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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.



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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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“Cognition Across Cultures” – Social Science Forum Lunch

Posted by musegade on December 2nd, 2014

Brandeis faculty and staff are invited to this week’s Social Science Forum lunch presentation — 

Presenter: Angela Gutchess, Associate Professor of Psychology

Title: “Cognition Across Cultures”

December 3, 2014, 12-1pm, Gardner-Jackson Room, Library

Please RSVP asap to Judith Salvucci   (jsalvucc@brandeis.edu), so she can order enough lunch. Hope to see you there for an informal presentation of work in progress, followed by Q&A discussion.

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How New England could become Farmville again

Posted by musegade on November 25th, 2014


In an article in the Boston Globe, Professor Brian Donahue discusses his “elaborate report laying out a scenario in which New England, in the year 2060, has three times as much farmland as it does now—a full 6 million acres, or 15 percent of the entire landmass, upon which to raise crops and livestock that would be consumed by the local population. Under these conditions, the authors of the report argue, New England could grow 50 percent of its own food.” Read more at the Boston Globe.

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Doherty Presents Hollywood and Hitler: The back story, at Drew University, Nov. 13

Posted by musegade on November 12th, 2014

hollywood and hitler by thomas doherty

In the last years of the 20th century, Hollywood was big on causes.

But in the 1930s, American cinema was virtually silent on one of history’s most urgent moral issues: The rising persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

This silence was especially curious because the era’s most powerful movie moguls were Jews, who themselves had fled Russian pogroms a generation earlier.

Presenting at the daylong conference, Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, Stories Told/Stories Untold, Professor Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, will delve deeper into this complex story with a panel of experts at Drew University in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Read more about the conference and Professor Doherty’s talk here.

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“Ready To Turn The World Upside Down”: Women’s Liberation And Jewish Identity

Posted by musegade on November 10th, 2014


A talk by Professor Joyce Antler

Thursday, November 20th 12:00-1:00, Mandel Center 303

Reconstructing the lost Jewishness of radical feminism, Professor Antler explains why the honor-roll of women’s liberation pioneers includes so many Jewish women—and the complex identity politics behind their own—and others’—failure to chronicle this history.

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In New Book, RWJF Scholar Explores Effects of Genetics on Environmental Science

Posted by musegade on November 6th, 2014

Sara Shostak, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University and author of Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program (2004-2006). 

Sara Shostak
Sara Shostak, PhD, MPH

Human Capital Blog: Your book, Exposed Science, won two awards from the American Sociological Association: the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section and the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT). Congratulations! What do these awards mean for you and your work?

Sara Shostak: Thank you! I am deeply honored that Exposed Science won those awards. This kind of recognition from one’s colleagues is tremendously meaningful on a personal level, especially as there are many scholars in these sections whose work has inspired me for years.  

More broadly, the dual awards signal something important about the connection between these two domains of inquiry—medical sociology and the sociology of science. That is, science and the politics of science are important foci of analysis for sociologists concerned with population health. The conditions under which scientists do their research—the political economy of knowledge production—is a critical context for what we do and do not know about human health and illness.  

Population health researchers often observe that in the United States, health disparities research tends to focus on differences between racial and ethnic groups, while in the United Kingdom the focus tends to be on variations by social class (or what U.S. researchers more often call socioeconomic status). Scholars of science, knowledge, and technology can help us understand how and why these differences emerged, and with what consequences. My book raises questions also about how any of these determinants get operationalized in laboratory-based research. All of these aspects of how science is done have direct implications for public policy, as well.

Read more at the Human Capital Blog

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“Missing Women in the Former Soviet Union? Son Preference and Children’s Health in the Transition from Communism.”

Posted by musegade on November 3rd, 2014

Please join the Social Science Forum lunch gathering as Brandeis Professor of Economics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Elizabeth Brainerd presents: “Missing Women in the Former Soviet Union?  Son Preference and Children’s Health in the Transition from Communism.”
Date: Wednesday, November 5th
Time: 12 -1pm
Place: Board of Trustee’s Conference Room – Irving Enclave

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Judy Salvucci (jsalvucc@brandeis.edu) as soon as possible.  Please remember to include any dietary restrictions.

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