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Daniel Herda awarded a Dissertation-Year Fellowship for 2012-2013

Daniel Herda has received a UC Davis Dissertation Fellowship for his research on racial discrimination experiences. The first of his three studies examines the degree to which such hostile interracial encounters can engender negative attitudes among reported victims. The second focuses on how neighborhood racial composition influences the likelihood of experiencing discrimination among young respondents. The final study examines the mental health and behavioral consequences of adolescents' discrimination fears and parents' discrimination experiences to determine whether discrimination can be detrimental even in the absence of actual experience.

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David Orzechowicz selected for 2012-2013 Professors for the Future program

Professors for the Future is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service. This unique program sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies focuses on the future challenges of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and the academy. Professors for the Future (PFTF) is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for an increasingly competitive marketplace and a rapidly changing university environment. PFTF Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend.

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Raoul S. Lievanos forthcoming publication

"Certainty, Fairness, and Balance: State Resonance and Environmental Justice Policy Implementation," will appear in the June 2012 (Vol. 27, No. 2) issue of Sociological Forum. The publication draws on research Lievanos completed for his qualifying paper in the sociology department and elaborates on recent arguments put forth by Lievanos and co-authors Jonathan K. London and Julie Sze in Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, edited by G. Ottinger and B. R. Cohen (MIT Press, 2011).

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Jennifer Haylett forthcoming publication

"One Woman Helping Another: Egg Donation as a Case of Relational Work" has been accepted for publication in the June 2012 special relational work issue of the journal Politics and Society.

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Diane Wolf keynote speaker

Diane Wolf will be the keynote speaker at a special event for the University of Colorado's Holocaust Awareness Week January 23-27). Her talk "Hidden Children of the Holocaust," is based on her book, "Beyond Anne Frank: Jewish Families in Postwar Holland" for which she interviewed 70 former "hidden children." The talk will discuss the ways in which genocide strained relationships between Jewish parents and their children who were placed in hiding. Read more: http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_19791273#axzz1kJOfDT7d

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Sociology Colloquia March 1, John Hipp: Living in your own "Private Idaho": Egohoods as a New Measure of Neighborhood

Defining "neighborhoods" is a bedeviling challenge faced by all studies of neighborhood effects and ecological models of social processes. Although scholars frequently lament the inadequacies of the various existing definitions of "neighborhood", we argue that previous strategies relying on non-overlapping boundaries such as block groups and tracts are fundamentally flawed. The approach taken here instead builds on insights of the mental mapping literature, the social networks literature, the daily activities pattern literature, and the travel to crime literature to propose a new definition of neighborhoods: egohoods. These egohoods are conceptualized as waves washing across the surface of cities, as opposed to independent units with non-overlapping boundaries. This approach is illustrated using crime data from seven cities, and the results show that measures aggregated to our egohoods explain about twice as much of the variation in crime across the social environment than do models with measures aggregated to block groups or tracts. Results also suggest that measuring inequality in egohoods provides dramatically stronger effects on crime rates than when using the non-overlapping boundary approach, highlighting the important new insights that can be obtained by utilizing our egohood approach.

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Diane Wolf selected to editorial board

Diane Wolf has been invited to join the editorial board of a new book series, "Studies of Jews in Society," sponsored by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and published by University of Nebraska Press.

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Special Inaugural Sociology Colloquium: A talk by Evelyn Nakano Glenn, UC-Berkeley

"Precarious Citizenship and the Fight for Public Education" A talk by Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor of Ethnic and Asian American Studies & former President of the American Sociological Association (2010) will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011, 10:30-12:00 in the Andrews Conference Room, SS&H 2203 RSVP: mudge@ucdavis.edu

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CNN coverage focuses on Professors Bob Faris and Diane Felmlee's research on bullying

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° recently partnered with UC Davis sociologists Robert Faris and Diane Felmlee to engage in a systematic social network analysis of school bullying and aggression. The results of the study have been the focus of a weeklong series of events on CNN, including a Town Hall meeting, interviews with Faris and Felmlee, articles on the CNN website, and taped segments summarizing the findings of the Faris and Felmlee’s research.

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Ryken Grattet's article "Supervision Regimes, Risk, and Official Reactions to Parolee Deviance" published in the May issue of Criminology

Ryken Grattet, Jeffrey Lin, and Joan Petersilia’s article draws on data collected in the California Parole Study, funded by the National Institute of Justice, to examine the role of parole supervision in accounting for the extraordinarily high rate of parole violations among California parolees. The article considers how parolees risks of violations is affected by how they are supervised.

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Bill McCarthy and Eric Grodsky's article "Sex in School: Adolescent Sex and Education" will be published in the May 2011 issue of Social Problems

Bill McCarthy and Eric Grodsky presented the paper at last summer’s ASA meetings and the paper generated considerable interest. The paper was summarized by Alicia Chang, a science writer from the Associated Press, and reprinted in several hundred newspapers from around the world.

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Former graduate student and current Ohio University Professor Ursula Castellano publishes dissertation monograph.

"Outsourcing Justice," published this month, is based on Ursula's ethnographic dissertation project on the role of nonprofits in a local criminal justice system.

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Professor Bruce Haynes' research profiled in the New York Times

Professor Haynes', along with his wife, Syma Solovitch, is working on research project about the life of his grandfather George Edmund Haynes, who was one of the founders and the first executive director of the National Urban League. The elder Haynes was also one of the first African Americans awarded a Ph.D. in the United States (Columbia University). He went on to found the School of Social Sciences at Fisk University. George Edmund Haynes was an important figure in the largely forgotten history African American social scientists in the early part of the 20th Century.

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