Janaury 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 1

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Seven Sociologists Elected as AAAS Fellows


In October 2012, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected seven sociologists—Howard E. Aldrich, Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Randy Hodson, Melvin L. Oliver, Zhenchao Qian, John Skvoretz, Richard Michael Suzman—among its newly elected 701 fellows. The new AAAS Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 16, 2013, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. These individuals will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. The new sociologist Fellows are in the AAAS Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences. They are:

Howard E. Aldrich is Kenan Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology as well as Adjunct Professor of Management in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Among his research projects is a study of the process by which entrepreneurial teams are founded, and it focuses on similarity and differences between team members.

Nicole Woolsey Biggart is Director of the Energy Efficiency Center and Professor of Management and Sociology at the University of California-Davis. She is an expert in organizational theory and management of innovation, with research interests that include economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change and social bases of technology adoption.

Randy Hodson, Ohio State University-Columbus, is a Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research has focused on income inequality, work and dignity, ethnic intolerance and mental health, and organizational analyses. He is a past editor of the American Sociological Review.

Melvin L. Oliver is the SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to UCSB, he was Vice President of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation. He is the author (with Thomas M. Shapiro) of Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality.

Zhenchao Qian is Chair of the Sociology Department and faculty affiliate with the East Asian Studies Center, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and Initiative in Population Research at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on family demography, race and ethnicity, and immigration.

John Skvoretz is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida and a Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include stratification and mobility, social network theory, group processes, power in exchange networks, and the structure of social action systems. 

Richard Michael Suzman is the Director for the Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health. The Behavioral and Social Research Program is one of four extramural research programs at the NIA and is one of the largest funders of social science research in the country. He has served previously as Chief of Demography and Population Epidemiology at NIA.

The AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and it spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.


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