America’s School Districts (Georgetown University Press, 2004).

Debra J. Sheets, California State University- Northridge, Dana Burr Bradley, Western Kentucky University, and Jon Hendricks, Oregon State University, Enduring Questions in Gerontology (Springer, 2006).

Hermann Strasser, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Marcus S. Kleiner (eds.), Globalisierungswelten (Global Worlds) (von Halem, 2003); and Gerd Nollmann (eds.), Das individualisierte Ich in der modernen Gesellschaft (The Individualized Ego in Modern Society) (Campus, 2004); and Gerd Nollmann (eds.), Endstation Amerika? Sozialwissenschaftliche Innen- und Aussenansichten (Final Station America? Social Scientific Views from Inside and Outside) (VS Verlag fuer Sozial wissenschaften, 2005).

Veronica Tichenor, State University of New York-Institute of Technology, Earning More and Getting Less: Why Successful Wives Can’t Buy Equality (Rutgers University Press, 2005).

Janelle L. Wilson, University of Minnesota- Deluth, Nostalgia (Bucknell University Press, 2005).


Anthony P. Browne, Hunter College, has been named the Vice President of ATIRA Corp.

Robert Lee Maril, East Carolina University, helped craft HR 4044, the Rapid Response Border Protection Act of 2005, sponsored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX) and co-sponsored by Congressman Sylvestre Reyes (D-TX). The bill relies heavily upon policy recommendations delineated in Maril’s recent book Patrolling Chaos: The Border Patrol in Deep South Texas.

Christine H. Morton, Seattle University and ReproNetwork, was invited as the keynote speaker at a November 5 conference at Smith College, sponsored by the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science.

Veronica Tichenor, State University of New York-Institute of Technology, was appointed Program Coordinator for the BA and MS in Applied Sociology at SUNY-Institute of Technology.


Pablo J. Boczkowski, Northwestern University, is co-winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association for Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers.

Judith A. Cook, University of Illinois- Chicago, has been awarded a five-year grant to establish a Research and Training Center on Recovery from Mental Illness, co-funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education.

Jeffrey Goldfarb, New School University, was awarded a commemorative medal by Lech Walesa, the first democratically elected president of Poland, for his contributions to Solidarity over the past 30 years at a September 28 ceremony at the Polish Consulate General in New York.

Katherine R. Rowell, Sinclair Community College, received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Professor of the Year award in the community-college category on November 17. She was among four U.S. faculty members named in November as “U.S. Professor of the Year” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She was cited for her promotion of service learning.

Natalie J. Sokoloff, City University of New York-John Jay College, was honored with the 2004-2005 Outstanding Teacher Award from John Jay College and the 2005 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime.

Hermann Strasser, University of Duisburg-Essen, participated in an excellency competition of the State of North Rhine Westfalia in the humanities and social sciences and was awarded a $125,000 grant for his project “Civil Engagement and Old Age Dementia: Toward a New Care Culture? A Comparative Analysis.”

Veronica Tichenor, State University of New York-Institute of Technology, received the Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004-2005 at SUNY-Institute of Technology.


John Shields Aird, Miami University- Ohio, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, died October 9 in Silver Spring, MD.

Eliot Freidson, Emeritus Professor, New York University, died on December 14 at the age of 82.


Bennett Berger

Bennett Berger, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California-San Diego, died November 10, 2005. He was 79 and succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a short illness.

During his almost 50 years of scholarship, Berger was a formidable contributor to sociological research, to teaching, and to his many friends and colleagues whose lives were touched by his wit, his insight, and his analytical abilities. He not only altered conventional thought but also brought to sociology a skill and a concern for writing style that has set a model of excellence.

Beginning with his 1957 paper on “Sociology and the Intellectuals” and the 1959 paper (with Reinhard B. Bendix) on “Images of Society and Problems of Concept Formation in Sociology,” he published a number of classic papers and books. They established his importance as a sociologist of culture and the sociology of knowledge. A thread in his research and writing was a concern for the sources of conventional beliefs. He sought to discover how and why even delusive beliefs gain acceptance.

His first book, Working-Classs Suburbia (1960), studied a suburb of San Jose populated largely by middle-class automotive workers. The assumed culture of suburbia did not erase the working-class lifestyles the new suburbanites brought with them. He studied the myth of American suburbia; a culture derided by many as bland and smug or painted by others as the American dream.

Perhaps his analysis of the presumed youth culture was what he was best known for. In a series of reviews, he criticized the assumption of a separate youth culture. He found that what was assumed to be separate and antagonistic to adult values was sponsored and supported by parents and the schools. He wrote of James Coleman’s The Adolescent Society: “From Coleman’s treatment of the adolescent ‘subculture’ one might think that cars and masculine prowess and feminine glamour and social ‘activities’ and sex and dating and wearing the right clothes...were concerns entirely alien to American adults.” (Looking for America: Essays on Youth, Suburbia and Other American Obsession, 1971)

His capacity to critically examine both lay and scholarly assumptions marked his work and conversations. Everything and every occasion was an object of his intelligent analysis and his wit. John Gagnon described him in a message to a departmental memorial: “Bennett always displayed a mind that... was full of grace. He was the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the movements of the mind. There was the quick turn of phrase, the lifting of the level of conversation, the long pause that ended with a sly dip. You were never bored when in his company.”

Both in his observational study of a counterculture commune, The Survival of a Counterculture (1981), and in his conversation, Berger was quick to see how people created ways of reconciling beliefs and ideologies with the practical necessities of existential realities .He coined the phrase “ideological work” to describe the common process by which this occurs in much of human life.

This interest in the creation and usage of culture was also explored in his volume of biographies of sociologists, Authors of their Own Lives (1990), which focused on the relation between life experiences and research. His last book, Essay on Culture: Symbolic Structure and Social Structure (1994), was an illuminating discussion of issues in the study of culture and the relation of culture to material interests and social locations. It is a vital contribution to a perplexing set of questions in contemporary sociology.

Bennett was born in Brooklyn; raised in the Bronx, and, as he liked to say, grew up when he came to California as an adult. He was a WWII veteran as a member of the Marine Corps, a high-school baseball player who was once asked to try out for the (then) NY Giants farm system, was greatly fond of popular music, and spent one summer as a singer with a band.

He earned his BA at Hunter College and received his PhD from University of California- Berkeley. Following a year at UCBerkeley, he joined the School of Communications and the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois-Urbana. After four years, he came to UC-Davis as Chair of the Department of Sociology. Ten years later he joined me at UC-San Diego. He served as Chair from 1979-1982.

Bennett was always active in sociological organizations and the university and was often offered leadership roles, which he consistently declined (he was, however, editor of Contemporary Sociology). He was a person for whom content and style were always joined. His quality of unique insight and analytic skill shone though everything he undertook. Whatever he did was done with excellence, be it potato pancakes or sentence construction. His students were deeply appreciative of his considerateness and his critical, yet affectionate, interest in their work and careers.

He was married twice. Both marriages ended in divorce. He is survived by his four children, Jane Berger of Augsburg, Germany; Nora Mitchell of Mendocino, CA; Stefanie Berger of Long Beach, CA; and Kenneth Berger of San Francisco, CA and one grandchild, Sarah Eith of Augsburg.

On a personal note, Bennett was, for my wife and me, our very closest friend. His death closes a door that had happily been open for 45 years. Where there was insight, there is now silence. Where there was light, there is now darkness. Where there was life, there is now only memory.

Joe Gusfield, University of California-San Diego

Leo Bogart

Leo Bogart, a pioneer of contemporary media research, died October 16, 2005, from the effects of babesiosis, a rare tick-borne disease.

Bogart received his PhD just after World War II (in 1948 from the University of Chicago) when academic jobs were virtually nonexistent. Partly as a result, he went to work in the commercial world, spending most of his career as a media, marketing and public opinion researcher, and executive. Although he was also active in the discipline as a lecturer and a prolific author, academic sociology did not take proper advantage of his leadership, vision, and research talents. Instead, he became an outstanding role model for “sociological practice.”

From 1960 to 1989, Bogart served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Newspaper Advertising Bureau. There he carried out a large number of often pathbreaking studies of newspaper readers and other audiences and of newspaper content and quality, among other studies. Indeed, he was known as the “dean of newspaper research.”

He also conducted media effects studies, and I still remember his attempt to conduct before-after studies of the effects of television in several countries just introducing the new medium. After his formal retirement, he joined an international consulting firm and wrote a weekly column in Presstime, a newspaper industry journal.

As a major figure in public opinion research, Bogart served as president of both the American and World Associations for Public Opinion Research. He held the same posts in a variety of research associations and won eight distinguished achievement awards. He lectured at New York University and Columbia University, among other schools, and wrote 11 books and countless articles in academic and other journals. His publication The Age of Television (1957) was one of the first analyses of the new medium. Among his other now-classic media studies are Silent Politics (1972), Press and the Public (1981), Preserving the Press (1991). A more personal account, which also testifies to his ingenuity as a researcher, Finding Out, appeared in 2003, and his last book, Over the Edge, a powerful critique of the commercialization of American culture, was published in 2005.

Bogart was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1921, literally in transit as his family was fleeing the Bolshevik revolution and arrived in New York City as a two-year-old. His immigrant origins were later reflected in a comparative study of Algerians in Paris and Puerto Ricans in New York—and this in 1951, at the very beginning of modern immigration research. His wartime service in Europe led to studies of the early American Jewish response to the Holocaust and to one of his later books How I Earned the Ruptured Duck (2004). After the war, his study of U.S. troops in Korea helped prepare for the U.S. Army’s desegregation. In 1991, he published a widely discussed exposé of a major European public opinion researcher’s Nazi era activities.

Bogart is survived by his wife of 57 years, Agnes, a writer and editor; his daughter Michele, an art historian at SUNY-Stony Brook; his son Gregory, a San Francisco psychologist; and a grandson.

Herbert Gans, Columbia University

Mary Rose Holley

Mary Holley, Associate Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University, died unexpectedly on October 20. Mary was from North Carolina where she attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh. She went on to receive her MA at Fisk in Nashville, TN, and her PhD from the University of North Texas-Denton.

She returned to St. Augustine to teach, before joining the faculty at Montclair State in 1982. She also spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the National University of Lesotho.

Mary’s strong social conscience was reflected in her academic life as well as her off-campus pursuits. Her special interests were gerontology, social problems, and issues of race. She managed to combine these in her publications and presentations; for example, she spoke about elderly women in developing societies, and about the effects of ethnicity, gender, and class on aging. She wrote a policy-oriented social problems text, Social Policies for Social Problems Approaching the 21st Century. Her interdisciplinary interests were reflected in her research and presentations on how elderly African-Americans were portrayed in novels.

Mary was always trying to further perfect her craft, participating in numerous off-campus activities to this end. She was a summer scholar at the Institute on Individual Development and Social Change at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a Harvard University summer seminar on “The Comparative Study of Slavery.” While at Harvard, she did research on women’s roles in West Africa.

Mary was an active member of our profession and took a leading role in the Association for Black Sociologists (ABS). She was treasure of the ABS from 1997-2001. Her methods and insights were instrumental in helping the organization grow financially. She served on the ASA’s Dubois Johnson-Frazier Award Committee as well as the Committee on Sociology in Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Mary was always there when the Sociology Department at Montclair needed her. Among her many contributions was her willingness to serve as the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta, organizing the annual awards ceremony. Her concern for students was reflected in her encouraging them not only to attend meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society meeting but to give presentations there as well.

On campus, she served on the Executive Board of Local 1904 of the American Federation of Teachers, working to make the Union a strong voice for faculty, staff, and librarians on the campus. In addition, she was an active member of Montclair State’s African-American Caucus.

Mary contributed her talents and expertise to her community, through her work at Big Sisters, the Montclair Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Essex County Mental Health Advisory Board. She participated in the Montclair-Pearl Lagoon Sister City Project, making the arduous trip to that remote fishing community in Nicaragua. She returned to Montclair with valuable information that strengthened the Committee’s work. She was an energetic congregant in St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Montclair, teaching Sunday school and working with the youth in other capacities. She was also involved in the Essex County, New Jersey, literacy program.

Listing her activities and accomplishments does not do justice to her importance to those who were privileged to know her. She was a loyal and caring friend to many. She was a gentle, unassuming person who never had a harsh word to convey. She always wanted to brighten the lives of those she knew, to encourage them, to strengthen them when they had a problem, and to show that she was there, if needed. One of her close friends aptly described her as the glue holding many people together. Her family especially meant a great deal to her. Mary touched many lives, and we will all miss her while grateful that she was in our lives but for far too short a time.

Barbara Chasin, Montclair State University; Charlie Flint, William Paterson University; Diane R. Brown, School of Public Health University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey

George G. Reader

George G. Reader, MD, Livingston Farrand Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Medical College), died unexpectedly on October 13, 2005, in his sleep in Rye, NY. He was 86. He leaves his wife, Helen, four sons, Jonathan, David, Mark, and Peter, and five grandchildren.

George’s death is the passing of an extraordinary physician who, in the course of a long and productive career, made significant contributions to medical sociology, public health and community medicine, medical education, and clinical medicine. In each field he played more than one notable role.

Born in Brooklyn, George graduated from Erasmus Hall and Cornell University. He received his MD from Cornell Medical College (1943). After an internship in internal medicine at New York Hospital, he served in the Navy for two years in the Pacific Theater. He returned to New York Hospital where he received his residency training. In 1951, he became a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and an assistant attending physician and chief of the General Medical Clinic at New York Hospital, in addition to becoming an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell Medical College. By 1957, he was a professor in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College, and in 1962, an attending physician in the Hospital. He was Chairman of the Department of Public Health from1972 to 1992.

George became involved with sociology in 1952 when, as a young Medical College faculty member charged with developing curriculum for medical students that emphasized comprehensive patient care, he approached the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia for help in evaluating the program. The Bureau agreed, in part because the endeavor would help further Robert Merton’s current plans for research on socialization for professional roles. In the course, a major research project lasting several years under Merton’s overall supervision and managed by Patricia Kendall, George gradually moved from the status of client to that of collaborator (The Student-Physician,1957). He also developed an appreciation of sociologists and their research capabilities through personal interaction with Bureau personnel, including Merton, Kendall, Si Goode, Paul Lazarsfeld, Renee Fox, Dave Caplovitz, Hanan Selvin, Natalie Rogoff, Bill Martin, and others.

Nurses to sociologists—beginning with Lois Pratt and Mary Goss—formed an integral part of the research arm of the program. After support for the program ended, George obtained other substantial grants that enabled continuation of sociological research within his clinical unit.

Describing George’s career, the former Chair of the Cornell Department of Medicine and New York Hospital wrote: “He immersed himself in the thought and language of sociology, and was largely responsible for demonstrating the applicability of sociological methods of research to the study of clinical problems.” (Comprehensive Medical Care and Teaching, 1967)

In the 1950s, George joined the ASA and played a significant role in the formation of the Medical Sociology Section; and in the 1960s, Eliot Freidson and he worked to establish a medical sociology section in the International Sociological Association.

In community medicine and public health, George was equally active; over his career George directed and participated in many ambitious projects to study and improve the health care of the disadvantaged. Probably the most notable of these efforts is described in Welfare Medical Care: An Experiment (with Goodrich, Olendzki, 1970). Beginning what were to become lasting commitments, in 1956 he became a board member of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, and in 1963 he joined the board of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He also served on the editorial boards of several professional journals and was editor of the Memorial Fund Quarterly: Health and Society (1972-76). He was an active member of the American Public Health Association and several other professional and scientific societies, including the Institute of Medicine and the Royal Societies of Medicine and of Health in Great Britain.

George became internationally known as an imaginative innovator and director of complex projects in medical education, patient care, public health, and related research with a sociological component. He authored or co-authored numerous papers published in a variety of professional journals and books. He remained a dedicated clinician who regularly kept up with advances in internal medicine. He maintained a very small private practice and upon request often helped non-medical colleagues and friends find appropriate medical care. George also enjoyed one-on-one clinical teaching and was always especially gratified when he encountered former students who recognized his contribution to their education. More formal recognition occurred when he was appointed a trustee of Cornell University (1982-87), and in 1992, when he received the Greenberg Award, the highest honor bestowed by the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

George was my colleague at Cornell for some 35 years, and my friend for even longer. In the many research projects and clinical enterprises he headed, he delegated responsibility freely and took credit sparingly; his management style was watchfully permissive. He was engaging and always open to new ideas. George had a marvelous sense of humor, great energy, and exuded warmth in all of his interactions with people. He was devoted to his family.

George leaves many rich intellectual legacies to the fields of medical education, public health, and sociology. His sociological legacy is more than simply intellectual, however: his eldest son, Jonathan W. Reader, is Baker professor of sociology at Drew University.

Mary E.W. Goss, Piscataway, NJ


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