April 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 4

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Call for Papers


Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (JSSW). A special issue of the JSSW will explore the role of race in the United States in light of William Julius Wilson’s classic, The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions. Manuscripts should consider and/or challenge Wilson’s thesis that class has superseded race as the most important explanatory factor in situating blacks in the United States and demonstrate ways in which, and to what extent, black Americans are mainstreamed in American social and cultural institutions, as well as integrated into the American economy. Submit manuscripts to Richard K Caputo at caputo@yu.edu and Luisa S. Deprez at deprez@usm.maine.edu. Deadline: December 30, 2010. For more information, visit www.wmich.edu/hhs/newsletters_journals/jssw/index.htm.


2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, September 15-17, 2010, AT&T Executive Conference Center, University of Texas-Austin. The 2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas will have a poster session that will bring together emerging scholars work demonstrating how social, psychological, and biological factors profoundly impact the health and long-term care of Mexican-origin people in late life. Organizers hope to begin an interdisciplinary discussion of the unique situational factors and cultural behaviors that interact to impact the health and functioning of aging Mexican Americans. Research along these lines will inform specific public health interventions related to disease prevention and ultimately inform public policy decisions that will protect the health of aging Latinos. Deadline: June 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa//2010/cfp.php.

European Sociological Association RN29 Social Theory Conference, September 9-11, 2010, Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic. Theme: "Controversies in Contexts." Send papers that address controversies on knowledge in/and their contexts. Beyond the well-known, path-breaking, disputes we are also interested in particular national, historical, or local debates for enabling us to theoretically and sociologically rethink both the construction and enforcement of theoretical approaches. Abstract deadline: May 16, 2010. Contact: Frank Welz , Innsbruck University, frank.welz@uibk.ac.at; www.social-theory.eu.

Ohio University-Chillicothe International Conference, September 23-25, 2010, sponsored by the Quinn Library on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University. Theme: "Global Citizenship, Collective Identity, and Tolerance." This conference seeks papers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds on the relationships between citizenship, identity, and tolerance in the context of contemporary globalization. Papers should examine any social/political or psychological aspect of globalization, collective identity, and tolerance, including Durkheim’s division of labor, and the effects of globalization on social capital, tolerance, community, education, parenting, youth culture, crime and deviant behavior, and social and religious conservatism. The conference seeks to encourage submissions from graduate students in particular and will offer a $200 award to the best graduate student paper presented. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Send the abstract to Allan Pollchik at pollchik@ohio.edu by May 15. For more information, visit www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/pages/library/GCCIT/.

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April 15, 2010. Knowledge & Expertise Retention in the Public Sector, New York, NY. This conference explores succession and transition planning strategies for the seamless transfer and management of experience-based knowledge and expertise. This hands-on workshop will provide a full day of intensive discussion geared to illuminate the development of knowledge retention and transfer strategies. Contact: usa.ark-group.com/mp_introduction.asp?ac=864&nc=1&fc=167.

April 22-23, 2010. 8th Blending Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Theme: "The Blending Addiction Science and Practice: Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings." The conference presents innovative, science-based approaches that have been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. For more information, visit www.seiservices.com/blendingalbuquerque/index.aspx.

June 2-4, 2010. North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Toronto, Ontario. Theme: "Evidence into Action." The Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit series is an interdisciplinary, interactive forum for the presentation of research findings on the relationship of housing status and HIV prevention and care, coupled with dialogue on public policy implications and strategies. Contact: (202) 347-0333; nahc@nationalaidshousing.org; www.nationalaidshousing.org.

June 2-5, 2010. Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching & Learning, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. A summer institute providing tools, knowledge, and support to create an inclusive and empowering educational setting and experience. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/matrix.

June 2-6, 2010. 2010 Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference, Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC. Theme: "Linking Insight to Action." Learn about new research findings and research tools, find out about recent design projects, and meet colleagues with similar interests. Contact: Sally Augustin at sallyaugustin@designwithscience.com; www.edra41.org.

June 3-4, 2010. The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action, The Drake Hotel-Chicago. This conference will be the first in the United States to convene innovative thinkers from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds to address the social determinants of mental health. Contact: Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60601; (312) 201-5900 x311; ise@adler.edu; www.adler.edu/about/2010annualconference.asp.

June 29-July 2, 2010. 4th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics, and Informatics (IMSCI 2010), Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.sysconfer.org/imsci.

June 29-July 2, 2010. 6th International Conference on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics (SOIC 2010), Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.sysconfer.org/soic.

June 29-July 2, 2010. 8th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies, and Applications (EISTA 2010), Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.sysconfer.org/eista.

June 29-July 2, 2010. 8th International Conference on Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (PISTA 2010), Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.sysconfer.org/pista.

September 9-11, 2010. European Sociological Association RN29 Social Theory Conference, Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic. Theme: "Controversies in Contexts." Contact: Frank Welz, Innsbruck University, frank.welz@uibk.ac.at; www.social-theory.eu.

October 8-9, 2010. The Precarious Alliance: Strengthening Human Networks and Natural Systems, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA. Theme: "Feeding Ourselves: The Business, Science and Human Aspects of the Food Systems." Contact: Ann Brady, (215) 489-2977; Ann.Brady@delval.edu.

November 3-7, 2010. Association for Humanist Sociology 2010 Annual Meeting, The Lodge at Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM. Theme: "Meeting at the Crossroads: How Then Shall We Proceed?" Contact: Steve McGuire, 2010 AHS Program Chair, Sociology, Muskingum University, 163 Stormont St., New Concord, OH 43725; (740) 826-8288; smcguire@muskingum.edu.

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy announces a small, researcher-initiated grants program. The Campaign will award grants of approximately $30,000 to $40,000 each, to fund original research and publication in a peer-reviewed journal based on newly available, nationally representative survey data. The data represent unmarried 18- to 29-year-old men and women, and provide extensive information on their knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and beliefs as they relate to sexual activity and contraception. A description of the data can be found at: www.thenationalcampaign.org/fogzone/related.aspx. Research proposals are due April 19, 2010. For more information, visit www.thenationalcampaign.org/fogzone/.

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2010 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are seeking nominations for the 2010 U.S. Professors of the Year awards. The annual program honors a select group of U.S. professors who excel as educators and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is the only national initiative designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Deadline: April 16, 2010. Nomination material and information on the awards program are available at www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org. Contact: Pamela Russell, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, (202) 478-5680; russell@case.org.

Award for Best Paper in Positive Organizational Scholarship. The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) announces the 2010 biannual award for the best published scholarly article in positive organizational scholarship. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding scholarship in POS and to encourage research in this growing field. This award carries a $5,000 prize plus expenses to the next Conference on Positive Organizational Scholarship to be held January 6-8, 2011, University of Michigan. The article must be published or accepted for publication in the two years prior to September 1, 2010. The article must address key issues or themes in POS, but it may be based on any discipline. The article must be empirical in orientation, rather than solely theoretical or a review of the literature. Any research method is acceptable. Deadline: September 1, 2010. Contact: positiveorg@umich.edu; www.bus.umich.edu/Positive/CPOS/Activities/best-paper.html.

The Jacobs Foundation invites nominations for the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development 2010. The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all disciplines aiming at the improvement of young people’s development and perspectives worldwide. The prize addresses scholars from all countries who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding and achieving productive youth development and at the same time have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2010. Contact: Gelgia Fetz, Jacobs Foundation, Seefeldquai 17, P.O. Box, CH-8034 Zürich; +41 44 388 61 02; award.jacobsfoundation.org/en/.

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In the News

Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted concerning trust and idea generation in small groups for an article on businessnc.com about an entrepreneurial company that uses small teams of women to generate ideas for new products.

John Bartkowski, University of Texas-San Antonio, was quoted in a December 4 Slate.com article about the decline of the Promise Keepers.

Patrick G. Coy, Kent State University, was a guest on the Progressive Radio Show on January 22, 2010, for a 30-minute discussion of his new co-authored book, with Lynne M. Woehrle and Gregory M. Maney, Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement. It aired on 50+ radio stations in the United States and globally. It is also available for listening online.

Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in the Nashua Telegraph on December 27, 2009, about the tripling over the past two decades in the numbers of religiously unaffiliated people in New Hampshire. She was also interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio on November 19, 2009, about the impact of the recession on civic engagement and she was quoted in the New Hampshire Union Leader on February 10 about the impending retirements of several U.S. Catholic bishops.

Carole Joffe, University of California-San Francisco, was interviewed by the New York Times on February 27 for a story on outreach to the African American community in Georgia by the anti-abortion movement. She was interviewed by Pacifica radio on February 3 and by Salon.com on January 22 about her new book, Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us.

Michael Kimmel, SUNY-Stony Brook, wrote an article for the Huffington Post on March 1 about the treatment of obese persons by airlines.

Christine Morton, Stanford University and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, was interviewed on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer on March 4 about the rise in maternal mortality in California and the United States. On February 3, she was interviewed on ABC Channel 7 news in San Francisco about the first statewide review of maternal deaths in California, a joint project funded by CDPH/MCAH Division.

Adina Nack, California Lutheran University, was quoted in the January/February 2010 issue of Women’s Health magazine about her research and book on sexually transmitted diseases. She authored a feature article for the Winter 2010 issue of Ms. Magazine, "Why Men’s Health IS a Feminist Issue."

Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, was the author of a February 12 Chronicle of Higher Education opinion article, "Skip Gates’s Extended Family," on the social implications of genealogy.

Pedro Noguera, New York University, was quoted from his 2007 Nation article on broadening No Child Left Behind in a March 9 PostPartisan blog on the Washington Post website.

Michael Ramirez, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was a guest on the "Call Me Ivy" radio show on February 27, 2010. He discussed representations of masculinities in the media.

Brian Reed, West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, had his doctoral dissertation research featured in a five-part series in Slate.com, from February 22-26. The series, titled "Searching for Saddam: How the U.S. Military Used Social Networking to Capture the Iraqi Dictator," interviewed and quoted Reed, who participated directly in the lead up and capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Pat Rieker, Boston University and Harvard Medical School, was quoted in a Winter 2010 Ms. Magazine article about men’s health as a feminist issue.

Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation about the public climate for nuclear power.

David Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in a February 22 Slate.com article on social network theory being used by the military to try to capture Osama Bin Laden. The article also mentioned the need for sociology in military education.

Darren Sherkat, Southern Illinois University, Neil Gross, University of British Columbia, David Yarmane, Wake Forest University, and Fred Kniss, Eastern Mennonite University, were quoted in a February 9, 2010, InsideHigherEd.com article about the increasing significance of religion scholarship in sociological research. The article focused on an analysis by David Smilde and Matthew May, University of Georgia, that found a growing number of research articles on religion have been published in sociological journals. The article also mentioned the American Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Section.

Matt Wray, Temple University, Elijah Anderson, Yale University, and Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, were quoted in a February 15 column in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the plight of the poor in recessionary times.

Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College, was profiled in a February 18 New York Times article about her book, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, and her take on urban planning and gentrification. She attacks the notions of urban planner Jane Jacobs.

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Doug McAdam, Stanford University, was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 2010-2011.

Eugene Rosa, Washington State University, Andreas Diekmann, ETH-Zurich, Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University, and Carlo Jaeger won the 2009 Gerald L. Young Distinguished Scholarly Book Award for their book Human Footprints on the Global Environment: Threats to Sustainability.

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Tod Hamilton, University of Texas-Austin, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Kellogg Health Scholar and received a Health Disparities Fellowship.

Airin Martinez, University of California-San Francisco, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Kellogg Health Scholar and received a Health Disparities Fellowship.

Rochelle Parks-Yancy, Texas Southern University, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to Armenia for the Spring of 2010. She will be studying job search practices of Armenian workers and will teach a graduate level organizational behavior course at American University of Armenia.

Olga Shevchenko, Williams College, was recently awarded tenure.

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New Books

Ronald J. Angel and Jacqueline L. Angel, both of University of Texas-Austin, Hispanic Families at Risk The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State (Springer, 2009).

Juan Battle, Graduate Center- CUNY, and Sandra L. Barnes, Vanderbilt University, Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Marion Blute, University of Toronto, Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution: Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia, Guilty Lessons? Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys (Routledge, 2010).

Susan J. Ferguson, Grinnell College, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology, 6th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2009).

Robert Garot, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Who You Claim: Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Streets (New York University Press, 2010).

Janet E. Poppendieck, CUNY-Hunter College, Free for All: Fixing School Food in America (University of California Press, 2010).

Millie Thayer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Making Transnational Feminism: Rural Women, NGO Activists and Northern Donors in Brazil (Routledge, 2010).

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Other Organizations

Scholarly Knowledge on LGBTQ Issues in Education. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is undertaking an initiative on research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) issues in education. AERA seeks assistance from scholars and researchers across fields to map the state of knowledge on LGBTQ issues in education. AERA aims to bring together research from diverse theoretical frameworks, ecological perspectives, and research methods in this work to assess what we know and do not know about LGBTQ issues in education and educational contexts. This initiative to examine the state of research on LGBTQ issues in education has three components: (1) an extensive literature search and review, (2) an intensive small research workshop of scholars to be held in Fall 2010; and (3) this broad-based call for input and ideas on LGBTQ issues in education. We seek contributions from scholars and researchers whose work addresses LGBTQ issues directly related to education or in adjacent research areas of relevance. Deadline: April 30, 2010. Contact: George Wimberly, AERA Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, at (202) 238-3200; edresearch@aera.net; www.aera.net.

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New Publications

Organization & Environment. Special Issue: The Social Organization of Demographic Responses To Disaster: Studying Population-Environment Interactions in the Case of Hurricane Katrina. This special issue examines the population movements that occurred in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina. It assembles nine articles from scholars who were on the ground in the first year after the hurricane. For more information, visit www.coba.usf.edu/jermier/journal.htm.

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Summer Programs

2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Institute on Transdisciplinary Research: Integrating Genetic and Social Work Research. August 8-13, 2010, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in collaboration with participating NIH Institutes and Centers will sponsor an intensive, week-long summer research institute on the applications of genetic research techniques and methods relevant to social work problems. The summer institute is intended for junior faculty in schools of social work or related disciplines who want to improve their research skills regarding studies of genetics and gene and environment interactions as they relate to the social determinants of health. The intense program will cover several topic areas. Prospective participants will be required to submit a brief description of a research proposal in their area of interest. Deadline: May 5, 2010. For more information, visit conferences.thehillgroup.com/obssr/SI2010/index.html.

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program Workshop: Data User Training for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). August 4-6, 2010. This workshop is designed to train researchers to access, analyze, and use the datasets of the SECCYD. Covered topics include the conceptual framework of the study, its methodological design, documentation of research instruments, and documentation of the psychometric properties of a large subset of variables included in the analytical datasets and with the raw datasets. The expected outcome of the course is for participants to be able to independently use and train others to use the SECCYD databases for original scholarship and publication. Applicants should include a CV and a one-page statement of their research interests that includes their plans for using the SECCYD data. All applicants must submit the SECCYD User Agreement with their application materials or hold a current SECCYD User Agreement. Deadline: May 14, 2010. For more information, visit www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0110.

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