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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 now available online.

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.

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.”

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.

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 FanNewly hired Assistant Sociology Professor Wen Fan has been selected as a finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award.

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.
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.