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ASA General Election Results: Duster Elected ASA President; Persell Elected Vice President

Washington, DC, June 13-ASA conducted its first election ever that allowed members to vote online via the Internet this spring. At the time of ASA's birth in 1905, electricity was just beginning to make inroads into American life, and now a century later, electronic voting has become de rigueur at ASA, with more than half of the voters taking advantage of this new option. Returning paper ballots via postal mail still remained an option.

In this latest election, Troy Duster, New York University, was elected to serve as the 96th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and will be in office as President during ASA's centennial year. Caroline Hodges Persell, also at New York University, has been elected Vice President. Duster and Persell will assume their respective offices in August of 2004, following a year of service as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect.

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ASA Briefs Congress on Policy Role of Racial and Ethnic Data

In Congress, information is essential, but the time a congressional staffer has to track down information is very limited. One key way staff acquire knowledge, especially on the House side, is by attending briefings. The ASA, along with the California Institute for Federal Policy Research, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, and the Population Resource Center, held an unusually well-attended briefing on the importance of collecting racial and ethnic data.

Si Goode Remembered

William Josiah Goode, former President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, died unexpectedly on May 4, 2003. He was best known for his pioneering cross-cultural analysis of marriage and divorce and for his theoretical work on social control systems of prestige, force, and love.

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