ASA Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling to Uphold Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

The American Sociological Association (ASA) issued a press release today applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judgement allows the university to continue using race as a factor in admissions decisions. “This ruling is an important victory for diversity in higher education,”…

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New Socius Article: Recognizing Dignity for Marginalized Young Men

This is a guest post by Freeden Oeur at Tufts University on his Socius article, “Recognizing Dignity: Young Black Men Growing Up in an Era of Surveillance.” You can read more Socius articles at http://srd.sagepub.com/. Recognizing Dignity One finding animates studies of life in poor urban communities: young men yearn for respect, or the admiration and deference…

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Mind Your P’s, Please

Yesterday the American Statistical Association (that’s right, a different ASA) released a “Statement on Statistical Significance and P-values.” It’s a thoughtful consideration of the issue, and it even includes 21 commentaries right off the bat, sort of a prepackaged colloquium to nerd out over. FiveThirtyEight did a nice little article on the statement, and I…

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COSSA submits comments on the “Common Rule”

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) (of which ASA is a governing member), in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, submitted comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects or the “Common Rule.” Overall, the comments…

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ASA Finances at a Glance

Have you ever wondered where your member dues go? And, what is the Association’s financial status? ASA Secretary Mary Romero has taken on the challenge of reporting on ASA’s revenue and expenditures in a January Footnotes article. Revenue is primarily from membership dues and journals followed not far behind by the Annual Meeting. On the…

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