July 7, 2016 |
Michael Fraser, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is resigning to become executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials effective next month, both groups announced Tuesday. Fraser, a sociology PhD who has held various positions in public and policy inside and outside government, took over the 16,000-member physicians' group headquartered in Harrisburg in August 2013. "Mike led PAMED at a time of change, making tough decisions to strengthen and re-position our organization," said board chair David Talenti.
March 11, 2016 |
When Temple University said it wanted to hire her, Sara Goldrick-Rab asked: "Are you sure you know who I am? Use Google. Read Twitter. Come back and talk to me. " Temple officials had already done that. They knew that the 39-year-old educational policy studies and sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison had gained a national reputation as a social media firebrand. She had called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a "fascist" on Twitter for wanting to weaken tenure protections.
July 9, 2015 |
After graduating from George Washington High School in the Northeast in 2010, Larry Liam Ching Liu breezed through Community College of Philadelphia and earned an associate's degree with honors. With a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Liu transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he made the dean's list and earned a degree in sociology and economic policy in May. Now, the 23-year-old, who juggled jobs as a research assistant at Penn and sold shoes in the Northeast, has been named the Cooke Foundation's first Oxford Scholar.
April 14, 2015 |
For Peter T. Hesbacher, it was always about people. He spent his life - following his father from place to place as a young man to spending years as a sociologist - working to engage people. And in his daily life, it showed. "He was one of those people at a party where, if you felt like nobody's talking to a person, he'd go start talking to the person and find something in common," said daughter Gretchen, who recalled her father as never wearing anything but a suit. "I think he had a lot of people who felt close to him. " Dr. Hesbacher, 78, of Danville, Pa., died Wednesday, April 8, at Emmanuel Center at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community in Danville after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
October 3, 2014
A PORN witch hunt is driving the story of 30 horndogs using state time and computers to have a virtual frat party. It's being called Porngate for a reason. Reporters wouldn't be sweating for more details if the guys had just swapped emails and videos from Modell's. The use of state time and computers seems subordinate to the content. Although pornography is legal, many people have a problem with it. But not everyone. Brigham Young University reports that 20 percent of men view porn at work, plus 13 percent of women . In contrast, only 29 percent of Americans say watching porn is morally acceptable, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.
August 20, 2013 |
Bridget Rose Nolan went through intense scrutiny to work as a graduate fellow for the CIA: an eight-hour polygraph, a 500-question psychological exam, probing interviews of family, friends, and neighbors, and, on her first day, a sweep of her car for explosives by guards toting AK-47s. All standard protocol. But that was nothing compared to what Nolan, then a sociology doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, would endure after deciding to study the agency and write her dissertation on it. The CIA assigned Nolan to the National Counterterrorism Center in Virginia, formed after 9/11 to help the nation's 16 intelligence groups share, integrate, and analyze information.
May 15, 2013 |
Henrika "Riki" Kuklick, 70, of South Philadelphia, a retired professor who taught at the University of Pennsylvania for 32 years, died Sunday, May 12, of unknown causes at her home. A friend found her body; an autopsy was being conducted late Monday, according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. Dr. Kuklick retired in 2012 as a professor in Penn's department of history and sociology of science, where she specialized in the history of sociology and anthropology, department chair Robert Aronowitz said.
October 11, 2012 |
John F. Connors III, 85, of Merion, a sociology professor at La Salle University for 55 years, died Thursday, Oct. 4, at home of an apparent asthma attack. Mr. Connors began teaching sociology at La Salle in 1955 and was described by his colleagues as a good professor who demanded the most of his students. "There was always a group of students waiting outside of his office for help," said Finn Hornum, who chaired the department of sociology, social work, and criminal justice for a time while Mr. Connors taught at La Salle.
August 24, 2012 |
As a young researcher, the man who would rise to president of Pennsylvania State University and then fall from grace over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky affair used his academic skills to investigate two of the emerging sociological issues of the era: the sexual revolution and the changing American family. Graham B. Spanier showed considerable curiosity about sex, writing papers on several varieties of it, premarital, extramarital and - this one has attracted the attention of conservative bloggers - swinging or, as he and his co-author called it in the early 1970s, mate swapping.
June 6, 2012 |
Glenn W. Samuelson, 91, a former Baptist pastor, accountant, and sociology professor, died Monday, May 28, of advanced Alzheimer's disease at Dock Woods, the continuing-care retirement community in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, where he had resided since 1995. Dr. Samuelson was chairman of the sociology department from 1968 to 1972 at what is now West Chester University, where he taught sociology from 1965 until he retired as a full professor in 1991. His son, Donald, said that Dr. Samuelson completed two undergraduate programs and earned five graduate degrees.