April 7, 2005

Forum Infor: "Resetting The Clockwork"

Research and Policy Forum

Resetting the Clockwork: Possibilities for
Healthy Employees, Retirees, Families, Businesses and Communities

Friday, April 22, 2005
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
301-19th Avenue South

For registration and program, visit www.soc.umn.edu/clockwork
Space is limited!

Invited Speakers
Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
Marc Freedman, Founder and President of Civic Ventures
Chai Feldblum, Georgetown University Law Center
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Boston College

Selected Topics
The need to rethink the time and timing of work and retirement
Can Minnesota lead in innovations in the ways we think about, talk about,
and arrange paid work, unpaid civic engagement, and retirement?
What are new ways to enlarge workplace flexibilities and options available
to Minnesota's working families, its changing work force and growing
"retired" force?
How can the state take advantage of older workers and retirees interested
In starting "second acts?"
Can Minnesota lead in moving from clockwork to effective work? In
designing new models of work, retirement, and civic engagement?

Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer
Steve Hunter, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Michelle Hynes, Experience Corp
Sally Kenney, Humphrey Inst Public Affairs
Dan Mikel, Retirees Council, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Jim Painter, ECM Publishers
Cali Ressler, Best Buy
Art Rolnick, Federal Reserve Bank
Louise Root-Robbins, Wisconsin Initiative
Jodi Sandfort, McKnight Foundation
Jim Scheibel, Ramsey Action Programs, Inc

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carlson School of Management,
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Sociology, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,
Life Course Center, McKnight Foundation, and
President’s Initiative on Children, Youth and Families


Posted by shin0104 at 12:58 PM

April 13, 2005

Monday, April 18 Presentation

Monday, April 18 Presentation
Please Join Us for the Sixth SOCUP Brown Bag Lunch Meeting of the Semester!

Presentation Title: “Institutionalization of Software Regulation in the Academy”
Presenter: Lara Cleaveland (Sociology)
Time: 12:00-13:00, Monday, April 18
Place: 915 Social Sociences Buidling

Lara will present her research project on property rights, particularly "intellectual property rights." She argues that the relatively recent addition of computer programs to the protected subject matter of intellectual property law allows social scientists to examine the institutionalization of new legal developments. Her research abstract is linked below.

Until very recently, modern sociological literature has paid very little attention to property rights, or even to broader connections between law and the economy. Sociologists who have begun to concentrate on these issues suggest that intellectual property, its legal protections, and the economic activity surrounding IP are important issues for future research. However, thus far, the literature has failed to specify what kind of research agenda might be fruitful. My prelim ties the broad literature on law, economy and organizations to a particular recent research agenda by neoinstitutional scholars focusing on regulation. I argue that the relatively recent addition of computer programs to the protected subject matter of intellectual property law allows social scientists to examine the institutionalization of new legal developments. The status of computer code (both hardware and software) as private property (through intellectual property law), is quickly becoming entrenched throughout the industrialized and developing world as an essential component of the neo-liberal free trade agenda. I argue that the normative environment among software developers and information technology professionals, especially within academic institutions, provides a viable alternative conception of software’s status as private property (one of open exchange and information sharing) and, therefore, an interesting site to examine the implementation (and negotiation?) of market protections.

Posted by shin0104 at 6:24 PM

April 14, 2005

Spring 2005 Presentations

Jan. 31, 2005 (1114 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Xinxiang Chen "Local Society in Modern State: the Dual-Rule-Gaming Society."

Feb. 21, 2005 (915 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Kasia Polanska "From Global to Local: the International Women's Human Rights Movement and the International Women's Rights Action Watch"

March 7, 2005 (1114 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Reiping Huang "A Trajectory Approach to Study on Work and Health"

March 21, 2005 (915 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Susan Nangwala Mlangwa "Health and Inequality: The Impact of Roads, Tracks and Footpaths on Accessibility to Health Care Facilities in Uganda"

April 4, 2005 (915 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Wesley Longhofer "The Structural Sources of Associational Life: A Cross National Analysis"

April 18, 2005 (915 Social Sciences, West Bank)
Lara Cleaveland “Institutionalization of Software Regulation in the Academy”

May 2, 2005 (915 Social Sciences, West Bank)

Posted by shin0104 at 11:55 PM

April 21, 2005

Monday, May 2 Presentation

Erika Buse's presentation on Monday, May 2, 2005 is cancelled.

No SOCUP meeting on May 2. Erika's presentation is postponed to the upcoming semester.

Posted by shin0104 at 12:35 PM

April 28, 2005

Brooke Haugen's Undergraduate Research!

Our undergraduate student and great friend, Brooke Haugen, surveyed undergraduate students in my Introduction to Sociology course in Fall 2004. She has completed her study and presented her work wonderfully at the Sociology Research Institute that the Departmeng of Sociology, University of Minnesota held in April 2005.

Brooke's presentation slide, notes, and survey questionnair are linked below. If you are interested to learn more about her research, please contact me (shin104@umn.edu) with Brooke's consent I will be happy to provide you more information on this project.

This study investigates how people make judgements about deviant acts (physical assault, robbery, and theft) and the culpability and responsibility of offenders and victims involved. In particular, this research attempts to ascertain how the use of alcohol by the offender and/or victim influences those judgements. A random sample of 89 University of Minnesota students enrolled in Introduction to Sociology participated in a survey. The survey consisted of a collection of vignettes portraying alcohol use in the situations of the deviant acts. Each vignette manipulated intoxication of the offender and/or victim in each situation using between-subjects experimental designs. I compared the results between participants who drank more regularly with those who drank seldom, and found some significant difference in the two groups. I also analyzed whether or not intoxication of the offender and/or victim influenced these judgements, and found statistically significant differences in participants’ responses in different situations. I also found significant differences when comparing the three types of crimes with each other and each dependent variable. People’s judgements on the alcohol intoxication of an offender and/or victim with certain deviant behaviors are an important social issue, because of the practical legal implications. These perceptions may be of everyday people or those of a jury. The legal system depends heavily on whether intoxication precludes criminal intentions in determining guilt and punishment (Wild et al, 1998).




Posted by shin0104 at 2:02 PM