November-December 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 8

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Amos Hawley:
A Pioneer in Human Ecology


Amos Hawley

Amos Henry Hawley, 69th President of the American Sociological Association, died in Chapel Hill, NC, on August 31, 2009, at the age of 98. A seminal theorist, Amos helped revitalize macrosociology in the 1950s and 60s via his reformulation, extension, and codification of human ecological models. He left an indelible imprint on our discipline by his writings and those of many of his students. Stately, yet always modest, his brilliance was intellectually catalytic for others as he provided conceptual clarity to complex system structures and processes at the community and societal levels.

Born in 1910, Amos came of age during the Great Depression where he dropped out of the University of Cincinnati for a life as a hobo. He rode boxcars to the West and panned for gold in Oregon. He even stowed away on a Japanese freighter heading to Asia before being discovered and sent back.

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Tim Futing Liao to Edit
Sociological Methodology

After a very successful run at the University of Michigan under the editorship of Yu Xie, Sociological Methodology has now relocated to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Tim Liao will serve as editor. The discipline should be immensely grateful to anyone who undertakes the largely thankless task of editing a major journal. Indeed, it’s rather a puzzle that major scholars, like Yu Xie and Tim Liao, have made themselves available to edit Sociological Methodology, even though it’s surely a time sink.

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Dealing with World Hunger

Recent spikes in oil and food prices, compounded by the global economic recession, have increased the already large number of chronically hungry people globally by more than 150 million. As a result, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that there are now over one billion undernourished people worldwide. And according to the International Food Policy Research Institute, in 2007 and 2008 food protests and riots occurred in more than 50 countries, with some countries experiencing multiple occurrences and a high degree of violence, including the overthrow of Haiti’s prime minister. These events created new urgency in domestic and international efforts to deal with global hunger (or food insecurity in policy parlance).

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Major ASA Award Recipients Honored in San Francisco

The American Sociological Association (ASA) presented the 2009 major awards at this year’s Annual Meeting on August 9 in San Francisco. The Awards Ceremony, followed by the Presidential Address, was well attended. These awards are given to sociologists for their outstanding publications, achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and practice of sociology, as well as for their overall advancement of the discipline. Following is the list of awardees.

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Sociologists Spend Summer
Briefing, Testifying Before Congressional Audiences

Sociologist and statistician Martina Morris, University of Washington, participated in a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in mid-July, discussing "Modeling HIV and STI [sexually transmitted infection] Transmission Dynamics: The Importance of Partnership Network Structure." Her presentation was among four given by social, brain, cognitive, and counterterrorism scientists brought to Washington, DC—by ASA, the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences—to brief an audience on Capitol Hill.

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The Significance of the
Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award

In 1971 the American Sociological Association (ASA) established the Du Bois-Johnson-Frazier Award (later renamed as Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award) as a major Association award. Honoring the intellectual traditions and contributions of the early Black sociologists W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, this award recognizes individual sociologists, departments, or academic institutions for scholarly activities that reflect the efforts of the men for whom the award was named.

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