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12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR), August 14-17, 2008, Adelaide, Australia. Theme: “Justice in a Diverse Society.” Researchers from all relevant disciplines are invited to submit contributions on a topic related to this theme or any other aspect of justice and fairness. ISJR is worldwide among the most important societies representing social scientists working in the field of justice. Its biennial scientific meetings aim to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue and represent the most current advances in justice research. The 2008 Conference will present a forum for the discussion of research on justice and diversity and other questions related to justice and fairness. The Program Committee invites submissions of symposia, individual papers, and posters. The submission deadline is March 15, 2008. For more information, visit

The Association for Humanists Sociology (AHS) 2008 Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 2008, John Hancock Center, Boston, MA. Theme: “What is to be Done? Public Sociology in Theory and Practice.” This Annual Meeting is an opportunity to examine the past, evaluate the present, and begin to shape the future of a public sociology that matters. Paper submissions should address some aspect of public sociology and its relationship to teaching, activism, policy or communitybased research, or other topics related to incorporating humanist goals with sociological work. Send papers, abstracts, posters, or session/workshop ideas to Daniel Egan at or AHS President, Corey Dolgon, at

Sociological Imagination Group 9th Annual Meeting, July 31-August 1, 2008, Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA. Theme: “Confronting Fundamental Social Problems.” Our focus is not only on unearthing serious problems but also on taking responsibility for developing insights to address them effectively. Send a one-page abstract to Bernie Phillips at by March 31.


The Korean Journal of Sociology is an official journal of the Korean Sociological Association, published biannually in June and December. It publishes original works of interest to the discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of qualitative or quantitative research that advance our understanding of Korean society and related subjects. It aims to promote academic interaction and communication among sociologists in Korea and abroad. Authors should submit an electronic copy of their manuscript to in either MS word or HWP format.

Population and Environment publishes articles, commentary, and reviews related to the bi-directional links between population, natural resources, and the natural environment, with the purpose of deepening scientific and policy dialogue in this often complex area. The coverage is multidisciplinary, spanning a range of social, policy, life, and natural sciences. Population and Environment reaches a wide readership of researchers working in academic and policy institutions in the fields of demography, economics, sociology, geography, environmental studies, public health, ecology and associated sub-disciplines. For further information on submitting your paper, visit the journal’s website at or contact Lori Hunter at

Theory in Action invites U.S. and international submissions of well-researched and thought-provoking papers from various disciplines. Works are welcomed from faculty, graduate students, activists, and independent scholars. We accept both theoretical and empirical papers by scholar-activists. Submissions are due April 15, 2008. Guidelines for submission are online at Submissions should be sent using our online form found in the “submissions” menu of Theory in Action.

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Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University, was awarded a $300,000 planning grant with colleague Peter Miller from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to assess the feasibility of a longitudinal survey on digital media use by youth.

Angela Hattery, Wake Forest University, received the 2008 Building the Dream Award, which is presented to an outstanding faculty member on each campus who exemplifies the goals and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Rosanna Hertz, Wellesley College, had her book Single By Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family, named one of the outstanding books for 2007 by Choice. It was also a C. Wright Mills finalist in 2006.

D. Michael Lindsay, had his book, Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite, named a “Best Book of 2007” by Publishers Weekly.

Philip A. May, University of New Mexico Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA) and New Mexico Access to Research Careers, recently received the Wayne S. Fenton Undergraduate Research Educator Award presented by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is the second individual to receive the award, which was initiated last year.

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March 27-30, 2008. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO. Theme: “Making Sociology More Public.” Pre-registration deadline: March 6. There will be on-site registration. For more information, visit

April 3-4, 2008. CROW: Graduate Committee for Research on Women/Gender Graduate Gender Symposium, University of Akron. The 2nd Graduate Gender Symposium showcases graduate student scholarship which seeks to explore and understand the various and often contested meanings of gender. For more information, visit

July 8-11, 2008. International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media 11th International Conference, FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis. Contact:;

July 9-12, 2008. Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Paris, France. Theme: “Building Bridges: Political Psychology and Other Disciplines, Political Psychology and the World.” Contact:

July 12-15, 2008. Society for Text and Discourse 18th Annual Meeting, FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis. For more information, visit

July 29-31, 2008. Third US-UK Medical Sociology Conference, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Theme: “Expanding Comparative Frames for Medical Sociology: Professionals, Patients and the Public.” This is the third in a series of residential conferences designed to bring together scholars of sociology of health and illness in a small group setting. Rather than traditional panel presentations, the format of this conference alternates between invited plenary presentations and small working group meetings focused on topics listed online. This meeting is limited to 100 attendees. This is a residential conference, with choice of university or hotel accommodations. For more information and to register, visit Contact: Sarafina Kennedy at

July 31-August 1, 2008. Sociological Imagination Group 9th Annual Meeting, Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA. Theme: “Confronting Fundamental Social Problems.” Our focus is not only on unearthing serious problems but also on taking responsibility for developing insights that can address them effectively. Contact: Bernie Phillips at

August 14-17, 2008. 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR), Adelaide, Australia. Theme: “Justice in a Diverse Society.” ISJR’s biennial scientific meetings aim to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue and represent the most current advances in justice research. The 2008 Conference will present a forum for the discussion of research on justice and diversity and other questions related to justice and fairness. For more information, visit

November 6-9, 2008. The Association for Humanists Sociology (AHS) 2008 Annual Meeting, John Hancock Center, Boston, MA. Theme: “What is to be Done? Public Sociology in Theory and Practice.” This is an opportunity to examine the past, evaluate the present, and begin to shape the future of a public sociology that matters. Contact: Daniel Egan at or AHS President Corey Dolgon at

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The American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2008 fellowship competition, and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to 11 months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD degree for up to nine months of research in India. The application deadline is July 1, 2008. Contact: American Institute of Indian Studies, 1130 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 702-8638;

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research offers postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program. Trainee stipends range from $35,568 to $51,036 per year. The major foci of the program are mental health services research and psychosocial factors in mental health and illness. Participating disciplines include sociology, psychology, psychiatry, history, economics, anthropology, public policy, and social work. Two-year appointments starting June 2008 are available. Further information on the Institute and training program faculty is available at Contact: Deborah Carr, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 30 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1293;

The National Children’s Study will fund 10-15 additional Study Centers to manage Study operations in communities across the country. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (the Study’s home institute at NIH) is planning to award contracts to expand the active locations in the Study giving more organizations the ability to serve as Study Centers. Study Centers will manage Study operations at one or more previously designated Study locations. Proposal deadline: April 1, 2008. For more information, visit Contact: Fred Ettehadieh at

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently unveiled three funding announcements for supplements to current NIH grants to facilitate the exploration of interactions between behavioral/social and genetic factors in health and illness. The goal is to improve understanding of the determinants of disease as well as to inform efforts to reduce health risks and enhance treatment. Application deadline: May 13, 2008. The announcements are available at:,, and

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research(OBSSR) released three funding opportunity announcements on community-based participatory research (CBPR). The program announcement (PA) seeks R01 grant applications that propose intervention research on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities that communities and researchers jointly conduct. The program announcements with special review/receipt (PAR) seek both R01 and R21 applications that propose research on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers and targets medically underserved areas and medically underserved populations as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. For more information, visit: CBPR Interventions PA:, CBPR Targeting the Medically Underserved PAR (R01):, CBPR Targeting the Medically Underserved PAR (R21):

NCHS/CDC Grants for Public Health Research Dissertation (R36). The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for support of public health dissertation research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has particular interest in supporting dissertation research on (1) survey methodology and statistics or (2) projects using NCHS data sets alone or in conjunction with other data sets. Dissertation applications must focus on methodological and research topics that address the mission and research interests of Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The full CDC FOA can be found at Deadline: April 10. Contact: Virginia S. Cain, (301) 458-4395;

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Jorge Perez-Lopez Student Award Competition. The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the Jorge Perez-Lopez Student Award Competition. Anyone can nominate original papers authored by undergraduate and graduate students in good standing. The papers should address topics related to Cuba’s domestic issues, its foreign relations, Cuban Americans or Cuba in comparative perspectives. At a minimum, papers are expected to outline a thesis statement and present evidence or data supporting it. All nominations, ranging from 15-20 pages, must follow one of the standard academic writing and citations styles. Self nominations are welcomed. The first prize for Graduate Awards is a stipend of $600, up to $400 travel grant, and the publication of the paper in the conference proceedings. The second prize is $300. The Undergraduate Award first prize is $300, up to $400 travel, and publication in the conference proceedings. The second prize is $200. Contact: Enrique S. Pumar, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, P.O. Box 28267, Washington, DC 20038-8267;; Deadline: May 20, 2008.

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In the News

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, appeared on CNN Headline News on the program Showbiz Tonight on the topic of how young celebrities are reflecting a general trend of extended adolescence in America.

Nancy T. Ammerman, Boston University, was quoted by the Associated Press on January 10, 2008, in an article on a controversial Kentucky Southern Baptist seminary president who has advocated a Christian “exit strategy” from public schools. She was also quoted in a January 26 Washington Post article on moderate Baptists building a coalition for a stronger voice.

William Bielby, University of Illinois-Chicago, was profiled in the October 15, 2007, issue of Fortune in “The War over Unconscious Bias,” an article on class action gender discrimination litigation. In the December 10 issue, Bielby topped Fortune’s “Scary Power” list of “people business hate to see coming.”

Kathleen A. Bogle, LaSalle University, was featured in a January 29, 2008, interview on concerning her new book, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relations on Campus.

Xavier de Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, appeared several times on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program on August 16 to discuss surprising findings on neighborhood effects in the Moving to Opportunity experiment, on December 26 to discuss controversial plans to demolish public housing in New Orleans and replace it with “mixed-income housing,” and on January 23, 2008, to discuss race and politics in the 2008 presidential election. His study on interracial friendship and segregation appeared in Biotech Week on January 9, 2007.

Terry Clark, University of Chicago, had his research on cultural amenities in urban neighborhoods covered in a New City cover story in its January 10 issue.

Tim Clydesdale, College of New Jersey, was featured in a February 1 Chronicle of Higher Education article about his book The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School, which addresses how the first year of college experience does or does not change students’ worldviews.

Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, was interviewed on BBC Radio’s Simon Mayo program about the role of religion in American politics on January 9, by Women’s Enews on the place of abortion in the presidential campaign on January 18, by the Union Leader and Eagle Tribune on evangelicals on January 5, and by Agence France Press about the impact of the Roe v. Wade decision on American religion and culture, which appeared in interview quoted in the Gulf Times,, El Nuevo Herald, and Yahoo News on January 22.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, wrote a column in the Huffington Post on January 9, 2008, about the tension between Hillary Clinton’s progressive and centrist views.

Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was quoted in an October 10 issue of Mundo Hispanico on the rise of black and Latino tensions in high schools in the Atlanta area.

Steve Gold, Michigan State University, was quoted January 16, 2008, by The Jewish Daily Forward in an article about Israeli immigrants’ supplemental schools.

Jennifer Goode, Howard University, was interviewed by WHUR radio in Washington, DC, on November 29, 2007, about the NBC Nightly News five-part series on African American women that focused on the black family and disparity in education amongst males and females.

Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University, was quoted in The New York Times on December 17, 2007, about her work on users and non-users of social networking sites such as Facebook. She was also interviewed live on the news show Chicago Tonight (WTTW) on November 21, 2007, on the same topic.

Philip N. Howard, University of Washington, was quoted in the December issue of Vanity Fair on political data mining and the use of private databases for managing citizens at election time.

Alexandra Kalev, University of Arizona, and Frank Dobbin, Harvard University, were quoted in a January 20 Washington Post article about their research on diversity training and what is effective and what type is not. The original research appeared in a 2006 American Sociological Review. Lauren Edelman, University of California-Berkeley, was also quoted in the article in support of the research.

William Mangino, Hofstra University, was featured in a Newsday article on January 12 regarding the suspension of Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman for her comment that today’s golfers should “lynch” Tiger Woods in a back alley.

Steven Martin, University of Maryland, was cited in a January 15 Washington Post article for his research on the education level and age at which parents have children.

Christine H. Morton, ReproNetwork, was cited in a January 7, 2008, USA Today column about the declining relevance of childbirth education in the United States, based on the findings of ethnographic research funded by Lamaze International.

Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was quoted and had his research on the social norms approach to reducing alcohol abuse contrasted with traditional prevention strategies in Scotland’s two national newspapers, The Herald on October 16 and The Scotsman on October 23rd.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted in the Mobile Press Register concerning his research findings on the social and economic impacts of “snowbirds” in the Alabama coastal zone on January 1, 2008. He was interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting on the social impacts of Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which aired throughout the month of January. He also appeared on WLOX TV, Biloxi,MS, and discussed his research on community recovery from Hurricane Katrina which aired on the program Newsweek Gulf Coast on January19 and 20, 2008.

Tony Pogorelc, Catholic University of America, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on December 9, 2007, on the upward mobility of Catholic clergy from the Pittsburgh Diocese. He and colleague Bill D’Antonio, Catholic University of America, were interviewed about their new book, Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change, on the January 3, 2008, installment of Interfaith Voices, a program discussing key public issues through the lenses of various faith perspectives, which appears on NPR stations.

Francesca Polletta, University of California- Irvine, was quoted in a January 13 New York Times article about Clinton’s surprising win in the New Hampshire primary and her emotional response to a question about how she was holding up.

Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University, was interviewed by CBS in Beijing on December 20, 2007, on architectural mega projects prepared for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She discussed the impact of foreign-designed architecture on Chinese cities.

Lauren A. Rivera, Harvard University, and Kevin J. Delaney, Temple University, were quoted in a January 6 New York Timesarticle on students choosing investment firms and start-ups over becoming a lawyer or doctor.

Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California- Irvine, was quoted in a January 15 New York Times article on immigrants in jail and deportation.

Matthew Salganik, Princeton University, and Duncan Watts, Columbia University, were the subject of a December 31 Washington Post article about the their research with a mathematician on voting behavior. Their research was published in Science magazine.

David Schleifer, New York University, had a letter to the editor published in The New York Times in response to Gary Taubes’ opinion essay, “What’s Cholesterol Got to Do With It?” on the failed Vytorin trial on February 3, 2008.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington-Seattle, was mentioned in a January 29, 2008, New York Times article about online services such as,, and that attempt to find compatible matches among people by using computer algorithms that tap data from personality assessments and other characteristics.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted on on December 4 regarding the low probability of the United States returning to military conscription. He was interviewed in the Los Angeles Times, on KCBS Radio in San Francisco, and on on December 7 regarding survey data showing the Bush administration losing the support of military families. carried the story on December 10. He was interviewed for the cover story of the December 14 National Journal, on the increased use of National Guard troops in Iraq. The story was carried on GovernmentExecutive.comon December 26.

Paul Starr, Princeton University, authored an op-ed in the January 20, 2008, Washington Post on the relative prospects of the democratic and republican presidential candidates for winning the election.

Stephen Steinberg, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was featured in an interview in the November 16, 2007, Chronicle of Higher Education for his recent book, Race Relations: A Critique.

Mitchell L. Stevens, New York University, was quoted in a January 12 New York Times article on the lack of monitoring on home schooling process.

Deborah K. Thorne, Ohio University, was quoted in a January 12 New York Times article on a new bankruptcy law and debt relief.

Ann R. Tickamyer, Ohio State University, was quoted by the Associated Press on January 10, 2008, in an article on how some local officials in Appalachian, OH, are skeptical of a recently released U.S. Census study indicating that poverty is worsening in the region.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, had his book Gang Leader for a Day featured in an article in the January 10 Chicago Sun-Times. He was also interviewed about the book on Weekend Edition, NPR, on January 12 and Chicago Tonight, WTTW, on January 15.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was interviewed and quoted in the Baltimore Sun on January 3, 2008. He was interviewed on National Public Radio on December 24 for a story on how cell phones are affecting life. He was interviewed on Liquid Living, BBC Radio, about the effects of virtual interaction, December 2, 2007, and on The Current, CBC Radio 1, on September 26, 2007. Wellman was interviewed and quoted for a cover story, “Net.working: Your Next Client, Partner, Investor, Employee or Job May be Waiting for You on MySpace or Linkedin,” in Broadband in September 2007.

Guobin Yang, Barnard College, was cited in the South China Morning Post on September 1, 2007, about an environmental protest in Xiamen City, China. He was featured in China Central Television’s Dialogue program on October 12, 2007, about Internet flaming. The Danish daily Berlingske Tidende cited him extensively in a story on January 21, 2008, about recent online protests in China.

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Richard Flory recently joined the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California as a Research Associate.

Samantha Friedman recently joined the University at Albany-SUNY as an Associate Professor of Sociology.

Angela Cora Garcia has been appointed Chair of the Department of Sociology at Bentley College.

Michael G. Horowitz was promoted to Director of the University Division at ‘Atenisi Institute in the Kingdom of Tonga.

James M. Jasper has joined the sociology faculty at the Graduate Center-CUNY.

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John Angle, Inequality Process Institute of Bethesda, MD, presented “The Macro Model of the Inequality Process and the Surging Relative Frequency of Large Wage Incomes” to the American Physical Society Annual Meeting on March 10 in New Orleans.

Archibald Haller, University of Wisconsin- Madison, has been appointed editor of Population Review.

Rosanna Hertz, Wellesley College, has been elected President of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Stanley Lieberson has been made an Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Iota Chapter, Harvard College, 2007.

Ron Manderscheid, SRA International and Johns Hopkins University, was recently appointed as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020.

Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was invited to give a keynote address on his work on the social norms approach to reducing alcohol abuse on October 22 for a conference sponsored by the Scottish Association of Alcohol and Drug Action Teams and the Futures Forum, a commission of the Scottish Parliament charged with identifying strategies to promote health and well-being in Scotland.

Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association, has been re-elected as President of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology Board of Directors for 2008. She is now serving her fourth year as President.

Pamela Stone, CUNY-Graduate Center & Hunter College, has been elected Vice-President of the Eastern Sociological Society.

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Members’ New Books

Chloe E. Bird, RAND, and Patricia P. Rieker, Boston University, Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Gordon J. DiRenzo, University of Delaware, La Persona Sociale (Di Renzo Editore, 2007).

Jane Dixon and Dorothy H. Broom, Eds., Seven Deadly Sins of Obesity: How the Modern World Is Making Us Fat (University of New South Wales Press, 2007).

Glenn Firebaugh, Pennsylvania State University, Seven Rules for Social Research (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Kevin Fox Gotham, Tulane University, Authentic New Orleans: Race, Culture, and Tourism in the Big Easy (New York University Press, 2007).

Jeffrey Haydu, University of California-San Diego, Citizen Employers: Business Communities and Labor in Cincinnati and San Francisco, 1870–1916 (Cornell University Press, 2008).

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, University of California-Santa Barbra, and Kristen Barber, University of Southern California, Eds., Narrating the Storm: Sociological Stories of Hurricane Katrina (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).

Clare Hinrichs, Pennsylvania State University, and Thomas Lyson, Cornell University, Eds., Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability (University of Nebraska Press, 2007).

Cardell K. Jacobson, John P. Hoffmann, and Tim B. Heaton, Brigham Young University, Revisiting Thomas O’Dea’s The Mormons: Contemporary Perspectives (University of Utah Press, 2008).

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite (Oxford, 2007).

Susan A. Ostrander, Tufts University, coeditor, Acting Civically: From Urban Neighborhoods to Higher Education (University Press of New England/Tufts University Press, 2007).

Pamela Anne Quiroz, University of Illinois-Chicago, Adoption in a Color-blind Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Barbara Katz Rothman, CUNY, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Princeton University, and Rebecca Tiger, CUNY-Graduate Center, Eds., Bioethical Issues, Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 9 of the series, Advances In Medical Sociology (Elsevier Publishers, 2008).

John Schelhas and Max J. Pfeffer, Cornell University, Saving Forests, Protecting People? Environmental Conservation in Central America (AltaMira Press, 2008).

Jackie Smith, University of Notre Dame, Social Movements for Global Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Marybeth C. Stalp, University of Northern Iowa, Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life (Berg, 2007).

Jonathan H. Turner, University of California-Riverside, Human Emotions: A Sociological Theory (Routledge, 2007).

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Other Organizations

Trip to Examine Cuba’s Medical System, May 6-15, 2008. This is an opportunity to study how the Cuban health care system functions with few resources. We’ll focus on what is unique about the Cuban system, what it does well: successes, prevention strategies and new developments. Travel arrangements will be made by a licensed travel service provider. Cost for the 10-day package from Cancun, Mexico (includes round-trip airfare Cancun to Havana, hotel accommodations including breakfasts, ground transportation, guide, translator, airport transfers, Cuban visa, Havana departure tax, and other amenities) will be about $1850 for double room accommodation; $2050 for single room accommodations. See for the regulations governing licensed travel to Cuba for research of this type, as well as regulations governing limitations on spending. Contact: Michele (Mike) Wilson at

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Caught in the Web

The Colleges and Universities 2000 Project created two databases of interest to the higher education research community, the Institutional Data Archive (IDA) and the College Catalog Study (CCS) Database. IDA and CCS CDs will be sent free of charge to interested researchers. Data is available in MS Access with separate codebook files. IDA consists of longitudinal and cross-sectional data on 384 institutions of higher education drawn from 25 separate data sets. IDA was created to allow researchers to take advantage of the large volume of data on higher education, which is spread across many separate data sets. IDA allows researchers to access this data without having to create composite data sets of their own. CCS Database includes data on 294 four-year colleges and universities, a subset of institutions drawn from the Institutional Data Archive. The database includes every change in major academic units (schools and colleges), departments in arts and sciences, departments in professional schools, interdisciplinary degree-granting programs, and general education requirements over a 25-year period. For schools and departments, changes in structure were coded, including new units, name changes, splits in units, units moved to new schools, reconstituted units, consolidated units, departments becoming programs, and eliminated units. Contact: Steven Brint, CHASS Dean’s Office, 3405 HMNSS, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521-0319;; or Kristopher Proctor at offers an informative and entertaining look at what is going on in the world today from a sociologist’s perspective. This experiment by the publisher and five sociologists is not a companion site to one of Norton’s textbooks. It is designed to bring a sociological take on current events to a wider audience. Widely accessible and engaging, the contributors use images, videos, graphs and charts to discuss important topics of the day. Whether they’re looking at the foster care system, relationship ads posted on Craig’s List, or celebrity culture, the five authors, plus some guest contributors, turn a sociological lens on media, popular culture, and the news to find topics that resonate with everyone. Each blog post offers a sociological explanation for why these issues are so compelling. Diverse in their backgrounds and viewpoints, the contributors encourage readers to form their own opinions about controversial topics. Contributors include: Karen Sternheimer, C.N. Le, Janis A. Prince Inniss, Sally Raskoff, and Bradley R.E. Wright.

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Summer Programs

The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Summer Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment, and social policy using the LIS database. Applications from researchers with varying levels of knowledge and experience are welcome. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be fully trained to use the database independently. The workshop format includes a mixture of lectures on comparative research, laboratory sessions, and individual one-on-one advisory sessions. Attendees will also be introduced to the new Luxembourg Wealth Study Tuition of €1,400 covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board. Transportation to and from Luxembourg is the responsibility of the student. The 2008 workshop will be held from July 7-12, 2008. Applications available at Deadline: April 4, 2008. For information, visit

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