ASA Footnotes - February 1999 continued


The Association of State Floodplain Managers offers up to $25,000 through a Floodplain Management Graduate Fellowship for a full-time post-baccalaureate student for one academic year (12 successive months). The fellowship presents a broadly based research opportunity directed toward addressing any of the range of floodplain management or mitigation issues contributing to flood damage reduction. Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. The Fellowship covers tuition, fees, research expenses, travel costs, and stipend. Applications must be received no later than March 1, 1999. Application forms may be obtained from: Floodplain Management Graduate Fellowship, Attn: Graduate Fellowship Advisory Committee, Association of State Floodplain Managers, 4233 W. Beltline Hwy., Madison, WI 53711; (608) 274-0123; fax (608) 274-0696; e-mail

City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for Urban Research. The Project on the Second Generation in Metropolitan New York expects to award six postdoctoral fellowships for ethnographic research on young adults age 18-32 whose parents migrated to the United States from six designated origin groups. In collaboration with the study directors, fellows will choose a research site where second generation groups impinge on and interact with each other and/or native whites, blacks, and Puerto Ricans. Possible sites might include schools, workplaces, religious organizations, political organizations, and neighborhood organizations. The groups include Chinese (both with origins in the PRC and elsewhere), Dominicans, West Indians, people whose parents came from Colombia, Ecuador, or Peru, and Russian Jews. Fellows will participate in a weekly seminar and produce a chapter for an edited volume before the end of the fellowship. Appointment will be from September 1, 1999 to August 31, 2000. Applicants should be new or recent PhDs in the social sciences with a strong interest in immigration research. The stipend will be up to $36,000 with $4,000 in research expenses. Applications are due March 1, 1999 and awards will be announced in early April. Required materials: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a brief statement of research interests and relevant experience (not a full proposal), (3) a description of the research site you wish to investigate, (4) a writing sample, and (5) a list of three references with telephone numbers and/or email addresses. To apply, send the following materials to: Jennifer Holdaway, Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center, 33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. More information on the study and the Center for Urban Research may be found at

Institute of United States Studies, University of London, John Adams Fellowships, 1999-2000. Applications are invited from scholars of established reputation, although less senior scholars are eligible if they will have held a doctorate or equivalent qualification at least two years prior to the beginning of the fellowship. These non-stipendiary fellowships are intended for scholars on sabbatical or release-time leaves to provide the opportunity for a research visit to the Institute. Research focus: any scholarly work in the traditional humanities or social science disciplines with a focus on American Studies. Tenable at the University of London for a minimum of three months to one year; the fellowship is not renewable. The John Adams Fellowships provide in-kind support including an office, word-processing equipment, library privileges, local telephone, and a modest photocopy budget. There is no secretarial support. These fellowships provide no financial support. Applications should include (1) a summary (no more than two typed pages) of the research; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) three referees to send their references directly to the Institute. Applications should be submitted by May 1, 1999. Contact: Gary L. McDowell, Director; or the Programme Officer, Institute of United States Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, England, WC1E 7HU; +44 (0171) 862-8693; fax +44 (0171) 862-8696; e-mail or

The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation will fund studies that will help purchasers and designers of health insurance and delivery systems improve health care for low-income children. Applications must be received by April 22, 1999. This solicitation especially encourages research on how managed care and other recent changes in the financing and delivery of health care affect minority children and those with special health care needs. AHCPR and the Packard Foundation together plan to award up to $2 million in fiscal year 1999 to support the first year of approximately five to eight projects under this Request for Applications (RFA). AHCPR and the Packard Foundation expect to spend $6 million on the projects over the course of three years. Applicants to the RFA will focus on how the features of insurance programs (such as the scope of benefits packages and premium and cost-sharing requirements) and the organization of health care delivery systems associated with these programs (such as the network of providers, the procedures to access pediatric subspecialists or the mechanisms to link to social services) affect access to services and the quality of care received by low-income children. AHCPR expects awardees to work with other awardees and Agency and Foundation staff for the purpose of strengthening individual studies and generating generalizable results across projects, locations, populations, and insurance design and organizational delivery system features. The RFA, and application forms, are available from AHCPR’s contractor: Equals Three Communications, Inc., 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3015; (301) 656-3100; Web site at

Yale University. An interdisciplinary Program in Agrarian Studies will be offering four to six Postdoctoral Fellowships tenurable from September 2000-May 2001. The Program is designed to maximize the intellectual links between Western and non-Western studies, contemporary work and historical work, the social sciences and the humanities in the context of research on rural life and society. Fellowships include a stipend of $30,000 per academic year. Fellows must have finished the dissertation and have a full-time paid position to which they can return. We also encourage applications from knowledgeable activists and public intellectuals whose work on rural life transcends the academy. They are expected to reside in New Haven, pursue their own research, and participate in a colloquium series on the broad theme: "Hinterlands, Frontiers, Cities, and States: Transactions and Identities." The deadline for receipt of the first stage of applications for 2000-2001 is January 1, 2000. For more complete information, contact: James C. Scott, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, Box 208300, New Haven, CT 06520-8300; fax (203) 432-5036;

Summer Programs

Columbia University Teachers College, The Center for Young Children and Families, is pleased to announce the sixth year of the summer fellowship program for doctoral students. Putting Children First is a Fellowship Training Program in Child and Family Policy with a developmental perspective, which provides the opportunity to link academic learning across disciplines with interests in social policy. In cooperation with the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Putting Children First offers full-time summer placements for eight weeks in a variety of policy settings in New York City government and non-profit agencies. Fellows also attend weekly seminars at Columbia University at the Center for Young Children and Families, with leading policy scientists and practitioners. Fellowships will begin June 7 and end on July 30. Fellows receive a $2800 stipend and a $250 travel grant. Financial assistance is available for University housing. To apply, send a three-page statement describing your interests in policy and research, a current resume, two letters of recommendation and a self-addresses, stamped postcard. Application deadline is April 2, 1999. Contact: Lisa O’Connor, Center for Young Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 39, 525 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3591. All phone messages must include your full mailing and e-mail addresses.

University of Michigan, Institute of Social Research. May 31-June 4, 1999. The Midlife in the United States Summer 1999 Workshop will be a five-day workshop which brings together renowned researchers in the area of aging and adult development, with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and assistant professors who are hoping to expand their research in related areas. Participants will be introduced to the newly released MIDUS (Midlife in the United States) survey data set, and will be able to discuss their research with senior scholars. The program will accept 10-15 young scholars who have earned their PhDs in the last five years for the five-day workshop. We encourage applications from a broad array of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and public health. All travel expenses, including airfare, meals, and lodging will be paid by the MIDMAC Network of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Applications should be sent no later than February 15, 1999 to: Deborah Carr, University of Michigan, 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382; (734) 763-1220; e-mail Acceptance letters will be sent out by April 1, 1999. Information on the workshop and on the MIDMAC Network can be found at the website

The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Development Summer Institute on Active Learning and Teaching is being presented for the 16th consecutive year on August 2-6, 1999. It is the only one of its kind in Canada and has been in existence longer than any similar institute in North America. The overall goal of the Institute is to improve teaching and learning by enhancing the knowledge and skills of professors. For further information on the program, registration, accommodations and how to get here, please check our website at


Law and Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition. The editors of Law and Social Inquiry are pleased to announce a competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of sociolegal studies written by a graduate student. The winning paper will be published in Law and Social Inquiry and the author will receive a cash prize of $500. Submissions will be judged by the editorial board, and the winning submission will be internally reviewed for publication. The author must be a graduate student or law student at the time of submission. Entries should be received by March 1, 1999. The winner will be selected by May 1 and the prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association. Please send your best work to: The Editors, Law and Social Inquiry, American Bar Foundation, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 988-6517; e-mail


In response to the increasing interest of instructors to use active learning,we are planning to edit a volume of exercises and assignments that could be used in a variety of Sociology courses. At this time, we are soliciting exercises or assignments that involve group work including cooperative or collaborative learning. The exercises should have sufficient detail to be replicated and/or adapted by other instructors and in other contexts. We will be looking for exercises that contain detailed instructions to students and specific grading criteria or rubrics. In addition, we will need a brief description of the context for the assignment, the learning objectives, and any assessment outcomes (formal or informal). We are looking for assignments that have been used in a variety of sociology courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Stratification. Send two hard copies of the exercise by March 15, 1999. Contact: Barb Heyl and Kathleen McKinney, Department of Sociology, Box 4660, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4660; e-mail;

National Jewish Population Survey 2000. The UJA Federations of North America have decided to sponsor a new NJPS in 2000. The topics to be covered in the 30+ minute interview with a greatly enlarged sample of 5,000 randomly selected respondents will include Jewish identity, mobility, organizational affiliations, ritual behaviors, Jewish education, philanthropy, fertility, attachment to Israel, intermarriage and many other socio-demographic variables. The organizing committee envisions sponsoring and publishing a series of monographs and shorter publications on topics to be proposed by academics and planners. To encourage scholars to prepare such publications, it is the intent of the sponsor to provide grant support, contingent on funding. Grant size will be a function of publication length, importance of the topic to the study sponsor and organizing committee, costs of the project and other factors. Proposals outlining such publications and indicating the resources needed to complete them are invited from interested scholars. To facilitate preparation of such proposals, the draft questionnaire is expected to be available for review on request. Monograph authors will have the opportunity to suggest a limited number of additional questions which will enrich the proposed analysis for possible inclusion in the questionnaire. The data set will be provided to all scholars whose proposals are accepted. Requests for copies of the questionnaire draft and guidelines to prepare proposals should be sent in writing to: Jim Schwartz, Research Director, UJA Federations of North America, 111 Eighth Avenue, Suite 11E, New York, NY 10011-5201; fax (212) 284-6805; e-mail

Sociological Inquiry, the journal of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society for sociology, is designed to implement the scientific aims of AKD by communicating and reviewing developments of sociological interest in the service of faculty, investigators, and students alike. Correspondence, book reviews and manuscripts should be addressed to: Sampson Lee Blair and Bernard Farbers, Editors, Sociological Inquiry, Department of Sociology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2101; (602) 965-1609; fax (602) 965-0064; e-mail socinq@asuvm.inre.asu.edu

United States Institute of Peace publishes an annual Guide to Specialists listing each of their policy experts. Detailed biographies and areas of policy expertise are listed for each specialist, as well as relevant publications. Contact: USIP, 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 457-1700; fax (202) 429-6063; TDD (202) 457-1719;

Writing Sociology back issues free to good home. Nearly complete sets still available. Contact: Cliff Staples, Department of Sociology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 58202; e-mail /p>

Caught in the Web

International Scope Review, a new electronic review, is seeking people interested in participating in its editorial board. This review will conform to the best international standards. It will focus on three fields: (1) Economic Policies, Management and Capital-Labour Relationships, (2) Interethnic Relationships, (3) Interpersonal Relationships. By crossing the approaches to these three fields, the Review will offer a unique view of contemporary changes in our societies. Its editorial board will be tripartite: European, American and Asian. The review will normally start on April 2, 1999. Contact: Patrick Hunout, University of Lille, France; e-mail .

The NORC General Social Survey was originally designed to be an omnibus database for the production of social indicators as indices of chronological social change. AMINSO went further and constructed segmented cross-sectional indicators of social structure, functioning, and development using pooled longitudinal data. Approximately two hundred raw GSS variables for 1986-1996 have been reduced to sixty-four behavioral indicators of lifestyle, status, attitude, and socialization in the cultural, political, family, and economic institutional domains. These cross-sectional indicators are segmented into regional, birth-cohort, and combined habitat-and-work groups. All indicators, including the chronological ones, are complete with indices of social justice and injustice obtained with the help of multinomial ordinal skewed probit analysis. For further information, visit  or write to: AMINSO, 19620 67th Avenue, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.

Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, is now available online, providing a fully browseable, searchable electronic journal, with high quality images and text reproduced exactly as they would appear in print. Visit the Perspectives website at:   or .

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