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  1. Science Policy

    HHS Releases Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

  2. ASA Forum for Public Discussion and Debate

    Misconceptions of Our Social Brains

    ASA Forum for Public Discussion and DebateIn 2000 Douglas Massey gave a presidential address saying we have gone too far in privileging the social over the biological. Nonetheless, a problematic distrust of the latter remains. What follows are reasons why such distrust is based on misconceptions of the way the biological is used in “neurosociology”.

  3. Executive Officer Hillsman to Retire in May 2016

    Sally T. Hillsman has announced that she will retire from her position as Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association in May 2016. Since becoming the Executive Officer in 2002, she has overseen all the activities of the Executive Office, with special attention to public affairs, scientific publishing, and social science funding. She has championed the establishment of section-sponsored journals, including Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Society and Mental Health, as well as Contexts and the new open-access journal, Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.

  4. Sociologists Take Windy City by Storm

    Sociologists took the Windy City by storm in August as they gathered for the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). With 5,712 registrants, the meeting had the highest attendance of any meeting outside of New York or San Francisco and the fourth largest crowd ever.

  5. Think Ahead to 2017!

    Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the 112th Annual Meeting

    August 12-15, 2017
    Montréal, Québec, Canada

  6. How Is Your Program Preparing Undergrads for Employment? Liberal Learning Task Force Seeks Examples

    As previously reported in Footnotes (November 2014), a new Task Force has formed to revise the ASA volume Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, Updated. The revision of the Liberal Learning document is prompted in part by the increasing focus on employment outcomes evidenced in surveys of sociology majors (Senter, et. al. 2012) and of college students generally (Eagan, et. al. 2013), as well as the use of data on graduates’ employment in a variety of measures of institutional and program quality. 

  7. Sex and Gender Categories for ASA Membership

    Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Persons in Sociology

    Beginning with the 2016 ASA membership year—which will open for renewals and new memberships in October—members will have an expanded range of sex and gender options to choose from in the ASA member database. The revised sex and gender reporting categories will allow members to choose one or two of the following: