February 2009 Issue Volume 37 Issue 2

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Sociologists Elected as AAAS Fellows

In November, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected five sociologists among its newly elected 486 members. The new Fellows of AAAS were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 14, 2009, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. These individuals will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. Four of the sociologist members of the 2009 AAAS Fellows are in the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences and one is in the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. The Fellows are:

Kenneth Bollen is the H.R. Immerwahr Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. He was named for his "important work on latent variable structural equation models and major contributions to liberal democracy studies and to social science measurement." He is a member of the Statistical Core and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center and an adjunct professor of Statistics. Bollen’s primary statistical research interests are in structural equation models and latent curve models. Much of his substantive work is in population studies and cross-national analyses of democratization. His most recent publication (with Patrick Curran) is Latent Curve Models: A Structural Equation Perspective, part of the Wiley Series in Probability and Mathematical Statistics.

Steven Brint is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside and the Director of the Colleges & Universities 2000 study. He also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. He was named AAAS Fellow for "distinguished contributions to the field of the sociology of education, particularly for studies of organizational and cultural change in U.S. higher education." He is the author of The Diverted Dream (with Jerome Karabel, 1989), In an Age of Experts (1994), and Schools and Societies (1998, 2006). He is the editor of The Future of the City of Intellect (2002) and co-editor of the two-volume series, Evangelicals and Democracy in America. He joined the University of California-Riverside in 1993 after teaching at Yale University from 1985-92.

Craig Calhoun is Professor of Sociology at New York University, the President of the Social Science Research Council (SSSRC), and founding director of NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. His primary research interests are: Social, political, and cultural theory; comparative historical sociology; public communication; social solidarity; collective action and social movements; and social change. His most recent books include Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (2007) and Cosmopolitanism and Belonging (2009). He recently edited two noteworthy collections: Sociology in America (Chicago, 2007) and Lessons of Empire: Imperial Histories and American Power (with F. Cooper and K. Moore, 2006). With SSRC, he has been involved in projects bringing social science to bear on issues of public concern, including consulting on rural education and development in North Carolina and helping develop communications infrastructure in Sudan.

James E. Katz is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University where he also directs the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. He received the AAAS award for his "distinguished scholarly contributions regarding the social dimensions of technology, including communications technology, and for contributions to public understanding of those dimensions." He holds the rank of Professor II, Rutgers’ highest professorial rank. Katz has devoted his career to exploring the social consequences of new communication technology, especially the mobile phone and Internet. He is the author of more than 50 refereed journal articles. His books include Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life and Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, Expression. Prior to Rutgers, Katz headed the social science research unit at Bell Communications Research.

Jan E. Stets, Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside, was elected as a AAAS Fellow for her "research and theory advancing scientific knowledge on the sociology of emotions, the processes of identity maintenance, and the dynamics of domestic violence." With a primary interest in social psychology, emotions, gender, and family, her research focuses on using and extending identity theory in sociological social psychology. She is currently developing the moral identity, which seeks to investigate how an identity at a theoretically more abstract level relates to identities at a lower level, and how higher-ordered identities infiltrate behavior at a lower level in identity control theory. With Jonathan H. Turner, she is the editor of the Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions (2006). Before joining the faculty at UC-Riverside, she taught at Washington State University.

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