July/August 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 6

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The Results of 2012 Election Are In

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Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania, has been elected the 105th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2013-2014. Brian Powell, Indiana University, has been elected Vice President for 2013-2014. Lareau and Powell will assume their respective offices in August 2013, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect. Lareau will chair the 2014 Program Committee that will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in San Francisco, August 16-19, 2014. As ASA President, Lareau will be a member of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies, and its chair in 2013-2014. She will also be a member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (2013-2015) and the 2014-15 Publications Committee.

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Wheel Utopias: Denver’s Urban Transitions Seen by Bicycle

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Who knew that bicycles were controversial? In 2010, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes opposed efforts to implement a bike-sharing program in Denver, linking his opponent, then-mayor of Denver John Hickenlooper, with Denver’s membership in an international environmental initiative that Maes claimed was promoting the program as part of a “greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.” Nonetheless, Denver’s bicycle-sharing program was implemented later that year (Denver Post 2010).

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Tukufu Talks History Detectives, Offers Advice on Communicating Sociology

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Tukufu Zuberi

Tukufu Zuberi was a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who dabbled in television on the local Comcast station where he talked about social issues of the day and from America’s past. While Zuberi had also made other television appearances during his career, he had no aspirations of television grandeur. Then, one day in 2002, he received a phone call that would thrust him into the spotlight.

“I got a call from the History Detectives,” said Zuberi, who now chairs Penn’s sociology department. “They asked me if I wanted to be on a television show as a host. And, I said, ‘Of course not. I’m too busy doing very important academic work to have time for things like television shows. You need to go find somebody else for that job.’”

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ASA Welcomes Eight New MFP Fellows

ASA and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) are pleased to introduce the eight new Fellows who comprise MFP Cohort 39. The MFP Advisory Panel met this spring in Washington, DC, to review the large and highly competitive pool of applications. MFP Cohort 39 consists of PhD candidates with strong and diverse sociological research interests. The new Fellows will officially begin their participation on August 1, 2012.

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Interested In an ASA Leadership Position?

Even though the 2013 election is 11 months away, the nomination and selection process to identify candidates begins now. 

During the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver, the Committee on Nominations will spend one entire day of the meeting working to identify candidates for the top positions in the association leadership:  President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, Council Members-at-Large, Committee on Publications, and Committee on Committees. 

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