Join us for SPPS Events at the ASA

contributed by Henry Brownstein

August is here and it’s time to plan your Section Day participation at the ASA meeting in Denver. We have exciting panels and roundtables, our business meeting, and a great reception where we will have time to socialize and to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of sociologists in sociological practice and public sociology.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Section Business Meeting

3:30 to 4:10 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver

Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Business Meeting

Reception and Awards Celebration

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Appaloosa Grill

535 16th Street, Suite 110, Denver, CO 80202

Walking distance from the hotels

A time for casual talk as well as professional networking, celebration of award recipients, and a dinner especially selected for us to reflect the fact that we are in Colorado

  • Starting with shared appetizers served buffet style (e.g., hummus, pita with veggies, bruschetta, Truffle Fries, English Egg Rolls)
  • Dinner served at tables (e.g., choice of Fish and Chips, Bison or Black Bean Burger with salad or fries, Macaroni and Cheese, Thai Curry, English Pot Roast)
  • Shared desserts at the table (e.g., chocolate gateau, tres leches)

Awards Presentations

The William Foote Whyte Award

for notable contributions to sociological practice and public sociology, including outstanding clinical, applied or public sociological work, exceptional service to the section, publications that advance both the theory and methods of sociological practice or public sociology, or mentoring and training of students for careers in sociological practice or public sociology

2012 Award to Robert M. Groves

In 2009 Robert M. Groves was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as director of the U.S. Census Bureau. He had been a professor at the University of Michigan and director of its Survey Research Center, as well as research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, and the Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Statistical Design, Methodology and Standards from 1990 to 1992. He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific articles and seven books, including his 1989 book, Survey Errors and Survey Costs, which was named one of the 50 most influential books in survey research by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).  In 2008 AAPOR gave its annual book award to his book, Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys, written with Mick Couper. Groves is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, and the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research and he is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a National Associate of the National Research Council, US National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the AAPOR Innovator Award and the distinguished achievement award, the O’Neill Award of the New York Association for Public Opinion Research, the Helen Dinerman Award of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and Julius Shiskin Memorial Award of the National Association of Business Economics and the American Statistical Association, in recognition of contributions in the development of economic statistics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degrees in statistics and sociology from the University of Michigan, and his PhD at Michigan. Robert Groves is stepping down as the head of the Census Bureau  and in August, 2012 will become provost of Georgetown University, serving as its chief academic officer.

For 2013 the William Foote Whyte Award will go to Rosabeth Moss Kanter,  the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School

2012 Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement
for making a promising contribution to the field, such as a project or paper in the areas of sociological practice and public sociology

Michelle Lueck, nominated by Lori Peek, Colorado State University

Oren Pizmony-Levy and Casey Oberlin, nominated by Brian Powell, Indiana University

Panels Sponsored by the Section

352. The Contributions of Sociological Practice and Public Sociology to Building Better Futures

Hyatt Regency Denver

10:30 am to 12:10 pm

Session Organizer: Augusto Diana, Department of Health and Human Services

Presider: Augusto Diana, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Social Desire Paths: Broadening the Scope and Use of Sociology in Public Policy. Laura Nichols, Santa Clara University
  • Research to Policy: A Tale of Academic, Provider, Advocacy, and Public Policy Collaboration. Angela A Aidala, Columbia University; Peter Messeri, Columbia University
  • The Brazilian Cooperative Incubator: Institutionalization of an Emancipatory Project. Mariza Costa Almeida, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro; Henry Etzkowitz, Triple Helix Association; José Manoel Mello, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Discussant: Jennifer J Nargang Chernega, Winona State University

421. How Can the Application of Sociological Knowledge and Skills Enhance the Viability of Existing, or Future, Social Institutions?

Hyatt Regency Denver

4:30 to 6:10 pm

Session Organizer: Henry H. Brownstein, NORC at the University of Chicago

Presider: Henry H. Brownstein, NORC at the University of Chicago

  • Assessing a Nonprofit Redesign Through a Sociological Framework. Marcella Catherine Gemelli, Arizona State University
  • Innovative Diversion Programs and Populations at the Interface of Public Health and Criminal Justice. Stephanie W. Hartwell, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Network-based Assessment of Brokerage Roles within a Hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologist Program. Christine A. Bevc, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Milissa L. Markiewicz, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Erika Samoff, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Jennifer A. Horney, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Pia D.M. MacDonald, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Making a New Vaccine Accessible to Poor Children in Latin America. Donald W. Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


2:30-3:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver

394. Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Roundtable Session (one-hour).

2:30-3:30pm, Roundtables:

Session Organizer: Augusto Diana, Department of Health and Human Services

Table 1. Methodology and Applied Research

Table Presider: Harry Perlstadt, Michigan State University

  • Being Objective: Or How to Practice “Objectivity” as an Ethnographer. Aliya Hamid Rao, University of Pennsylvania
  • Building Indicators of Distributive Social Justice for Status Groups and Their Class Interests. Emanuel Smikun, American Social Indicators
  • Preparedness Clusters: Organizing the Disaster Readiness Activities of Community-based Organizations. Duke W. Austin, Yale University

Table 2. Public Sociology

Table Presider: Philip Nyden, Loyola University-Chicago

  • Analytics and Pragmatics of Imagined Utopias and “Community Magic”: Sociologists as Multicultural Community Facilitators. Joshua Bender, Columbia University; Susan Peterson, Curry College
  • Sociological Futures Research and the Public Sphere. Markus S. Schulz, UIUC
  • The City-building Project: A Multi-step Relational Process of Socio-spatial Boundary Transformation and Policy Change. Leigh Taylor Graham, The New School

Table 3. Economic Sociology

Table Presider: Roy E. Feldman, Behavior Analysis in New York, LLC

  • County Government and Economic Development in Iowa: Community Survival in the Era of Globalization. Lori Wiebold, Bradley University
  • Regional Economic Development Policies and Economic Disparities in China 1979-2009. Jianmei Hao, University of Utah

Table 4. Crime and Justice

Table Presider: Johanna Bishop, Wilmington University

  • Justice at Home: The Evaluation of a Veterans Treatment Court. Theodore A. Lamb, Peak Research, LLC; Michelle Slattery, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Laura Williams, Colorado Department of Human Services; Mallory Dugger, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Public Perceptions of Crime and Racial Bias in Police Behavior. Christopher C. Barnum, St. Ambrose University; Timothy C Barnum, St. Ambrose University

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