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ASA Submits Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

On April 1, 2003, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the lawsuits challenging the use of race in admissions at the University of Michigan. While the specific cases before the Court involve undergraduate (Gratz v. Bollinger, et al.) and law school (Grutter v. Bollinger, et al.) admissions at Michigan, the impact of the court's decisions are likely to be more far-reaching than the 25-year-old Bakke decision on race-conscious admissions. Should the court's ruling overturn Bakke and declare the use of race unconstitutional, admissions procedures and financial aid programs would be affected in both public and private institutions throughout the United States.

In early September, in response to a member resolution approved at ASA's 2002 Business Meeting, Council authorized ASA to develop an amicus brief that would summarize sociological research that addresses the need for considering race as a factor in college admissions.

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Robert K. Merton, one of the towering figures on whose shoulders contemporary sociology rests, died Sunday, February 23, 2003. He was 92.

Merton was born July 4, 1910, and his extraordinary life story evokes both a very American trajectory appropriate to the holiday birthday and the universalism of science.

Multimedia Portrayals of a Communications Center: Race and Film in Atlanta

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