May-June 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 5

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Call for Papers

Publications

The Journal of Applied Social Science, the official journal of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS), is requesting submissions for future issues. The journal publishes original research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the sociological practitioner. All submissions are processed electronically. Send as an e-mail attachment as a word-processed (not PDF) file of the manuscript, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a brief biographical statement. Tables and figures must be camera-ready. Two issues per year. Submissions are accepted at any time and should be accompanied by a processing fee of $15 sent via postal mail (fee is waived for members of AACS). Contact: Jay Weinstein, Editor, Journal of Applied Social Science, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; jay.weinstein@emich.edu. For more information, visit www.aacsnet.org.

Meetings

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

Eighth Conference on Women in the Military, September 24-25, Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, VA. Theme: "Women in the Military: Lessons of the Past Decade." Papers and presentations are invited on U.S. and international perspectives on women in the military and women veterans. Members of the military, civil servants, scholars, writers, and interested individuals are invited to participate. Sponsored by the Women’s Research & Education Institute and Alliance for National Defense, the conference serves as an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, service members to meet and compare notes. Presenters do not have to submit a research paper to participate, but presentations should be based on sound research or experience. Submit title and abstract or outline by July 3, 2009. Presenters do not pay the conference attendance fee. Send submissions to Captain Lory Manning, USN (ret), WREI, 1828 L St. NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC; lmanning@wrei.org; or by fax 202-332-2949. For additional information, call (202) 280-2719.

Head Start’s National Research Conference Program Committee invites proposals for presentations at Head Start’s 10th National Research Conference. The Conference will be held June 21-23, 2010 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. Both symposia and poster presentations are invited. These presentations may either discuss recent research or synthesize findings already in the literature. The goals of the conference are to identify and disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families and to foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference focuses especially on research relevant to the low-income families who are Head Start’s service population. The theme of the conference is sharing and using evidence of effective policies and practices for children and families. Research is welcome from all relevant fields, including education, child development, and sociology. The three-day conference will feature plenary sessions, symposia, poster symposia, conversation hours, posters, and informal events. Deadline: July 1, 2009. Direct all inquiries about program content to Faith Lamb-Parker, Scientific Director, at (212) 304-7310; hsrcprogram@icfi.com. For general submission questions or information on submitting a paper application, contact Jennifer Pinder at (800) 503-8422; hsrc@esi-dc.com.

For more information, see www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hsrc/presentations/
cfphsrc10/2010_call_for_presentations.html.

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Meetings

May 27-28, 2009. 2009 Northeast Family Strengthening Conference, Providence, RI. Theme: "Empowering Families: Tools for Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood and Family Finances." Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and partners, the conference will equip family support providers, state agencies, and community and faith-based organizations with information and tools to consider how to include responsible fatherhood, healthy marriage, and financial stability services in their work to strengthen families and communities. For more information, visit www.empoweringfamilies2009.com.

June 5-6, 2009. Globalization and European Integration, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. Theme: "The Nature of the Beast." The conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange on the historical materialist frameworks used to investigate the relationship between global governance, regional integration, and the national state, with special reference to the European Union. Contact: Andreas Tsolakis at A.A.Tsolakis@warwick.ac.uk and Petros Nousios at P.Nousios@warwick.ac.uk.

July 5-8, 2009. 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Theme: "Meet Old and New Worlds in Research, Planning and Management." Contact: +43 1 47 654 7247; fax +43 1 47 654 7209; issrm09@boku.ac.at www.issrm09.info.

July 17-19, 2009. Gender and Social Transformation: Global, Transnational and Local Realities and Perspectives, Beijing, China. The goal of the conference is to provide an international forum in which to examine how women and gender relations are shaped by societal transformation economically, politically, socially, and culturally in the global, transnational, and local contexts and processes. Contact: Esther N. Chow at echow@american.edu.

August 7, 2009. ASA Pre-Conference: TeachersAre Made, Not Born: A Workshop for New Sociology Instructors. The day-long conference will combine presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions on teaching and learning issues, all led by experts in the field. Contact: Idee Winfield at (843) 953-4899; winfieldi@cofc.edu; www2.asanet.org/sectionteach/.

August 7, 2009. The Carework Network Sixth International Carework Conference, San Francisco, CA. Theme: "Bridging Worlds of Care." The Carework Network is sponsoring a one-day conference that brings together researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework. For more information, visit www.carework-network.org.

August 8-11, 2009. Sociologists for Women in Society 2009 Summer Meeting, San Francisco, CA. In conjunction with American Sociological Association 2009 Annual Meeting. For more information, visit www.socwomen.org.

September 10, 2009, Institute of European and American Studies (IEAS) Conference on Contemporary European and American Societies, Taipei, Taiwan. This conference will be the first of a series of biennial conferences providing a forum for social scientists from Taiwan and around the world interested in contemporary European and American societies to exchange ideas and research findings. For more information, visit idv.sinica.edu.tw/ieassoc.

September 20-30, 2009. XVIII International Conference-Seminar on Sobriology, Preventive Maintenance, Social Pedagogy and Alcology, Sevastopol (Crimea). Theme: "Legislation and Lawmaking in Protection of the Healthy, Sober Person." For more information, visit www.stopdrogama.net/images/ukraina.pd.

October 15-18, 2009. Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) 13th National Conference on Planning History, Oakland, CA. Contact: Alison Isenberg, at isenberg@history.rutgers.edu, or Owen Gutfreund at gutfreund@columbia.edu.

November 11-14, 2009. American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, FL. Theme: "Context and Evaluation." Contact: Heidi Nye, (888) 232-2275 or (508) 748.3326; info@eval.org; www.eval.org/eval2009.

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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Funding

Greenopolis Funds Educational Foundation for Sustainability Projects. Following the launch of the Greenopolis Foundation, $100,000 in grants will now be available to fund sustainability projects that promote green living and education in communities across the United States. Created by Greenopolis, a social networking site providing tools and information to encourage environmental changes in peoples’ lives, the Greenopolis Foundation is open to any educator or community activist looking for support. Grant applicants must be registered members of Greenopolis. While grants generally range from $100-$1,000, they will be adjusted to meet the needs of a specific request. Once a project gets underway, recipients are asked to set up a group page on the Greenopolis website where they can post documents, photos and videos relating to the scope of work. This will, in turn, serve as a blueprint for those looking to develop similar projects. For more information, visit www.Greenopolis.com.

Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral and Experienced Researchers. The Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects in cooperation with academics in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research, and the applicant’s publications. Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. The fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of €2,250. Fellowships for experienced research scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within 12 years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany, which may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each, and provides a monthly stipend of €2,450. For more information, visit www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/1710.html.

Institute of European and American Studies (IEAS) Travel Awards for the IEAS Conference on Contemporary European and American Societies, September 10, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan. This conference will provide a forum for social scientists from Taiwan and around the world interested in contemporary European and American societies to exchange ideas and research findings. Two competitive travel awards in the form of airline tickets plus a small per diem stipend to subsidize travel expenses to the conference will be awarded. To qualify for the travel awards, authors must agree to first submit their papers to EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies, euramerica.ea.sinica.edu.tw and not to another journal or edited volume unless it is rejected by EurAmerica. Contact: Jui-Chung Allen Li at jli@sinica.edu.tw; idv.sinica.edu.tw/ieassoc.

The Urban Long-Term Research Areas: Exploratory Research Projects (ULTRA-Ex). The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service invite proposals to enable interdisciplinary teams of scientists and practitioners to conduct research on the dynamic interactions between people and natural ecosystems in urban settings in ways that will advance fundamental and applied knowledge. Because of the highly integrated character of the coupled human and natural ecosystems that will be studied, these teams will require the involvement of researchers from the social and behavioral, ecological, and echnical sciences. Up to 16 awards of up to two years duration and up to $300,000 per award are expected to be made. Each ULTRA-Ex project will be expected to contribute to the broader base of scientific knowledge regarding human-ecosystem interactions and to benefit user communities. Teams of scientists as well as members of local communities should focus on one or a few targeted research activities that will enable the team to work together more effectively and conduct research that will yield basic and practical knowledge. Deadline: July 7, 2009.

For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09551/nsf09551.htm?
govDel=USNSF_25
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Competitions

Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) 2009 Book Award. Nominations for the 2009 AHS Book Award are being sought. Authors and publishers may nominate books for consideration. Nominations should be for sociology or interdisciplinary social science books that approach their subjects from a humanist perspective. For more information, visit www.humanistsociology.org.

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In the News

Aging and the Life Course

Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in The New York Times on March 8 about age differences in the adverse health effects of "hard times" among adults who were children during the Great Depression. These effects were more severe in the lives of adults who were of preschool age (1930-33) than among young adolescents at the time, although the cohorts began to converge by the middle years.

Linda Waite and Erin Cornwell, both of the University of Chicago, had their research on older adults, loneliness, and health detailed in a March 18 United Press International article. Reporting in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Waite and Cornwell found that the combination of few friends and feelings of loneliness was linked to declining mental and physical health in the elderly.

Asia and Asian American Sociology

Pyong Gap Min, Queens College, discussed the number of Korean associations in the New York region in a March 27 New York Times article about a heated campaign for the presidency of the Korean-American Association of Greater New York.

Children and Youth

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado, was quoted in an April 5 article in The Day about misperceptions surrounding the availability of athletic scholarships for high school athletes. He said just a small percentage of all college athletes have full scholarships.

Eric Hirsch, Providence College, was quoted in a March 11 Providence Journal article about a report on homeless children in Rhode Island. Hirsch said that information from homeless shelters would be needed for a complete picture of the problem in the state.

Michael A. Messner, University of Southern California, authored a column in the March 28 Pasadena Star-News about girls and youth sports. Messner is the author of It’s All for the Kids: Gender, Families and Youth Sports.

Nena Stracuzzi, University of New Hampshire, discussed a 10-year study of 650 students in a March 16 New Hampshire Public Radio segment. The study is being conducted by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Collective Behavior/Social Movements

Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University, commented on the phenomenon of "dumpster diving" in a March 29 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article. Ferrell is the author of Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging.

Clark McPhail, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was cited in the Washington City Paper (January 15), The Washington Post (January 21), and The New York Times (January 28), and quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer (December 8, 2008), Wall Street Journal (January 8), Washington Examiner (January 9 and 21), Associated Press (January 13), Los Angeles Times (January 20), and the Chicago Tribune (January 21) regarding the estimated size of gatherings on the National Mall for the 2009 presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.

Communication and Information Technologies

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, was quoted in a March 12 Today Show segment about social etiquette online. She said that breaking up a relationship digitally is becoming more common and acceptable.

Ed Collom, University of Southern Maine, was quoted in an April 6 USA Today article about a small number of communities who are printing their own money. Collom, who has studied local currencies, said they encourage people to buy locally.

Ailsa Craig, Memorial University of Newfoundland, was interviewed for The Scope (St. John’s arts and entertainment newspaper) on why Newfoundlanders Google sex-related terms more often than those in other Canadian provinces.

Mark Granovetter, Stanford University, was quoted in a March 19 Press of Atlantic City column about the benefits of using social networking sites in a recession. He discussed the opportunities presented by weak ties.

Peter Marsden, Harvard University, was cited about the number of confidents Americans have in a March 15 St. Petersburg Times article about online social networks.

Manny Schegloff and Steven Clayman, both of University of California-Los Angeles, were quoted in a March 27 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about President Barack Obama’s speech patterns during a televised news conference.

Jeannette Sutton, University of Colorado, discussed the use of social networking in emergencies in a March 26 Associated Press article about the response to flooding in North Dakota. The story was printed in newspapers across the country. She was also quoted in a March 6 United Press International story about her research on the role of Twitter.

Zeynep Tufekci, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, was quoted in a March 31 Baltimore Sun article about the omnipresence of Twitter in pop culture. Tufekci suggested that Twitter may be a passing trend, unlike Facebook.

Community and Urban Sociology

Trevor Brooks, South Dakota State University, was quoted about the number of farms in South Dakota in a March 30 Argus Leader story.

Randy Cantrell, University of Nebraska, had his research on job growth in rural areas detailed in a March 22 Associated Press article. Cantrell found that in most rural counties in Nebraska between 18 and 30 percent or more of jobs are now due to self-employment.

Karla Erickson, Grinnell College, was quoted in the March 22 Des Moines Register about the sense of community created by neighborhood haunts. Erickson is the author of The Hungry Cowboy.

Kenneth M. Johnson, University of New Hampshire, discussed Census figures that showed fewer people leaving New York City in a March 18 New York Times article.

Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University, was quoted in a March 15 Boston Globe article about the consequences of a neighborhood fire for the community. Sampson discussed the "third place" quality of community restaurants.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Steven Barkan, University of Maine, was quoted in an editorial in the April 10 issue of the Bangor Daily News on recent mass murders around the United States.

Ryken Grattet, University of California-Davis, was quoted in a March 24 San Francisco Chronicle article about California’s flawed parole system. He co-authored a study on the system for University of California-Irvine’s Center for Evidence-Based Corrections.

Peter Ibarra, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in a March 12 CNN.com article about a sex offender who murdered a teen. He studies the use of GPS in stalking and domestic violence cases.

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, discussed rising crime rates linked to the economy in an article posted March 21 on DailyFinance.com, an AOL money and finance website.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates and San Jose State University, was interviewed about his book, Stalking and Violence. New Patterns of Trauma and Obsession, for a March 26 Chicago Tribune article on new stalker laws.

Katherine Newman, Princeton University, was quoted in a March 11 Associated Press article about theories related to school shootings. She is the author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings.

Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire-Durham, and Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins University, were cited in a March 12 Chicago Tribune article about domestic abuse and homicide. Straus said that a small number of domestic violence cases that show warning signs result in homicide, while Campbell was cited for her research on predictors of domestic homicides.

Saundra Westervelt, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, was quoted in an April 1 News & Observer article about nursing home security in light of a shooting spree at a facility in North Carolina in March. Westervelt said that violent crimes are more likely to be committed by someone known to the victim.

Sociology of Culture

Claudio Benzecry, University of Connecticut, had his research on opera devotees detailed in a March 18 Reuters Life! article. Benzecry found that the passion for opera among its fans is much like the emotions described for love at first sight.

Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University, was quoted in a March 12 Chicago Tribune article about recession-friendly entertainment options.

Donald Hernandez, University at Albany, commented on the slang usage of Barack Obama’s name in a March 21 article in the Times Union (Albany, NY).

Wesley Shrum, Louisiana State University, was quoted in a March 30 USA Today article about science in entertainment.

Oliver Wang, California State University-Long Beach, is a music reviewer who reported in a March 18 National Public Radio All Things Considered piece about new trends in music, including custom music studios as repositories of local talent recordings.

Economic Sociology

Gary Becker, University of Chicago, discussed the potential for a rise in the birthrate during the current recession in a March 18 Gannett News Service article about record birth rates in the United States in 2007. Becker said that women who were laid off might view the current economic climate as a good time to have a child. The article appeared in USA Today and other news outlets around the country.

Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a March 13 FOX News article about the definition of homelessness in reaction to a report by the National Center on Family Homelessness that estimated that one out of every 50 children in America experienced homelessness between 2005 and 2006.

David O. Friedrichs, University of Scranton, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a March 29 article about proposals to limit executive pay. Friedrichs said that executives who took millions in pay and stock as their companies faltered committed grand theft.

Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University, had his letter to the editor of The New York Times published on March 25. Gans proposed that the furor over the AIG bailout might be the first public outcry over wealth and income inequality in the United States.

Gregory M. Hooks, Washington State University, was quoted in a March 23 Washington Post article about objections to a plan to close rural prisons. He has analyzed the economies of prisons.

Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa, was quoted in a March 27 Minnesota Public Radio segment about the economic stimulus and public outcry over the government’s reaction.

Chris Pieper, University of Texas-Austin, was profiled in a March 7 New York Times article about the economy’s effects on the job prospects of doctoral candidates.

Philip Rutledge, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, discussed the potential end of a consumer culture due to the economic downturn in a March 15 Charlotte Observer article.

Juliet Schor, Boston College, was quoted about American consumer spending in a March 31 Chicago Sun-Times article about the middle class and "affluenza."

Deborah Thorne, Ohio University, discussed the causes of consumer bankruptcy in an April 2 article appearing in McClatchy Newspapers including the Charlotte Observer and the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was profiled in a Forbes magazine article from the April 13 issue. The article discussed Venkatesh’s study of the "underground economies" of prostitution and drug dealing.

Sociology of Education

Richard Arum, New York University, was quoted in a March 23 New York Times article about a case to be heard by the Supreme Court in which an eighth-grade student was strip-searched by school authorities.

Pamela R. Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, and Amy Lutz, Syracuse University, were cited for their research on college admission rates among African Americans in articles in the March 17 Inside Higher Ed and the March 24 Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The research was published in the January issue of Sociology of Education.

Neil Gross, University of British Columbia, was cited in Inside Higher Ed on March 20 for his research on faculty politics. Gross found that faculty members feel that they should not try to force their views on students.

Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, University of Chicago, had her research cited in a March 24 Education Week article. Hassrick and co-author Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, explored parental involvement in children’s education in an article published in the February issue of the American Journal of Education.

Melissa Herman, Dartmouth College, discussed the importance of counting multiracial students in schools in a March 23 Washington Post article that detailed changes in the way that public school systems track the race of their students.

Marta Tienda, Princeton University, was cited in a March 14 Dallas Morning News article for her research that found high school graduation rates in Texas outpaced the growth in the number of slots at Texas public universities.

Richard L. Wood, University of New Mexico, was quoted in an April 2 Inside Higher Ed article about growth in salary budgets at the University of New Mexico. Wood discussed faculty attention to governance at the university.

Environment and Technology

Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University, was quoted in a March 7 Jackson Citizen Patriot article about the environmental impact of daylight saving time.

Robert Brulle, Drexel University, discussed the potential effectiveness of different social movements in the climate change debate in a March 28 post on The New York Times’ "Dot Earth" blog.

James William Gibson, California State University-Long Beach, authored an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times on April 2 about the impact of the Bush administration on public land in the United States. Gibson is author of the forthcoming book A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature.

Sociology of Family

Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, Eastern Connecticut State University, was quoted in a March 13 Forbes.com article about domestic violence. She discussed the fears that mothers face in an abusive relationship.

Sharlene Hesse Biber, Boston College, was quoted in a March 30 New York Daily News article about the results of a Families and Work Institute report on gender and attitudes about work-life balance. Biber is co-author of Working Women in America: Split Dreams.

Scott Coltrane, University of Oregon, Kathleen Gerson, New York University, and Brian Powell, Indiana University, were quoted in a March 27 USA Today article about a Families and Work Institute report on gender and attitudes about work-life balance in families. Coltrane was also interviewed on the report in an April 1 Minnesota Public Radio broadcast.

Paula England, Stanford University, was cited in an April 8 CNN.com article about out-of-wedlock births. England is co-editor of Unmarried Couples with Children.

Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, was quoted in a March 16 New York Times article and interviewed on March 18 on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More about the family histories that the first- and second-generation immigrant students wrote in her Hunter College course "The Peopling of New York."

Rosemary Hopcroft, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, was cited in a March 31 Time.com article about childbearing and "type A" personalities. Hopcroft’s research indicates that wealthy men have more children than poor men.

Maria Kefalas, St. Joseph’s University, and Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, had their research detailed in an April 3 Columbia Daily Tribune article about poverty and motherhood. Kefalas and Edin are authors of Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.

Shelby Longard, Belmont University, proposed that an increase in multigenerational households due to the recession may be short lived in an April 5 Tennessean article.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted about marital relationships in a March 11 Real Simple article that also was posted on CNN.com.

Pamela Smock, University of Michigan, was quoted in an April 4 Tennessean article about the number of children in Tennessee born to unwed mothers. Smock explained potential sociological factors behind the phenomena.

Judith Stacey, New York University, criticized a Florida campaign to make it more costly for couples to wed in order to prevent divorce in a March 18 United Press International story. Stacey said that most children living in poverty are parented by unwed mothers, not divorcees. Stacey was quoted on the same topic in a March 18 Orlando Sentinel article.

International Migration

Philip Kasinitz and John Mollenkopf, both of CUNY, and Mary C. Waters, Harvard University, had their book, Inheriting the City, cited in a Washington Post feature on mixed marriages among the children of immigrants. Daniel Lichter, Cornell University, was also quoted in the same article.

Douglass  Massey, Princeton University, and Anny Bakalian, Andrew Beveridge, Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Philip Kasinitz, Pyong Gap Min, and Robert  C. Smith, all of CUNY-Graduate Center, were cited in a March 15 New York Times feature on immigrants in new destinations.

Labor & Labor Movements

Dan Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in an April 1 Tennessean article about the potential for growth in the area’s health care unions. Cornfield said that as union membership declines because of the loss of manufacturing jobs, union organizers have started to view the health care sector as more stable ground for recruitment.

Jonathan Cutler, Wesleyan University, authored an opinion piece published in the March 15 Hartford Courant about the "Employee Free Choice Act." Cutler is the author of Labor’s Time: Shorter Hours, the UAW, and the Struggle for American Unionism.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Laura Gomez, University of New Mexico, was quoted in a March 12 San Diego Union-Tribune column about Latinos and race in America. She said that Latinos are visible in the public eye, yet they are uniformly perceived to be immigrants and undocumented Mexicans.

Gilbert Mireles, Whitman College, was a guest on the March 11 broadcast concerning Latinos and the Washington economy on National Public Radio affiliate KUOW-FM. Mireles is a commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a March 14 Associated Press article about the potential influence of Salvadorans in the United States on their home country elections. Rivera-Salgado spoke about the influence of people who send remittances. The article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, among other newspapers.

Nestor Rodriguez, University of Texas, and Tom Janoski, University of Kentucky, were quoted in an April 7 Houston Chronicle article about a record surge in naturalizations driven by Latinos in the United States.

Medical Sociology

David Baker, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a March 23 United Press International article about his research surrounding education and HIV rates in sub-Saharan Africa. His findings suggest that increased schooling might be lowering the number of new HIV infections among young adults.

Nicholas A. Christakis, Harvard University, was quoted in a March 30 Philadelphia Inquirer article about anxiety surrounding allergies. He was also cited for his social network research in a March 16 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the importance of personal connections.

Troy Duster, New York University, discussed sociological considerations related to genetic testing in a March 11 Washington Times article. He also discussed the current limitations on DNA tests.

Samantha Kwan, University of Houston, had her research on obesity cited in a March 17 United Press International article. She found that the obesity "epidemic" may be overstated and instead may be more of a moral panic.

Eric Reither, Utah State University, Robert Hauser and Karen Swallen, both of University of Wisconsin-Madison, had their findings on high school yearbook photos as predictors of obesity detailed within the March 29 Desert News.

Sociology of Mental Health

Matt Wray, Temple University, cited statistics on suicide rates in an April 5 Las Vegas Sun article about potential linkages between suicides and the economy. Wray’s research on Las Vegas has been profiled in newspapers, magazines, and online news sites and blogs in Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and India.

Organizations, Occupations and Work

Chris Baker, Walters State Community College, was quoted in a March 22 United Press International article about illegal immigrants in the workforce. Baker said that illegal immigrants have kept many factories open due to their willingness to work for lower wages and no benefits. Baker was quoted on the same topic in a March 22 Gainesville Sun article.

Gregory M. Maney, Hofstra University, discussed research that found that hiring sites for day laborers reduce hate crimes against them in a March 10 Newsday article. Maney conducted the study in conjunction with the nonprofit Workplace Project.

Devah Pager, Princeton University, was quoted about the ability of ex-convicts to get a job in a March 10 McClatchy Newspapers story that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country. Pager is author of Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration.

Hernan Ramirez, University of Southern California, had his research on Mexican immigrant gardeners detailed in the Wall Street Journal on March 3, and on Marketplace, the American Public Media radio program, on March 23.

Josh Whitford, Columbia University, discussed the auto industry in an April 1 Associated Press article about the potential for a Fiat merger with Chrysler. The article was published on Forbes.com and in Newsday, among other outlets.

Peace, War, and Social Conflict

Marc Dixon, Dartmouth College, was quoted in a March 13 CNN.com article about American fatigue with the war in Iraq. Dixon said that social activists against the war have seen a drop-off.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy-West Point, was quoted in the March 14 Stars & Stripes newspaper about stay-at-home civilian husbands and fathers coping with their soldier wives who are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He also was quoted in a March 12 Dallas Observer story that featured some of the first American female Army deserters in Canada avoiding returning to Iraq. Ender discussed his book, American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals?, in an April 8 segment on BlogTalkRadio’s Yourmilitarylife.com.

Andrew Lindner, Concordia College, explained how lifting the ban on photographing military coffins could change public opinion about war in an April 6 Talk Radio News Service segment.

David Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in a March 15 Richmond Times-Dispatch article about the impact of the current economy on military recruitment.

Political Economy of the World System

Ho-fung Hung, Indiana University-Bloomington, was interviewed on the radio show Open Source with Christopher Lydon on March 19 to discuss the origins of the current global economic crisis and the roles of emerging countries, such as China and India, in bringing the global economy back to balance.

Political Sociology

Jacqueline L. Angel, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in a March 14 Dallas Morning News article about an Obama administration proposal to cut funds to private insurers who cover Medicare patients.

Gary Fine, Northwestern University, was quoted in an April 2 Chicago Tribune article about "populist rage" created by the current economy. The article made the point that the situation was more a case of populist "irritation" and Fine said that democracies do not lend themselves to widespread rebellion.

John Logan, Brown University, proposed that gay marriage is no longer a fringe issue in an April 4 Associated Press article about Iowa’s move to legalize same-sex marriage.

Isaac William Martin, University of California-San Diego, was quoted in a March 29 Hartford Courant article about tea party protests of federal spending. Martin said that current protests have more in common with taxpayer rebellions in the 1970s and ‘80s than with the Revolutionary War.

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, was a guest on Kentucky Educational Television’s Connections with Renee Shaw on February 19. Wilkinson discussed the historic election of Barack Obama.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was quoted about the Illinois politician Roland Burris in the March 23 issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Race, Gender, and Class

Raj Ghoshal, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, authored an opinion piece, "Despite Racial Leap, Disparities Linger," in the January 6 News & Observer. The piece, addressing the persistence of racial inequality in the United States following Obama’s election, cited research by several other sociologists.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation on March 23 about "the culture of poverty." His book, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, was reviewed in the March 29 Washington Post and on Slate.com on March 16. He was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America on March 31 in a segment about race in America in which the show reproduced the Clark experiments on race.

Matt Wray, Temple University, had his ongoing research on white social identity featured prominently in the cover story of January’s The Atlantic Monthly, "The End of White America?" He is author of Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness, and his work for this book was cited extensively in a June 8, 2008, op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times that was syndicated to more than 25 newspapers.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Art Evans, Florida Atlantic University, suggested that recessions can lead to surges in racism in an April 7 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article regarding a local incident involving the Ku Klux Klan.

Zhenchao Qian, Ohio State University, was cited in a March 8 Washington Post article about declining rates of mixed-race marriages among Hispanics and Asians.

Sociology of Religion

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, discussed faith communities in a March 16 Christian Science Monitor article about renewed interest in church weddings.

James Davidson, Purdue University, was quoted about a resurgence of interest in traditional practices in the Catholic church in a March 21 Associated Press article that was published in newspapers such as USA Today, Denver Post, International Herald Tribune, and others.

Penny Edgell, University of Minnesota, was a guest on a March 16 Minnesota Public Radio segment about the rise of secularism in America.

Barry A. Kosmin, Trinity College, was quoted about the American Religious Identification Survey in the March 10 Los Angeles Times. He was the survey’s principal investigator.

Anthony Pogorelc, Catholic University of America, was quoted in the April 5 Los Angeles Times about the potential for changes in the Catholic church due to bishop retirement in the United States. United Press International (UPI) picked up Pogorelc’s quote in an April 5 article on the same topic.

Rodney Stark, Baylor University, and Mary L. Gautier, Georgetown University, were quoted in a March 11 Buffalo News story about the declining number of New Yorkers who identify themselves as Catholic. The findings were part of the American Religious Identification Survey.

Steve Walk, California State University-Fullerton, discussed how sports becam a "civic religion" during the Great Depression in a March 6 Fort Worth Star Telegram article that was reprinted in a number of newspapers across the country.

W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, authored an opinion piece for the March 13 Wall Street Journal about secularism in America. Wilcox cited statistics from Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, about religious attendance.

Science, Knowledge, and Technology

James Evans, University of Chicago, was cited for his findings on research citations in a March 20 SEED magazine article about scientists’ online research behavior.

Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participated in a question and answer column in the March 27 Chronicle of Higher Education. The column discussed Turkle’s new book Simulation and Its Discontents.

Social Psychology

William Alex McIntosh and Wesley Dean, both of Texas A&M University, were cited in the February issues of Dairy Herd Management and Drovers magazines for their research on feedlot veterinarians’ sense of moral obligation to treat sick and at-risk cattle, based on their article, "Feedlot Veterinarians’ Moral and Instrumental Beliefs Regarding Antimicrobial Use in Feedlot Cattle," published in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota, spoke about a college athlete’s vow to win or pay back her scholarship in a March 23 New York Times article. Kane asserted that the statement is a direct contrast to the sense of entitlement felt by many male athletes.

Sociology of Sexualities

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Indiana University, was quoted about a San Francisco sex commune in a March 13 New York Times article. Armstrong has studied San Francisco’s sexual subcultures.

Teaching and Learning

Bonnie Thornton Dill, University of Maryland, was quoted about the evolution of women’s studies programs in the March 5 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, participated in a question-and-answer column published in the April 3 Chronicle Review. The column explored her research on the peer review process from her new book, How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment.

Jeffrey Sallaz, University of Arizona, was quoted in a March 27 Chronicle of Higher Education article about techniques to stem procrastination.

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Awards

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, will be inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Hall of Fame for his internationally recognized work and writing related to sport, society, and culture.

Herbert C. Kelman, Harvard University, was awarded the 2009 Socrates Prize for Mediation by the Centrale für Mediation, Germany. The Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, Kelman was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the solution of national and international conflicts. The award was presented on April 2 at the 13th Annual Mediation Congress in Berlin.

Linda Kalof, Michigan State University, and Brigitte Resl, University of Liverpool, received an award for their six-volume work, "A Cultural History of Animals," which was named a 2008 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, a magazine published by the American Library Association.

Martin N. Marger, Michigan State University, received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Canadian Studies Center of Michigan State University.

Doug McAdam, Stanford University, was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2009-10.

Richard Quinney, Northern Illinois University, received the 2009 August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writer for his book Things Once Seen.

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Transitions

Robert Bozick has joined the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Education Research, Evaluation, and Technology as a Senior Research Scientist.

Soma Chaudhuri, Chris Ganchoff, Stephen Gasteyer, Hui Liu, Maryhelen MacInnes, Sabrina McCormick, Aaron McCright, Alesia Montgomery, Stephanie Nawyn, Xuefei Ren, and Zhenmei Zhang have all joined Michigan State University’s Department of Sociology as Associate Professors.

Ann Baker Cottrell has retired from San Diego University after 33 years of service.

Toby Ewing was appointed Director of the California Research Bureau, a section of the California State Library, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 11, 2009.

Stephanie Farmer has joined Roosevelt University’s Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor.

Tugrul Keskin will be joining the International Studies Department at Portland State University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2009.

Harriette Pipes McAdoo will be retiring from Michigan State University later this year.

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People

George Bohrnstedt, American Institutes for Research, has been chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as a member of its newly created Fellows Program. AERA created the program to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments and recognize excellence in research.

Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University, has been elected a foreign member of the Academie d’Agriculture de France. Busch was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Lisbon in April 2009.

Robert B. Hill, Westat, testified about the importance of appointing a new U.S. Census Director before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security Subcommittee on March 5. He was also was invited by the U.S. Senate Census Oversight Committee to present testimony on recommendations for improving the 2010 Census.

Guillermina Jasso, New York University, was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung -- German Institute for Economic Research).

Tiffany D. Joseph, University of Michigan, was featured on the State Department’s Fulbright webpage at fulbright.state.gov/fulbright/regionscountries/whereare/the-americas/brazil/highlights/joseph-story where she discussed her experiences conducting dissertation research on the impact of U.S. immigration on Brazilians’ racial perceptions as a 2007-08 IIE Fulbright Brazil grantee.

Tugrul Keskin, Portland State University, was invited to talk about sociology of Islam and secularism at "The Patterns of Secularism" workshop organized by the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, in collaboration with the Department of Education Title VI Grant and the Departments of Political Science and Religious Studies, June 12-13, 2009.

Judith Little, Humboldt State University, was honored by the Association on Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). Beginning in the fall of 2009, the student team winning an applied sociology competition will be recognized with the "Judith Little Student Award."

Tracy Ore, Saint Cloud State University, is the new president-elect of MSWS.

Christy Visher, University of Delaware, testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on March 11, 2009, about the evaluation of prisoner reentry programs.

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Member’s New Books

Christine E. Bose, University at Albany-SUNY, and Minjeong Kim, Virginia Tech, Eds., Global Gender Research: Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2009).

Andrew J. Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today (Knopf, 2009).

Thomas Dietz and Linda Kalof, both of Michigan State University, Introduction to Social Statistics: The Logic of Statistical Reasoning (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy-West Point, American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals? (Routledge, 2009).

John H. Kramer and Jeffery T. Ulmer, both of Pennsylvania State University, Sentencing Guidelines: Lessons from Pennsylvania (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009).

Karl-Dieter Opp, University of Leipzig, Theories of Political Protest and Social Movements: A Multidisciplinary Introduction, Critique and Synthesis (Routledge, 2009).

Diane Rodgers, Northern Illinois University, Debugging the Link Between Social Theory and Social Insects (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).

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Other Organizations

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) seeks proposal reviewers for FY 2009 grant competitions. FIPSE anticipates receiving additional funds for its Comprehensive Program as well as the EU-U.S. Atlantis Program from the 2009 budget. This will create a demand for proposal reviewers from all fields in the postsecondary sector. Reviewers are generally asked to read five to ten proposals and are compensated for their efforts. The Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education requires that all field readers have a bachelor’s or higher degree. If you are interested in being a proposal reviewer, sign up in the Department of Education’s field reader database. For more information, visit opeweb.ed.gov/frs/register.cfm.

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Caught in the Web

Marquette Journals. New and recently published issues of five open-access scholarly journals are available for viewing at no charge, including the Journal of Media Sociology, Journal of Health & Mass Communication, American Journal of Media Psychology, Journal of Global Mass Communication, and Journal of Communication Studies. For more information, visit www.marquettejournals.org/mediasociology.html.

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New Programs

Michigan State University Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives. Established by Linda Kalof, the program is administered by the Department of Sociology and provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere.

For more information, visit sociology.msu.edu/GraduateSpecializationin
AnimalStudiesSocialScienceHumanitiesPerspective.html

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