May/June 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 5

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Sociologists Elected as AAAS Fellows

In December 2010, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected four sociologists among its newly elected 503 members. The new AAAS Fellows were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 19, 2011, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. These individuals will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. The four sociologist members of the class of 2010 AAAS Fellows are in the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences. The sociologist Fellows are:

Richard P. Appelbaum is the MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER), and as Co-Director of ISBER’s Center for Global Studies. He has previously served as chair of the Sociology Department. With research interests in world-system theory; global production and labor; science, technology, and society, Appelbaum has received numerous awards and commendations for excellence in teaching, including the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in the Social Sciences. His most recent publication is Towards a Critical Globalization Studies (co-edited with William I. Robinson).

Virginia Cain, a Health Scientist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has had a long history working for government agencies including as Deputy Director in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also worked within the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health and within the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition, she has published articles in a variety of journals such as the Journal of Sex Research, American Journal of Public Health,and Journal of Marriage and Family on topics that include racial/ethnic bias in health outcomes and health disparities through surveys.

Nicholas A Christakis, Harvard University, is an MD with a PhD, an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology; Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine. His current work is principally concerned with health and social networks. This work involves the application of network science and mathematical models to understand the dynamics of health in longitudinally evolving networks. He is the co-author (with James H. Fowler) of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.

Eileen M. Crimmins, a demographer, is the AARP Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. In 1982, she joined the faculty at USC, being promoted to full professor in 1992 and being named director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health in 1999. Known for her work on trends in mortality and morbidity, Crimmins has contributed to the development of the literature on active life expectancy, shedding light on topics such as socioeconomic factors in health outcomes. Her current research includes a project examining how markers of biological risk can be used to explain poorer health outcomes among older people with less education and lower incomes.

The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

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