March 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 3

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Council Adopts New Diversity Statement
and Recommendations from
GLBT Status Committee

At its February meeting, ASA Council voted to amend the ASA Diversity Statement—first approved in August 1995—by including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. This action came in conjunction with Council’s earlier review and approval of the 2009 final report of the ASA Status Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology (GLBT), chaired by Betsy Lucal, Indiana University-South Bend.

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Sociological Lens Is Applied to
Global Climate Change

The disciplines of the social and behavioral sciences are well-positioned to play a central role in helping to attenuate global climate changes’ promised economic and physical threats to contemporary human societies. The technological innovations, easing of nuclear power and oil/gas drilling constraints, energy-saving machines and processes, and alternative fuel sources go only so far to ameliorate and counteract the ever-escalating man-made carbon emissions caused by fossil fuel usage around the globe. Rather, the behavior of millions of individuals in both rapidly developing and energy-hogging developed nations, as well as the structures of their social institutions—as they impact economic, political, legal, and governing policy—are far more important to the near-term future rate of change of our planet’s relatively thin, life-supporting biosphere.

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SWS Votes Significant Gift to
MFP Leadership Campaign

At its winter meeting February 4-7, 2010, in Santa Barbara, CA, the members of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) approved an unprecedented gift of $100,000 to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Leadership Campaign. According to Margaret L. Andersen, immediate Past-Vice President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and chair of the Campaign, "The generosity of SWS will help ensure we can continue to provide minority scholars with the mentoring, networking, and other forms of support that we know are essential for furthering the intellectual diversity of sociological scholarship and teaching. I am personally most grateful for, and inspired by, the commitment of both SWS and the many individuals who are part of the MFP Leadership Campaign."

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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2010

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are mailed to all current voting members in mid-April.

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