May 2009 Archives

Naomi Duke - new CYFC Fellow

Incoming graduate student Naomi Duke (with Associate Professor Ross Macmillan and affiliated faculty member Michael Oakes) was recently selected as a fellow by the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC). Their project is on education-health gradients among the new era of US immigrants.

Elaine Hernandez - new CYFC Fellow

Graduate student Elaine Hernandez was selected as one of three fellows by the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC). Elaine's project is a study of health information and its relationship to social class among newly pregnant women.

Ross Macmillan - new CYFC Scholar

Associate Professor Ross Macmillan (with incoming graduate student Naomi Duke and affiliated faculty member Michael Oakes) was recently selected as one of four scholars by the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC). Their project is on education-health gradients among the new era of US immigrants.

Chen Successful in Defense

Xinxiang Chen successfully defended his dissertation, "State Intervention and Business Group Performance in China’s Transition Economy," on May 11, 2009. His advisor is Professor David Knoke. Xinxiang has accepted a Research Associate III position at the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center at Mississippi State University, where he will start later this summer. Congratulations, Xinxiang!

Blackstone Promoted at UMaine

Alumnus Amy Blackstone (PhD 2003) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maine. The UMN Department of Sociology congratulates Amy on this prestigious milestone accomplishment.

David Ward's Alcatraz book released

In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, Professor Emeritus Ward brings to life the stories of infamous criminals who passed through the penitentiary from 1934 to 1948.

Contexts - 2009 Utne Award Nominee

Contexts has been nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award for its coverage of social/cultural issues in 2008.

2009 Sociology Research Institute (SRI)

The 19th annual SRI conference was held April 17th. Professor Katherine Newman of Princeton University provided a thought provoking keynote address. Thank you to each of our presenters and special congratulations to all of this year's award winners.

Spencer is Outta Here! (Sort of...)

Donna Spencer successfully defended her dissertation, "The Quality of Part-time Work in a Changing U.S. Labor Market: 1980-2005," on April 14, 2009. Her advisor is Phyllis Moen. Donna will be continuing in her position on campus as a Health Policy/Management Research Fellow in the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Congratulations, Donna!

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