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Honorable Danny Davis, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia,
Census and National Archives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Ranking Member Davis:
The American Sociological Association appreciates the opportunity to share our views about the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), an innovation that has greatly benefited social science researchers, policy makers, and the communities they both serve.
The Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is profoundly disturbed by the possibility that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will uphold Judge William G. Young’s recent ruling that personally identifiable research data collected as part of Boston College’s “Belfast Project” must be turned over to British law enforcement through the U.S. Department of Justice.
The ASA and National Science Foundation have jointly published a summary of an important workshop on the issue of climate change research. It examines a critically important dimension of earth's climate variation: Basic research on social determinants affecting global climate change.
Membership Approves Changes to the ASA Dues Structure
Secretary’s Summary of Financial and Related Information relevant to Council’s New Dues Structure Proposal
On May 12, 2011, the ASA Annual Election will open to eligible members. It will remain open until June 23. On the ballot for your approval will be Council’s proposed changes to the ASA membership dues structure.
How to Apply for a Journal/Book Series Editorship
The Committee on Publications of the American Sociological Association is charged with the selection of editors of its journals and series.
In consultation with the ASA Executive Office and with the approval of Council, the Committee on Publications issues calls, evaluates applications from potential editorial candidates, selects editors, and assists the editors-elect in the transition.
Incorporating Globalization in the Sociology Curriculum
Teaching Sociology seeks articles and notes that address issues that focus on innovative approaches that incorporate globalization and transnational concerns in the curriculum. Among the topics of interest are:
Rights and rhetoric clash in abortion politics, with Susan Markens, Katrina Kimport, Drew Halfmann, Kimala Price, and Deana A. Rohlinger.
Flawed forensics and overstated claims make scientific evidence tricky at trial.
Kids with life-threatening illnesses need cutting-edge technology and medical expertise, but families face uneven access and paths to such care.