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  1. From the ASA President: Take Action on NSF-SBE Funding

    The following letter was sent to all ASA members residing in the United States.

    To my fellow members of the American Sociological Association:

    National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18. I urge you to write to your member of Congress before that debate.

  2. There Are at Least 52 Reasons to Join a Section, Here Are a Few

    Why join an ASA section? There are at least as many reasons to join as there are sections. To start, there’s the dialogue, participation in section sessions, and even section journals. Sections account for half of all programming at the Annual Meeting and produce close to a third of all ASA journals (four total). They’re a vibrant and vital source of intellectual ferment within the discipline of sociology.

  3. Sociologists Present Their Research on Capitol Hill

    The 21st Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill, “Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation,” was held on April 29, 2015. Sociologists Laurel Smith-Doerr (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Kathleen Tierney (University of Colorado-Boulder), and Nnenia Campbell (University of Colorado-Boulder, MFP cohort 41) presented their research at the event. Smith-Doerr’s research examined collaboration in the chemical sciences; how chemists work together to advance scientific discoveries.

  4. My Reflections on Patterson

    By Dr. Julia McQuillan, Guest Blog Contributor

  5. “Three Missouri Mikes” in NYC on October 23rd:

    Come see a panel discussion co-sponsored by Contexts Magazine on “Three Missouri Mikes” moderated by Contexts board member and Guardian columnist Steven Thrasher.

  6. SOE: High school environment and the gender gap in STEM

    Although there has been a striking reversal in the gender gap in higher education, women pursue STEM degrees at much lower rates than their male peers. An October Sociology of Education article, “The High School Sociology Environment and the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering,” examines the role of the high school on the ability to attract female students to STEM field majors.

  7. Social Science Matters

    In late April 2014 the National Science Board (NSB), which is the governing board of the National Science Foundation, submitted a highly unusual statement to Congress in response to pending FIRST Act legislation. The NSB argued that the FIRST Act’s “specification of budget allocations to each NSF Directorate would significantly impede NSF’s flexibility to deploy funds to support the best ideas” in science. NSB’s statement and the subsequent massive opposition from the science community have stopped the progress of the FIRST Act.

  8. Opposing Letters on Salaita

    Earlier this month, ASA elected leaders sent two opposing letters to Dr. Phyllis Wise, UIUC chancellor, regarding the decision to not hire Dr. Steven G. Salaita as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. These letters and the circumstances of their submission have generated discussion among ASA members in social media and in the blogosphere. The URLs for the two letters are:

  9. ASR study on “Citizenship and Punishment” on NPR

    NPR’s report on Purdue University sociologist Michael T. Light’s October American Sociological Review study, “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts,” aired this morning around 5:30 a.m. ET. The study, whose co-authors include the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Michael Massoglia and Ohio State University’s Ryan D. King, found that non-Americans in the U.S.