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Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge seeks contributions for special and regular issue themes for the journal’s upcoming Volume VII (2009). Special issue theme: "If I Touch the Depths of Your Heart: Mahmoud Darwish and the Human Promise of Poetry in Comparative Perspective." Regular issue theme: "Scholarships of Learning and Teaching of the Sociological Imagination." Inquiries regarding the thematic relevance of submissions may be sent to the journal editor at mohammad.tamdgidi@umb.edu. Deadline for both themes: April 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.okcir.com.

Journal of Family Life is a new, peer-reviewed, online academic journal dedicated to examining all aspects of American family life. The multimedia journal is accepting submissions from graduate students or faculty members in any arts and humanities discipline. The journal will consider scholarly articles, essays, photography essays, or audio/video works for publication. The journal is published by the Emory University Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL), a Sloan Center on Working Families, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Contact: (404) 727-3152; marial@emory.edu; www.journaloffamilylife.com.

Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) encourages submissions for its fall 2009 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews. Manuscripts in all areas of sociology are welcome. Submission deadline: May 1, 2009. Send a sanitized manuscript via e-mail attachment in MS Word format (not PDF) along with a brief biographical statement to: verschaj@gvsu.edu. Send disks via postal mail to: Joseph Verschaeve, Editor, Michigan Sociological Review, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, 2169 AuSable Hall, Allendale, MI 49401.


2009 Conference of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), July 22-24, 2009, University of Cumbria, UK. Theme: "Appreciating the Views: How We’re Looking at the Social and Visual Landscape." Send papers to the appropriate panel organizer listed on the website. Send a paper that does not fit into a panel to: gordon.simpson.ivsa2009@cumbria.ac.uk with the subject "IVSA 2009 individual paper proposal." For more information, visit www.visualsociology.org.

Association for Humanist Sociology 2009 Annual Meeting, November 12-15, 2009, Hampton Inn & Suites, New Orleans, LA. Theme: "Doing Change Work: The Many Paths to Peace, Equality, and Justice." Proposals for papers, special sessions, panels, or workshops that reflect the conference theme or related humanist concerns should be sent to Greta Pennell, Program Chair, gpennell@uindy.edu. Deadline: June 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.humanistsociology.org/.

British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference 2009, Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, September 3-5, 2009, University of Manchester, UK. The annual conference provides delegates with the opportunity to discuss the discipline’s hot topics within a real community of medical sociologists. Abstract Deadline: April 24, 2009. For more information, visit www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc.htm.

Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2010), July 2-7, 2010, Torino, Italy. Theme: "Passion for Science." The forum will be a unique opportunity to meet and to discuss important issues in which science and technology play a central role. The scientific program will be the core of ESOF2010, hosting roundtables, workshops, debates, and seminars, which will address the most topical issues in scientific research and explore the interactions between researchers, industry, policy, media, and the wider public. View the call for proposals at www.esof2010.org. Submission deadline: June 15, 2009.

Human Rights in the USA, October 23, 2009, University of Connecticut. Scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and law are invited to submit abstracts on the application of human rights laws and norms in the United States. Panels will address issues such as children’s rights, civil rights, health care, environmental justice, human rights and security since 9/11, domestic violence, gender and sexuality, American literature and human rights, the history of equal rights, immigration, social welfare provision, and economic rights. Submit a one paragraph abstract and one-page résumé by February 28, 2009. Contact: humanrights@uconn.edu. For more information, visit: humanrights.uconn.edu/conferences/2009.php.

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June 26-28, 2009. The 31st International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Lake Geneva, WI, and Chicago, IL. Theme: "Honoring Our Roots – Nurturing Our Growth." For more information, visit www.aaswg.org.

July 2-7, 2010. Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2010), Torino, Italy. Theme: "Passion for Science." For more information, visit www.esof2010.org.

July 22-24, 2009. International Visual Sociology Association Conference, University of Cumbria, UK. Theme: "Appreciating the Views: How We’re Looking at the Social and Visual Landscape." For additional information, visit www.visualsociology.org.

September 2-5, 2009. 3rd Annual CICA-STR International Conference, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Theme: "Political Violence and Collective Aggression: Considering the Past, Imagining the Future." For more information, visit www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/spri/documents/ForthcomingConference.pdf or www.societyforterrorismresearch.org.

September 3-5, 2009. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference 2009 Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, University of Manchester, UK. For more information, visit www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc.htm.

September 24-27, 2009. 28th CICA Conference, Bodrum, Turkey. Theme: "Attitudes Toward Conflict and Aggression: A Cross-Cultural Approach." Contact: cicabodrum@ttmail.com.

October 2-3, 2009. Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2009, Atlanta, GA. Theme: "Creating the Future through Science and Innovation." For more information, visit www.atlantaconference.org.

October 22-24, 2009. The Association for Political Theory (APT) Conference 2009, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. The APT is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to supporting political theory and political philosophy. For more information, visit apt.coloradocollege.edu.

October 23, 2009. Human Rights in the USA, University of Connecticut. Contact: humanrights@uconn.edu. For more information, visit humanrights.uconn.edu/conferences/2009.php.

November 12-15, 2009. Association for Humanist Sociology 2009 Annual Meeting, Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. Theme: "Doing Change Work: The Many Paths to Peace, Equality, and Justice." For more information, visit www.humanistsociology.org/.

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American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) aims to improve funding and study opportunities for scholars in Mongolia. The following programs offer scholars opportunities to conduct research, study, and gain professional experience in Mongolia. U.S.-Mongolia Field Research Fellowship Program: Application Deadline: March 1, 2009. The ACMS U.S.-Mongolia Field Research Fellowship Program was initiated in 2006, to foster a new generation of Mongolian Studies scholars by creating an opportunity for field studies early in the careers of both U.S. and Mongolian students. The participants in the program range from advanced undergraduates to pre-doctoral candidacy students. Fellowships cover travel, living, and research expenses. For more information, visit www.mongoliacenter.org/field. ACMS Intensive Mongolian Language Program: Application Deadline: March 1, 2009. The ACMS language program comprises 80 lessons. Students are introduced to grammar, vocabulary, and conversational usages during the lessons through use of topical categories such as greetings, sports, and history. The program offers the equivalent of nine semester credit hours over eight weeks. Fellowships are available for travel and living expenses and tuition waivers. For more information, visit www.mongoliacenter.org/language.

The Arete Initiative at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce a new $3 million research program on a New Science of Virtues. This is a multidisciplinary research initiative that seeks contributions from individuals and from teams of investigators working within the humanities and the sciences. We support highly original, scholarly projects that demonstrate promise of a distinctive contribution to virtue research and have the potential to begin a new field of interdisciplinary study. In 2010, two-year research grants will be awarded ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. Scholars and scientists from around the world are invited to submit letters of intent as entry into a research grant competition. Contact: virtues@uchicago.edu; www.scienceofvirtues.org.

EAI Fellows Program. The East Asia Institute (EAI), based in Seoul, Korea, invites applications to its Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. The Fellows Program targets United States-based East Asianists with cutting-edge expertise in political science, international relations, and sociology for an international exchange program with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research with a comparative perspective in the study of East Asia. The East Asia Institute plans to select five Fellows in 2009. The program provides a total of $10,000 for each of the Fellows for a three-week visit or more. Application deadline: May 31, 2009. Contact: fellowships@eai.or.kr; +82-2-2277-1683; www.eai.or.kr/eng/program/fellows.html.

Health Games Research call for proposals provides an opportunity for universities, government agencies, medical centers, and nonprofit organizations to submit proposals for research projects that will investigate how health games can be designed and used to improve players’ health behaviors and health outcomes. Health Games Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio. It funds research to enhance the quality and impact of interactive games that are used to improve health. The goal of the program is to advance the innovation, design, and effectiveness of health games and game technologies so that they help people improve their health-related behaviors and, as a result, achieve significantly better health outcomes. The call is available at www.healthgamesresearch.org.

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. PhD scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education, with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become leaders and creative agents for change. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09519/nsf09519.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

The National Mentoring and Fellowship Program of the Center for Population Research in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health. The Center is seeking applications from pre-doctoral and advanced master’s students interested in careers in LGBT health research. The program connects students with expert faculty mentors from the national network of faculty of the Center. Mentors are closely matched to students’ research interests and will assist students who are developing or working on a research project in the study of LGBT health or same-sex families/households. Candidates should have an interest in working with a mentor to better incorporate population health research methods and/or concerns in their projects. Contact: Aimee Van Wagenen at Avanwagenen@fenwayhealth.org; fenwayhealth.org/populationcenter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will next be reviewed February 15, 2009.

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community by supporting innovative, international research, and education collaborations. The program will enable U.S. scientists and engineers to establish collaborative relationships with international colleagues to advance new knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of science and engineering. It will promote the development of a diverse, globally engaged U.S. science and engineering workforce. The PIRE program will support bold, forward-looking research whose successful outcome results from all partners providing unique contributions to the research endeavor. It is also intended to facilitate greater student preparation for and participation in international research collaboration. The program aims to support partnerships that will strengthen the capacity of institutions, multi-institutional consortia, and networks to engage in and benefit from international research and education collaborations. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12819.

Science of Generosity. The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce a $3 million project on the Science of Generosity, supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation. Open invitations are now issued for letters of inquiry proposing research on generosity in the human and social sciences. The aim of this Science of Generosity initiative is to stimulate scientific research on the practice of generosity in human life and society. This initiative is particularly interested in better understanding three key aspects of generosity: (1) the sources, origins, and causes of generosity, (2) the variety of manifestations and expressions of generosity, and (3) the consequences of generosity for both the givers and receivers involved. Four to eight proposals for funding of between $250,000 and $500,000 will be awarded in this first wave of competition in 2009. Deadline: April 15, 2009. Contact: Science of Generosity, University of Notre Dame, 936 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556; (574) 631-2173; generous@nd.edu; generosityresearch.nd.edu.

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Social Psychology Section Graduate Student Paper Award. The Graduate Student Affairs Committee of the Social Psychology Section invites submissions for the 2009 Graduate Student Paper Award. The paper should be article length. It can be based on a master’s thesis or doctoral thesis, course paper, or a paper submitted to a journal or conference. Co-authored papers are accepted if all authors are students. The recipient(s) will receive financial support to attend the ASA meetings in San Francisco. Send an electronic version of the paper by March 15, 2009, to Committee Chair, Alicia D. Cast (acast@iastate.edu). Authors should remove all identifying information from within the paper to make the selection process a blind review. The cover page of the submitted paper should contain only the paper title. Please include the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and paper title in the accompanying e-mail.

The Sociologists’ AIDS Network (SAN) announces its three competitions for 2009. All nominations and submissions are due May 15, 2009. Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/Aids. This award honors outstanding contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS. The award may recognize work that has significantly advanced our understanding of social aspects of the pandemic, or that has contributed to prevention, treatment, or policy interventions. Nominees should have pursued substantial research and/or applied work related to HIV/AIDS, and should have worked in the field for at least eight years. Contact: Sherry Larkins at slarkins@mindspring.com. Scholarly Activity Award. The SAN Scholarly Activity Award aims to nurture scholarly interest in the sociology of HIV/AIDS by supporting the work of emerging scholars in the field. One applicant will be chosen each year to receive a one-time award of up to $250 and a year of free membership in SAN. All graduate students working on topics in the sociology of HIV/AIDS are eligible to apply. Contact: Jorge Fontdevila at jfontdevila@fullerton.edu. Martin Levine Student Essay Competition. Sociology students are invited to submit an original, 20-page (double-spaced) essay on the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS for the annual student essay competition. The topic is broadly defined and can include any aspect of HIV/AIDS from a sociological perspective. The student must be the first author and must have written most, if not all, of the manuscript. All students who enter the competition will receive a one year membership to SAN. Contact: Anne Esacove at esacove@muhlenberg.edu.

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In the News

Aging and the Life Course

Robert Applebaum, Miami University, was quoted in a December 20 Associated Press story published in The Belleville News-Democrat about a Missouri tax to fund senior services. He directs the Ohio Long-term Care Project.

Linda Waite, University of Chicago, was cited for her 2007 study of caregiving grandparents in a January 4 USA Today article about the effects of caring for grandchildren.

Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco

Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse, authored an opinion piece in the November 8 edition of Science News about addiction stigma and addiction science.

Children and Youth

Chadwick Menning, Ball State University, had his research detailed in a January 7 Chronicle of Higher Education "News Blog" post. The research explored what signals students identify as indicating that a party might be dangerous.

C.J. Pascoe, Colorado College, was quoted in a January 1 McClatchy-Tribune News Service article about children and "sexting," or using cell phones to send provocative or nude photos of themselves. Pascoe said that her research did not suggest that this phenomenon was a major issue. The article was published in the Kansas City Star.

Collective Behavior/Social Movements

Mustafa Gurbuz, University of Connecticut, was interviewed by EBRU Television (Turkey) about his comparative research on the Gandhi and the Gulen movements. The interview was aired on EBRU’s Evening News program on November 15.

Communication and Information Technologies

Mark Granovetter, Stanford University, and Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, were quoted in a January 7 Wall Street Journal article about social networks and social networking websites.

Community and Urban Sociology

Stephanie Bohon, University of Tennessee, was quoted in a December 15 Commercial Appeal article about increasing diversity within the Nashville suburbs.

Michael Irwin, Duquesne University, and Claudia Geist, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, were interviewed during a December 23 Minnesota Public Radio segment about a study reporting that the majority of American adults have not lived outside of their birth state.

Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College, was quoted in the December 15 New York Daily News within two articles: "Youth movement fires Brooklyn boro gentrification" and "A popular destination for Africans." He also was cited October 17 in a La Croix article about race relations in Brooklyn.

Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University, was quoted in the December 15 Oakland Tribune in a story about a U.S. Census Bureau report showing a continuing decline in the African American population in Oakland.

Comparative and Historical Sociology

John Bellamy Foster, University of Oregon, was quoted in a December 13 Associated Press article about food banks during difficult economic times. The article, in which he compared today’s hunger problem to hunger during the Great Depression, appeared on ABCNews.com and a number of news outlets across the country.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Bruce Western, Harvard University, was cited in a December 29 New York Times article about changing murder rate statistics. He cautioned that the change in murder rates among black teenagers did not show a clear trend.

Sociology of Culture

Charles Gallagher, LaSalle University, was quoted in a December 20 News & Observer article about changes in the image and identify of Santa Claus. He said that the idea that Santa has to look one way is being challenged.

Richard Moran, Mount Holyoke College, was quoted in a December 17 Associated Press article about the Adam Walsh case. Moran said that the case and Walsh’s publicity surrounding missing children had the effect of scaring children and adults. The article was widely published in newspapers and online media in the United States.

Doug Porpora, Drexel University, discussed the cultural significance of resolutions in the January 1 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was quoted in a December 30 Associated Press story about rise in "speed baby-sitting" services. The article appeared on MSNBC.com (December 31) in The Dallas Morning News (January 1), Detroit Free Press (January 2), and various other newspapers nationwide.

Stephen Vaisey, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a December 11 MSNBC.com article about television characters that stretch moral boundaries.

Economic Sociology

Gary Becker, University of Chicago, was quoted in a January 5 Bloomberg.com article in which he said that the goal of a government bailout should be a withdrawal from poor investments.

Gary Becker, University of Chicago, and Kathleen Gerson, New York University, were quoted in a December 15 Los Angeles Times article about the economy’s impact on childbearing.

Jeanne Fleming, Money magazine and CNNMoney.com, was quoted about the effect of the recession on money and relationships in a number of publications, including U.S. News & World Report (December 1-8), The New York Post (December 2), and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (November 25). She was also interviewed on Nevada Public Radio’s State of Nevada (November 19).

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center, and Andrew Beveridge, CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College, were quoted in a January 4 Crain’s New York Business feature on the impact of the economic downturn on the New York region.

Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, was quoted in a January 4 Washington Post column in which she discussed children as consumers. She is the author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture.

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, was quoted in a December 15 Boston Globe article about Harvard University’s reaction to the economic downturn.

Environment and Technology

Rebecca Gasior Altman, was quoted about her research on women’s awareness of chemicals in homes in a Reuters Health article that was published on MSNBC.com on December 26.

Patricia Romero Lankao, University of Colorado, was quoted in a December 17 United Press International article about a study she co-authored about developing countries’ abilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sociology of Family

Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a December 15 Newsweek web exclusive about divorce and parenting. He discussed joint custody arrangements for divorced couples with children.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a December 30 Boston Globe article about live-in grandparents in light of the potential for Barack Obama’s mother-in-law to move to the White House.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, Norval Glenn, University of Austin-Texas, and Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, were quoted in a December 22 San Antonio Express-News article in which they discussed the timing of marriage.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland, and Jody Heymann, McGill University, were quoted in a December 7 Christian Science Monitor article that detailed the impact of changing work schedules on the family.

Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University, Andrew J. Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, and Frank F. Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania, were quoted in a December 17 New York Times article about the growth in two-parent black families and other demographic changes.

Angela O’Rand, Duke University, and Rebecca Adams, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, were quoted in a December 17 USA Today article about family ties and family geographic mobility.

International Migration

Irene Bloemraad, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a December 30 Christian Science Monitor article about the effect of fewer jobs on U.S. immigration rates. She discussed how trends could alter the distribution of Latino immigrant communities in the United States.

Lisandro Pérez, Florida International University, discussed the experience of Cuban exiles to the United States in a December 14 Miami Herald article.

Nestor Rodriguez, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted about proposed immigration-related legislation in a January 4 Houston Chronicle article.

Robert C. Smith, CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College, was quoted in The New York Times on December 25 in a story on Christmas celebrations and returned migrants in rural Mexico.

Mathematical Sociology

Joel Best, University of Delaware, was interviewed about the ability of statistics to mislead in a December 10 broadcast of The Kojo Nnamdi Show on National Public Radio affiliate WAMU-FM in Washington, DC.

Medical Sociology

Nicholas A. Christakis, Harvard University, received widespread attention for an article he published in the British Medical Journal on December 10 about the increasing hysteria over nut allergies in children. Christakis’ article was referenced or discussed in articles in The Washington Post on December 12, The New York Times’ "Well" blog on December 15, United Press International on December 12, and many other news outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom. He was quoted in a January 1 Boston Globe article in which he discussed the influence of social networks on people’s decisions to make positive changes.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College, was quoted in a December 17 New York Times article about waning interest in cosmetic surgery during a recession.

David R. Williams, Harvard University, Raymond Hyatt, Tufts University, and Christine A. Bachrach, National Institutes of Health, were quoted in a December 29 Boston Globe article about masculinity and gender health disparities.

Sociology of Mental Health

Constance Ahrons, University of Southern California, discussed the ties between depression and divorce in a January 1WebMD.comarticle.

Sarah Burgard, University of Michigan, discussed the relationship between difficult economic times and poor mental health in a December 19 article in The Providence Journal.

Matt Wray, Temple University, was interviewed about suicide rates in Las Vegas in the December 10 broadcast of All Things Considered on National Public Radio.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Sharmila Rudrappa, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in a December 14 Washington Post article about customer service call centers returning to the United States. Rudrappa spoke about the friction between American callers and foreign operators.

Peace, War and Social Conflict

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, authored the article, "Reconstruction: A Damaging Fantasy?" for the November-December issue of Military Review.

Political Economy of the World System

Ho-fung Hung, Indiana University-Bloomington, was interviewed on RTHK, the official radio station of Hong Kong, in a public affairs program broadcast on November 6 and January 2. Hung discussed Obama’s economic and Asia policy and the implication of his presidency to China.

Political Sociology

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, authored a December 20 opinion piece for The Washington Post asserting that President Barack Obama should visit Jakarta or Istanbul as part of his plan to visit a Muslim capital during his first 100 days in office.

Todd Gitlin, Columbia University, commented on the legacy of George W. Bush in a January 4 article published in McClatchy newspapers such as The State, San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Macon Telegraph. He was quoted about the vanishing of "acutely dark-skin-averse white voters" in a January 6 McClatchy newspapers story about President Barack Obama’s election.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, authored an opinion piece for the December 13 Los Angeles Times suggesting that taxes are too low.

Ahmad Sadri, Lake Forest College, was quoted about democracy in Iran in a December 22 Boston Globe article about an election in that country.

David Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in a December 31 Military Times article reporting on a survey of service members regarding their opinion of the incoming Obama administration.

Race, Gender, and Class

Korie Edwards, The Ohio State University, and Michael Emerson, Rice University, were interviewed in the December 19 PBS program, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. They discussed interracial religious congregations.

R. L’Heureux Lewis, City College of New York, was interviewed in a National Public Radio News & Notes segment about race perceptions in the workplace. The segment aired on December 18.

George Yancey, University of North Texas, was interviewed in a News & Notes segment about the racial politics of dating broadcast on December 15 on National Public Radio.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Andrew Penner, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in a December 9 Los Angeles Times article about research he co-authored with Aliya Saperstein, University of Oregon, surrounding the power of negative racial stereotypes. The study, which found that decreases in social standing made people more likely to be perceived as black, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was described in a December 15 Chicago Tribune article.

Sociology of Religion

Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University, authored a column about prayer in hospitals, published in the December 14 Baltimore Sun. She was quoted in a November 28 New York Times article about prayer in which she discussed the scientific study of intercessionary prayer. She was also quoted in the December 28 St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article about prayer and a sick child’s blog.

Mark Chaves, Duke University, was quoted in Indianapolis Star (December 17) and USA Today (December 21) articles about changes in religious congregations based on the National Congregations Study, the first to track changes in congregations over time.

Chris Ellison, University of Texas, was quoted in a December 22 article about religion and medicine on the website of U.S. News & World Report.

Barry Kosmin, Trinity College, was quoted in a December 17 USA Today article about perspectives on Christmas. He cited data on the number of American adults who have no religious identity.

Christian Smith and Patricia Snell, both of the University of Notre Dame, and Michael O. Emerson, Rice University, were cited in a December 24 Slate article about their research on the philanthropy of Christians. They find that at least one in five Christians does not contribute to charities. Smith was also quoted in a January 7 Los Angeles Times article about how religion is being "remade in the image of mass-consumer capitalism."

Science, Knowledge and Technology

A number of sociologists were cited in a January 9 Chronicle of Higher Education article about the discipline of sociology and the emerging and controversial study of genetic sociology. Those cited or quoted include Jason Schnittker, University of Pennsylvania, Peter Bearman, Columbia University, Sara Shostak, Brandeis University, Molly Martin, Penn State University, Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University-Bloomington, Troy Duster, New York University, Jeremy Freese, Northwestern University, Allan Horwitz, Rutgers University, Ann Morning, New York University, and Guang Guo, J. Richard Udry, Kathleen Mullan Harris, and Michael Shanahan, all of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Duncan Watts, Columbia University, authored an opinion piece about predictions in the January 4 edition of The Washington Post. Watts described his research with Matthew Salganik, Princeton University, and Peter Dodds, University of Vermont.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Pamela Stone, Hunter College, was quoted in a December 28 Washington Post article comparing Caroline Kennedy to the average midlife woman. Stone, author of Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home, comments on women returning to the workforce.

Sociology of Sexualities

Kathleen Bogle, La Salle University, was interviewed on CBS’s Early Show on December 15 about her book Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus

Sociological Practice and Public Sociology

Mark Nord, Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, was quoted in a January 6 Wall Street Journal article that reported on a ranking of best and worst jobs in the United States. Sociology was ranked the eighth most desirable job.

Teaching and Learning

Judy Carr, Missouri State University-West Plains, discussed the merits and drawbacks to a four-day academic week within a December 15 Inside Higher Ed article.

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Judith Auerbach, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, received the 2008 Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS from the Sociologists’ AIDS Network.

Robert Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, and Charles Jarmon, Howard University, received the 2008 Joseph S. Himes Award for Lifetime Scholarship from the Association of Black Sociologists.

Anita Chen, Lakehead University, received a "Champion" Award for Gerontology Work from the Centre for Education and Research in Aging and Health (CERAH), which is given to a champion who has worked to advance the health and social care for our aging population.

Ross L. Matsueda and Derek A. Kreager, both of University of Washington, and David Huizinga, University of Colorado, received the Outstanding Article Award from the American Society of Criminology for "Deterring Delinquents: A Rational Choice Model of Theft and Violence" from the American Sociological Review.

Diane Pike, Augsburg College, was awarded the 2008 Stewart Bellman Award for Exemplary Leadership for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning. The Bellman Award is given each year by the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning.

David A. Snow, University of California-Irvine, is the winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 2008 Lee Founders Award, which is made in recognition of significant achievements that have demonstrated continuing devotion to the ideas of SSSP.

Bruce Western, Harvard University, received the Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for his book Punishment and Inequality in America.

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Kenneth Ferraro has been named Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.

Jennifer F. Hamer was recently appointed Interim Head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Mabel Berezin, Cornell University, has been awarded a Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellowship for residence at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy, for spring 2009.

Karen Cook, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was elected to the Consortium of Social Science Association’s Board.

Alice Taylor Day and Lincoln H. Day have written and produced a full-length documentary film, titled Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War. It premiered in March 2008, at the DC Environmental Film Festival before an audience of 400 (with an estimated 200-400 turned away for lack of room). It has either already been screened or slated to be screened in some two dozen film festivals on six continents. For more information, visit www.scarredlandsfilm.org.

Susan Farrell, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY, was elected vice president of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Carla B. Howery, former deputy ex. officer, ASA, has been honored through the creation of the Carla B. Howery Award for Developing Teacher-Scholars by the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology.

Peter Kivisto, Augustana College was selected as a Finland Distinguished Professor by the Academy of Finland.

Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, gave a talk on January 9 sponsored by the Duke Interdisciplinary Initiative in Social Psychology, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Sociology Department. Ridgeway’s talk is titled "How easily does a social difference become a status distinction: Gender matters."

Denise Segura, University of California-Santa Barbara, was elected president of Sociologists for Women in Society.

John M. Steiner, Sonoma State University, initiated a program on September 25, 2008, at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. The three-hour event, in German, involved a German radio interview previously conducted by Steiner with three former members of the Nazi SS. The three men had been confronted by Steiner, a Holocaust survivor-sociologist, about their roles in the Nazi Regime. Steiner gave a lecture, "The Fragmented Conscience," on how these men’s ideology split people into superior and inferior categories simultaneously. Lastly, a dialogue took place between Steiner and Jobst von Cornberg, former Hitler Youth Leader and German Army Lieutenant, on how former Nazi enemies during World War II can be turned into good friends and colleagues.

Marcus Ynalvez and John C. Kilburn, both of Texas A&M International University, along with colleagues in biology and information sciences, received a $335,709 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program for their project, MOD-Transmission of Tacit Skills in East Asian Graduate Science Programs.

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New Books

Clifford Bob, Duquesne University, Ed., The International Struggle for New Human Rights, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).

Benoit Challand, Palestinian Civil Society: Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude (Routledge, 2009).

John E. Conklin, Tufts University, Campus Life in the Movies: A Critical Survey from the Silent Era to the Present (McFarland, 2008).

Ariel Ducey, University of Calgary, Never Good Enough: Health Care Workers and the False Promise of Job Training (Cornell University Press, 2009).

Jill A. Fisher, Vanderbilt University, Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials (Rutgers University Press, 2009).

David Frisby, London School of Economics, Ed., Georg Simmel: Englischsprachige Veröffentlichungen 1893-1910 (Georg Simmel: Publications in English 1893-1910) (Suhrkamp, 2008).

Mark S. Gaylord, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Danny Gittings, University of Hong Kong, Eds., Introduction to Crime, Law and Justice in Hong Kong (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).

John Kinkel, Oakland University, Cinderella Church: The Story of Early Christianity (iUniverse.com, 2008).

Dario Melossi, University of Bologna, Controlling Crime, Controlling Society: Thinking about Crime in Europe and America (Polity Press, 2008).

Valentine M. Moghadam, Purdue University, Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Olga Shevchenko, Williams College, Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Robert A. Stebbins, University of Calgary, Personal Decisions in the Public Square: Beyond Problem Solving into a Positive Sociology (Transaction Publishers, 2009).

André Turmel, Laval University, A Historical Sociology of Childhood: Developmental Thinking, Categorization and Graphic Visualization (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Jonathan M. Wender, University of Washington, Policing and the Poetics of Everyday Life (University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Dale Yeatts and Cynthia Cready, both of the University of North Texas, and Linda Noelker, Benjamin Rose Institute, Empowered Work Teams in Long-Term Care: Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Residents and Staff (Health Professions Press, 2008).

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Other Organizations

2009-10 Mental Health Research Scientist Grant-Mentoring Program. The African American Mental Health Research Scientist (AAMHRS) Consortium is pleased to announce the opportunity for 10 mental health research scientists and 10 mentors to participate in a one-year grant-mentoring program beginning May 12, 2009. The AAMHRS Consortium represents a national effort on the part of experienced and committed social, behavioral, clinical, prevention/intervention, and medical mental health research scientists to: (1) increase the numbers of competitive research grant applications African American research scientists submit to the NIMH; and (2) build a supportive research network for emerging African American mental health scientists. Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2009. Contact: Velma McBride Murry at velma.m.murry@vanderbilt.edu or aamhrs@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.aamhrs.net.

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Caught in the Web

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Videoconference on Adolescence and Alcohol. The presentation is currently archived on the NIAAA website and can be viewed at www.niaaa.nih.gov/NewsEvents/videoconference.htm.

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Redesigned Website. A redesigned and enhanced website for scientists, advocacy groups, the media, and the general public providing key information on behavioral and social science research and activities at the National Institutes of Health is now online at obssr.od.nih.gov. The site was launched by the OBSSR, in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health, and features a new appearance, format, and architecture, and contains more readily accessible and searchable information on funding opportunity announcements, key scientific areas, a calendar of news and events, and videocasts of the BSSR Lecture Series. In addition to a new look and feel, the website has improved navigation and has significant new content areas. Another addition is the "From the Director" column, which highlights critical issues and developments in the behavioral and social science fields.

Sociologists in Space is a group of Argentine sociologists creating a new website to link everything sociology on the net. Send us information you would like us to add to our site. Though the homepage is in Spanish, there are links and other information listed in English. sociologicahumanitatis.wordpress.com.

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Summer Programs

AAC&U Engaging Departments Institute. July 8-12, 2009. The Engaging Departments Institute will provide campus teams of academic administrators, department chairs, and faculty with an intensive, structured time to advance their plans to foster, assess, and improve student learning within departments and across the institution. The institute recognizes that most faculty identify strongly with their discipline and department, and students are engaged in more complex and sophisticated practice of liberal learning as they complete their majors. The institute seeks to build effective educational leadership and intentional collaboration among departments to achieve program and institution-wide learning outcomes consistently and at high levels. The Institute will concentrate on: (1) leadership for learning within and among departments (2) assessments for achieving and improving essential outcomes, and (3) preparing for educational effectiveness by identifying and then replacing barriers with aligned effective practices. Contact: Gretchen Sauvey at (202) 884-7413; sauvey@aacu.org.

Summer Institute in Political Psychology, July 12-31, 2009. Stanford University announces that it will host the 2009 Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP). SIPP is a three-week intensive training program introducing graduate students and professionals to the world of political psychology scholarship. The SIPP 2009 curriculum is designed to accomplish one preeminent goal: to produce skilled, creative, and effective scholarly researchers who would do more and better work in political psychology as the result of their attendance at SIPP. The schedule of activities mixes lectures with opportunities for students to talk with faculty lecturers and with each other in structured and less formal atmospheres. For more information and to apply, visit www.stanford.edu/group/sipp.

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