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In the March 2007 Footnotes, Jerry Lembke, not Lee Smithey, should have been listed in an “In the News” announcement as having been interviewed on February 1 on National Public Radio’s On the Media about a New York Times story that an Iraq War veteran had been spat on at an antiwar march and rally.

Call for Papers


16th Women & Society Conference, October 26-27, 2007, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, covering all aspects of women and gender being studied in the academy. Send your 250-word abstract with a brief bio. Papers, workshops, roundtables and panels are welcome; include abstracts and bios for all participants, with one contact person. Include all contact information, including home and email addresses for summer correspondence to: Women & Society Conference, c/o JoAnne Myers, Fontaine 315 School of Liberal Arts, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Deadline: July 11, 2007. Contact:;

Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology 2007 Conference, October 4- 6, 2007, Marriott Eagle Crest Resort and Conference Center. Theme: “Sociology: From Imagination to Action.” Learning communities, exciting practice sessions, workshops, fun with friends, networking, great food and drink, and intimate sessions that promote individual interactions. Visit, click on the call for papers and submit via email.

TASA/SAANZ Conference 2007, December 4-7, 2007, Auckland, New Zealand. Theme: “Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons.” The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) welcome international scholars from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to their joint conference. Paper submission deadline is August 13, 2007. To find out more about the 2007 Conference, visit Contact: TASA Executive Officer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072; 07 3365 7516;

Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Interdisciplinary Conference, October 25-27, 2007, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. This conference will focus on an under-examined topic in the fields of education and film studies: the way narrative cinema represents teachers, teaching, and learning. The conference will critically examine issues pertaining to film and the representation of teachers and schools. The conference will also explore the use of films in pedagogy—its educational potential as well as its problems and pitfalls. The organizers invite paper proposals from a range of disciplines (education, film studies, sociology, history, English, etc.). Send proposals of no more than 500 words to one of the conference organizers by June 15, 2007: John Bruns, Director, Film Studies Program, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001;, or Paula Egelson, Director, Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, School of Education, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001;

Working Group: Elites And Leadership, Spanish Association of Political Science (AECPA), September 18-20, 2007, Valencia, Spain. The Spanish Association of Political Science (AECPA) will hold its 8th meeting in Valencia with one of the working groups titled “Elites and Leadership.” Its coordinators invite students of elites (political, economic, religious, intellectuals, military) and leadership to present their research projects and/or their findings in an intellectually encouraging environment. For more information, visit Contact Xavier Coller,, or Belén Blázquez,


May 13-16, 2007. Nurturing Technologies: Pervasive Systems for Self Reflection, Critique and Growth workshop at Pervasive 2007, Fifth International Conference on Pervasive Computing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This workshop will explore applications of pervasive technology beyond supporting tasks, instead supporting a more fundamental nurturance: facilitating the long-term growth of people in the face of short-term distractions and obstacles.;

May 17-20, 2007. American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. Sessions fare aimed towards research professionals in the commercial, government, media and academic worlds and will address how voters made up their minds in the 2004 and 2006 elections, and how various social and political issues factored into their vote choice. Registration and program information is available at

May 31-June 1, 2007. ISA Research Committee on Women in Society, RC32 Interim conference, Athens, Greece. Theme: “Women and Citizenship in a Local/Global World.”

May 31-June 1, 2007. Transatlantic Voyages Congress, International Sociological Association, Nancy, France. Contact: ISA, Donoso Cortes, 65, Madrid, 28015, Spain;

June 6, 2007. Second Annual Matilda White Riley Lecture in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Theme: “Integrative Health: A Pathway Approach,” by Carol D. Ryff and Burton H. Singer. See

June 14-15 , 2007. 3rd Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium, London School of Economics and Political Science. Theme: “Contemporary Greece: Structures, Context and Challenges.” Contact: Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou, 0044 20 79556529 (Monday & Tuesday); email or Sofia Christofidou 0044 20 79556066 (Monday- Thursday) email

June 27-July 1 2007. United States Social Forum (USSF), Atlanta, GA. Consider participating in a USSF event and join in Sociologists Without Borders and Sociologists for Women in Society in the Academic Activists Dialogues that joins sociologists, scholars, scholar-activists, and researchers with national and grassroots activist organizations. Contact: Marina Karides at For more information, visit

June 28-30, 2007. Golden Jubilee, University of Dhaka-Bangladesh. The Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka-Bangladesh is celebrating its Golden Jubilee. As a part of the celebrations, the Department is organizing an International Seminar on “Fifty Years of Sociology, Fifty Years of Social Transformation: Future of the Past.”

July 13-16, 2007. 25 Years of Theory, Culture & Society, University of Tokyo. Theme: “Culture in Process…Ubiquitous Media… Asian Transformations.” See

July 13-16, 2007. Theory, Culture and Society 25th Anniversary Conference, Tokyo University, Japan. Theme: “Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations.”

July 29-31, 2007. World Future 2007: Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century Annual Conference, World Future Society, in Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Susan Echard, WFS, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 450, Bethesda, Md. 20814; (800) 989-8274;;

August 9-10, 2007. On the Edge: Transgression and the Dangerous Other Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Contact: Transgression Conference, c/o Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 10th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019;

August 10, 2007. The Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN) One-Day Mini- Conference, Barnard College, New York City. Theme: “The Future of Consumer Studies.” This conference brings together faculty and graduate students to discuss their ongoing work in the sociological study of consumption. Visit the conference website to register and for updated information on the program, Contact: Keith Brown,, or Dan Cook,

August 10, 2007. The Future of Consumer Studies, Barnard College, NY. The Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN) is hosting this one-day mini-conference. This conference brings together faculty and graduate students to discuss their ongoing work in the sociological study of consumption. Visit to register and for updated information on other participants and sessions. Contact Keith Brown,, or Dan Cook,

August 10, 2007. Pre-Conference for Beginning Instructors on Teaching: “Teachers are Made, Not Born: A Workshop for New Sociology Instructors.” For information on specific sessions, see the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology website at Contact: Betsy Lucal (574) 520- 4899;

August 10, 2007. Teachers are Made, Not Born, New York City. The Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology will be offering a pre-conference before the ASA meetings for beginning instructors. Complete information is available at

August 10-11, 2007. Sociological Imagination Group 8th Annual Conference, Warwick Hotel, New York. Theme: “Confronting Fundamental Problems in Society and Sociology.” For information see website Contact: Bernard Phillips at or David Knottnerus at david.

August 10-12. International Visual Sociology Association Conference, New York, NY. Theme: “Public Views of the Private; Private Views of the Public.”

August 14-17, 2007. ISA Research Committee on Social Stratification, RC28 Montreal, Canada. Theme: “Cumulative Advantage: Education, Health, Wealth and Institutional Contexts.”

August 15-22, 2007. Third Summer Seminar on Sociological & Political Research, Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University. The goal of the seminar is to expose a small group of faculty and researchers to sociological and political topics of interest to scholars from any country. To apply to attend see

September 3-6, 2007. 8th European Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Contact:;

September 5-7, 2007. CRESC Annual Conference 2007, University of Manchester. Theme: “Re-thinking Cultural Economy.” This Conference seeks to assess where the various debates about culture and economy and cultural economy are, and to explore where they may be going in the future. Contact: CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL; Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985; fax +44(0)161 275 8985; email

September 12-14, 2007. Work, Employment & Society (WES) Conference 2007, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Theme: “Beyond These Shores: Sinking or Swimming in the New Globalized Economy?” For more information, visit the conference website at

September 18-20, 2007. 8th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Association of Political Science (AECPA), Valencia, Spain. For more information, visit Contact: Xavier Coller,, or Belén Blázquez,

September 26-29, 2007. 7th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology(ESC), Bologna, Italy. Theme: “Crime, Crime Prevention and Communities in Europe.”

October 4-6, 2007. Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology 2007 Conference, Marriott Eagle Crest Resort and Conference Center. Theme: “Sociology: From Imagination to Action.” Learning communities, exciting practice sessions, workshops, fun with friends, networking, great food and drink, and intimate sessions that promote individual interactions. Visit for more information.

October 17-19, 2007. International Association for Time Use Research XXVIIII Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: “Work vs. Play.”

October 18-20, 2007. The Society for the Study of Human Development 5th Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania State University. Theme: “Crossing Boundaries in Human Development.” Contact: Toni C. Antonucci, Program Committee Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106;;

October 25-27, 2007. Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Interdisciplinary Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. This conference will focus on an under-examined topic in the fields of education and film studies: the way narrative cinema represents teachers, teaching, and learning. The conference will also explore the use of films in pedagogy—its educational potential as well as its problems and pitfalls. Contact: John Bruns, Director, Film Studies Program, Department of English, at, or Paula Egelson, Director, Center for Partnerships to Improve Education at

October 25-28, 2007. Association of Humanist Sociology 2007 Annual Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Henderson, Nevada. Theme: “Expanding our Branches: Nourishing our Roots.” Contact: Emma Bailey, Program Chair, at

November 1-2, 2007. CPST National Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: “The Present and Future Status of the American STEM Workforce.” Contact: Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 113, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-7080; fax (202) 842-1603;;

November 15-19, 2007. The Social Capital Foundation 2007 Conference, Hawaii. Theme: “Multiethnicity and Social Capital.”

November 18-24, 2007. ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology. Theme: “Globalization, Social Problems and Social Policy.”

November 22-24, 2007. 8th International Conference on Asian Youth and Childhoods 2007, Lucknow, India. The conference will provide many opportunities for for social science academics and professionals to interact with members inside and outside their disciplines. Visit Contact:

December 4-7, 2007. TASA / SAANZ Conference 2007, Auckland, New Zealand. Theme: “Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons.” The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) welcome international scholars from the arts, humanities and social sciences to their joint conference. Contact: TASA Executive Officer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072; 07 3365 7516;;

December 16-18, 2007. 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies(AJS), Sheraton Centre Toronto. This conference is the leading annual forum for Jewish studies research, featuring more than 140 sessions on all fields of Jewish studies. For more information visit or contact the AJS office at (917) 606-8249 or


CASBS Announces Change in Fellow Selection Process. Effective of the class of 2008-09, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) will implement a new fellow selection process, inviting scholars to apply for fellowships instead of requesting nominations. The new application form and guidelines are available on the CASBS website at Applications for the 2008-2009 fellowship year are due by June 30, 2007. The Center invites applications from groups who engage in collaborative work as well as individual scholars from the entire range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities. In addition, research themes will be introduced for those who prefer to attend in a year with others who share similar interests. For the fellowship year 2008-2009, themes are “Improving Health and Health Care” and “Achieving Equality.” Applicants need not affiliate with a theme.

Conference fellowships are available for the 1 th Annual Trainer-of-Trainers Conference. Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics, June 10-15, 2007, Snowmass, CO. This conference provides faculty and administrators with the background and materials needed to establish or improve instruction in the responsible conduct of research and in a broad range of professional skills, including the ability to write research articles, give research seminars, obtain employment, secure funding, and teach and mentor. Details on the conference, as well as an application form, are available at The conference fellowships cover travel, lodging, food, and all but $425 of the registration fee. Attendance is limited to 50 persons and applications are considered on a rolling basis. Contact: The Survival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh, 3500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; (412) 578-3716; fax (412) 578- 3790;;

Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program. This program is sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and made possible by funding from the Fetzer Institute. These fellowships seek to restore and renew the critical contribution that contemplative practices can make to the life of teaching, learning, and scholarship. Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year are offered for the development of courses that employ contemplative practices to address issues of social conflict and injustice, the amelioration of suffering, and the promotion of peace. Deadline: November 15, 2007. Amount: up to $10,000. Tenure: Summer 2008 or one semester of the 2008-2009 academic year. The selection committee seeks proposals in which course content and contemplative practices are related to the consideration of social conflict and injustice, the amelioration of suffering, and the promotion of peace. We invite proposals from the full range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Methodologies that include practical and experiential approaches to the subject matter are especially welcome. These fellowships are intended to support scholars for developing curricula during a summer or an academic-year semester. Individual scholars, partnerships, or groups of scholars may apply, but the maximum stipend will not exceed $10,000. Prior experience with contemplative practice is encouraged. Regular full-time faculty members in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply. To begin the application process, print out the application packet found at A paper copy of the application packet may also be requested from or by writing to: Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, 199 Main Street, Suite 3, Northampton, MA 01060.

NIH Director Launches Program for Innovative New Investigators. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award offers grants of up to $1.5 million in direct costs over 5 years. Application period: April 25 to May 22, 2007. NIH expects to make at least 14 awards in September 2007. Applicants must hold an independent research position at an institution in the United States and must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed their medical internship and residency in 1997 or later. The proposed research may be in any scientific area relevant to the NIH mission. The project description in the grant application will be briefer than that required for R01s and will emphasize the significance of the research, what makes the approach exceptionally innovative, how the applicant will address challenges and risks, and the applicant’s qualifications for the grant. Applicants are allowed, but not required, to present preliminary data relevant to the project. Letters of reference will not be accepted. Detailed instructions are at For more information, see the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award website at Contact: (301) 594-4469;

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting applications for FY 2007 funds for a Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines. This program will manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), a system of toll-free telephone numbers that routes calls from anywhere in the United States to a network of certified local crisis centers that can link callers to local emergency, mental health, and social service resources. It is expected that approximately $2.88 million will be available to fund one award for up to five years. The program is one of SAMSHA’s infrastructure programs that support an array of activities to help build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective mental health services. Eligible applicants are domestic, public and private nonprofit entities. Applications for SM-07-009 are available by calling SAMHSA’s Clearinghouse at (887) SAMHSA7, or by downloading from or Applications due: May 28, 2007. Contact: Richard McKeon at (240) 276-1873 or

In the News

Karl Alexander and co-authors Doris Entwisle and Linda Steffel Olson, all at Johns Hopkins University, had their April 2007 American Sociological Review article, “Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap,” featured in a March 28, 2007, Baltimore article. Their research provided evidence that future academic success of elementary school children can be predicted, to a large degree, by the intensity of intellectual challenges during summer vacations. Karl Alexander was also interviewed by Reuters and the Times of London, about the study on March 23, 2007.

The American Sociological Associationhad its resolution calling for an end to the use of Native American team names, logos and mascots in athletics mentioned on on March 7, 2007.

Andrew A. Beveridge, CUNY-Queens College, was quoted by the New York Times on March 23, 2007, in an article on how an increasing number of parents are raising their children in Manhattan.

Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland-College Park, was interviewed by ABC News, CBS News, and many other media outlets on March 21, 2007, about her study on how mothers today are spending more time with their children despite changes in societal circumstances.

Suzanne M. Bianchi, John P. Robinson, and Melissa A. Milkie, University of Maryland, were quoted about parents’ time with children in a front page March 19 Washington Post for their research on Americans’ time use. Sharon Hays, University of Southern California, and Kathleen Gerson, New York University, were also quoted in the article.

Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show WNYC public radio in New York on Wednesday February 28, 2007, on social and cultural factors impacting mental health disparities for African American women.

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, had her book Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worstreviewed in the February/March issue of Scientific American.

Camille Z. Charles, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a March 6 Washington Post article about her study finding that black students at selective colleges are increasingly immigrants.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in The New York Times on May 30, 2007, in an article on whether there is a double standard when judging men and women who have been married multiple times.

Doug Downey, Ohio State University, was quoted in a March 28, 2007, Baltimore article about the research conclusions in an April 2007 American Sociological Review article, “Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap.”

Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was quoted by the nationally syndicated news agency Newhouse News Service on the sociological implications and racial meaning of whites who support Senator Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency.

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, had his book, The Gospel of Food, reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly and The Denver Post, and was quoted in an Associated Press article on ‘culinary tourism’ as well as a Los Angeles Times article on cloned animal meat in March.

Arthur Greil, Alfred University, was quoted in an April 1 New York Times Magazine article on infertility and feminism.

John R. Hall, University of California-Davis, was quoted in the March 8, 2007, issue of Nature magazine concerning whether scriptural descriptions of violence in religious texts foster aggression.

Miliann Kang and Katherine Jones, both of the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, were quoted in the “Magazine & Journal Reader” section of the March 27 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education for their Contexts article on who is getting tattoos.

Janet Lever, California State University- Los Angeles, was quoted in an article on on a new study that says female bosses who have childcare responsibilities face more interference in their work day than male bosses who have similar responsibilities.

Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, had his film In Debt We Trust reviewed in the March 30, 2007, Democrat and Chronicle. He was quoted in a March 30, 2007, article on economic implications in the United States of the subprime mortgage lending crisis.

Jack K. Martin, Indiana University, had his study, “The Construction of Fear: Americans’ Preferences for Social Distance from Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems,” which was published in the March issue of Journal of Health and Social Behavior, covered by Reuters, The New York Post, and Scientific American on March 19, 2007 and March 20, 2007, respectively.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, was featured in the 2007 edition of Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences Magazine, regarding her scholarship on gender and her book on organizations that deal with rape victims.

Micki McGee, New York University, was interviewed and quoted in USA Today on January 11 and the New York Times on January 25 about her book Self-Help, Inc: Makeover Culture in American Life and new trends in self-help literature and personal coaching. She also appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, on May 27 to discuss self-help culture.

Gina Neff, University of Washington, was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on March 5 concerning her research on unpaid internships in media and communications industries.

Joane Nagel, University of Kansas, was quoted in a March 18 New York Times article on sexual harassment and assault in the military during the Iraq War.

Leslie Houts Picca, University of Dayton, was interviewed on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now February 13 to discuss her forthcoming book with Joe Feagin Two- Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage. She was also interviewed by the Associated Press on January 31 for her research with Joe Feagin on backstage and front stage racial relations. She was also interviewed along with Joe Feagin by about their forthcoming book. An article about their research was also on the front page of the Dayton Daily News on February 2, 2007. Picca was interviewed on on March 13.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was featured on the Alaska Public Radio program Voice of Alaska on March 27. He was interviewed regarding the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation and responded to telephone inquires from Alaskan residents during the one-hour program.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois- Chicago and the Council on Contemporary Families, was quoted in a March 21 New York Times article on outdoor fireplaces and was quoted in a March 10 New York Times op-ed on assortative mating.

David Shulman, Lafayette College, was interviewed and had his new book, From Hire to Liar: The Role of Deception in the Workplace, featured in many media outlets across the country, including NPR’s Morning Edition on March 30, The Guardian on March 24, WCBS NewsRadio 880, The Associated Press Business Water Cooler Column by Jackie Farwell on March 20, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show on March 15, Chronicle of Higher Education on March 9, Miami Herald on February 19, The Chicago Tribune on February 19, and The Financial Times (London) on October 2, 2006.

Pamela J. Smock, University of Michigan, was quoted in a March 11 New York Timesarticle about married couples who sleep in separate bedrooms.

Steven Taylor, Syracuse University, was quoted in the Times of London on March 11 in an article on Oscar Pistorius, a disabled athlete whose prosthetic device is close to qualifying him for the South African running team heading for the Beijing Olympics.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, had his lecture on Connected Lives featured on a 30-minute special on TV Ontario on March 10, 2007. He was also interviewed with

Julie Amoroso, NetLab, for the Toronto Star on whether people say different things online than in-person.

Charles V. Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education, received a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant Award from the U.S. State Department to lecture at the College of The Bahamas and elsewhere in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during the celebration of Education Awareness Week and Black History Month 2007.

Peter Yeager, Boston University, wrote two op-eds in Metrowest Daily News on May 14, 2006, on lax construction oversight and in BU’s Daily Free Press on February 6, 2006, on the literacy gap.


Dean John Champion, Texas A&M International University, received the Outstanding Distance Educator for 2006 award from Texas A&M International University.

Lynn Chancer, Hunter College, received the Distinguished Scholar of the Women and Crime Division of the American Society of Criminology.

Jill A. Fisher and Torin Monahan, Arizona State University, were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct empirical research on the effects of radio frequency identification technologies on organizational dynamics in hospitals.

Michael Jacobson, Vera Institute of Justice, was given the Roscoe Pound Award of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (NCCD) 2006 Centennial Gala. The Roscoe Pound Award goes “to a leader in the public or private sector who shows a significant and sustained commitment to promoting criminal justice reforms consistent with NCCD’s values.”

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, received the Feminist Activism Award from Sociologists for Women in Society in 2006, an award that required her to give lectures on two U. S. campuses about her research and meet with local activists concerned with the welfare of women and girls. She was also selected as one of seven Phi Beta Kappa members for the southeast region’s Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lectureship Program for 2007.

Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, has been awarded the 2007 Lifetime Atonement Award for the Association for Asian American Studies.

Deana Rohlinger was chosen as the Florida State University Sociology Department’s J. Michael Armer Faculty Best Teacher in 2006.

Benita Roth, Binghamton University, was awarded the Heller Bernard Fellowship for the year 2006-2007 for her project, “Anti-AIDS Activism in Los Angeles from the 1980s to the 2000s: From Streets to Suits.”

Joel Samaha has been awarded the 2006-07 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

David Yamane, Wake Forest University, received the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life.


Anne Barrett and John Taylor, Florida State University, were approved in January 2007 for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, starting Fall 2007.

Angela Cora Garcia joined the Sociology Department at Bentley College this January.

George Luke was appointed Visiting Assistant in Sociology at Florida State University.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, is retiring in December 2007.

Janice McCabe, Indiana University, has joined the faculty of Florida State University as an assistant professor.

Verna Keith, Arizona State University, has joined Florida State University faculty as a full professor.

Neil Weiner has been named Research Director of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Rhonda Zingraff will begin a position as Associate Dean in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University in July 2007.


James R. Bruce, Hendrix College, lectured to the Lublin Chapter of the Polish Academy of Science on “A Key to the Understanding of Societies Secrets: Cultural Values Revealed in Death and Dying” in Lublin, Poland, February 7, 2007.

Lawrence D. Bobo, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, Victor Nee, Cornell University, and Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Indiana University, have been named 2007 Guggenheim Fellows.

Tony Cortese was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate Ford Fellowship proposals in Sociology, American Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies as part of a panel that met in Washington, D.C., March 1-3, 2007.

Burke Grandjean, Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC), University of Wyoming, has been honored by Rice University for his accomplishments subsequent to his academic and athletic endeavors at Rice University.

Arch Haller received an Honorary “Doctor of Social Science” Degree from Ohio State University at its winter commencement exercise.

Eugene (Gene) Rosa, Washington State University, gave a keynote address “A Thousand Flowers, A Thousand Weeds: New Challenges to the Rationality of Risk,” at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, on March 30, 2007.

Annette Schwabe was appointed an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.

Members' New Books

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Jacqueline L. Angel, LBJ School of Pubic Affairs, and Keith E. Whitifield, eds,, The Health of Aging Hispanics: The Mexican- Origin Population (Springer, 2007).

Emily Barman, Boston University, Contesting Communities: The Transformation of Workplace Charity (Stanford University Press, 2006).

Richard A. Dello Buono, SSSP Global Division Chair, ed., Diálogo Sudamericano: Otra integración es posible [South American Dialogue: Another Integration is Possible] (Editorial Universidad Bolivariana/PCS, 2007).

Dean John Champion, Texas A&M International University, Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections, 6th edition (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008).

Kay Deaux, CUNY-Graduate Center, To Be An Immigrant (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006).

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, Sociologists in a Global Age: Biographical Perspectives (Ashgate, 2007).

Donna Gaines, A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and the Rise of the West (Roxbury Publishers, 2007).

Linda Kalof, Michigan State University, and Amy Fitzgerald, University of Windsor, The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings (Berg/Palgrave, 2007).

Ralph W. Larkin, Academic Research Consulting Service and John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY, Comprehending Columbine (2007).

David R. Maines, Oakland University, and Michael J. McCallion, Transforming Catholicism: Liturgical Change in the Vatican II Church (Lexington Books, 2007).

Kathleen McKinney, Illinois State University, Enhancing Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Challenges and Joys of Juggling (Anker, 2007).

Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University, Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

George Psathas, Boston University, and G. Backhaus, The Sociology of Radical Commitment: Kurt H. Wolff’s Existential Turn(Lexington Press, 2006).

Richard Quinney, Tales from the Middle Border (Borderland Books, 2007).

Milton Seligman and Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ordinary Families, Special Children: A Systems Approach to Childhood Disability, 3rd edition (Guilford Publications, 2007).

New Programs

Hofstra to offer MA in Applied Social Research and Policy Analysis. Hofstra will offer a Master of Arts degree in Applied Social Research and Policy Analysis starting next fall for recent college graduates and professionals who want to improve their social research skills and become more proficient at data collection and analysis. The program prepares graduates for careers in organizations in need of professionals with research and analysis skills; research organizations (evaluation, policy, polling, marketing); federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit organizations such as foundations, advocacy and service agencies, community service groups; agencies addressing labor, housing or health issues; organizations private sector firms with research needs in the areas of personnel, market research, labor relations, public relations, opinion poll research; social service organizations; and criminal justice agencies. The multi-disciplinary program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis or three years taking classes part-time. Courses will be taught by faculty from Hofstra’s departments of sociology, anthropology, political science, labor studies, and economics/geography. Contact: Marc Silver at (516) 463-5645;; Deaths


Jean Baudrillard, French critic and provocateur whose theories about consumer culture and the manufactured nature of reality were intensely discussed, died on March 6 in Paris. He was 77.

Bernhardt Lieberman, University of Pittsburgh, died at the age of 79 in late April 2006, in Hagerstown, MD, following an automobile accident.

Patrick McGuire, University of Toledo and the former Director of the Urban Affairs Center, passed away March 18, 2007, at the age of 53.


Samuel W. Bloom

Samuel W. Bloom, who died December 20, 2006, from complications of a stroke he suffered in July of that year, led a full and worthy life. He basked in the love of his wife Anne, a psychologist; his children Jessica, a sociologist and social worker, and Jonathan, a historian; and his two grandchildren, Alexander and Sonia. He earned and enjoyed the affection and respect of myriad friends and colleagues. His humaneness pervaded his private and professional life.

Sam had a profoundly positive effect on his profession. He will be best remembered for his influence on medical education and on the discipline of medical sociology, through his three books, numerous papers, and his service on the faculties of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX (1956-1961), and Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY (1962-1968), as well as his joint appointment as Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (1968-1999) and Professor of Sociology and Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1968-2006).

Three areas of accomplishment stand out as particularly noteworthy: Sam’s work developing a series of lectures for use in sociomedical contexts; his active participation in the establishment of medical sociology, both as an academic discipline and organizationally in the ASA; and his contributions as a historian of medical sociology.

At Baylor College of Medicine, Sam developed several volumes of lectures and reading materials for the teaching of sociocultural aspects of medicine to firstyear medical students, as part of a course on “Human Growth and Development.” Many of these teaching materials were incorporated into his influential book The Doctor and His Patient: A Sociological Interpretation (1963). The book articulated how the transactions between doctor and patient, as well as patient outcomes, are influenced by the sociological matrix in which they occur.

During this same period, Sam applied his insights as a consultant to the Psychiatric Service of the Veterans Administration Hospital and participated in a range of research projects, publishing in such diverse areas as the sociology of patient care and sociophysiology. Over the ensuing years he pursued his passion for enriching medical education through the inclusion of behavioral sciences in the curriculum. This included chairing the Review Subcommittee on Social Sciences for the Training Branch of NIMH (1969) and serving on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission on Medical Education (1990-1992).

Sam is recognized as a major influence in fostering the burgeoning interest in the rapprochement between medicine and the social sciences that occurred during the post-World War II era, through his roles on the ASA’s Committee on Medical Sociology and the Section on Medical Sociology that succeeded it. He served as secretary of the Committee and was elected the first secretary-treasurer of the Section. In 1965, while on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Downstate Medical School-SUNY, he was elected chair of the Section. Sam went on to receive virtually every honor given by the Section, including the Leo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology in 1989 and its Certificate of Appreciation for a Career of Distinguished Service in 1997.

Sam was a sociologist-in-medicine but also one of the most astute and critical voices on the medical school as a social system, and the gaps between its ideals and values, and administrative and faculty behavior. In one instance, his analyses irked some of his powerful sponsors who saw their interests threatened. During the 1960s, Sam was asked by the Dean of Downstate Medical Center to conduct a sociological study of the school. His report, “The Medical School as a Social System,” was neither distributed nor used by the school. It was subsequently published in the Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly (1971) and in book form as Power and Dissent in the Medical School (1973). As Sam noted in the book’s introduction, “withheld by its sponsors, it became an ‘underground’ best seller, as unlikely as that now seems.”

When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiated its Commission on Medical Education in 1990, Sam was called on to prepare one of its major background papers, He did not mince words. He deeply analyzed how medical education was organized to resist the needed changes demanded by the growth of basic knowledge and the practice requirements emerging in medicine. He told his eminent medical colleagues how “the modern medical center contains vested bureaucratic and financial interests, shared by both scientists and practitioners, which form a highly resistant barrier to change.”

When Sam took on the challenge of chronicling the history of medical sociology, he produced a scholarly tour de force. His book The Word as Scalpel: A History of Medical Sociology (2002) examined medical sociology within the deep intellectual context of the developing social sciences, and looked at its broad roots in social medicine and public health as they were shaped by changing values, economics, and politics. The book adds importantly to the literature of medical sociology, the sociology of work, and the sociology of knowledge. It provides an extraordinary service to the Medical Sociology Section by bringing together understandings that would otherwise remain fragmented recollections by disparate individuals. Recognized by the Section’s 2004 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, The Word as Scalpel is a historical source unlikely to be surpassed. If a fault is to be found with the volume, it is that it did not fully capture the significance of the author’s own involvement in the genesis of Medical Sociology.

Samuel W. Bloom mattered in so many ways—to his family, his friends and colleagues, his profession, and the causes for good that he supported—and, so, all of us will miss him greatly.

Howard B. Kaplan, Texas A&M University, and David Mechanic, Rutgers University

Hiram J. Friedsam

Dr. Hiram Johnson Friedsam, Dean and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas, died from complications of pancreatic cancer in San Antonio, TX, in the early morning of March 24 with his family at his bedside. He was 87. Born March 14, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Friedsam grew up in Waco, TX.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and master’s degree from the University of Texas prior to WWII. He served during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific as a First Lieutenant, participating in the Battle of Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal Island from 1942-43. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserves, and retired from the Reserves as a Major in 1961.

Hiram met his wife, Reva, in New York City shortly after WWII. They married in 1947, in Austin, TX, where he had returned to complete a doctorate at the University of Texas. He joined the faculty of North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas) in 1948 at the invitation of the school president as an assistant professor of economics. He later became the chairman of the sociology department. Dr. Friedsam was instrumental in establishing the Center for Studies in Aging at North Texas, the first gerontology program in Texas and one of the first in the nation. In 1973, after serving as director of the Center, Dr. Friedsam was appointed as the first Dean of the newly established School of Community Services (now the College of Public Affairs and Community Service), a position that he held until his retirement in 1983. Serving as Dean and Professor Emeritus, he maintained an office in the Department of Applied Gerontology (formerly the Center for Studies in Aging) where he continued to write and edit professional publications, serve on local and national advisory boards, and mentor students and faculty.

Dr. Friedsam was a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Association for Gerontological Society of America, and the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education. At various times in his career he served as President of the Southwestern Sociological Society, the Southwestern Social Science Association, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Texas Society on Aging. A delegate to the 1961, 1971, and 1981 White House Conference on Aging, he served as co-chair of the Training Section at the 1971 conference and as a consultant to the Technical Committee on Education for the 1981 conference. In 1968, he was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to serve on his Presidential Task Force on Older Americans. The author or co-author of more than 50 publications, he also served a term as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, a journal published by the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Friedsam’s activities in the field of aging also included terms as chairman of the Citizens Advisory Council for the Texas Department on Aging and membership in the Advisory Council of the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Area Agency on Aging. In the Denton area, he advised on the origins of several aging services programs including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Good Samaritan Village, and Fairhaven where he also served as a board member.

Hiram received the President’s Award and Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of North Texas and was named as an Honorary Alumnus by the Alumni Association. His other awards included a President’s Citation from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the Trailblazer award from the Texas Joint Conference on Aging, and Distinguished Service Award from the Southwestern Social Science Association and from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Dr. Friedsam also received the Clark Tibbitts Award for contributions to gerontology education for that organization.

Hiram is survived by his wife, Reva Sykes Friedsam, daughter and son-in-law Karen F. and Tom Duncan, son S. Carl Friedsam and his wife Charlene, and grandchildren Stephen and Elizabeth Friedsam, his niece, Georgia Hepler (Bert), and cousin Sandra Mittica.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Hiram J. Friedsam may be made to the following scholarship funds: Friedsam Graduate Student Fund–Gerontology or the Friedsam Graduate Scholarship–Sociology. Online donations may be made at Hiram supported many other non–profit and service endeavors, so gifts to other charities would be equally appreciated.

Kim Mathis, University of North Texas

David L. Westby

David Westby, my friend, died on August 4, 2006, peacefully, surrounded by his family. His main academic position had been at Penn State University from 1961-91.

His first publication was an interview study of the Minneapolis Symphony, conducted in the late fifties. Dave showed the pressures of being a professional musician, the narrow opportunities, the status concerns and the difficulties in building a life around this occupation. The musicians obviously trusted Dave, and they freely told him about the more painful and private aspects of the job. He showed how lucky we are that some people follow this difficult artistic path. And he produced the first occupational study of the classical music profession.

Dave’s first book was on the 60s student revolution (Clouded Vision, 1976). He did a convincing job of relating this dissent to the disaccumulation process of recent capitalism, which resulted in numerous non-business, peripheral occupations. The American Journal of Sociology reviewer called this “the most stimulating and persuasive theory of the student movement yet advanced.”

Dave’s most important book was The Growth of Sociological Theory (Prentice- Hall, 1991). This was marketed as a text book of classical theory, but it was actually a highly original monograph. The relation of the pre-sociological thinkers to the major theorists is unusually well developed. One sees the influence of Dave’s teachers, Hans Gerth, Don Martindale, and the elder Howard Becker, here. And Dave’s lengthy treatments of the Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, etc. group are as good as any I have ever seen.

Dave’s later research was on the Swedish peace movement, in which he developed the key concept of “framing,” particularly in relation to ideology. Another late contribution was on the history of anarchism.

But Dave not only studied politics, he immersed himself in them. This included anti-war protests, agitation for civil rights (everyone’s), unionizing the Penn State faculty, and constant politicking in the city of State College, Pennsylvania.

Throughout this rich life of theory and action runs the bright thread of a good human being. This was a guy whom everyone liked, and who was happiest when he was being kind to other human beings. He was a radical and a darned good one. Just a guess, but I think if he had landed at the Finland Station instead of Lenin, that revolution might have shown a lot more compassion.

Norbert Wiley, University of Illinois, Urbana