The Corporation for National and Community Service today released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $800,000 for the 2015 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition.

The broad objectives of the competition are to:

  • Promote research on national service, civic engagement, and volunteering among researchers and practitioners
  • Broaden the evidence base for programs using national service and volunteering
  • Increase the availability of innovative research methods used to study to national service and volunteering

The deadline for applications is July 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Successful applicants will receive awards of between $30,000 and $300,000 per year for 3 years. During the 2015 fiscal year, CNCS plans to award approximately $800,000 in awards to institutions of higher education.

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Don’t Forget the Global STS Conference in Leuven!

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The STS Roundtable invites you to join us on September 9 -11th during the Festival of Connections and the STS Global Conference. The European Learning Network on Workplace Innovation (EUWIN) is holding its third large scale event in Leuven (Belgium). We have public sessions, panel sessions, smaller and larger discussions, and we are even planning bus trips to some remarkable companies in Leuven. Remember, Leuven not only has one of the oldest (and most vibrant!) universities in the world, it is home to the largest (and best?) beer producing company of the world ANBEV (better known as Stella Artois). EUWIN would not be a truly learning experience if it did not learn from its previous conferences. Our Brussels event (2013) in the European Parliament was overbooked; some people at our London event (2013) at the Microsoft building could not find a chair to sit on; our regional event in Rouen (2014) was supposed to inform 60 persons, but 400 eager workplace innovators visited the event. So, we now welcome all of you. Our Belgian partner network, with Flanders Synergy and the University of Leuven, have major experience in making you feel welcome. They even organised two spin-off events to give you even more insight into what workplace innovation can do for you and make your trip to Belgium even more worthwhile. Look at the Festival of Connection!

Please click here and register for the event!

Another reminder, if you haven’t renewed your membership or desire to start a membership to STS Roundtable please click here. If you experience any problems with either page for registration please don’t hesitate to contact one of the stewards. We look forward to seeing you all in Leuven come September!

Bert Painter (President):
Jose Martinez (Secretary):
Joe Norton (Treasurer):
Jean Fuller:
Pierre van Amelsvoort:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Toledo invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Sociology at the assistant professor level to begin August 2015. We seek a candidate with expertise in urban sociology. The successful applicant will have an interdisciplinary vision in order to contribute to programs on campus, such as Urban Studies and the Urban Affairs Center.   Applicants should demonstrate strong commitment to research, as well as teaching and service. The department offers a BA and MA in Sociology.

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Bryce Hannibal defended his dissertation at Texas A&M University earlier this year and will be on the market this fall.


In this project I explore how career success, historical importance, and innovation are outcomes of social network characteristics.  Specifically, I look at jazz collaboration networks at the height of small-group jazz popularity (1945-1958) to determine if one’s structural location within the larger network influences career success.  Using a network dataset collected from the Tom Lord Discography, I use social network analysis techniques and longitudinal logistic regression to examine a statistical relationship between network characteristics and success.  I test several existing hypotheses in network literature, e.g., centrality, brokerage, and closure, as well as newer assertions that are gaining widespread use.

Because jazz is based on improvisation there are incentives to creating a well-functioning closed group that remains cohesive so that musicians become familiar with and attuned to one another’s musical styles.  However, while this logic is sound the results of this project do not follow the closure tradition and are instead consistent with the sparse networks or brokerage hypotheses.  Empirically, individuals within jazz networks who form a closed group are less likely to have a successful career.  More broadly, conclusions from this project suggest that individual innovators who work in a group setting should maintain open networks with connections to diverse areas of the global network.

A new publication from Tania Jenkins that may be of interest to OOW members.

Jenkins, T. M. (2015). ‘It’s time she stopped torturing herself’: Structural constraints to decision-making about life-sustaining treatment by medical trainees. Social Science & Medicine, 132, 132-140. doi:

Abstract: This article explores how structural factors associated with the profession and organization of medicine
can constrain internal medicine residents, leading them to sometimes limit or terminate treatment in
end-of-life care in ways that do not always embrace patient autonomy. Specifically, it examines the
opportunities and motivations that explain why residents sometimes arrogate decision-making for
themselves about life-sustaining treatment. Using ethnographic data drawn from over two years at an
American community hospital, I contend that unlike previous studies which aggregate junior and senior
physicians’ perspectives, medical trainees face unique constraints that can lead them to intentionally or
unintentionally overlook patient preferences. This is especially salient in cases where they misunderstand
their patients’ wishes, disagree about what is in their best interest, and/or lack the standing to
pursue alternative ethical approaches to resolving these tensions. The study concludes with recommendations
that take into account the structural underpinnings of arrogance in decision-making about
life-sustaining treatment.

Several recent publications from Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci may be of interest to OOW members.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci, “The Good Society: Core Social Values, Social Norms, and Public Policy.” Sociological Forum, V. 29, March, 2014.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrrucci, “Economic Crisis and Its Effects on Hope, Trust, and Caring.” In C. Renzetti and R. K. Bergren, (Eds.) Understanding Diversity,Pearson Publishers, 2015.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn c. Perrucci, “The Triple Revolution, 1965-2015: Revisiting Institutional Social Problems.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, forthcoming October 2015.


To my fellow members of the American Sociological Association:

National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18.  I urge you to write to your member of Congress before that debate.

You can do this easily right now. Go to the COSSA Action Center to sign up and take action by asking your representative to oppose the America COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806).

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