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Department of Sociology Newsletter

Posted by musegade on January 29th, 2015

The Department of Sociology just published their 2014-2015 newsletter, which provides faculty notes, student news, alumni updates, and department tidbits. To check out the newsletter, download the PDF here!

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Sociology Faculty making contributions to Medical Sociology

Posted by musegade on January 20th, 2015

“Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics – Old Critiques and New Engagements ” is a medical sociology book written by Susan Bell and Anne Figert. Brandeis’ own Prof. Peter Conrad wrote the preface, while Prof. Sara Shostak contributed a chapter. For more information on the book, check the link.

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The 2014 Tomlinson Prize

Posted by musegade on January 15th, 2015

Dr. Paul Jankowski, Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”

The prize is offered annually for the best historical work on World War One by The World War One Historical Association. It consists of a check for $3,000 and a bronze plaque. For more information on the programs and publications of The World War One Historical Association, consult our website, ww1ha.org.

The winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College. Other members of the selection panel are Dr. Michael Neiberg of the U. S. Army War College and Amb. Leonard G. Shurtleff, a former WW1HA president.

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Researcher Calls “Successful Aging” Form of Ageism

Posted by musegade on January 12th, 2015

Following her presentation at the Gerontological Society of America in November, Professor Sarah Lamb’s story was featured in New American Media.

Discussing America’s obsessions with staying forever young, Professor Lamb explains that, “so-called successful aging articles and books tell readers how to “direct” their own aging, and paint disability as “bleak,” and dependence on others as “demeaning.” But much of the aging process is beyond our control, which Americans are loath to acknowledge – a symptom, Lamb said, of ageism.”

For the original story with audio, check out the KNBA website

To read the article in New American Media, click here.

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The 2014 Tomlinson Prize

Posted by musegade on January 9th, 2015

Dr. Paul Jankowski, Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”

The prize is offered annually for the best historical work on World War One by The World War One Historical Association. It consists of a check for $3,000 and a bronze plaque. For more information on the programs and publications of The World War One Historical Association, consult our website, ww1ha.org.

The winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College. Other members of the selection panel are Dr. Michael Neiberg of the U. S. Army War College and Amb. Leonard G. Shurtleff, a former WW1HA president.

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Brandeis Sociology Department in Top Ten in the Nation!

Posted by musegade on January 7th, 2015

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USA Today reported College Factual’s ranking of the nation’s top undergraduate Sociology programs and Brandeis was ranked #6 overall out of over 500 sociology departments!  http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/27/top-ranked-colleges-for-a-major-in-sociology/  Quite an accomplishment everyone can be proud of – faculty, staff, alumni, current students.   The ranking looked at “quality schools that are focused on delivering an education in Sociology and that are successful at it”.  The Brandeis Sociology department comes in at #6 overall, right behind Princeton and just ahead of Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, and Penn!  The ranking methodology emphasizes former majors’ career salaries, the percentage of current students enrolled in the major, departments’ connections to associated majors/programs, and overall college/university quality, so it’s great to see how well we fare relative to our distinguished peers.

Check out the list at USA Today.

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Brandeis ranked one of the top ten schools to earn an Economics major!

Posted by musegade on December 12th, 2014

USA Today recently ranked Brandeis as one of the top 10 schools to earn an economics major.

Describing the department the article writes:

Brandeis University is a private liberal arts school that focuses on promoting an interdisciplinary education. Students are challenged to apply theories taught in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Economics is one of the most popular majors at Brandeis.

By providing a broad range of courses — including international economics and finance, macroeconomics, monetary economics and labor economics — Brandeis prepares students to pursue a variety of careers following graduation. The comprehensive education gives economics majors the tools needed for success, with graduates earning an average early career salary of $54,000, jumping to $96,000 at the mid-career level.

Read the entire article here!

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Professor Conrad featured on the Brandeis Hoot

Posted by musegade on December 12th, 2014

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By Charlotte Aaron

 “I was the kind of kid who would get up and walk around, look at the goldfish, read the encyclopedias in the back of the room, talk to neighbors,” Peter Conrad, a professor of sociology, said in regard to his  childhood. “Had ADHD been an option as a diagnosis in the ’50s, which it wasn’t, I would have been probably labeled and gotten a trial and medications.”

Professor Conrad has researched ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, since he wrote his dissertation on identifying hyperactive children 40 years ago. While only three to five percent of school children were diagnosed with ADHD when he started his research, today, that number has increased to 11 percent. “That’s a lot of kids,” Conrad commented.

Read the remaining article here!

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Prof. David Cunningham featured on BrandeisNOW

Posted by musegade on December 5th, 2014

Professor David Cunningham, Chair of the SOC department, was recently featured on BrandeisNOW for his research on the influence of KKK on Southern voters in the 1960s. For more information, read the full article here.

Moreover, Cunningham’s documentary was aired on PBS! Check out additional information at BrandeisNOW!

 

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Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize Winners

Posted by musegade on December 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Karpf and Hahn Peace! They will be pursuing their projects all over the world and reporting back to Prof. Fellman.

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