Meredith Kleykamp & Tom Crosbie Receive Grant from Army Research Institute to Study Evolution of U.S. Military Professionalism
The Army Research Institute has awarded the University of Maryland’s Center for Research on Military Organization (CRMO) an $810,000 grant to conduct a comprehensive study on what it means to be a military professional in the modern century. It will be the first study of its kind on the subject in more than 60 years.
Athletes, musicians and actors who commit acts of domestic violence continue to face heightened scrutiny, and new research from the University of Maryland reveals that the news coverage of such cases is often racially biased.
The study examined 330 news articles, covering approximately 66 celebrities between 2009 and 2011, to extract disparities between the reporting of celebrity offenses.
Dariya Brown is a junior Sociology and Government and Politics double major, from Prince Georges County, who won the Melvin C. High Scholarship in 2013 before matriculating to UMD. She also won the Melvin C. High Scholarship in 2013, and was selected by Bishop McNamara and the Prince George's County Kiwanis Club for "Citizenship Awards" for her outstanding service to the community. She was selected for this award because Dariya collected school supplies to help students in need at District Heights Elementary School. Dariya is one of our department’s most talented students, who has also worked as a student orientation advisor at UMD.
R. Gordon Rinderknecht started his undergraduate career as an English major at the University of Iowa. However, he soon realized that so far, his life had left him with little to write about. Sociology offered recourse, and he has yet to run out of subject matter.
Gordon’s earliest research consisted of interviews with young-earth creationists about the nature of their beliefs and political views. This project pushed him to expand his knowledge of science and scientific reasoning, which inspired him to continue conducting research and eventually pursue graduate school at UMD, where he is now a third year graduate student with a focus in social psychology.
Sonal Desai and colleagues edited a new book titled, Undernutrition and Public Policy in India: Investing in the Future, published by Routledge in January 2016.
George Ritzer & Nathan Jurgenson's Prosumption Article One of the Top Cited Articles Between 2010-2014
George Ritzer and Nathan Jurgenson's journal article, "Production, Consumption, Prosumption: The Nature of Capitalism in the age of the Digital 'Prosumer'", is listed as the second most cited article published in Sociology journals. Professor Jerry Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania) analyzes the most cited papers every five years. You can read more about his study in the December 2015 issue of the American Sociological Association's newsletter, Footnotes.
Professors Kris Marsh and Rashawn Ray conducted a diversity training to the newest recruits of the Prince George's County Police Department. Marsh and Ray met with the 40 Recruits, who graduate on February 4, to discuss implicit bias. Additionally, the cohort of recruits participated in various exercises to help them understand their privilege and be sensitive to the standpoint of others.
"Understanding Social Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa"