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Capstone Conference Transports Lessons of MOST

Higher education attendees examine how best to achieve diversity and excellence through department-wide change like none other" at the 97th ASA Annual Meeting in August

On June 6-7, 2002, the ASA's Minority Opportunities through School Transformation (MOST) Program held an invitational conference of higher education leaders from throughout the nation to consider the lessons learned from this major initiative to promote diversity and excellence in departments. Nearly 100 participants and speakers met to discuss this long-term effort to transform "business as usual" practices through systemic change in 11 sociology departments. Selected competitively to reexamine patterns and practices in how to attract, educate, and retain students, these departments focused on five areas-curriculum, research training, mentoring, outreach, and pipeline-devising strategies appropriate to their institutions and circumstances.

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Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley, has been elected the 95th President of the ASA, and Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, has been elected Vice President. Burawoy and Pescosolido will assume office in August of 2003, following a year of service as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect, respectively. One of the first responsibilities Burawoy takes on as President-Elect is working with the 2004 Program Committee to develop the ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, to be held August 14-17, 2004.

  2002 Major ASA Award Winners

ASA proudly announces seven recipients of the ASA 2002 awards. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the Annual Meeting's 2002 Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 17, at 4:30 p.m. Chair of the Committee on Awards, Nancy Denton, University of Albany, will preside over this special event.

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