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February 28, 2017

Winter Colloquium 3/6/17

“Strategies for State-level Climate Action Policy-making: From Framing to Marriage Equality Tactics”

Janet A. Lorenzen
Willamette University

Abstract: Environmental sociologists recommend policy solutions to address climate change, but how are structural changes accomplished in a “post-hoax” political arena? My work (in progress) explores the process of environmental policy making in Oregon from 2015-2017. This talk draws on 25 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with legislators, legislative staff members, lobbyists, and environmental group leaders, as well as participant observation at hearings and lobby days. I will focus on the strategies used, and barriers encountered, by environmental groups in their attempts to support action on climate change.

Bio: Janet A. Lorenzen earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. Her research interests, broadly defined, include studying the way people respond to social and environmental problems. She is interested in the micro- and meso-level foundations of macro-level social change; including lifestyle change, social movement strategies, and policymaking. Her dissertation explores the gradual process of transitioning to a green lifestyle, the strategies employed by actors to spread those changes through their social networks, the relationship between lifestyle change and social movements, and the co-construction of green technology and users. Her current research project is on local climate governance.

February 27, 2017

“Out of the Mouths of Babes” Exploring what works in pediatric care by going to the source—kids and teens

Check out this story in the Winter 2017 edition of Cascade highlighting Dr. Liberty Barnes’ work exploring what works in pediatric care and whether its successes can be applied to the adult system.

February 24, 2017

Winter Colloquium 2/27/17

February 27, 2017
714 PLC

Professor James Moody

Department of Sociology, Duke University

The Structural Dynamics of Groups and Roles in Early Adolescent Friendship Networks

A fundamental aspect of school life rests on the collective substructures of peer networks.  We examine two intersecting substructures here: peer groups defined as dense communities of close friends and role positions, defined on the pattern of ties one is embedded within, which are closely aligned with the school status structure.  Combined, these two dimensions define the social field of a school for adolescents. Despite intense policy interest in “peer pressure” and theoretical interests in generalizations of fields, there is little basic descriptive information on the life-history of these key social network substructures in real-world networks, in part due to lack of available data and appropriate methods. Here, we describe the dynamics of groups and roles in dynamic data on 6 waves of  peer network data in a way that lets us see the simultaneous emergence of behavior homophily and status stability.


Bio: James Moody is the Robert O. Keohane professor of sociology at Duke University. He has published extensively in the field of social networks, methods, and social theory. His work has focused theoretically on the network foundations of social cohesion and diffusion, with a particular emphasis on building tools and methods for understanding dynamic social networks. He has used network models to help understand school racial segregation, adolescent health, disease spread, economic development, and the development of scientific disciplines.


“The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling”

LERC’s Equity in the Economy Initiative is excited to announce the release of our new report: “The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling.” The report was coauthored by University Oregon Sociologist Ellen Scott, PSU Economist Mary C. King, LERC Faculty, Raahi Reddy.  The groundbreaking study reveals the prevalence and experience of irregular scheduling practices in employment for nearly 750 Oregonians. People working in the jobs most impacted by unpredictable scheduling are more likely than the general workforce to have children at home and significant family responsibility for their care.

Key findings include:

  • 1 in 6 survey respondents had less than 24 hour notice of their shifts.
  • 44% of survey respondents have worked back to back shifts, such as closing one day and opening the next day.
  • 73% (499) are expected to have open availability to work to obtain more hours or a better schedule.
  • 73% percent of our survey respondents were notified of their work schedule fourteen or fewer days in advance.
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents’ work schedules were subject to change after they were posted.

“Based on our interviews, Oregon workers, especially low-wage workers, lack the predictability and control over work schedules needed to effectively juggle the demands of caregiving, make ends meet each month and explore opportunities to further their education and skills,” said Ellen Scott, of the University of Oregon Sociology Department.

Raahi Reddy said: “Over the past three years, twenty-three state and city jurisdictions have taken up the issue of fair scheduling in some form.   As public awareness of the impact of these practices increases so too will the demand for fair scheduling policies that help workers and their families find the stability they need to thrive.”

The link to the report can be found here: The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling 



February 22, 2017

Soc Snippets 2/22/17

Hello Sociology Majors!

If you can tear yourself away from the Ducks vs Bears game for a minute, we’ve got some interesting opportunities for you this week – study abroad scholarships, a webinar about how to translate your soc degree into a meaningful career, and a chance to volunteer as a youth mentor. Hopefully by the time you all have read this, we’ve had our fourth straight win – coming back from that 14 point halftime deficit.

As always if you have any questions or something you want to share in Sociology Snippets feel free to contact me at

Go Ducks!

-Professor Pascoe

Scholarship Opportunities

Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship
Are you interested in studying or interning abroad in the summer, fall, or academic year 2017-2018 and are looking for scholarship opportunities to support your plans?

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship is a great scholarship that is awarded to over 2,300 students each year who are studying abroad and are currently receiving the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid. The Gilman scholarship is up to $5,000 (or up to $8,000 for those studying a critical need language while abroad.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by 9:59pm Pacific Time (11:59pm Central Time)



Career and Internship Opportunities

Building Your Career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology
In this webinar two young professionals who majored in sociology will share how a degree in sociology shaped their career paths and how sociological principles are employed in their positions on a daily basis. Their comments and advice to sociology students will be supplemented by Dr. Teresa Ciabattari, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University who will be presenting data on the kinds of skills that employers are looking for and how sociology majors are using their skills in the workplace. She will also discuss how sociology programs can support the career readiness of their students.

When: Monday, February 27th, 2017 from 3-4pm EST

Where: Online, Click here to register


NEW Leadership Oregon Applications
NEW Leadership™ Oregon is the award-winning women’s leadership development program housed at the Center for Women’s Leadership. Open to all women enrolled at any university/college/community college in Oregon, the six-day residential program educates and encourages outstanding college women to develop paths towards leadership. Learn more about the program here:

Applications are due Feb. 22, 2017. Applications are available online here. Any woman enrolled in an Oregon college or university during the current academic school year is eligible to apply. We encourage students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds to apply. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mariana at the Center for Women’s Leadership at 503-725-2895.


Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply today to secure an interview for one of your top choice programs.

Check out where we go: 


Volunteer Opportunities

PeaceJam with Oscar Arias
With President Oscar Arias’ visit coming up PeaceJam has several events planned. On Friday, March 10th Oscar Arias will be giving a free public lecture in Straub from 7-8:30pm.Oscar Arias will then be hosting the PeaceJam Youth Conference March 11-12th, which is intended for teens 14-19.  The conference includes workshops, service projects with community partners, several addresses by Arias and small group activities and discussions led by UO student Mentors.

PeaceJam is also currently recruiting UO students to act as Mentors for the youth conference. They have space for about 50 mentors and all mentors will receive training in small group facilitation and leadership working with teens in a social change environment. The link for students to apply is here: PeaceJam Mentor Application


Student Research

Student Food Access Research
Kiara Kashuba, is an undergraduate in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the Robert D. Clark Honors College. She is writing her senior thesis on student food security, focusing on access to food for University of Oregon students. This has proven to be an important issue on campuses nationwide and participation in her study by UO students is critical to understanding how this issue takes shape on our campus.Kiara is hoping you could assist her in completing this study by answering her IRB approved survey (link below).The more responses she is able to get the more informative her study will be.


Students may enter a drawing to receive a $10 gift card to Whole Foods Market Eugene upon completion of the survey.

February 14, 2017

PeaceJam 2017: Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias and A Bold Peace

On February 16, 6-8:00 pm in the Mills International Center, (M102 Erb Memorial Union at the UO), Sociology Professor Michael Dreiling will screen his award winning documentary, A Bold Peace, on the impact of Costa Rica’s radical choice of national disarmament. President Oscar Arias is featured in the film and will visit the campus on March 10. Comments and a Q&A will follow the film.

Mark your calendar for PeaceJam’s program featuring Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias. Arias will deliver a public lecture at the UO on March 10th 6-8pm in Ford Alumni Ctr. Ballroom. PeaceJam workshops March 11-12. More at the UO Global Justice Program.

Synopsis of the film:

More than 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on the ecological footprint, happiness and health of their citizens.

A Bold Peace brings attention to Costa Rica’s inspirational national project, answering why happiness, health, and human rights occupy a relatively prominent place in this Central American country. – trailer, poster & press kit

English, Spanish with English Subtitles


Sponsored by: PeaceJam, Office of the President, Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Global Justice Program, History, and the Office of the Provost.


February 7, 2017

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling, UO alum Nicholas Lougee & Tomoyasu Nakamura: “After the Meltdown: Explaining the Silence of Japanese Environmental Organizations on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”

February 6, 2017

Soc Snippets 2/6/17

Hi all,

Welcome to midterms! I hope you all are hanging in there, getting enough sleep and eating right as you make your way through midterm season. After this, it’s just a few short weeks to Spring Break and hopefully some warmth and sunshine. In the meantime we’ve got some interesting on-campus discussions, classes of note and a few internship opportunities for you.

Have a great day and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe


On Campus Discussions/Events

Science Policy Initiative Presents: How to talk to a politician and other actions we can take to improve communication

Are you tired of hearing the latest news stories about politicians ignoring scientific evidence? Join the Science Policy Initiative in discussing ways scientists and advocates can connect with our legislators to foster communication and a strong understanding of science related issues. After the discussion, we will plan activities and actions our group can take to connect with local legislators. Also snacks will be provided!

When: Tuesday February 7th 4:00 pm Where: Willamette 350


It’s Complicated: A Student Forum on How Universities Help and Hinder Activism

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and affiliates will be presenting a panel of student activists and professors plan to discuss university relationships with activism. The panel also plans to invite participants to join in on the discussion.

See here to Learn more

When: Wednesday February 8th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Where: Redwood Auditorium in Erb Memorial Union


Brown Girls Webseries Viewing Party
‘Brown Girls’ is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties.

Trailer: (Links to an external site.)

When: Wednesday, Feb 15th 5:45pm Where: Allen Hall 211


Spring 2017 Course Offerings

SAPP – Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Interested in a career in substance abuse prevention or counseling? Don’t miss out on taking upper division SAPP classes! SAPP offers graded term-long classes and pass/no pass weekend workshops. It also provides the academic requirements for state certification.

Questions? Contact the SAPP office at 541-346-4135 or


Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in helping peers in Sociology? Become a Sociology Peer Advisor!

The Sociology Peer Advisors Program helps students plan their academic schedules and interpret their Degree Guide. Advisors also provide academic advising, which covers both general and major specific requirements. The Peer Advising office also provides information on major-related careers and internships and maintains graduate school files. The office is a multi-purpose source for students and offers assistance in many ways! For more information or to pick up an application stop by out office: PLC 706.

Questions? Contact: or


Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Services

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences conducts basic and applied research, providing educational and outreach services in Oregon. They focus on understanding and preventing problems related to worker wellness, health and safety in the workplace.

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences is excited to once again be able to offer the Oregon Institute Summer Intern Research Award program. Dive into the fields of biomedical and occupational health this summer. Interns participate for 3 months, May through September in basic or applied laboratories and their research activities. Interns earn a $3000 stipend. We are looking for undergraduate students attending Oregon schools or who are current Oregon residents. You must be working on your first bachelors degree.

Additional information about our program can be found on our student research awards webpage:

Deadline to apply for the internship program is March 1st, 2017

Questions? Contact: Alisa Mukai at / 503-494-2506.