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Ryken Grattet has a new article in the September 2008 issue of Social Forces entitled "Transforming Symbolic Law into Organizational Action: Hate Crime Policy and Law Enforcement Practice."

For decades sociologists, criminologists, political scientists and socio-legal scholars alike have focused on the symbolic and instrumental dimensions of law in examinations of the effects of social reform and policy implementation. Following in this tradition, we focus on the relationship between hate crime policy and hate crime reporting to identify the conditions under which a symbolic law is accompanied by instrumental effects at the initial phase of the law enforcement process – the official recording of a hate crime event.

Ryken Grattet has a new article in the September 2008 issue of Social Forces entitled "Transforming Symbolic Law into Organizational Action: Hate Crime Policy and Law Enforcement Practice." - Read More…

Laura Grindstaff offered and accepted a three-year term as Director of the Consortium for Women and Research

We begin this new academic year with an announcement about our colleague Laura Grindstaff, who has been offered (and has accepted) a three-year term as Director of the Consortium for Women and Research.

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Raoul Lievanos awarded two research fellowships

Raoul Lievanos has been awarded a UC Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships (CFERP) Predissertation Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources in the amount of $2,000 for summer 2008. CFERP fellowships are highly competitive and open to graduate and undergraduate students from all over the U.S. The program goals are (1) to develop good participatory research skills in practitioners, (2) to nurture a new generation of scholars committed to engaging constructively with communities, and (3) to build community capacity to steward natural resources and have a voice in their own affairs. This predissertation fellowship will allow Lievanos to explore potential field sites for future research and will aid him as the current lead field researcher and project manager for the "Environmental Justice Coalition for Water Delta Health Study." Funded additionally by the Rose Foundation and the UC Davis Environmental Justice Project, this project seeks to identify and assess the full range of environmental risks and concerns to human health resulting from poor water quality in the Delta, and sharing this information with participating communities, the broader public, and policy-makers in the Delta Vision Strategic Planning process.

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"Privileged Emotion Managers: The Case of Actors" by David Orzechowicz appears in Social Psychology Quarterly

In the June 2008 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, this ethnographic piece considers the structural conditions under which actors engage in emotion management and challenges the long standing emphasis in the emotions literature on the ways organizations constrain people's abilities to evoke and suppress feelings. David argues that theatre provides actors with resources that enable feeling management. He identifies three structures - theatre's division of labor, the rehearsal process, and formal training - that give actors important advantages in managing emotions compared to many other social settings. These structures outsource some emotion management from actors to others involved in the production of a show and provide a set of institutionally prescribed strategies that actors use to manage feelings in a production.

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Dina Okamoto is the Recipient of the ASA Section on Asia and Asian America's Early Career Award

Dina Okamoto was announced as the recipient of the ASA Section on Asia and Asian America's Early Career Award. The Section's Early Career Award recognizes a scholar in the early stage of her/his career (no more than 10 years post Ph.D. award date) and who is conducting exemplary research on the sociology of Asia or Asian American communities. Dina will receive her award at the ASA Meetings in Boston in August.

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Sarah Ovink Awarded National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant for 2008-09

Sarah Ovink has been awarded $7500 in funding through the NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant program. The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field and archival research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible.

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"Lighting the Fire Inside: Vilification in the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements," received an Honorable Mention

Sarah Augusto's paper, "Lighting the Fire Inside: Vilification in the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements," has received an Honorable Mention in the Graduate Student Paper Award Competition of the ASA Emotions Section.

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Diane Felmlee awarded Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research

Diane Felmlee awarded Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research

The award honors Academic Senate and Academic Federation members for mentoring post-docs, graduate students and/or undergraduates in research, professional development.

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Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick Receives the 2008 Community and Urban Sociology Section (ASA) Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick received the best graduate student paper award for his article titled "The Two 'Logics' of Community Development: Neighborhoods, Markets, and Community Development Corporations." This article was published in 2007 in POLITICS AND SOCIETY (vol. 35, issue 2, pp. 329-359). The Award will be presented at the ASA meetings in Boston (August 2, 2008).

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New article on patient culture by Ming-cheng Lo and Clare Stacey published in Sociology of Health and Illness

In response to widely documented racial and ethnic disparities in health, clinicians and public health advocates have taken great strides to implement ‘culturally competent’ care. While laudable, this important policy and intellectual endeavour has suffered from a lack of conceptual clarity and rigour. This paper develops a more careful conceptual model for understanding the role of culture in the clinical encounter, paying particular attention to the relationship between culture, contexts and social structures.

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Brian Dick Awarded Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Brian Dick was awarded the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education in the amount of $25,000 for the writing of his dissertation, Legitimating Superstring Theory: A Sociological Analysis of a Theory of Everything. The Spencer Foundations Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.

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Community Policing, Ghetto-Style: Law and Order in Chicago's Southside

Sudhir Venkatesh, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, will deliver the Sociology Department's 2008 Lemert Lecture. The Lecture will take place Thursday, April 17, 2008 and begins at 4:00 p.m. at the International House. A reception will follow.

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State High School Exit Exams and Labor Market Outcomes

In an article published in the January issue of Sociology of Education, John Robert Warren (University of Minnesota), Eric Grodsky and Jennifer Lee (Indiana University) find no evidence that state high school exit exams (HSEEs) positively affect college participation, labor force status or earnings or that the connections between state HSEE policies and these outcomes vary by students’ race/ethnicity or the level of difficulty of state HSEEs.

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Dina Okamoto and Kimberly Ebert Awarded Grant from Russell Sage Foundation

Dina Okamoto and Kimberly Ebert were awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation in the amount of $165,835 to support their research project, "The Civic and Political Incorporation of Immigrants in Non-Traditional Destinations."

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Articles on University-Industry Relationships by Leland L. Glenna, Rick Welsh, William B. Lacy and Dina Biscotti

Leland L. Glenna of Pennsylvania State University and Rick Welsh of Clarkson University co-authored two articles with William B. Lacy and Dina Biscotti. "Industry Perceptions of University-Industry Relationships Related to Agricultural Biotechnology Research" was published in the December 2007 issue of Rural Sociology. "University Administrators, Agricultural Biotechnology, and Academic Capitalism: Defining the Public Good to Promote University-Industry Relationships" was published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Sociological Quarterly; this paper was awarded Pennsylvania State University's Roy C. Buck Faculty Award.

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Changes in occupational aspiration across cohorts and over the life course

In an article published in the March 2008 issue of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Xiaoling Shu and Margaret Marini examine change in prestige, education, earning potential, and sex type dimensions in occupational aspirations in the U.S. of young people ages 14–29 between 1966 and 1980.

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Changes in occupational aspiration across cohorts and over the life course

In an article published in the March 2008 issue of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Xiaoling Shu and Margaret Marini examine change in prestige, education, earning potential, and sex type dimensions in occupational aspirations in the U.S. of young people ages 14–29 between 1966 and 1980.

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Matt Bakker and David Orzechowicz Awarded LERF Research Grants

Matt Bakker and David Orzechowicz were both awarded $7500 research grants from the University of California's Labor and Employment Research Fund (LERF). Matt's award will support the first phase of his dissertation research entitled "The Transnational Politics of Migration: Examining the "Remittances to Development" Agenda in North America"; David's award will lay the ground work for his dissertation work through a project on "Being the Mouse: Frontline Service Work in Disneyland".

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Patrick Carroll has received a grant of $160,000 from the National Science Foundation

The grant is in support of his new research project on water infrastructure and state formation in California. The title of the project is "California Delta: The Engineered Heart of a Modern State Formation."

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Article by Professor Patrick Carroll selected to be republished in The Best of the Journal of Historical Sociology

Patrick's article, "Science, Power, Bodies: The Mobilization of Nature as State Formation," was published when he was a graduate student in 1996. It will be reprinted and republished in a two-volume book to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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Ryken Grattet Awarded 'Best Article' by Sociology of Law Section

Ryken Grattet was given the Award for Best Article in 2005 and 2006 from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Melanie Jones Awarded UC-ACCORD Dissertation Grant

Melanie Jones was awarded a UC ACCORD Dissertation Fellowship in the amount of $20,000 to support work on her dissertation, "Educational Advantages: Race, Class, and Teacher-Student Relationships."

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Patrick Carroll Elected to Section Council at the ASA

Patrick Carroll has been elected to the council of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) Section of the American Sociological Association.

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New Article on Affirmative Action in Higher Education by Eric Grodsky

In an article published in the May 2007 issue of the American Journal of Sociology, Eric Grodsky analyzes trends in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic affirmative action in higher education between 1972 and 1992.

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New Article on Accounts by Eric Silva

Eric Silva's article titled "Public Accounts: Defending Contested Practices" was recently published in the Spring 2007 issue of Symbolic Interaction.

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Joan S.M. Meyers Received Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award

Joan Sheyne Mindl Meyers received the ASA's Sex and Gender section's Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award for "Unpacking Bureaucracy: An Intersectional Theory of Gendered Organizations." The award will be presented in New York at the ASA Sex and Gender section reception in August 2007.

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New Article on Community Development by Lucas Kirkpatrick

Lucas Kirkpatrick's article titled "The Two 'Logics' of Community Development: Neighborhoods, Markets, and Community Development Corporations" has recently been published in the June 2007 issue of Politics and Society.

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Yifei Zhu received the UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Yifei has been awarded the UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2007-2008. This fellowship provides a research and travel allowance in addition to a stipend and fees to international and domestic graduate students demonstrating strong potential for university teaching and research.

Yifei Zhu received the UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year. - Read More…