Congratulations to PhD candidate, Joey Brown, for being awarded a 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship! The fellowship will support Joey as he completes his dissertation, "Childhood Grandparent Wealth and the Well-Being of Black and White Young Adults".
Professor John Pease, who recently retired after 50 years as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, will deliver the winter commencement address for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
When John Pease first arrived at the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in 1967, he brought a manual typewriter with him and was so excited about his $10,000 salary that he called his grandmother and told her: “I’m gonna be rich.” His original plan was to teach at UMD for a few years and then return to his home state and work for his alma mater, Western Michigan University.
Congratulations to Wendy Laybourn who has been selected as the 2017-18 recipient of the Milton Dean Havron Social Sciences Award! Wendy was nominated because of her outstanding academic performance and leadership and the college is excited to be able to reward her accomplishments.
To officially confer the Award, the Department of Sociology will hold a brief recognition ceremony where Dr. M. Dean Havron Jr., the representative for the Havron family will be present and Wendy will give a presentation outlining her dissertation research.
On Friday October 20th, Undergraduate Sociology students visited John Snow, Inc.(JSI) in Roslyn VA. JSI is an international public health consulting firm that works in numerous countries around the world. Sociology undergraduate Gabriella Robles had the following to say about the event:
While the arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, that has never meant it doesn’t need help, or that there aren’t forces trying to push it the other way.
Be they the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Declaration of Independence or our pledges of egalitarian education here at the University of Maryland, we work each day to strive toward goals that are difficult to meet—but all the more worthy for being so.
Writing a book is challenging enough, but it becomes especially tricky when the subject matter is constantly shifting with the news cycle. That’s whyDana R. Fisher, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, is trying a new tactic: letting readers join her along the writing journey.
As policymakers consider complex scientific issues such as genetic engineering or climate change, they rely on the work of international scientific panels and assessments to inform their decisions. New research from the University of Maryland (UMD) uncovers how the nominations process for one such organization works, and how it may influence who serves on other, similar global scientific bodies.
Melissa Brown, SOCY PhD Candidate, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed during the ASA Annual Meeting in Montreal. The article, "Teaching Sociology in 2017" addresses how sociology professors are "teaching in the political now." In other words, how are sociologists helping students learn to make sense of the current events.