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NIMH Awards $2.7 Million to Continue Minority Fellowship Program

by Edward Murguia, Outgoing Director, and Alfonso Latoni, Incoming Director, ASA Minority Affairs Program

The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded the American Sociologial Association's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) $2.7 million over the next five years. The proposal received a high priority score and was funded at the maximum level possible under this grant competition in the Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Programs.

The newly approved funding which began on August 1,2000 continues through July 31, 2005. The Minority Fellowship Program, which began in 1974, has been successful in supporting graduate students of color in pre-doctoral training in the field of mental health. Additionally, some MFP Fellows, assisted with funds contributed by ASA members and sociological societies, have had no specification as to field of study.

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  Sociologists Keep Coming Back to Washington, DC

The 95th Annual Meeting marked the 15th time that the Association has met in Washington, DC. From that first DC meeting in 1911 to this one in the year 2000, Washington has been an attractive site for social scientists. With a theme of "Oppression, Domination, and Liberation: Challenges for the 21st Century," this year's Annual Meeting caught the attention of sociologists as well as media representatives. An estimated 5,300 people attended the meeting, including a record number of exhibitors.

ASA President Joe R. Feagin and the 2001 Program Committee took advantage of the available facilities by opening the doors and accepting a record number of suggestions from members. Over 570 program sessions offered a wide buffet of intellectual treats during the five meeting days. Well-attended plenary sessions addressed sexism and racism, thematic sessions delved into the meeting theme, and seminars and workshops provided opportunities to upgrade skills and find new resources. Section sessions attracted good audiences, and poster sessions disseminated information on funding, data resources, graduate programs in sociology, and modes of visual research and analysis, as well as highlighting research on inequality and research by new PhDs.

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