Department News

2013-14

The SGSA held it’s first Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Social Science Symposium on March 11, 2014.  Titled " Rethining the Human Experience:  An Interdisciplinary Conversation", events included invited speaker (and department alumni) Phil Veliz. The Symposium was sponsored by GSA and Sociology Department.  Graduate students felt this event was a big success and expect it could grow to include more departments next year.

 

 

Previous News….

Graduate Student Sarah Smith is the 2012 recipient of the department’s fourth "Nathalie Devine Howe Award for her paper titled “Scripting Sexual Desire: Cultural Scenarios of Teen Girls’ Sexual Desire in Popular Films, 2000-2009.”.  The paper will appear in the September 2012 issue of Sexuality & Culture. This award was established in 2009 by Judge Barbara Howe, is awarded  annually to recognize outstanding work by sociology graduate students. 

We wish to congratulate some of our doctoral students (past and present) regarding their recent success:

  • Marlon Gayadeen,  who is one of our recent PhD graduates, was just appointed as
    Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Buffalo
    State College.
  • Cassi Meyerhoffer, who will be defending her dissertation in April 2012, will be appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of
    Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Jonathan Trinidad, who is one of our recent PhD
    graduates, was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Point Loma
    Nazarene University
  • Phil Veliz, who will be defending his dissertation this month, is being awarded a post-doc at the
    University of Michigan’s Substance Abuse Research Center to examine the relationship between sport participation and
    health outcomes among adolescents and young adults (and other sport-related issues regarding Title IX). 

Alumni Elizabeth Gage and graduate student Christina Panagakis are coauthors in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship:

Elizabeth A. Gage, Megan Pailler, Michael Zevon, James Ch¹ng, Adrienne
Groman, Maureen Kelly, Christina Panagakis, Gregory Wilding, Joyce Yasko
and Marcia Gruber. “Structuring Survivorship Care: Discipline-Specific
Clinician Perspectives.” Forthcoming, The Journal of Cancer
Survivorship.
They also have a brand in new article out in Sociology of Health and Illness.  Their work is also highlighted in a recent UBReporter article.

Philip Veliz has co-authored a report with Don Sabo that examines gender differences in athletic opportunity in a nationally representative sample of 24,370 public four-year high schools across 1993-94, 1999-2000 and 2005-06. Three measures of the extent of athletic opportunity are documented including the number of athletic participation opportunities, the number of teams, and the number of sports.  This report provides educators and policymakers at the national and state levels with new and more accurate information.  The data presented here reflect the provision of athletic opportunities to U.S. girls and boys during an historical period in which the influence of Titles IX was growing.  The results show that while some progress was made toward expanding the opportunity sector of interscholastic sports to include more girls between 1993-94 and 2005/06, gender equity was not achieved. You can view the full report by visiting this site

 

Undergraduate student Mutiat A. Salami was awarded the 2011-2012 Rachel and Jacob Bernstein Scholarship for Study Abroad.  She will be be using the award towards the cost of her trip to London this spring, which is a study abroad program organized by Debra Street. This scholarship is made possible through the generous endowment gift from Mr. Richard Seltzer, UB alumnus.

Graduate Student Cassi Meyerhoffer is the winner of the department’s third "Nathalie Devine Howe Award in spring 2011  This award was established in 2009 by Judge Barbara Howe, is awarded  annually to recognize outstanding work by sociology graduate students. 

The Department of Sociology, in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society held its Sociology Research Paper Competition in March 2011.  Winners were:

First Place: Julian Dell’Oso

Second Place:Shenita McLean