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The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) News
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ANNUAL MEETING

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, August 9-11, 2019, New York City, NY.  The program theme selected by President Nancy J. Mezey is Illuminating the SOCIAL in Social Problems.  SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.  Contact [email protected] or visit https://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/745/2019_Annual_Meeting/.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites submissions for the 69th Annual Meeting, to be held August 9-11, 2019, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, NY.  The program theme selected by President Nancy J. Mezey is Illuminating the SOCIAL in Social Problems.  The submission deadline is January 31, 2019.  SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.  If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP.  You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies.  Contact [email protected] or visit https://www.sssp1.org/2019_Call_for_Papers.

COMPETITIONS

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is pleased to announce the 2019 Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards.  In order to be considered for any of the Student Paper Competitions, applicants are required to submit their papers through the Annual Meeting Call for Papers, https://www.sssp1.org/2019_Call_for_Papers by January 31, 2019.  This will ensure that winning papers are both designated and included in the program.  Please note that students may only submit to one division and that each division has its own deadline and submission process.  For information, visit https://sssp1.org/2019_SPC_and_OSA.

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USDA Webinar on Research Relocation and Reorganization
Announcements

USDA Research Relocation and Reorganization:
Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists
and Administrators

On August 9, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue surprised Congress and USDA stakeholders with an announcement that he plans to relocate the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the Washington, DC, area by the end of 2019. He also will transfer ERS from the USDA research arm to a policy arm.

The announcement has raised the following questions of process:

  • Was the partner and stakeholder community consulted prior to the announcement, and if so, how and when?
  • Will there be a chance for the USDA partner community to comment on the announcement and the effects of its realization?
  • What is Congress’s oversight and appropriation role in this reorganization?

Many substantive concerns have also been raised, including the following:

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