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London Article on Multigenerational Living Arrangements Published.
Andrew S. London, professor and chair of sociology, has co-authored (with Cheryl Elman) “Racial Differences in Multigenerational Living Arrangements in 1910,” which appears in the latest issue of Social Science History. The authors use 1910 Census data to examine racial differences in two forms of tri-generational living arrangements during a historical period when such living arrangements were high among European Americans. Read more.
Wilmoth and London to Study Intersection of Veteran’s Benefits and Disability Insurance.
Sociology professors Janet Wilmoth and Andrew London plan to study how veterans’ collection of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation is related to use of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI). The two received an $85,817 grant from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College/SSA to conduct the study, “The Intersection of Veteran’s Benefit Programs and Disability Insurance Among Veterans.” Not all veterans are eligible for full VA disability benefits, which could increase reliance on DI. Additionally, the extent to which the use of VA disability benefits supplements or supplants DI use among veterans may depend on the age of the veteran and when the veteran served in the military.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families Announces Inaugural Fellows.
Three Maxwell professors are among those named as inaugural fellows of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. William Banks, professor of public administration and director of the INSCT has been named as a Distinguished Fellow; Andrew London, professor of sociology and sociology department chair; and Janet Wilmoth, professor of sociology and director of the University Gerontology Center are Senior Fellows. The IVMF is the first national center in higher education focused on issues impacting veterans and their families.
London, Wilmoth Paper Published in Journal of Poverty.
The latest issue of the Journal of Poverty features a paper co-authored by sociology professors Andrew London and Janet Wilmoth titled “Work-Related Disability, Veteran Status, and Poverty: Implications for Family Well-Being.” The authors find that households with nondisabled veterans present have a lower likelihood of poverty, but that advantage is severely eroded when the veteran or another family member has a work-limiting disability. Nevertheless, all veteran households have substantially lower odds of poverty than disabled nonveteran households, which have the highest poverty rate. The paper is the first to come out of a grant from the National Poverty Center.
London/Wilmoth Paper on Veterans and Extramarital Sex.
A paper presented at the 106th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association by Sociology professors Andrew London and Janet Wilmoth titled “Veteran Status, Marital Infidelity, and Divorce” found “robust evidence that veteran status was strongly associated with an increased likelihood of extramarital sex and divorce – at least among men – and suggest(s) that the odds of extramarital sex and divorce might also be elevated among female veterans,” according to London. Read more.
Himes Presents Panel at American Sociological Association Meeting.
Professor Christine Himes presented a panel on "Sustainable Las Vegas," about population change and aging in the Vegas area at the American Sociological Association meetings in Las Vegas. After the session, Himes was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate, MyNews3.
Mignacca Awarded Sociology Scholarship.
Elizabeth Seton Mignacca, a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department, has won the 2011 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. The award is sponsored by the Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Sociological Association. The Scholarship is awarded annually to an advanced doctoral student who began his or her postsecondary education at a community college, in recognition of the student’s research and commitment to social justice. Mignacca, an administrative assistant in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, is advised by Marjorie L. DeVault, professor of sociology and Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence. Mignacca began her postsecondary education at Onondaga Community College; she earned her BA in 2000 and MS in 2003 from Syracuse University. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Beth B. Hess (1928 – 2003), a feminist sociologist and gerontologist who taught at the County College of Morris from 1969 to 1997. During her career, Hess served as president of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her research and writing on gender, aging, and family reflects a broad-based and humanist perspective.
London and Wilmoth Interviewed by the Population Reference Bureau.
Andrew London, professor of sociology and department chair, and Janet Wilmoth, professor of sociology and director of the University Gerontology Center, were interviewed by the Population Reference Bureau. They discussed the results of their recent NIA R01 project which examines the later-life health trajectories of veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, and the war in Vietnam. The interview is available online.
Michael Wasylenko, interim dean and professor of economics, and Christine Himes, interim associate dean and Maxwell Professor of Sociology, were recently quoted in a Post-Standard article concerning Central New York and recent census data. Wasylenko points out that "[job growth] is happening slowly, and in different pockets, but if you add it up we’re probably adding jobs in the right sectors" while Himes points out that it is "encouraging news for Syracuse that we have been able to slow the decline and stabilize the population."
Himes to Serve as Interim Associate Dean.
The Maxwell Dean’s office has announced that Professor Christine Himes will serve as interim associate dean of the School, beginning July 1, 2010. She will work closely with Professor Michael Wasylenko, who will become interim dean following Mitchel Wallerstein’s departure on July 7th. Himes’s primarily responsibility in her new position will be to handle undergraduate and graduate education matters. In 2009, Professor Himes was named director of the Center for Policy Research, a position in which she will continue during her interim assignment. She is a social demographer specializing in patterns of health and mortality in later life, most recently focusing on the effects of obesity for later life health. She is Maxwell Professor of Sociology and served as chair of the Department of Sociology from 2003-2008. In 2006-07, she was chair of the University Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Affairs and chaired the Faculty and Graduate Student Excellence subcommittee for the University’s Middle States accreditation self-study. In 2008 she chaired the search committee for a new dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and has served several terms on the Faculty Council in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, Himes received the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for outstanding member of the junior faculty in the Maxwell School and, in 2007, was named the United Methodist Teacher/Scholar of the Year at Syracuse University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Brookdale Foundation’s Leadership in Aging Fellowship Program and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Himes has received several research awards from the National Institute on Aging, currently chairs a scientific review panel for NIH, and has served as a consultant to the Bureau of the Census and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Himes received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and has been a faculty member at Syracuse since 1995.
Maxwell Professors Study the Effects of Maternal Employment on Children’s Health.
The May 2010 Journal of Health Economics published a study co-authored by the Maxwell School’s Professor Andrew London and Associate Professor Leonard Lopoo, along with two others, that investigates the effects of maternal employment on low-income, elementary school-aged children. Using data from a 1990s welfare-to-work program, their study is the first to find adverse effects of maternal employment on the overall health of their children. However, they found that these negative effects can be tempered if the maternal employment is associated with an increase in income or if some form of public health insurance is made available. Their findings are particularly timely, given the current context of higher than normal unemployment levels and the nationwide conversation on health insurance reform. Read more.
Brechin Named Associate Editor
Steve Brechin, professor of sociology, was recently named as an Associate Editor of Conservation Biology, the leading international biodiversity conservation journal, which publishes groundbreaking papers and is instrumental in defining the key issues contributing to the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity. Read more. Previously, Brechin was quoted in a recent article in the journal Nature. The article, entitled "The wisdom of crowds," points out that although climate change is inherently a social problem, sociologists been so slow to study it. Brechin states that "climate change is the ultimate collective-action problem. How do you get people to agree in the short term to solutions for a long-term problem?" Read more.
Usdansky, London, and Wilmoth Co-Author Article.
Margaret Usdansky, assistant professor of sociology, Andrew London, professor of sociology, and Janet Wilmoth, professor of sociology, have co-authored an article that appears in the August issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. The article, entitled "Veteran Status, Race-Ethnicity, and Marriage Among Fragile Families" looks to examine the impact of men’s past military service on the likelihood that a couple will marry within 5 years of a nonmarital birth. Read more.
Lutz Study Published in Journal.
In a study published in the Sociology of Education journal, Amy Lutz examines immigrant black high school graduates and the likelihood that this population would attend selective colleges and universities than both native black and white students in America. The study, entitled "How African American Is the Net Black Advantage? Differences in College Attendance Among Immigrant Blacks, Native Blacks, and Whites," investigates whether the immigrant population could be driving blacks' relatively higher odds of college enrollment compared to similar whites, particularly in light of high levels of educational attainment among the adult black immigrant population. Read more.
News from Dean Wallerstein - Maxwell Professor Christine Himes named director of the Center for Policy Research.
"I am delighted that Christine Himes has accepted my invitation to become the next director of the Center for Policy Research," says Dean Mitchel Wallerstein. "She is a long-time faculty member of CPR, and has built an impressive record of scholarship, pedagogy, and administration during her 14 years in the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology. Chris served for five years as the Chair of the department, during which time she impressed me with her effective management skills and strong leadership abilities. I am confident on this basis that Professor Himes will bring new energy and vision to the Center and help it to move forward with its important work. I also would like to thank Professor Douglas Wolf for his leadership as Interim Director of CPR. Doug was able to bring to bear his long experience and his knowledge of CPR in shepherding the Center through this transition. He will hand off the leadership responsibilities with the organization in stable condition." Himes has worked and published in the areas of family care giving, demography and population projections, and patterns of health and mortality in later life. Her recent research has focused on the role of obesity in health and functioning at older ages. She has served as a consultant to the Bureau of the Census and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 2007, she was honored as SU’s United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Himes received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.