January 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 1

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Yes, Virginia, There Is High School Sociology

Nearly 70 Teachers Attend ASA High School Sociology Symposium; Sociology Featured in New National Social Studies Framework

New ASA High School Sociology Symposium

On November 22, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, ASA sponsored an all-day symposium for high school teachers of sociology. This was the third event of this kind that ASA has sponsored. The first two ASA high school conferences brought high school teachers to the ASA Annual Meetings in Las Vegas and Denver. Although both programs were evaluated well, they were sparsely attended.

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Looking Back at Three Decades at COSSA

Howard Silver, COSSA

As I leave COSSA (Consortium of Social Science Associations) after 30 years, 25 as its Executive Director, I first want to thank the American Sociological Association for its strong support for COSSA’s important work and its willingness to highlight our activities in Footnotes. I also want to express my appreciation to the three ASA Executive Officers I have had the privilege of working with—Bill D’Antonio, Felice Levine, and Sally Hillsman. All have served as Chairs of the COSSA Executive Committee.

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ASA Awarded Support for Travel Grants for the ISA World Congress

Applications Are Due March 14, 12:00 p.m. (EST)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced an award of $63,250 to the American Sociological Association in support of travel by sociologists in the United States to the XVIII International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology to be held in Yokohama, Japan from July 13-19, 2014. The Congress theme is “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology,” and features sessions focusing on inequalities in different social contexts and situations in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent, and globalized world. For more information about the World Congress see www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/.

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Competing Poverty Measures: An Analysis

On the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, it Is A Good Time to Ask Ourselves How We Define and Measure Poverty.

Sociologists now have choices regarding poverty measures: the official measure, the Supplementary Poverty Measure (SPM), and “basic needs” budgets. Why and how did we get these different approaches to measuring poverty?

Created almost a half-century ago, the official federal poverty measure (called the Federal Poverty Line, or FPL) was criticized almost from the start, even by its author, Molly Orshansky. These critiques culminated in the congressionally mandated 1995 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report, Measuring Poverty.

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