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Jean Beaman received “For the Honor” recognition for receiving a 2017-2018 grant through the Clifford B. Kinley Trust. The title is, “From Ferguson to France: Understanding Black Lives Matter in France.”

Dan Winchester’s 2016 Social Forces article, "A Hunger for God: Embodied Metaphor as Cultural Cognition in Action," received this year’s Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article from the American Sociological Association Culture Section.

Jean Beaman, Rosie Clawson and Jay McCann advised six students through the SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program) in Summer 2017. The students were advised on individual research projects.

Fanhao Nie has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor of sociology job offer from Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah.

Jean Beaman won a 2017-2018 Kinley Trust grant for her project, “From Ferguson to France: Understanding BlackLivesMatter in France.”

Philo Wasburn was recognized with “For the Honor” by CLA for his most recent book, “Making Citizens: Political Socialization Research and Beyond” (Spring International Publishing, 2017).

William Satariano, professor of Epidemiology and Community Health Sciences and director of undergraduate health programs at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, died Sunday, May 28, at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. He was 70 years old.

Joey Marshall has a job at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC starting September 5, 2017.

Rachel Einwohner was quoted in a recent article in the Sacramento Bee on the anti-Trump protests.

Philo Wasburn has a new book, "Making Citizens: Political Socialization Research and Beyond" published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Mangala Subramaniam wrote an article for the Deccan Herald, entitled "Women Weavers as Entrepreneurs."

Daniel Winchester accepted a position as Associate Editor for Sociology of Religion.

Jean Beaman was interviewed for PRI International regarding race terminology in France.

Mangala Subramaniam was interviewed on WLFI-TV 18 as YWCA Woman of Distinction.

Megan Gilligan received the 2017 Early Achievement in Research Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State.

Joy Kadowaki received the Bilsland Dessertation Fellow-ship for 2017-2018.

Fenggang Yang was selected as a winner of the 2017 College of Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Award for the Social Sciences.

Jill Suitor, PI; Megan Gilligan, Co-PI awarded grant “Within-Family Dynamics and End-of-Life Processes.” Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the Office of the Provost. Purdue Uni-versity, 2017.

Andrew Raridon received the Teaching Academy Gradu-ate Teaching Award on April 25, 2017.

Blakelee Kemp was awarded a 2017-18 PRF Research Grant for “The Early Social Origins of Premature Aging?"

Jarod Wright was awarded a 2017-18 PRF Research Grant for “Digital Contention: Perception, Framing, and Identity Process in Movements for Online Rights and Free-dom."

Eden Holmes was awarded the Sociology/CLA Alumni Outstanding Senior Award and her name was added to the plaque in the hall display case.

Jarod Wright was awarded the Purdue Department of Sociology Summer Research Training Support Award.

Nicole Remley was awarded The Bravo Award at the Sociology Awards Reception on April 24, 2017.

The Department of Sociology mourns the death of Shalon Irving who earned her Ph.D. from Purdue in 2006. Shalon worked at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Shalon give birth a few weeks ago to a healthy girl, Soleil Meena Daniela Irving. Baby Soleil is at home and healthy, but Shalon suffered complications from the birth after release from the hospital and died on January 28, 2017.

Fenggang Yang recently attended the Second Conference of the Lead Authors of the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP): Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, which was held on January 26-28, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The IPSP currently invites comments on its report of 22 chapters by 259 social scientists from around the world. Please visit their website: https://www.ipsp.org/

Congratulations to our two new editors: Linda Renzulli, Sociology of Education and Brian Kelly, Journal of Health & Social Behavior.

Warren Dukes participated in the Human Library Project sponsored through the Krannert School of Business. His book was "The Socio-Historic Origins of Black Lives Matter.”

Dr. Jean Beaman was a panelist for Healing Hearts Part II: Resilience in the Face of Racial Trauma, promoted by the Latino Cultural Center on November 17, 2016. Discussion focused on how to handle the racial trauma faced in our lives and on campus.

National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story, “Give Thanks For Siblings: They Can Make Us Healthier And Happier” on November 24, 2016. The story was based on research by Megan Gilligan and Dr. Jill Suitor.

The Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs (OIGP) is presenting an Interdisciplinary Social Justice Seminar Series: BlackLivesMatter: Racial Tension and Police Violence in the Midwest and Beyond. Speakers include Dr. Jean Beaman and Dr. Nadia Brown on Wednesday, December 7, at 12:00 pm in STEW 214 A/B

Ken Ferraro was one of two recipients of the 2016 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty mentor. Nominees for this award have contributed to graduate students as well as being innovative teachers to their mentees.

Jared Wright has been awarded The Walter Hirsch Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award.

Christie Sennott and Mangala Subramanian were awarded a Global Synergy Research Grant from the CLA for their project entitled: “From Mother to Daughter: HIV Risk and Knowledge Transmission about Sexual and Reproductive Health in India and South Africa.”

Two faculty members contributed at the Global Cities Symposium October 17-18. Jean Beaman presented “From Ferguson to France” and Mangala Subramaniam was a panelist for “Roundtable on Global Cities II”. The Symposium was sponsored by the Purdue Global Studies Program, American Studies Program, CLA Dean’s Office, and the Policy Research Institute.

Beth Hoffmann was asked to serve as Guest Editor for The Special Issue of the Labor Studies Journal. Her introduction is titled “Labor Education’s Evolving Forms and Expanding Applicability”.

Colleen Dibble was honored with a 2016 CLA Emerging Voice Awards. Colleen graduated with a BA from Purdue Sociology in 2009, received her MA from University of Oklahoma in 2015 and currently is a student at the Naval Justice School in Newport Rhode Island. She is currently training for her assignment as a Legalman in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Ken Ferraro was honored with an Alumni Appreciation Award at the recent 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Center on Aging and the Life Course. Sociology PhD alumni, who earned either the Gerontology Minor or Dual-Title PhD and returned to campus for the event, included Megan Gilligan, Seoyoun Kim, Min-Ah Lee, Mari Plikuhn, Markus Schafer, Tetyana Shippee, and Lindsay Wilkinson.

Dan Olson was awarded a $10,000 SAIL (Study Abroad and International Learning) grant for a study abroad program in Madrid during the summer of 2017.

Patti Thomas received a CLA ASPIRE grant to present “Multiple Chronic Conditions and Healthy Aging: Moderating Effects of Psychosocial Resources" at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in New Orleans (November 2016).

Prof. Mangala Subramaniam was selected as a 2017-18 CLA Dean's Faculty Fellow for her project: “Institutional Mechanisms for Breaking the ‘Glass Ceiling’: Gender, Race and Mid-career Faculty."

Prof. Mangala Subramaniam was selected as a 2017 Fellow of the Purdue Policy Research Institute for her project: Intimate Partner Violence and Risks to HIV: Using Empirical Evidence for Policy Making.

“Sibling Tension and Psychological Well‐being in Midlife,”—written by Megan Gilligan, Jill Suitor, Brianna Routh, Marissa Rurka, and Gulcin Con—will receive the Issues in Aging Focus Group Award from the National Council on Family Relations. The paper will be presented at the NCFR meeting in November.

Thurston Domina (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Linda Renzulli are Co-PIs on a collaborative grant from NSF funded by the Sociology and the Broadening Participation Programs, entitled Parent-Teacher Organizations and the Distribution of Learning Opportunities.

Research by a team of Purdue sociologists, led by Jill Suitor and including alumnus Megan Gilligan and current graduate students, Siyun Peng and Jong Hyun Jung, was featured recently in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sociology graduate student Ty Miller was recently awarded a National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship ($32,000) for his project “Drugs, DUI, and Crime? What Are the Effects of Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado?”

Patricia Morton received the 2016 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award for “The Things They Carried: The Biological Residue of Childhood Misfortune.“ Cash prize for the award is $500.

Sociology graduate student Soon Seok Park will participate in the 2016 Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop of the Social Science Research Council: “Threat, Memory, and Framing: The Development of South Korea’s Democracy Movement, 1979-1987.”

Prof. Mangala Subramaniam wrote an article for the Deccan Herald, a daily Indian newspaper, entitled “Strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention in Karnataka”.

Sociology graduate student Jared Wright received a Purdue College of Liberal Arts PROMISE Award (tier 2) for international travel to present at the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, July 2016.

Several faculty and graduate students are attending the third International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria. Among the participants: Prof. Jean Beaman, Gulcin Con, Jackie Henke, Prof. Brian Kelly, Prof. Christie Sennott, Prof. Patti Thomas, and Jared Wright. The theme for the July Forum is The Futures We Want: Global Sociology for a Better World.

Prof. Rachel Einwohner has been named a Faculty Fellow at Shreve Residence Hall for the 2016-17 academic year.

Prof. Rachel Einwohner has been named to the editorial board of a new journal: Studies in Judaism and the Social Sciences.

Prof. Rachel Einwohner received a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Political Science, effective July 1.

Prof. Daniel Olson was elected as President of the Association for Sociology of Religion. At this year's meetings, prior to and overlapping with the ASA meetings in Seattle, he will become the President-Elect. At the 2017 meetings Dan will become the President and in August 2018 will give the Presidential address and organize the meetings with an appointed Program Chair. ASR is the organization that publishes the journal, Sociology of Religion. Previous Purdue faculty who have been President of ASR (either while they were at Purdue or after leaving Purdue) include Roger Finke and Jim Davidson.

The Sociology Teaching Committee announced annual teaching awards for 2015-2016 academic year. The Daryl P. Evans Faculty Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Jean Beaman. The Graduate Student Teaching Award was bestowed on Sociology graduate student Andrew Raridon.

Sociology graduate student Jackie Henke was hired this summer as a Restorative Justice Fellow at Transportation Alternatives. She is working on research related to restorative justice courts in New York City.

Welcome to Caroline Elizabeth Marshall, born to Kendall and Joey Marshall on May 23, 2016. Caroline weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. Mom, Dad, and baby are happy and healthy!

We are happy to welcome Nina Wilson to the Sociology and Anthropology business office.

Prof. Jean Beaman has been selected to receive a 2016 Purdue Research Foundation Faculty Summer Grant titled Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in the French Republic.

Prof. Kevin Stainback has joined the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Review.

Sociology graduate student Jenean Cox received a CLA PROMISE Award to present a paper co-authored with Prof. Mangala Subramaniam entitled, Community Organizations and Rights: Women Sex Workers and HIV/AIDS in Karnataka, India.

Sociology graduate student Jong Hyun Jung won the Department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award.

Sociology graduate student Blakelee Kemp is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Eichhorn Fellowship in Medical Sociology.

Sociology graduate student Ashleigh Kysar-Moon was chosen as the College of Liberal Arts for the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award of the Graduate School.

Sociology graduate student Lori Lundell completed the NCSA Preparing Future Faculty Certification at the NCSA/MSS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Sociology graduate student Andrew Raridon received a CLA PROMISE Award to help pay for interview transcription.

The following students received a Summer Research Enhancement Award from the Department of Sociology: Jong Hyun Jung, Siyun Peng, Andrew Raridon, and Monica Williams.

Sociology senior, Caitlin Young, is Purdue's Beinecke Scholarship nominee and Sociology's Outstanding Senior for 2016. Caitlin has also been highlighted by Dean Reingold in the CLA For the Honor series. Congratulations! 

The Alpha Kappa Delta Award Reception is on March 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union Room 118.

Prof. Jean Beaman and Nadia Brown (Purdue Political Science) received a grant entitled "'BlackLivesMatter': Racial Tension and Police Violence in the Midwest and Beyond” from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The co-principal investigators also were recognized recently by Dean David A. Reingold's For the Honorhighlighting their $55,000 award. 

In an effort to enhance the application of sociological knowledge and career opportunities for majors, a Sociology Task Force is creating a new course and expanding internship placements for undergraduates. 

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Lotte E. Hirsch on February 4, 2016. Lotte was the widow of Walter Hirsch, a noted Purdue Sociologist and namesake of the Hirsch Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award. A memorial service for Lotte is being planned for late June in West Lafayette. 

Law and Society major Brenda Ramirez has been named a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Currently a senior at Purdue, Brenda is planning a future in law and public policy with the goal of improving how immigrant populations are supplied with needed services and resources. Congratulations, Brenda!

Prof. Christie Sennott has been awarded a PRF Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) International Travel Grant to conduct this research: Women Want To Talk and Be Heard: Measuring Women’s Rational Empowerment After the Democratic Transition in South Africa in the Agincourt sub-district of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.

Prof. Fenggang Yang has received a $3.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to map the religious and spiritual landscape in China and study how religions have flourished in the post-Communiist country. Complete story here.

The Board of Trustees approved the promotion to Full Professor of Rachel Einwohner and Daniel Olson.

Prof. Daniel Winchester received a two-year, $96,000 grant from The Experience Project Funding Initiative, a multidisciplinary collaboration organized by the Universities of Notre Dame and North Carolina-Chapel Hill regarding the topic of "transformative experience." Prof. Winchester will use the grant to study contemporary Protestant Missionary culture, with particular emphasis on how missionary training and field experiences transform the religious and moral identities of missionaries themselves.

Prof. Jill Suitor was the winner of the College of Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Awards: Social Sciences for 2015. The award represents the College's highest recognition for achievements in scholarship.

Prof. Jean Beaman was recently elected a member of the Membership and Outreach Committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Prof. Christie Sennott was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Family Research by the Center for Families at Purdue for her paper (with Laurie James-Hawkins, University of Colorado): "Low-Income Women's Navigation of Childbearing Norms Throughout the Reproductive Life Course."

The CLA Educational Excellence Committee selected Prof. Rachel Einwohner as a winner of this year's College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher.

Prof. Daniel Winchester received the sociology department's Daryl Evans Outstanding Teaching Award for Fall 2014.

Caitlin Young is Purdue's Beinecke Scholarship nominee. Only one student may be nominated for this scholarship, which funds graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Young is a junior in the Honors College with a major in Sociology.

Graduate student Joey Marshall has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His work is in the broad area of Religious Context, Social Trust, and Economic Inequality.

The Gerontology Society of America announced Prof. Jill Suitor (left) as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.  In presenting the award, Toni Antonucci noted that, "Suitor has pursued a vigorous and innovative program of research that has shed new light on intergenerational relations in the second half of life."

Jill Suitor award

Graduate student Patricia Morton and Prof. Kenneth F. Ferraro won the 2014 Best Paper Award for Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America.  Their paper is entitled, "What Do We Mean by Accumulation? Advancing Conceptual Precision for a Core Idea in Gerontology."

Candy Lawson received the "Bravo Award." The Award "seeks to highlight the excellence found across all areas and job functions at Purdue University by recognizing extraordinary achievements on every scale." 

Prof. Jean Beaman and Prof. Mangala Subramaniam received a Global Synergy Research Grant of $25,000 from the President’s Office for organizing an international research symposium entitled, "New Approaches to Citizenship and Inequality: Gender, Race, and Rights."

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