Child Care Tax Benefits Unchanged Since 1986

In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.

Congratulations, Dr. June Msechu!

June Msechu successfully defended her dissertation, Intergenerational Relationships and Eldercare in Rural Tanzania: A Life Course Perspective on the Implications of Social Change on Families on November 3, 2014. Dr. Msechu is advised by professors Ron Aminzade and Cawo Abdi. She will return to her position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Best wishes Dr. Msechu.

Another Dr. in the House - Dr. Vandormael

Alain Vandormael successfully defended his dissertation, "The Preventive and Survival Benefits of Antiretroviral Use in a Rural South African Community," on September 19, 2014. Alain is advised by Professor Ann Meier.

MN Ties to Terrorism

Cawo Abdi was recently interviewed for a report in the Pioneer Press regarding terrorist organizations recruitment of women. She would like to see a law enforcement initiative that "takes out the allure of this war," by showing the reality of the conflict in Syria: "The madness of the number of innocent civilians being slaughtered every day."

Congratulations, Dr. Isik!

Gulseren Isik successfully defended her dissertation, "Institutional Reproduction: Reproduction of a Politico-legal Institution in a Contested Setting," on August 25, 2014. Her advisors are Professors Joachim Savelsberg and Robin Stryker (University of Arizona-Tucson).

Park and Pellow Win Book Award

Congratulations to Lisa Park and David Pellow on receiving the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given by the ASA's Environment & Technology section for best book published from 2011-2013, for The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden (NYU Press 2011).

New Book Released

Total Liberation cover.jpgDavid Pellow in his new book, Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement, explores the frequently tense and violent relationships among humans, ecosystems, and nonhuman animal species. He reveals how radical environmental and animal rights movements challenge inequity through a vision they call "total liberation."

The Democratic Green City: From Above and Below

Michael Goldman recently participated in a forum at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. In this session they discussed how top-down, government projects can be paired with grassroots organizing to democratize the green city. The video of this important public event is now available.

Switching Racial or Ethnic Identity?

Carolyn Liebler's research recently released as a U.S. Census Bureau working paper has sparked an interesting dialog (and much media attention) regarding the reporting of race when she found media outlets almost 10 million Americans changed how they identified their race or ethnicity when asked by the Census over the course of a decade.

Do atheists get a seat at God's table?

Maybe in St. Paul where the "Interfaith" Conversation Cafe changed it's name to "Interbelief" to include the nonreligious. Penny Edgell, in a Pioneer Press report, stated that her 2014 survey found the public more accepting of various religious groups but not for atheists who had the same high degree of mistrust found in 2006.

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