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Sociology of Development coverThe second half of the inaugural double-issue of Sociology of Development, co-edited by BC Sociology Professor Andrew Jorgenson, is available online.

Andrew JorgensonAs a featured speaker at SYSYNC's Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop, Andrew Jorgenson gave two talks: a methods overview, and a talk on development & globalization, multi-level and longitudinal methods.

He was also quoted in a Washington Post article "It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters."

Juliet SchorJuliet Schor contributed to an article on climate change in the Atlantic's year-end feature on hope and despair across various industries.

Sharlene Hessse-BiberSharlene Hesse-Biber was interviewed for and appears in an award-winning documentary on hereditary cancer entitled Pink & Blue: The Colors of Hereditary Cancer.  

Kyoung-yim KimVisiting Assistant Professor Kyoung-yim Kim received an Ignite Grant for her project Olympic Games, Transnational Politics of the Environment and Ecological Injustices: Japan and South Korean Cases.

Gustavo MorelloIn an interview with Faculty Publication Highlights, Associate Professor Gustavo Morello discusses his recently published book The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War.

Sharlene Hesse-BiberProfessor Sharlene Hesse-Biber has won the 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for her book, Waiting for Cancer to Come: Womens Experiences with Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

Gustavo MorelloGustavo Morello was awarded $511,000 from the Templeton Foundation to conduct a collaborative study titled “The transformation of lived religion in urban Latin America: a study of contemporary Latin Americans' experience of the transcendent.”

Juliet SchorIn an interview with The Atlantic, Professor Juliet Schor argues that the once-niche opposition to hyper-consumerism is becoming more mainstream.

Michael OmiMichael Omi, a sociologist from UC Berkeley, spoke about his groundbreaking work Racial Formation in the United States at an event organized by the School of Social Work and co-sponsered by the Sociology Department.  

Sharlene Hesse-BiberSharlene Hesse-Biber received an Ignite grant to fund her study of women who undergo genetic testing for the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutations, especially with regard to how BRCA-positive women individually calculate their risk for developing cancer.

Juliet SchorProfessor Juliet Schor and doctoral candidate Will Attwood-Charles co-wrote The Tyranny of Leveled Workplaces for Work in Progress, the blog of the ASA Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work.

Eve SpanglerAssociate Professor Eve Spangler's recently completed book, Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict (Sense Publishers), has been highlighted in The Chronicle.

Sharlene Hesse-BiberResearch by Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber of male carriers of the BRCA gene mutation that can raise the risk of breast cancer is highlighted by GenomeWeb News, which serves the global molecular research community.

Shawn McGuffeyAssociate Professor Shawn McGuffey published an article with the International Justice Project exploring attitudes in South Africa after Sudanese President Bashir was allowed to leave the country.
Andrew JorgensonAndrew Jorgenson and Brett Clark's article, “Are the Economy and the Environment Decoupling? A Comparative Institutional Study, 1960-2005”, won the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award for the ASA section on Environment and Technology.

Wen FanAssistant Sociology Professor Wen Fan co-authored a paper that received the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award. The article, "Changing Work and Work-Family Conflict,” was published in the American Sociological Review.

Juliet SchorJuliet Schor and Andrew Jorgenson have both been elected Chairpersons of ASA sections, to start in 2016-17. Jorgenson will serve as Chair of the Environment and Technology section; Schor will serve as Chair of the Consumers and Consumption section.

New CoresNext fall BC will introduce the new core course concept, in which faculty members from two different departments and disciplines will co-teach freshmen courses on important issues. See the videos for SOCY150101 Global Implications of Climate Change and SOCY150301 Understanding Race, Gender and Violence.
Hesse-Biber bookThe Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry, edited by Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber with R. Burke Johnson, has been published by the Oxford University Press.

Amanda FreemanSociology PhD candidate Amanda Freeman's article about low-income single moms and higher education was published online in The Atlantic.

Alexis MoscovitzSociology major Alexandra Moscovitz won a Fulbright for public health research in the Dominican Republic. She will do a comparative study on food insecurity in rural and urban communities, making connections to environmental and social contexts.