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Major political science organization to honor Schlozman

(7-06-2006) — Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay L. Schlozman, a leading authority on American civic voluntarism and politics, political parties and elections, has been named as a co-winner of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) 10th annual Frank J. Goodnow Distinguished Service Award.

The award is given to honor the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups, and public and private organizations to the development of the political science profession and the building of APSA, the leading professional organization for the study of political science. APSA provides a range of programs and services for its 15,000-plus members in more than 80 countries.

Kay L. Schlozman

"This was totally out of the blue - I had no idea I'd been nominated," said Schlozman, who was notified of the honor late last month. "I was just working with some colleagues, having one of those exhilarating days when everything falls into place. I took a break to check my e-mail, and here was a notice saying I had won the Goodnow.

"To say that this is an honor is putting it mildly. I looked at the list of past recipients, and know most of them and their work very well. I'm delighted to be in such company."

Schlozman said her activities with APSA had been personally rewarding and professionally enlightening. "The tasks might often require a fair amount of time and energy, but were very worthwhile. During the three years I spent as chair of the association's ethics committee, we dealt with some fascinating issues, such as concerns about possible plagiarism or disputes between academics and institutions - and were able to help people as well.

"I also was very pleased to serve on the APSA Task Force on Inequality in American Politics. The experience brought me into contact with a lot of great authorities on subjects of great interest to me."

Schlozman's Goodnow Award co-recipients are Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research who serves as an election analyst for CBS News, and University of Arizona Professor of Political Science John A. Garcia, a researcher on minority/Latino group politics, urban government and public policy, and political behavior and mobilization.

The three will be honored formally at the APSA annual meeting, to be held in Philadelphia at the end of August.


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