Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health & Society Scholars Program, University of Michigan is hosting a symposium on the:
"Social Determinants of Child Health"
May 17th-18th, 2011
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Michigan invite you to attend a symposium on the "Social Determinants of Child Health." The objective of this symposium is to raise scholarly awareness and further develop a research agenda focused on the social determinants of child health. Researchers from the social sciences, public health, and medicine will present their work on this topic. Topics covered will include: the social, biological, and environmental determinants of child health; patterns and trends in child health; child health policies; and emerging issues in child health (e.g., autism, ADHD, vaccinations). Please see our website (http://sitemaker.umich.edu/sdch.registration/home) for a complete list of sessions, details about speakers, and registration information.
We welcome you to join us for the symposium. There is no cost to attend. If you have questions, please contact one of the co-organizers: Hedy Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org), Neil Mehta (email@example.com), or Kristin Turney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Travel Awards for Students, Post-docs, and Recent PhD Graduates
We are pleased to announce a competition for travel awards to offset the cost of attending the symposium. Recipients will be expected to present a poster that details their original research on the social determinants of child health. Recipients will also be expected to attend all symposium events. Awards will be approximately $500 and can be used to offset the cost of domestic travel and hotel accommodations (additional funds may be available). We expect to make 10 awards.
In addition, we are exploring the possibility of publishing a special issue on the social determinants of child health in conjunction with a peer-reviewed journal. Recipients will have an opportunity to submit their research to the special issue.
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in pre-doctoral or post-doctoral training or completed doctoral training within the last five years at time of submission.
Procedure: Applicants should email a cover letter (one page), extended abstract of their research (two page), and CV to Neil Mehta (email@example.com). Please submit all materials in one attached document. The cover letter should discuss how attending the symposium is related to the applicant’s career goals. Awards will be assessed based on the scientific merit of the research, the suitability of the research to the symposium’s themes, and the potential benefits to the applicant.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted on or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York is proud to offer Children’s Studies Guest Lecture series for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 as part of their Special Topics class, “Children, Government and Public Policy in New York State,” taught by the Honorable William Scarborough, Chair of the Committee on Children and Families in the NYS Assembly. A number of distinguished speakers are scheduled to appear, and more information can be found online at: http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/childrensstudies
Both guest lecture series connect speakers to the Children’s Studies program and Center with collaborative opportunities for research, internships, and public service opportunities that actively involve students. The guest lecture courses are also integrated with the Career Ex-ploration Internship, a carefully designed course that provides guidance and education for students in a way that makes their outside internship experience at Brooklyn College unique.
NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) short-term interdis-ciplinary research education program for new investigators (R25) Opening and letters of intent receipt date: December 6, 2010 Application due date: January 6, 2011 This OppNet funding opportunity solicits short-term R25 Research Education Project applications that focus on providing creative and innovative education research experiences for new scientists in basic behavioral and social science research (b-BSSR)—specifically, to support the growth of a co-hort of scientists with research expertise in b-BSSR to further the understanding of fundamental mechanisms and patterns of behavioral and social functioning relevant to the health and well-being of individuals and populations. Overall goals include, 1) to encourage new investigators to engage in the field of basic behavioral and social science while also facilitating their long-term career de-velopment as principal investigators within the field; and, 2) to support research on how to best transfer b-BSSR knowledge into biomedical and/or other fields of research (e.g., physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics).
The R25 Research Education grant mechanism only supports educational activities focused on basic behavioral and social sciences research, and may not be used to support non-research clinical train-ing. Nevertheless, one may be use this mechanism to provide b-BSSR research education to scien-tists in clinical training or in a clinical research track within a clinical training program or from bio-medical or other fields of research. Formats may vary to include single or multiple short courses, seminars, workshops, or structured short-term research experiences; or curriculum development, design, implementation and evaluation.
ASA 2012: Real Utopias
Erik Olin Wright submitted a memo encouraging Children & Youth Section members to submit pro-posals for thematic panels for the 2012 ASA meetings. The theme for the 2012 Annual meeting of the ASA is “Real Utopias: Emancipatory projects, institutional designs, possible futures.” He writes:
I am hoping that many of the sections of the American Sociological Association will be enthusiastic about engaging this theme in some of the sessions which they directly organize, but I also hope that members of different ASA sections will submit proposals to the program committee for thematic pan-els which explore the problem of real utopias within their subfield.
The problem of children and youth raises fundamental normative questions about the meaning of social justice and sociological questions about how alternative designs of social institutions impact the lives of children. In classical liberalism, children were virtually ignored in discussions of social justice, but in at least some contemporary understandings of social justice, they play a pivotal role. The idea of “equality of opportunity” as the core principle of justice, for example, has its greatest salience when it is posed about the lives of children. There are, however, other issues around childhood that get much less attention in theories of justice, namely the value of the quality of life of children independently of how this might affect their “opportunities” later in life. Too often, in my judgment, discussions of pov-erty, inequality and social justice largely treat the lives of children instrumentally in terms of conse-quences for their lives as adults rather than as a morally salient problem in its own right. Once this wider set of normative issues is raised, the real utopia question then becomes: what kinds of institutions best promote flourishing lives for children? Are there tensions and trade-offs between the institutional conditions for equality of opportunity and the conditions for a high quality of life in childhood? How important is it that conditions for flourishing be promoted through the family, or can institutional arrangements outside of the family effectively compensate for deficits in the family’s provision of flour-ishing? These and many other questions (including many issues I have not thought about!) are the kinds of things that can be explored under the rubric of real utopias.
My hope is that there are people in the Children and Youth section who will creatively elabo-rate proposals for panels at the 2012 meeting. Information about submitting proposals for the meeting can be found at: http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/septoct10/2012_0910.html.
In 2004 and 2008, the SSSP and the Justice 21 Committee published the first two volumes of the Agenda for Social Justice. Those re-ports contained chapters on a variety of social problems, among them poverty, educational inequality, unemployment, environmental health risks, global economic change, capital punishment, post-Katrina disaster response, gender inequality in the criminal justice sys-tem, the vulnerability of ESL students in pub-lic schools, surveillance technologies, civil un-ions, domestic violence.
We are now beginning our work on the third publication--Agenda for Social Justice-2012. This publication is designed to inform the public-at-large about the nation’s most pressing social problems and to propose a pub-lic policy response to those problems. This project affirms the commitment of SSSP to so-cial justice, and enables the members of the association to speak on public issues with the sponsorship of the corporate body. This report will be an “agenda for social justice,” in that it will contain recommendations for action by elected officials, policy makers, and the public at large. The report will be distributed as widely as possible to policy makers, those in progressive media, and academics.
The quadrennial report will be a product of the most valid and reliable knowledge we have about social problems and it will be a joint ef-fort of the members and Divisions of SSSP. We invite you to consider preparing a chapter for the 2012 publication. We ask you, indi-vidually or with colleagues, to consider sub-mitting a brief proposal (1-2 pp) identifying a social problem of concern to members of SSSP, and respond to the questions:
What do we know?
How do we know it?
What is to be done?
As the coordinating committee for Justice 21, we invite members to prepare a draft state-ment for a proposed contribution to the 2012 publication, tentatively to be produced and dis-tributed by the Edwin Mellen Press (http://www.mellenpress.com/). For the 2012 edition, confirmed contributors include the following well-known sociologists: Frances Fox Piven, Alejandro Portes, and Amatai Etzioni. Please submit a copy of your 1-2 page proposals to each of the members of the committee by March 1, 2011, and contact us if you have questions or would like additional information. Final manuscripts will be due near the end of 2011, and will appear in print prior to the 2012 SSSP annual meetings in August 2012.
Glenn Muschert (chair), Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Ferraro, Northern Arizona Univer-sity, email@example.com
Brian Klocke, SUNY Plattsburgh, firstname.lastname@example.org
JoAnn Miller, Purdue University, email@example.com
Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee, email@example.com
For an expanded discussion of Justice 21, see the May 2001 issue of Social Problems (“Inventing Social Justice”). To see the 2004 and 2008 publications, see the SSSP website at the following address: http://sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/323
Distinguished Contribution Award
Our section bestows a distinguished contribution award each year, whose focus varies on a three-year cycle (early career, publication, and advocacy). In 2011, the Distinguished Contribution Award is an advocacy award, to be given to an organization that has made significant contributions on behalf of children and youth. The organization should be in the Chicago, IL area, where the ASA annual meeting will be held next year. Please send nominations with a brief rationale to the Award Committee Chair, Val Leiter (firstname.lastname@example.org), by February 1st.
Consider submitting your work to one of these exciting sessions:
Understanding and Protecting Children’s Rights (Open Session). Session Organizer: Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, email@example.com
Social Context, Public Policy, and Child and Adolescent Well-Being (Open Session). Session Organizer: Stefanie Mollborn, University of Colorado at Boulder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sociological Perspectives in Federally Funded Research on Children (Invited Ses-sion). Session Organizer: Elizabeth Cooksey, Ohio State University, email@example.com
Children, Families, and Immigration (Open Session). Session Organizer: Jennifer C. Lee, Indiana University, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ASA online submissions system opens December 1, 2010 for the 2011 meetings in Chi-cago. The deadline for submission is January 13, 2011 at 3 pm EST. For more information, see: http://asanet.org/meetings/Call_for_Papers.cfm
Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, for Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press (2009).
Pugh's book is based on a multi-year ethnography in schools and homes covering a range of socio-economic contexts. She finds that children's desires for goods are driven as much by a desire to "belong" as susceptibility to advertising or a desire for status. She finds that parents similarly prioritize buying these goods for children, even when finances are strained, because they emphasize with their children's fear of standing out as different from their peers. We had many strong nominations this year, but the committee felt that Pugh stood out as hitting all the criteria we used in our evaluations. Her book was theoretically grounded, well executed, and an easy read. It made a direct contribution to the sub-discipline of children and childhood. And, it had clear policy relevance, and made us think in new ways about consumerism.
Emily Rauscher, New York University, for "Producing Adulthood: Adolescent Employment, Fertility, and the Life Course"
This paper addresses the central question of transition to adulthood. It focuses on the controversy over the effect of adolescent employment on the relatively neglected fertility outcome. The paper is excel-lent in both theoretical rigor and methodological soundness. It tests two competing theories, namely opportunity cost and life course. The methodology is innovative in that two repeated cross-sectional, nationally representative data (ACS) are used to address transition to adulthood questions. Through a competent use of causal analysis techniques including instrumental variable at the individual-level analysis to address selection into employment and difference-in-differences method at the state-level analysis to address temporal order and reciprocity concerns, the findings of the paper provide solid evi-dence to support that adolescent employment speeds up transition to adulthood.
Honorable Mention 1:
Melanie T. Jones, Uiversity of Notre Dame, for "Gaining 'Respect': Negotiating Race and Class in Black Student Relations.with School Officials”
Honorable Mention 2:
Jen-Hao Chen, University of Chicago, for “Maternal Health Behaviors during Pregnancy, Birth Weight, and Early Non-Cognitive Skills
Section on Children and Youth