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Professor Moustapha Diouf Appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Senegal
Moustapha Diouf, associate professor of sociology, has long wanted to help improve the quality of life of the people of his native country of Senegal. He will get the chance as the newly appointed special adviser to the prime minister of Senegal and president of the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) -- a $540 million foreign development project funded by the United States. Diouf, who became friends with the new Prime Minister Aminata Toure while working on a master’s degree in rural sociology at the University of Paris in the early 1980s, turned down previous job offers from Senegal officials, wanting to be in a position to have more of an impact on the economic development of the West African country. The addition of the powerful MCA position was exactly what he had in mind.
“They had been trying to lure me with the special adviser role, but the addition of the MCA position gives me more power vis-à-vis the U.S. government and how the $540 million will be spent," said Diouf. "The prime minister and I have shared the same dream for many years and are now in a position to realize that dream together.”
Professor Kathy Fox: Restorative Justice from New Zealand to Vermont
Prof. Fox recently returned from a Fulbright Senior Scholar semester in New Zealand, where she studied offender reintegration and the use of restorative justice process in the criminal justice systems of Vermont and NZ. She gave talks at Victoria University in Wellington, at the New Zealand Dept. of Corrections, at a NZ conference on restorative justice, and at Fulbright New Zealand. She recently published two new articles: (2013) "Incurable Sex Offenders, Lousy Judges & the Media: Moral Panic Sustenance in the Age of New Media," American Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 160-181. (2012) "Redeeming Communities: Restorative Offender Reentry in a Risk Society," Victims & Offenders, vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 97-120. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=17056&category=ucommfeaturea
Two-year Sociology Department project teaches research skills and provides students with real-world experience while producing a report for the Vermont Department of Corrections:
In a unique ongoing collaboration with Department of Corrections, four Sociology faculty and roughly two dozen Sociology students are in the middle of a two year project studying the impact of incarceration on families. Beginning last year under Alice Fothergill, students in Sociology's Service Learning Internship seminar visited and worked in prisons throughout Vermont, and - with the help of Prof. Nicholas Danigelis - designed surveys and interviewed prisoners. This fall, another group of students is continuing the project under the tutelage of Kathy Fox, where they continue to work in the prisons and conduct the survey. In addition, students in Jenn Strickler's methods course are helping to code and analyze the data. Across three courses, students are gaining direct experience with prisoners and their families, experience in developing and administering surveys, and experience with managing and analyzing data - all of which are skills increasingly required by employers. The work will culminate in a student-written report to the Women and Family Services Coordinator at Vermont's Department of Corrections. The project takes students far out of the classroom and outside of class routines - many worked through the summer, for example, and several spent this past Labor Day with Professors Fox and Fothergill on a visit to a prison. And it directly serves the State of Vermont: the DOC expects to use the report to help improve DOC policies. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=17255
Prof. Thomas Macias: "Know your Neighbors, Save the Planet."
The old adage "it's not what you know but who you know" nicely describes the power of what sociologists call "social capital," i.e., the network of connections that shape a person's life. Prof. Macias, working with graduate student Kristin Williams, have been pioneering research into whether "who you know" can shape attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. Using 2010 General Social Science data, they have produced a series of papers that have been presented at conferences and submitted to journals.
Professor Lutz Kaelber:
Working on the history of eugenics in Europe and the U.S. continues to gain attention in the press and among policymakers and activists. Because of his ongoing work on both Nazi and U.S. eugenics efforts - including forced sterilizations in Vermont in the 1920s and in North Carolina up into the 1960s - in 2013 Kaelber has been approached for information and interviews by BBC America, Al Jazeera America, Russia Today, WCAX, and the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, as well as a journalist contributing to the New Yorker's Elements blog and an individual working for the Catholic Charities West Virginia.
Professor Dan Krymkowski: “Sociology by the Numbers”
From University Communications: “Dan Krymkowski has a simple way of describing the complicated research he's conducted for more than two decades on social stratification. "I study who gets ahead," he says. The mathematical formulas he uses to draw conclusions about why some people get ahead while others never attain social advantages like education, money and social status are a little more complicated.
“Krymkowski, associate professor of sociology who was named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in February of 2010, is a mathematical sociologist who prefers quantitative research to qualitative. He has teamed with a number of colleagues around UVM to produce cutting edge research in a variety of subject areas.
“The effectiveness of Krymkowski's methods are most evident in his research with Beth Mintz, professor of sociology and expert on power structures and glass ceilings in the workplace. The pair has produced some eye opening discoveries in their examination of race, ethnicity and gender in the workplace, resulting in the exposure of a variety of power-related gaps that were thought to have closed with the attainment of more attractive jobs by women and minorities in so-called authority positions.”
Sociology Dept. Ranked Highly in National Study:
According to research conducted by Professors Jon Marx and Douglas Eckberg of Winthrop University, the Department of Sociology at the University of Vermont ranks either number two or number three (depending on the measure) in the country for undergraduate-only sociology departments in its record of publications in the most important journals in the field. See Table 2, Top 20 Article-Publishing Bachelor's Programs, 1990-1999: Eckberg, Douglas and Jonathan Marx. 2004. "The Mouse that Roared? Article Publishing in Undergraduate Sociology Programs." The American Sociologist 35(4):58-78.