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Child Development invites manuscripts for a Special Section on Disasters and the Impact on Child Development. The goal of the special section is to provide an opportunity for researchers from around the world to examine how disasters of nature or human design may affect children of different ages, experiences, cultures, and contexts, as well as how disasters may alter development. We are also interested in a theoretical framework. We are seeking papers that include not only contributions from research, but also those that contribute to new theoretical perspectives and implications for policy. Potential contributors are asked to provide a brief letter of intent (500 words or less) describing thier manuscript to the special section by February 1, 2008. Initial inquiries and letters of intent regarding the Special Issue may be directed to Joy Osofsky at josofs@lsuhsc.edu or Ann Masten at amasten@umn.edu.

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, seeks scholarly papers, short essays and commentaries, or book/article reviews in sociology and from across the disciplines for three of its upcoming Volume VI issues. Initial abstracts and/or brief letters of intent or inquiry regarding the thematic relevance of proposed submissions should be sent as early as possible to the journal. Themes: “Comparative Sociological Imaginations: The Asiatic Modes of Liberation and the Engaged Buddhism of Thich Nhat Hanh,” “Peer Reviewing Peer Review Regimes in Light of Critical Social Theory: Hi/stories, Structures, Contradictions, and Renovations of an Academic Interaction Ritual,” and “From the Classroom: Scholarships of Learning and Teaching the Sociological Imagination.” For submission guidelines, peer reviewing policy, and further elaborations on the issue themes, visit www.okcir.com. Submission Deadline: April 1, 2008. Contact: Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, Editor, Human Architecture, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125; (617) 287-3954; email mohammad.tamdgidi@umb.edu; www.okcir.com.

International Journal of Self Help and Self Care. A Special Issue of the International Journal of Self Help and Self Care, titled “Cross-Cultural and International Issues in Self-Help/Mutual Aid,” is seeking one-page descriptions of manuscripts that focus on cross-cultural and international research on self-help and mutual aid. The purpose of this special issue is to broaden our understanding of the range of contemporary self-help/mutual aid theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. Direct inquiries or email a one-page description by January 15, 2008. Contact: Thomasina Borkman, Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor International Journal of Self Help and Self Care, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030; totborkman@gmu.edu.

Sociological Focus solicits papers for a special issue titled “Globalization of Crime with a Focus on East Asia.” This special issue focuses on the globalization of crime and its control. Topics may include, but are 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. Send your manuscript to Sociological Focus, Department of Sociology, Box 210378, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378. Deadline: March 15, 2008. Submit two printed copies of your manuscript (in ASA format), accompanied by a word-compatible electronic version, and a $15 submission fee. Contact: Liqun Cao, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; email: liqun.cao@emich.edu; or Shanyang Zhao, Department of Sociology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122; email: bzhao001@temple.eduu. Specific submission requirements may be found in a current issue of the journal or at www.ncsanet.org/sociological_focus/Pubindex.html.


2009 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, March 26-29, 2009, Seattle, WA. The OAH would like to extend an invitation to submit session or single paper proposals for the 2009 OAH Annual Meeting. The call for papers is available on the OAH website at www.oah.org/2009.

ASA Communication & Information Technologies (CITASA) Pre-Conference and Graduate Student Workshop, July 31, 2008, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA. Theme: “Worlds of Work: Communication and Information Technologies.” This one-day event combines a preconference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and “Worlds of Works,” and a workshop for 20 selected graduate students researching any aspect of the sociology of communications or information technologies. Pre-Conference Call for Participation: Submissions can be an abstract of 500 words or a paper of no more than 7,000 words. Any research that lies at the intersection of sociology of work and ICT is welcome. Sociologist working outside of sociology departments and those with formal training in other disciplines who take a sociological approach are strongly encouraged to apply. Graduate Student Workshop Call for Participation: Submissions are encouraged from all areas related to the sociology of communication and information technologies. Submissions should be an abstract of 500 words or a paper of no more than 7,000 words. Selected students will give a 15-20 minute presentation of their research. Full papers submitted to the CITASA pre-conference and workshop can simultaneously be submitted to sessions of the regular ASA conference. Papers accepted for the CITASA do not count against ASA limits on the number of papers an author can present at the regular meeting. Submission deadline: March 1, 2008. Send to: CITASA2008@CITASA.ORG. For more information, visit www.citasa.org/preconference.

Global Awareness Society International 17th Annual International Conference, May 22-25, 2008, Sheraton-Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, San Francisco. Theme: “One Globe: Many Voices, Many Challenges.” The central focus of the conference is how globalization impacts various people and systems of the world. The Society has issued a call for contributed papers on a wide variety of topics including international development, global technology, global social and human issues, international social work, global education, and a variety of other multidisciplinary themes. Submit a title and brief abstract to Lewis Mennerick, Sociology, University of Kansas in the body of an email to Mennerick@ku.edu with the letters GASI in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2008. For registration information or general information about GASI, visit orgs.bloomu.edu/gasi.

International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL) 11th International Conference, July 8-11, 2008, FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. IGEL is aimed at the advancement of empirical literary research through international and interdisciplinary cooperation. Presentations can be in the form of posters or spoken papers. Submit proposals in English. Paper submission deadline: February 8, 2008. For more information, visit igelweb.org/igelweb/IGEL2008. Contact: conference@igelweb.org.

Recognizing Knowledge to Reduce Crime and Injustice, June 16-18, 2008, Stockholm, Sweden. Themes: “Experiments in Crime Prevention, Reforming the prison system, and Innovative policing.” The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brĺ) hereby invites researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to the Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2008. Participants are invited to submit papers within any of the three major themes listed online, but also in other areas of contemporary criminology in general. For more information, visit www.criminologysymposium.com.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 58th Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2008, Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, Boston, MA. Theme: “Crossing Borders: Activist Scholarship, Globalization, and Social Justice.” Papers or extended abstracts (2-to 3-page summary of your intended presentation) for presentations at division-sponsored sessions must be sent electronically to session organizers no later than January 31, 2008. If your paper does not fit into one of the sessions listed in the Call for Papers, send your submission to Program Committee Co-Chairs: Hector Delgado, delgadoh@ulv.edu and Wendy Simonds, wsimonds@gsu.edu. Questions should be directed to them as well. Place SSSP in the subject line. For further information, visit www.sssp1.org.

TSCF 2008 International Social Capital Conference, September 19-22, 2008, Buggiba, Malta. Theme: “Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion.” The Social Capital Foundation (TSCF) invites papers and proposals for the TSCF 2008 International Social Capital Conference. All papers and proposals should be submitted by July 30, 2008. For more detailed information, visit www.socialcapital-foundation.org. To submit a paper, a roundtable, or to volunteer to serve as a chair or discussant contact conferences@socialcapital-foundation.org.

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Peter Bearman received one of 10 NIH Pioneer Awards. It was the only Pioneer Award that went to a sociologist.

Sarah Bowen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the Rural Sociological Society Best Graduate Student Paper award.

Kenneth Ferraro and Tetyana P. Shippee, Purdue University, received the 2007 Best Paper Award for Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America.

Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware, received the American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang Award for his book Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts.

Karyn Loscocco, University at Albany, received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching in May 2007 for her service preparing graduate students to teach, her commitment to quality undergraduate education, and her teaching about race and gender inequality.

Thomas Lyson, Cornell University, received the Rural Sociological Society Distinguished Rural Sociologist award.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, received the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Award for Distinguished Service at the Annual Meetings in Pittsburgh in November. This is essentially the organization’s career achievement award, and is only given every so often. NASSS had arranged for a number of his successful USC sociology PhD students to discuss his contributions and present him with the award.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, received the 2007 Morris Janowitz Award for Career Contributions to Military Sociology from the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society.

N. Prabha Unnithan, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, received the 2007 Distinction in Advancement Award from the College of Liberal Arts.

W. Jean Yeung and Caroline Persell, New York University, received an award titled “Intergenerational Racial Stratification and Children’s Cognitive Achievement” from the National Science Foundation.

Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University, and Stanly Lieberson, Harvard University, were elected in April 2007 as resident members of the American Philosophical Society.

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February 7-10, 2008. Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Winter Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Theme: “Thinking Like Organizers As We Do Our Work.” For more information, visit www.socwomen.org/meetings.php for details.

February 15, 2008. Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Sociological Association, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC. For more information, contact Kathy Fritz at Kathy.Fritz@newberry.edu.

March 26-29, 2009. 2009 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. For more information, visit www.oah.org/2009.

March 27-30, 2008. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO. Theme: “Making Sociology More Public.” For more information,visit www.TheMSS.org.

March 29, 2008. Fourth Annual Inter-Ivy Sociology Symposium, Princeton University. Theme: “Bridging Boundaries.” For more information, visit www.princeton.edu/~iiss2008.

April 18-19, 2008. DNA, Race, and History Conference, Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. This conference brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine the emerging and often contested connections between race, DNA, and history. For more information, contact: raceethnicity@sas.rutgers.edu.

April 25-26, 2008. Council on Contemporary Families 11th Annual Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago. Theme: “Family Issues in Contention.” Contact: Ashton Applewhite, Chair, CCF Media Committee, 74 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211; applewhite@earthlink.net; www.contemporaryfamilies.org.

May 22-25, 2008. Global Awareness Society International (GASI) 17th Annual International Conference, Sheraton-Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, San Francisco. Theme: “One Globe: Many Voices, Many Challenges.” The central focus of the conference is how globalization impacts various people and systems of the world. For registration information or general information about GASI, visit orgs.bloomu.edu/gasi.

June 16-18, 2008. Recognizing Knowledge to Reduce Crime and Injustice, Stockholm, Sweden. Themes: “Experiments in Crime Prevention, Reforming the Prison System, and Innovative Policing.” For more information, visit www.criminologysymposium.com.

July 8-11, 2008. The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL) 11th International Conference, FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. IGEL is aimed at the advancement of empirical literary research through international and interdisciplinary cooperation. For more information, visit igelweb.org/igelweb/IGEL2008. Contact: conference@igelweb.org.

July 31-August 2, 2008. The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 58th Annual Meeting, Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, Boston, MA. Theme: “Crossing Borders: Activist Scholarship, Globalization, and Social Justice.” For further information, visit www.sssp1.org.

September 19-22, 2008. TSCF 2008 International Social Capital Conference, Buggiba, Malta. Theme: “Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion.” For more information, visit www.socialcapital-foundation.org. Contact: conferences@socialcapital-foundation.org.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce a new small grants program to support creative research on the U.S. workforce and labor markets in science and engineering (“S&E”). Depending on the number and quality of proposals received, this grant program will provide up to 10 research grants, selected on the basis of a peer review process. Grant budgets requested cannot exceed a total of $45,000. The first grant application deadline is April 7, 2008. For more information, visit www.sloan.org/programs/USScienceWorkforceGrants.shtml

The Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health invites applications for the 2008-2010 fellowship cohort. The fellowship’s objectives are to support a multidisciplinary cohort of promising new social science researchers who study abortion and reproductive health, and produce and share research that informs policy and program design in abortion and reproductive health. The fellowship seeks applicants who are committed to abortion scholarship and careers that include a focus on abortion research and advocacy. The fellowship includes independent and collaborative research, as well as work with advocacy organizations. Each fellow receives an annual stipend between $50,000 and $55,000, health benefits, and educational loan repayment assistance. Fellows may also apply for up to $15,000 per year to support individual research projects. Fellowships are for two years with the second year contingent on successful completion of the first. Contact: fellowship@ibisreproductivehealth.org. Visit ibisreproductivehealth.org for more information.

Human and Social Dynamics: Competition for FY 2008. The Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) priority area fosters breakthroughs in understanding the dynamics of human action and development, as well as knowledge about organizational, cultural, and societal adaptation and change. The FY 2008 competition will include three emphasis areas: Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty. HSD encourages projects investigating complexity and systems thinking, with a goal of revealing the emergent properties of dynamic systems. HSD also encourages projects identifying human drivers of environmental change and exploring the consequences of environmental change on humans. Such research is central in equipping us to handle the most pressing environmental problems for our nation and the world. Deadline: February 19, 2008. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08508.

MPIfG Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (MPIFG) is offering several postdoctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy. The fellowships will start in October 2008 and will be awarded for one year. The program is open to researchers from a variety of social science disciplines. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008. For more information, visit www.mpifg.de/aktuelles/ausschreibungen_en.asp#Post-Doc or for information on the East and Central European Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, visit www.mpifg.de/aktuelles/ausschreibungen_en.asp#east_europe_postdoc.

Naropa University announces three Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowships for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values. Scholars, artists, social activists and practitioners may apply for a one-semester stay for the 2008-09 academic year at the universityin Boulder, CO, during which time they will study with Naropa faculty and work on a project involving Buddhist thought and practice as it relates to some aspect of American culture or society. No prior academic knowledge of Buddhism required. All academic disciplines welcome. Application deadline: February 15, 2008. For more information, visit www.naropa.edu/cace.

NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Award Programs. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is calling for applications for 2008 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. Both programs are part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research and support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. Pioneer Awards provide $2.5 million in direct costs over five years and are open to scientists at any career stage. Pioneer Award applications will be accepted from Dec. 16, 2007, to Jan. 16, 2008. New Innovator Awards provide $1.5 million in direct costs over the same period and are for new investigators who have not received an NIH regular research (R01) or similar grants. NIH expects to make five to 10 Pioneer Awards and up to 24 New Innovator Awards in September 2008. The New Innovator Award application period is from March 3 to 31, 2008. NIH especially encourages women and members of groups that are underrepresented in NIH research areas to apply. For more information, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/innovator_award and nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer. Contact: newinnovator@nih.gov or pioneer@nih.gov.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched Health Games Research, a national program to support research to enhance the quality and effectiveness of interactive games to improve health behaviors and outcomes. The first Health Games Research call for proposals will award up to $2 million to support studies that investigate principles of effective health game design. The proposal deadline is January 29, 2008. Beyond building the evidence base, the $8.25-million grant also will support the ongoing efforts of the Games for Health Project to bring together game developers and health experts to collaborate and share best practices. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is recruiting applications for the 2008 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Persons accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences who will have attained ABD status by September 1, 2008, are invited to apply for the $12,000 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Applications are due by and must be received no later than February 1, 2008. All applicants must be a current member and a citizen of the United States or permanent resident when applying. For further information, visit www.sssp1.org. Contact: Joya Misra; (413) 545-5969; fax (413) 545-0746; misra@soc.umass.edu.

Sloan Work-Family Career Development Grant Program. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of Work-Family Career Development Grants. This program will award grants to up to five junior faculty members who are investigating important work and family questions. The level of support for 2008 is $45,000 per grant recipient. Contact: work-family-grant@sas.upenn.edu. For more information, visit www.sloan.org/programs/Work_Family_Career_Development_Grants.shtml.

STPP Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program in the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan seeks to fill up to two postdoctoral fellow positions (each for two years in residence), starting Fall 2008. Fellows will be expected to perform research in some aspect of science and technology policy, teach courses in science and technology policy, help to organize a seminar series, and work with faculty to develop the STPP program. Applicants should be recent recipients of the doctoral degree, with demonstrated interest in science and technology policy. Awardees will be expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor, MI, for the time of their award and be an active colleague within UM. Applications received by January 15, 2008, will be given first consideration, although we will continue to accept applications after that date. Send application materials in electronic form to fischerb@umich.edu. Applications should include a CV, letter describing research and teaching interests, a statement outlining the proposed research project, teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference. Contact: STPP Fellow Search, Attn: Bonnie Roberts, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 735 S. State Street, 4204 Weill Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091; (734) 615-6942; fischerb@umich.edu; stpp.fordschool.umich.edu.

The United States Institute of Peace invites applications for the 2008-2009 Peace Scholar dissertation fellowship competition of the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution created by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. The Peace Scholar program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace. Peace Scholars work at their universities or appropriate field research sites. Priority will be given to projects that contribute knowledge relevant to the formulation of policy on international peace and conflict issues. Citizens of all countries are eligible, but Peace Scholars must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation by September 1, 2008. The dissertation materials must be received in our offices by January 10, 2008. For more information and an application form, visit www.usip.org. Contact: Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063; jrprogram@usip.org.

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Council on Contemporary Families 2007 Media Awards for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues. The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) announces the opening of nominations for its Sixth Annual Media Awards competition. We honor outstanding journalism that contributes to the public understanding of contemporary family issues, in particular the story behind the story: how diverse families are coping with social and economic change; what they need to flourish; and how these needs can best be met. The Council will issue three awards for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues in 2007: two for journalism in text form (print-or web-based), and one for broadcast journalism. CCF believes that America needs a balanced national conversation about the cultural, legal, and psychological issues that shape both private life and public policy. Writers, editors, and producers may self-nominate; CCF members are also encouraged to submit nominations. Deadline for nominations: February 8, 2008. Contact: Ashton Applewhite, Chair, CCF Media Committee, 74 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211; applewhite@earthlink.net; www.contemporaryfamilies.org.

Holberg International Memorial Prize 2008. Nominations are sought for the Holberg International Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social science, law and theology. The prize, which was established by the Norwegian Storting, is awarded annually by the Board of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund. The prize for 2008 is NOK 4.5 million (approx. $750,000). The prizewinner must have had a decisive influence on international research in the field, for instance through the development of new theory, knowledge or insight, through making new use of existing theories or through the methods used. The prize is awarded on the basis of the recommendation of an academic committee composed of outstanding researchers from the relevant academic fields. Scholars holding a senior position at universities and other research institutions within the above mentioned academic fields are entitled to nominate candidates for the Holberg Prize. The letters of nomination must state the reasons for the nomination (2 to 3 pages). Letters should also contain a brief CV for the candidate and suggested referees who know the scholar and his/her work. Nominations are confidential. Deadline: February 10, 2008. Contact: The Holberg Prize, University of Bergen P.O. Box 7800, NO-5020 Bergen, Norway; info@holbergprisen.no; www.holbergprisen.no.

NIDA Announces New Avant-Garde Award for Innovative AIDS Research. Award is intended to stimulate scientists of exceptional creativity to study concepts and approaches in the forefront of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS research. In a move to stimulate high-impact research into the link between drug abuse prevention and treatment and HIV/AIDS, NIDA will provide up to $500,000 per year for five years to two or three scientists of exceptional creativity who propose cutting-edge approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. Applicants will undergo a rigorous selection process to establish each proposal’s potential for high-impact contributions to drug abuse research on HIV/AIDS research. Applications for the 2008 Avant-Garde Award will be accepted until March 26, 2008. For further information or to submit a nomination, visit www.nida.nih.gov/avgp.html

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In the News

Ronald L. Akers, University of Florida, was quoted in The South Florida Sun Sentinal on November 27, 2007, in an article on why four teenagers accused of raping a mother accepted a plea deal in the case and in the Florida Daily Sun on November 13, 2007, in an article on the state’s new crime statistics.

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, was quoted in Yahoo! News on December 5, 2007, in a story on Mitt Romney’s speech on religious tolerance.

Peter S. Bearman, Columbia University, was quoted in the New York Times on November 14, 2007, in an article on the statement of concern Columbia University faculty presented the university President Lee Bollinger.

Wendell Bell, Yale University, was interviewed by Forbes Magazine about his views on the future. The article appeared on October 15, 2007.

William Bielby, University of Illinois-Chicago, was featured in an October 15 Fortune Magazine article on discrimination in the workplace. He served as an expert witness in a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart that is examined in the article.

Monica Boyd, University of Toronto, was quoted by The Canadian Press on December 4, 2007, in an article on how Canada’s three largest cities are struggling to cope with a flood of new immigrants.

Dalton Conley, New York University, was quoted in an article on November 14, 2007, on Yahoo! Finance on whether friends cause each other to go into debt.

Jay Corzine, University of Central Florida, was quoted by The Associated Press on November 30, 2007, in an article on a North Carolina ex-convict who is charged with murdering five people. He was quoted in The Orlando Sentinal on November 19, 2007, in an article questioning a new study that describes Orlando as a crime haven.

Carlos Garcia, San Jose State University, was quoted in a November 19, 2007, The San Jose Mercury News article on new Census information that illustrates how Santa Clara County’s largest immigrant groups are changing.

John G. Dale, George Mason University, was interviewed by more than 50 broadcast and print news outlets on the protests in Myanmar, including The International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Associated Press, MSNBC, and The Washington Post.

Donald Davis, Dalton State College, was quoted in The Daily Citizen on November 16, 2007, on noted chestnut scientist Hill Craddock’s speech at Dalton State College on December 4.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on November 8 about the potential for resolving the writers’ strike. He was quoted in the Pasadena Star-News on November 13 and November 15, and in the November 15 issue of Pasadena Weekly about his role as a leader of an organizing campaign around public school reform in Pasadena called Invest in Kids. He authored a column in the LA Jewish Journalabout the widening economic divide in Pasadena on October 19. Dreier authored a column in the Huffington Post on November 4 about the Republican Party’s efforts to change the rules about divvying up California’s electoral votes. He was also quoted in The Nation magazine about this GOP initiative. He authored an op-ed column in the LA Business Journal on November 12 about a grassroots coalition demanding that retail giant Tesco sign a “community benefits agreement” as a condition of opening stores in the LA area. His op-ed was based in part on a report he coauthored with his Occidental colleagues, Shopping for a Market: Evaluating Tesco’s Entry into Los Angeles and the United States.

Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle on December 2, 2007, in an article on DNA ancestry testing and how accurate these tests really are. He also wrote an opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education on November 6, 2007, on the recent “copycat” noose hangings and what the noose represents.

Craig Eckert, Eastern Illinois University, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 2, 2007, in an article on what murdered Washington Redskins’ player Sean Taylor’s legacy would be.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy at West Point, was interviewed and quoted in a front-page USA Today story on November 27 on volunteerism on the part of the public in supporting American troops deployed overseas. He was also interviewed about his forthcoming book on American soldiers in Iraq on NPR affiliate KCUR in Kansas City on November 12.

Ron F. Eyerman, Yale University, was interviewed by CBS News on November 8, 2007, on the Writers Guild Strike.

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in an October 5 Chicago Tribune article about a Blue Island, IL, couple that is accused of stealing over $6 million from hundreds of Latino residents through fraudulent financial investments. She discussed how cultural similarities may have allowed the couple to gain the trust of their clients.

Elizabeth Gorman, University of Virginia, and Julie Kmec, Washington State University, had their study on how women say they have to work harder than men covered by United Press International on November 30, 2007.

Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, had his study on how married women do less housework per week as their income rises covered by The Associated Press on November 16, 2007. The article was reprinted in several newspapers nationwide.

David Halle, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted by The Associated Press on November 30, 2007, in an article on celebrity auctions.

Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University, was quoted in The Oregonian on December 2, 2007, in an article on how social site networkers tend to segregate by race and class.

Charlene Harrington, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in the Hartford Courant on November 19, 2007, in an article on Connecticut’s outdated minimum staffing law in nursing homes.

David Karen, Bryn Mawr College, was mentioned in Inside Higher Ed on December 3, 2007, in an article on Senator Joseph Biden’s comments to a sociology student at Bryn Mawr College during a speech there.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY-Graduate Center, was quoted in a November 30, 2007 Washington Post story analyzing Rudolf Giuliani’s role in New York City’s crime decline.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Essex County College, was interviewed on WBAI’s show Under the Learning Tree on November 22, 2007. The topic was: “What Is the Responsibility of European Americans in Resolving Racism in American Society?”

Brayden G. King’s, Brigham Young University, study on how protests directed at public companies can make their share prices decline was covered by the Salt Lake Tribune on November 13, 2007.

Stephen L. Klineberg, Rice University, had his survey showing that most white residents in Houston, TX, favor punishing employers who hire undocumented workers was covered by The Houston Chronicle on November 17, 2007.

Mary Kosut, State University of New York-Purchase, was quoted in a November 22 New York Times article on the growing trend of mothers getting tattoos.

John H. Kramer, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in the Dallas Morning News on November 16, 2007 in an article on the trend in Dallas, TX, of murders receiving probation for their crimes.

Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, was quoted on December 2, 2007, in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in an article on whether the Amish should start accepting federal money to help preserve their farms.

Paul Lasley, Iowa State University, was quoted in The Des Moines Register on December 5, 2007, in an article on how farming families in Iowa are struggling to preserve their family homes as the number of farms in Iowa shrink.

Edward O. Laumann, University of Chicago, was quoted in The National Reviewon December 3, 2007, in an article on a new Center for Disease Control report that shows a rise in sexually transmitted diseases.

Jerry L. Lembcke, Holy Cross College, was quoted in The Roanoke Times on November 25, 2007, in an article about whether veterans from the Iraq War are being spit on when they return to the United States.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted by The Associated Press on December 4, 2007, in an article about Pat Robertson turning over the reins of the Christian Broadcasting Network to his son.

Judith Lorber, City University of New York-Brooklyn, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the New York Times on November 27, 2007, on an opinion piece called “Taking Science on Faith.” Stephen J. Morewitz had his research on the Quanza survivors discussed in the New York Times article, “Fleeing Hitler and Meeting a Reluctant Miss Liberty,” July 8, 2007.

Ann J. Morning, New York University, was interviewed by NY1 News on her essay on how DNA tests do not necessarily offer answers to those searching for answers to who they are and where they came from on November 6, 2007.

Katherine Newman, Princeton University, was interviewed by Bill Moyer on PBS on November 2, 2007, about her new book on the missing class and poverty.

Timothy J. Owens, Purdue University, was cited in a November 4 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article on the identity salience and claims.

Joshua Aaron Page, University of Minnesota, was quoted in The Minnesota Daily on November 27, 2007, in an article on a new report that suggests the need for prison reforms in the United States.

C.J. Pascoe, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in an article by Agence France-Presse on how online bullying is becoming more and more a part of teen life in the United States. The article was reprinted by numerous media outlets.

Lisandro Perez, Florida International University, was quoted in the Miami Herald on November 30, 2007, in an article on the resolution that was reached over an acrimonious custody fight over a 5-yearold Cuban girl.

Douglas V. Porpora, Drexel University, was interviewed by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, PA, on November 25, 2007, in a report about the controversy over the film, “The Golden Compass.”

Denise Reiling, Eastern Michigan University, was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch, on November 5, 2007, in an article about how commuting times have drastically gone up.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, is quoted in an October 16 cover story in Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye edition. The article focuses on women earning more income than men and how the salary gap impacts dating.

John P. Robinson, University of Maryland, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on November 19, 2007, in an article on a new law that will further limit drivers’ use of hand held phones.

Mary R. Rose, University of Texas, was quoted in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on December 5, 2007, in an article on a prominent trial in Pittsburgh that used an anonymous jury.

Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in The Los Angeles Times on November 30, 2007, in an article on a new Pew Research Center report that shows fluency in English within immigrant families increases across generations.

Paul G. Schervish, Boston College, was quoted in The Patriot Ledger on December 2, 2007, in an article on how more businesses are choosing to celebrate the holidays by donating to charities.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted on November 16, 2007, in a WebMD article on how to fight right when fighting with your significant other.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show, Situation Room, regarding increasing Hispanic enlistment in the U.S. Military on October 12. He was quoted that day in the San Antonio Express News regarding the recruitment of convicted felons to help meet military enlistment goals. He was interviewed on BBC News on October 23 regarding women serving in combat. He was quoted in the New York Times on November 11 about the reasons and implications of the declining number of veterans in New York state. On November 12 he was quoted in the Kansas City Star regarding the downsizing of the Air Force and the Navy, and the failure of a blue-to-green program to encourage people to transfer to the Army. He was quoted in the Air Force Times on an attempt by the Gallup Organization to develop a standardized multiple-choice test to measure leadership potential for the Air Force Academy. He was quoted on December 4, 2007, in an article on Military.com on whether Congress will reinstate the draft.

Mady W. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in the New York Times on November 2 regarding the impact of length of deployments and repeated deployments on the families of military personnel.

Arthur B. Shostak, Drexel University, was quoted in The Courier Journal on November 19, 2007, in an article on how Ford workers are turning to prayer in Louisville, KY, in order to cope with job loss.

Rita J. Simon, American University, wrote an opinion piece in The Oregonian on December 2, 2007, on the controversy over Gabriel Allred, a 26-month old foster child who has been living with a family in Oregon, but is being sent back to Mexico to live with his grandmother.

Royce A. Singleton, Jr., College of the Holy Cross, was quoted on November 25, 2007, in Inside Higher Ed in an article on the living-learning program offered to freshman at the College of Holy Cross.

Irving Smith, U.S. Military Academy, was quoted in the Boston Globe on October 7 on the decline in military enlistment among African Americans, and was interviewed on that topic on October 9 on National Public Radio.

Paul Starr, Princeton University, was interviewed on November 20, 2007, on National Public Radio’s On Point with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about the national political opportunities for liberals following the chronic missteps of the Bush Administration.

Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California-Irvine, Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, and Vincent J. Roscigno, Ohio State University, were quoted in a New York Magazine article on the Writers Guild and Broadway stagehand strikes on November 19, 2007.

Murray A. Straus, University of New Hampshire, was interviewed by MSNBC on December 3, 2007, in a story on whether the Massachusetts anti-spanking bill goes too far.

Andrew Szasz, University of California-Santa Cruz, was quoted on December 3, 2007, in an article on the solution to people’s growing concerns about purchasing products contaminated by chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.

Barbara Trepagnier, Texas State University, was quoted in Newsday on November 25, 2007, in an article on ethnic hairstyles in corporate life.

Stephen Warner, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in an October 30 Daily Herald article on the role that religion and religious communities play as immigrants establish cultural connections in America.

Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, was quoted on November 30, 2007, in The Christian Science Monitor in an article on a class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary stressing traditional marital roles.

Brad Wilcox, University of Virginia, was quoted by The Associated Press on November 19, 2007, in an article on how as families change to fewer households with two biological parents, the risk for abuse in the family may rise as well. The story was reprinted in hundreds of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, MSNBC, and The New York Post.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was quoted in The Boston Globe on November 5, 2007, on how Ward Connerly’s “Super Tuesday for Equal Rights” campaign against affirmative action will affect the November 2008 election.

Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University, had her book, Pricing the Priceless Child, mentioned in a MSNBC report on how overwhelming the financial burdens of parenting can be on November 14, 2007.

Sharon Zukin, City University of New York, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on November 16, 2007, in an article on wine and wealth.

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Michael Allen, Washington State University, will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, during the first semester of 2008.

Robert Anderson recently joined the University of Toronto as a Professor of Sociology.

Candace Kruttschnitt is joining the faculty at the University of Toronto as a Full Professor of Sociology in January 2008.

Vanina Leschziner recently joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Jean-Anne Sutherland started as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington this fall.

Kris De Welde accepted a position in the Social & Behavioral Sciences department at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers this fall.

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Sharon Collins, University of Illinois-Chicago, has been retained as an expert witness in a Wall Street Journal racial discrimination case.

Anna Guevarra, University of Illinois-Chicago, was elected as a member of the Carework Network Steering Committee, an international organization of researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of care work.

John L. Hammond, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, lectured on human rights education at the Catholic University of Angola in Luanda and the Lusiadas University in Lobito.

Mosi Ifantuji, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Catherine Harnois presented a paper titled “Discrimination as Gendered: An Intersectional Analysis of Racial Discrimination” at the Illinois Sociological Association meetings.

Kiljoong Kim, University of Illinois-Chicago, presented a paper titled “Housing Purchase Patterns in Chicago: An Exploratory Analysis Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling” at the Illinois Sociological Association Meetings.

Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center-CUNY, gave a keynote address on “Sport: The Playing Ground of Gender” at the World Congress of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport and the International Sociology of Sport Association in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 4.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, was named one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators” by the Institute for International Sport.

Stephen J. Morewitz’s research on the World War II survivors aboard the Steamship Quanza was used by Victoria Redel in her new novel, The Border of Truth.

Martin Oppenheimer, Rutgers University, will have two articles in the Winter 2008 New Politics “Does Immigration Hurt U.S.-born Workers?” plus a short commemorative piece on Sacco and Vanzetti.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Elizabeth Seale, North Carolina State University, presented their paper “How Tween-agers Policy Gender” at the Illinois Sociological Association meetings.

Moshe Semyonov, University of Illinois-Chicago, was invited to meet with a delegation from the European Parliament to discuss relations with Israel. The meetings were held October 28-November 3 in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Stephen Warner, University of Illinois-Chicago, delivered the presidential address, “Singing and Solidarity,” to the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Tampa, FL, on November 3, 2007.

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Members’ New Books

James A. Beckford, University of Warwick, and N.J. Demerath III, University of Massachusetts, eds., The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (Sage, 2007).

Hans Braun, Uta Gerhardt, and Everhard Holtmann, eds., Die Lange Stunde Null-Gelenkter Sozialer Wandel In Westdeutschland Nach 1945 (Nomos, 2007).

Stephen Ellingson, Hamilton College, The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, and Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, eds., Dual Citizenship in Global Perspective: From Unitary to Multiple Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Uta Gerhardt, Heidelberg University, Denken Der Demokratie -Die Soziologie Im Atlantischen Transfer Des Besatzungsregimes (Steiner, 2007).

Phillip B. Gonzales, University of New Mexico, ed., Expressing New Mexico: Nuevomexicano Creativity, Ritual, and Memory (University of Arizona, 2007).

Roger Guy, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, From Diversity to Unity: Southern and Appalachian Migrants in Uptown Chicago, 1950-1970 (Lexington Books, 2007).

Stephen J. Morewitz and Mark L. Goldstein, Aging and Chronic Disorders (Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2007).

P. R. Newman, and B. M. Newman, Theories of Human Development (Psychology Press/Taylor and Francis, 2007).

James B. Pick, University of Redlands, Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (John Wiley and Sons, 2008).

Maurice Punch, London School of Economics, Zero Tolerance Policing with Policy Press in the UK (Policy Press, 2007).

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, University of Illinois-Chicago, and David L. Brunsma, University of Missouri, Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College, and Peter Meiksins, Cleveland State University, Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy (Pine Forge Press, 2008).

Lisa Anne Zilney, Montclair State University, Linking Animal Cruelty and Family Violence (Cambria Press, 2007).

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New Publications

International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR). New for 2008 from Left Coast Press, Inc., sponsored by the International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, and the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. IRQR encourages the use of critical, experimental, and traditional forms of qualitative inquiry in the interests of social justice. We seek works that are both academically sound and partisan, works that offer knowledge-based radical critiques of social settings and institutions while promoting human dignity, human rights, and just societies around the globe. Linked to the annual Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, much of the journal’s content will be drawn from presentations and themes developed from these international meetings. Contact: Norman K. Denzin, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, 810 South Wright Street, 228 Gregory Hall, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 333-0795; fax: (217) 244-7695; n-denzin@uiuc.edu. For more information or subscriptions, contact journals@LCoastPress.com.

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Caught in the Web

Free Evaluation Resources for Developing Countries. This project intends to provide free online classes to evaluators in developing countries. The classes will cover many aspects of evaluation, including methods and politics. This announcement is also an invitation to participate in the project, by helping to prepare or review classes, promote the project or any other contribution. For more information, visit earth.prohosting.com/elecon/evaldevel/evaldevelopment.html.

A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a new web page to assist the public in identifying evidence-based programs and practices that can prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices on the Web at www.samhsa.gov/ebpWebguide features 37 websites that contain information about specific evidence-based interventions or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings. The Web Guide, a component of SAMHSA’s Science and Service Initiative, can be used by stakeholders throughout the behavioral health field to promote awareness of current intervention research and to increase the availability and implementation of evidence-based practices. Users can browse the listings in the Web Guide by content area, age group, or treatment setting. For more information, visit A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices at www.samhsa.gov/ebpWebguide.

MOST Policy Research Tool. UNESCO is launching a new tool to support policymaking based on research results from international social and human sciences. Designed and developed under the aegis of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, this service will be freely accessible on the website of the Organization. It will provide customized access to policy-relevant material (case studies) according to specific locations (city, country, region) and/or themes related to social transformations (urbanization, migration phenomena, human rights, sustainable development, etc.) The server will first be running on a collection of documents produced within the framework of the UNESCO Forum for Higher Education, Research and Knowledge, and will be gradually enriched by research from around the globe, notably through the network of UNESCO Chairs in social and human sciences. The tool is currently available in English, French, and Spanish, and will soon be extended to the other United Nations official languages. To access the MOST Policy Research Tool, visit portal.unesco.org/shs/en/ev.php-URL_ID=7796&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html.

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New Programs

PhD in Gender Studies at Arizona State University. The PhD in Gender Studies is designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary training in theory and methods needed to create original research and scholarship about gender. At the core of the program are four required courses: Critical Concepts of Gender; Mapping the Intersections of Gender; Engendering Methodology; and Research Design. There are three areas of specialization: Justice, Social Change and Sustainability; Health Science and Technology; and Visual and Narrative Culture. The program will consider students entering with either a BA or MA/MS. For more information, visit wgs.asu.edu. Contact: Women and Gender Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, PO Box 874902, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4892.

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Summer Programs

2008 Visiting Professor Program. The Advertising Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP). The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. 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. July 14 -25, 2008. Professors chosen by the VPP Selection Committee will be placed with host companies in New York City, Chicago, and other major cities. Visit the “on-campus” section at www.aef.com for a program application. Contact: Sharon Hudson, Vice President, Program Manager, at (212) 986-8060, ext.15 or sh@aef.com. Application Deadline: February 15, 2008.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Internship Opportunities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the application period for summer research training opportunities at its Intramural Program (IRP) facility in Baltimore, MD. The internship program is part of NIDA’s commitment to introducing the science of addiction to some of the best and brightest young scientists in America. Students who are accepted to the program will work closely with some of the world’s leading addiction scientists in an environment devoted exclusively to leading biomedical research. Examples of research projects include: drug-seeking behavior in rats, smoking cessation, genomic studies for nicotine dependence, and the effects of methamphetamine and cocaine on the brain. The Summer 2008 Internship Programs are for students 16 years of age or older who are enrolled at least half-time in high school, have finished high school, or are attending an accredited U.S. college or university. All internships pay monthly stipends based upon education levels. The internships run a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Application deadline: March 1. For more information, visit www.training.nih.gov/student/sip/index.asp.

Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates. The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware welcomes applications for the Fourth Annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Ten students from a variety of disciplines will be selected to participate in a nine-week program providing hands-on research training and mentoring in social science aspects of disasters. A stipend and all transportation and lodging expenses are included. Students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2009 and students traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools are strongly encouraged to apply. Students should have declared a social science major and/or completed at least 12 credits in the social sciences. Deadline for application: February 1, 2008. For program details, guidelines, and application materials, visit www.udel.edu/DRC/REU. Contact: Lynn Letukas at (302) 831-6625 or lletukas@udel.edu.

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