May/June 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 5

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Publications

Human Relations Special Issue: "Reinventing Retirement: New Pathways, New Arrangements, New Meanings." This issue will explore whether our models for understanding the retirement process need to be reassessed and renewed. Its aim is to advance novel ways of thinking about retirement by developing new theoretical perspectives and harnessing methodologies that focus on the multiple meanings of retirement and distinctive behavioral pathways. Conceptual and empirical papers that make clear contributions to this effort are welcome. Deadline: January 31, 2011. For more information, visit www.tavinstitute.org/humanrelations/special_issues/retirement.html.

Korean Journal of Sociology (KJS) is the official journal of Korean Sociological Association, published biannually in June and December. It publishes original works of interest to the discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of qualitative or quantitative research that advance our understanding of Korean society and related subjects. KJS pursues diversity in research objects, perspectives, and methods, but it gives priority to articles that deal with Korean society or related subjects. Send manuscripts to Wongho Jang at kjseditor@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.kjs.re.kr.

Public Health Reports (PHR) invites papers for a Supplement on Social Determinants of Health and Data Systems. The editors seek manuscripts that advance the scientific knowledge and public health research, practice, and policy on data systems related to addressing social determinants of health (SDH). Manuscripts may be analytic or descriptive in format and may propose models for new/enhanced data systems, evaluate existing data systems, or use data from current systems to illustrate how gaps can be addressed. Manuscripts may examine policy, program, disease surveillance, or other appropriate data systems and novel ways to use them to monitor indicators of health equity. Deadline: June 1, 2010. Submit manuscripts to manuscripts@publichealthreports.org. Include "Attention Social Determinants of Health and Data Systems" in the subject line. Contact: Hazel Dean (404) 639-8000; HDean@cdc.gov; www.publichealthreports.org.

Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (SSCY). The editors of SSCY invite completed papers focusing on children and youth for volume 14, to be published in the spring of 2011. The series co-editors seek to include papers that are timely and in need of critical examination in the areas of research, theory, and policy regarding children and youth. The SSCY has a history of publishing work from diverse theoretical and methodological orientations and welcomes contributions by scholars from around the world. Deadline: June 1, 2010. Submit papers electronically (less than 30 manuscript pages in length) to Loretta Bass, 780 Van Vleet Oval, 331 KH, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019; Lbass@ou.edu. For more information, visit info.emeraldinsight.com/products/books/series.htm?PHPSESSID=jp7bitpdj0gsbq5nc3pkkbg120&id=1537-4661.

Statistics, Politics, and Policy aims to publish applied research articles that explore the implications of statistical thinking and methods as applied to public policy issues. The journal also publishes engaging commentary pieces and innovative policy ideas on public issues where statistics play, or ought to play, a role. For papers on applied statistical research, the focus should be on the relevant statistical issues, with a succinct description of the policy issue being addressed. The range of topics is wide and includes areas such as defense and national security, history and review of statistical ideas applied to public policy controversies, politics, statistical methodology including study design and causal inference, and survey methods. The journal seeks to highlight the use of innovative statistical methodology in order to elucidate and resolve important public policy issues. Letters to the editor are encouraged and may comment on any column or letter. For more information, visit www.bepress.com/spp.

Teaching Race in the 21st Century seeks submissions for two key chapters in the book. The purpose of this book is to assist college and university professors in teaching about American race relations given the additional opportunities and challenges posed by the 21st century. The editors are looking for innovative classroom exercises for use by instructors to include in the text. They are interested in sample case studies that focus on contemporary examples of racism in U.S. society to demonstrate the prevalence of discrimination facing people of color and active learning exercises to encourage students to think critically about contemporary racial prejudice and discrimination. Contact: Kristin Haltinner at halt0033@umn.edu. Submission deadline: June 15, 2010.

Meetings

4th CICA-STR Annual Conference, November 18-20, 2010, International Convention Center Julio Cesar Turbay in Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia. Theme: "Aggression, Political Violence and Terrorism: An Interdisciplinary Approach for a Peaceful Society." Proposal deadline: July 31, 2010. Contact: tkwstr@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.4thconferenceinternational.com/home.

Doing Queer Studies Now Graduate Conference, October 21-23, 2010, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The purpose of this conference is to take stock of and provide a showcase for innovative practices and pursuits in queer studies, both in the humanities and social sciences, as well as emerging fields that bridge the two. Deadline: June 1, 2010. Contact: doingqueerstudiesnow2010@umich.edu

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Meetings

June 3-4, 2010. The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action, Adler Institute on Social Exclusion. Contact ise@adler.edu. For more information, visit www.adler.edu/about/2010annualconference.asp.

June 21-26, 2010. 16th Annual Conference on Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics, Santa Fe, NM. Participants will receive an entire curriculum on Responsible Conduct of Research and professional development, including syllabi, PowerPoint slides, handouts for students, in-class exercises and cases for discussion, and an extensive bibliography. For more information, visit http://www.survival.pitt.edu.

June 19-22, 2010. Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 13th National Conference, Weber State University. Theme: "Undergraduate Research as Transformative Practice: Developing Leaders and Solutions for a Better Society." Contact: CUR National Office, (202) 783-4810; cur@cur.org; www.cur.org/conferences/weber/cur10natconf.asp.

August 14-17, 2010. Sociologists for Women in Society Summer Meeting, Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with ASA. For more information, visit www.socwomen.org.

September 1-3 2010. Operations Research, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany. Theme: "Mastering Complexity." For more information, visit www.or2010.de.

September 9-11, 2010. ESA Social Theory Conference (RN29), Prague, Czech Republic. Theme: "Controversies in Contexts." Contact: frank.welz@uibk.ac.at; www.social-theory.eu.

September 23-25, 2010. Global Citizenship, Collective Identity, and Tolerance, Ohio University-Chillicothe. For more information, visit www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/pages/library/GCCIT.

October 21-23, 2010. Doing Queer Studies Now Graduate Conference, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The purpose of this conference is to take stock of and provide a showcase for innovative practices and pursuits in queer studies, both in the humanities and social sciences, as well as emerging fields that bridge the two. Contact: doingqueerstudiesnow2010@umich.edu.

October 26-27, 2010. REIACTIS International Symposium 2010, Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica de Chile. Theme: "Age, Citizenship and Powers: From Research to Action." Contact: symposiumreiactis@gmail.com; www.reiactis.org/.

November 12-13, 2010. California Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA. Theme: "Sociology in a Time of Crisis" Contact: Toby Ewing at tewing@library.ca.gov; www.csufresno.edu/csa.

November 18-20, 2010. 4th CICA-STR Annual Conference, International Convention Center Julio Cesar Turbay in Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia. Theme: "Aggression, Political Violence and Terrorism An Interdisciplinary Approach for a Peaceful Society." Contact: tkwstr@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.4thconferenceinternational.com/home.

December 6-9, 2010. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference 2010, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales. Theme: "Social Causes, Private Lives." The 2010 TASA conference is dedicated to the reassertion of sociology as an engaged, critical discipline. Sociology needs to vigorously reassert its core tasks: to contextualise private lives in the social conditions and cultural temper of the times and to confidently take a critical position vis-À-vis economic, political, and cultural processes in its own social environment and various domains. For more information, visit www.soc.mq.edu.au/tasa-conference.

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Funding

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities Funding Opportunity. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-10-136) to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solution to health and disabilities disparities among the U.S. population and to develop and test more effective interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions. The announcement emphasizes basic research on the social and behavioral pathways that give rise to disparities in health and applied or translational research on the development, testing, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities. A multi-level analytic framework in investigating public health issues and their interactions as well as attention to risk factors or causal processes common to various health conditions is encouraged. For more information, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-136.html.

Central European University (CEU) Postdoctoral Fellow. The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow with research expertise in transnational migration. Candidates who are able to study transnational migration in its relation to urban spaces and to broader social, economic and political structures and processes are preferred. A candidate who studies migration in relation to citizenship would have a further advantage. Review of applications begins May 8 and will continue until the position is filled. CEU is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences. It is located in Budapest and accredited in the United States and Hungary. The language of instruction is English. The appointment is for two years and is not renewable. Contact: Prem Kumar Rajaram, Head of Department, at rajaramp@ceu.hu. For more information, visit web.ceu.hu/soc_ant/.

The Core Fulbright Scholar Competition 2011-2012. Over 800 grants are available for teaching, conducting research, or combining both in more than 125 countries around the globe. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information on the overall program, visit fulbright.state.gov. Deadline: August 2, 2010. Contact: scholars@iie.org. For more information, visit www.iie.org/cies.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy announces a new funding announcement of interest to the social science research community. The National Campaign will be awarding small, researcher-initiated grants of approximately $30,000 to $40,000 to fund original research and publication in a peer-reviewed journal based on a newly available, nationally representative survey data. The data represent unmarried 18-to-29-year-old men and women and provide extensive information on their knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and beliefs as they relate to sexual activity and contraception. For more information, visit www.thenationalcampaign.org/fogzone/related.aspx.

Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust offers research grants to non-profit organizations for research into the causes of alcoholism or substance abuse. Basic, clinical, and social-environmental proposals will all be considered. The Trust expects to grant approximately $150,000 this year and will consider requests for up to $50,000. Send a brief summary proposal (2-3 pages) and proposed budget along with copy of the institution’s 501(c)3 letter and investigator’s bio-sketch. Deadline: August 31, 2010. Contact: Katharine G. Lidz, 31 Independence Court, Wayne, PA 19087; (610) 647-4974; fax (610) 647-8316.

Research on Sentencing and Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding for research on sentencing and community corrections policies and practices that promote effective and cost-efficient community-based alternatives to jail and prison without jeopardizing public safety. Priority research questions include what policies and practices promote effective and cost-efficient alternatives to incarceration for alcohol and other drug-involved offenders, including those with mental health (i.e., comorbid) issues; and what technological applications and protocols for assessment or monitoring support effective and cost-efficient alternatives to incarceration? The target population must include adult offenders in state, local, or federal jurisdictions who are convicted on criminal charges and may be sentenced to jail or prison. Deadline: June 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl000890.pdf.

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Competitions

Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies. The Gypsy Lore Society Prize is for the best unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic in Gypsy and Traveler Studies. The prize is $500. The winning paper will be published in an issue of Romani Studies. Papers written in English by undergraduate students, graduate students beyond their first year of study, and those holding a PhD who are no more than three years beyond the awarding of the degree at the time of submission are eligible to compete. Any topic that would be deemed appropriate for the journal Romani Studies will be considered. The submitted paper must be unpublished. Deadline: October 30, 2010. Contact: Katalin Kovalcsik, Gypsy Lore Society Prize Competition, Institute of Musicology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pf 28, H-1250 Budapest, Hungary; kovalcsik@zti.hu.

International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. In a world where science literacy is dismayingly rare, illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens and the best hope for nurturing popular interest. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science created the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge to celebrate that tradition and to encourage its continued growth. The spirit of the competition is for communicating science, engineering, and technology for education and journalistic purposes. Winners will be in each of five categories: Photography, Illustrations, Informational Posters and Graphics, Interactives Games and Non-Interactive Media. The winning entries will appear in a special section in Science and Science Online, and on the NSF website. In addition, each winner will receive a one-year print and online subscription to Science and a certificate of appreciation. For more information, visit www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index.jsp.

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In the News

William Sims Bainbridge, National Science, was interviewed in a March 25 NewScientist article focusing on his new book The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World.

Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh, was quoted about her research on white power groups in a March 26 New York Times Sunday Week in Review article on political anger and violence.

Jennie E. Brand, University of California-Los Angeles, appeared in an April 1 segment of American Public Media’s Marketplace where she discussed the findings of a new study she co-authored with Yu Xie, University of Michigan, which found that students who are least likely to attend college derive the greatest economic benefit from receiving a college degree. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, and InsideHigherEd.com all had articles about the study in their April 1 editions. Brand was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week stories.

Amy Cooter, University of Michigan, was quoted in a March 30 post on The Rachel Maddow Show blog about how to understand militias, after members of a Michigan-based extremist Christian militia were arrested. She also appeared on CNN Newsroom on March 30 to discuss the same issue.

John Dale, George Mason University, was quoted in a March 30, 2010, Associated Press article on the significance of the decision by Burma’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy, to boycott the upcoming general elections that the military-ruled state is planning to hold this year. The article appeared in publications including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a variety of others.

Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, was quoted in the March 22 Wall Street Journal in an article about her book, Cyber Racism.

Jacob C. Day and Steve McDonald, North Carolina State University, appeared as guests on the North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC) program The State of Things on March 9 to discuss their research on social networks and race diversity among college football coaches.

Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a March 2010 issue of The Atlantic about the impact of high joblessness on the life course and character of a generation of young adults.

Lance D. Erickson, Brigham Young University, Steve McDonald, North Carolina State University, and Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, had their paper, "Informal Mentors and Education: Complementary or Compensatory Resources?," from the October 2009 Sociology of Education highlighted in the Deseret News and the Daily Herald. It was also the subject of the radio show Thinking Aloud and was featured in a sciencedaily.com article.

Charles A. Gallagher, La Salle University, was cited in a Christian Science Monitor article on March 2 on the historic and symbolic implications of a racist incident at the University of California-San Diego involving a noose that was hung in the campus library.

Paul Hirschfield, Rutgers University, was interviewed on March 6 for an NPR story about a lawsuit stemming from a school district’s punishment of students for acts committed off-campus. He was also quoted on March 27 in the Press of Atlantic City about the expansion of surveillance cameras aimed at public streets.

Satoshi Kanazawa, London School of Economics, was quoted or referenced in a large number of news websites and blogs worldwide, including CNN.com, abc.com, Health Day, Huffington Post, National Geographic News, and many others. The CNN article received more than 6,000 comments.

Jonathan Markovitz, University of California-San Diego, was quoted in the March 3 San Diego Union-Tribune, commenting on the symbolism of a noose that was left in the library at University of California-San Diego.

Michael A. Messner, University of Southern California, wrote a column in the April 11 edition of The Chronicle Review about the response he received from readers of his op-ed on increasing taxes to pay for Social Security.

Adina Nack, California Lutheran University, was interviewed on March 22 about her book and sexual health research on California National Public Radio-affiliate KHSU’s program Through the Eyes of Women and on Santa Fe Public Radio’s program The Journey Home.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore published a career advice column on March 15 at InsideHigherEd.com.

Julie Shayne, University of Washington-Bothell, was interviewed by Montreal’s Radio Canada for the program Canadá en las Américas and for the program Latin Waves, aired on Vancouver station CJSF about her book They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. The interviews aired on March 8, International Women’s Day, and April 3, 2010, respectively. Her book was also written up in University of British Columbia’s The Thunderbird, CA.

Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in an April 8 Orange County Register article about a school district’s plan to hire private security guards should its teachers go on strike.

Pal Tamas, Hungarian Academy of Sciences-Budapest, was quoted in an April 11 New York Times article about inroads the far-right Jobbik party have recently made in Hungary.

Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was quoted in an April 4 Washington Post article about privacy issues surrounding advertising algorithms being developed on Facebook.

Gu Xiaoming, Fudan University, was quoted in an April 12 Shanghai Daily article about people who are meeting through "casual travel" social networking websites for travel adventures and sometimes romance.

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Awards

Julie Albright, University of Southern California, as Co-PI with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, researchers at University of Southern California, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and University of California-Los Angeles, has been awarded a $121 million contract from the Department of Energy (including matching funds from LADWP), as a part of their Smart Grid Demonstration Project funding.

Kitty Calavita, University of California-Irvine, was inducted as a 2010 Thorsten Sellin Fellow on May 13 by the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, was awarded $396,447 from the Science of Generosity initiative at the University of Notre Dame to explore how generosity spreads beyond the donor/recipient relationship and creates what he calls "cascades" of generosity within social networks.

Paula England, Stanford University, was inducted as a 2010 Frances Perkins Fellow on May 13 by the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Mark Granovetter, Stanford University, was inducted as a 2010 James Coleman Fellow on May 13 by the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, is one of six faculty members to be awarded the Everett Mendelsohn award for the mentoring of graduate students in 2010. She was also honored as "master mentor" by the Office of the Senior Vice-provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at an award ceremony in March 2010.

Kyriakos Markides, University of Texas, was the first-time recipient of the Pearmain Prize from the nationally recognized Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California.

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Transitions

Kim Ebert will join the faculty at North Carolina State University as Assistant Professor of Sociology in August 2010.

Maria Martinez-Cosio was awarded promotion and tenure to Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Arlington.

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People

Toni Calasanti, Virginia Tech, was chosen as the Vice President-elect of the Southern Sociological Society.

Beth Rubin, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, was chosen as the President-elect of the Southern Sociological Society.

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New Books

James J. Chriss, Cleveland State University, Beyond Community Policing: From Early American Beginnings to the 21st Century Paradigm(Publishers, 2010).

Mahmoud Dhaouadi, University of Tunis, The Muqaddimah of Cultural Sociology within Arab-Islamic Perspective (in Arabic) (Beirut, 2010).

David J. Harding, University of Michigan, Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Robert L. Kaufman, Temple University, Race, Gender, and the Labor Market: Inequalities at Work (Lynne Rienner, 2010).

Torin Monahan, Vanderbilt University, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Rochelle Parks-Yancy, Texas Southern University, Equal Work, Unequal Careers: African Americans in the Workforce (FirstForumPress, 2010).

Barbara Sutton, University at Albany-SUNY, Bodies in Crisis: Culture, Violence, and Women’s Resistance in Neoliberal Argentina (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

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Other Organizations

Statistical Methodology. Special Issue on "Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences." Honoring the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences at the University of Washington, the journal Statistical Methodology special issue will feature articles on multivariate categorical data, continuous outcomes, missing data, and social networks. For more information, visit www.elsevier.com/locate/stamet.

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New Publications

Statistics, Politics, and Policy (SPP) aims to publish applied research articles that explore the implications of statistical thinking and methods as applied to public policy issues. The electronic journal also publishes engaging commentary pieces and innovative policy ideas on the public issues of the day where statistics play, or ought to play, a role. For papers on applied statistical research, the focus should be on the relevant statistical issues, with a succinct description of the policy issue being addressed. The range of topics is wide and includes areas such as defense and national security, history and review of statistical ideas applied to public policy controversies, politics, statistical methodology including study design and causal inference, and survey methods. The primary objective of the journal is to highlight the use of innovative statistical methodology in order to elucidate and resolve important public policy issues. The first articles will be available summer 2010. For more information, visit www.bepress.com/spp.

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Caught in the Web

Sociologically.net aims to be an online community for sociologists and sociology students. It’s free to use. Anyone with a sociological imagination can join our growing number. Visit and join today at sociologically.net.

Universities in Crisis. Michael Burawoy, in his capacity as Vice President of the International Sociological Association, initiated and runs the lively new blog Universities in Crisis. The purpose of the blog is to discuss the challenges of building a global sociology in an unequal world, especially challenges emanating from the privatization of research and government auditing of universities. Sociologists from around the world discuss threats to higher education from the vantage points of varied campuses and higher education systems. Visit the blog at isacna.wordpress.com.

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Summer Programs

The 2010 Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP), Stanford University, July 11-30, 2010. Applications are being accepted for the 19th Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology. The SIPP program accepts 60 participants for three weeks of intensive training in political psychology. Political psychology explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at work. The 2010 SIPP curriculum is designed to: provide broad exposure to theories, empirical findings, and research traditions; illustrate successful cross-disciplinary research and integration; Enhance methodological pluralism; and strengthen networks among scholars from around the world. SIPP activities will include lectures by world-class faculty, discussion groups, research/interest group meetings, group projects, and an array of social activities. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. For more information, visit www.stanford.edu/group/sipp.

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