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Free Webinar - Understanding America’s Rural/Urban Interface
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America’s rural-urban divide, it seems, has never been greater, a point reinforced by large geographic disparities in support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Yet big cities and rural communities are more tightly integrated than ever and increasingly interdependent economically and socially. That’s the starting point for a free November 29 webinar drawn from the July issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The webinar will feature the two guest editors of that special issue, Cornell University sociologist Dan Lichter and University of Kentucky economist James Ziliak, as well as Shannon Monnat, a public health policy researcher at Syracuse University, and Mark Partridge, a development economist at The Ohio State University. They will give an overview of the divide—and the bridges—and review the economic, labor force and social welfare implications of the nexus.

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Ronald Wimberley Paper Competition
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Rural Sociological Society Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group Ronald Wimberley Student Paper Competition Submission Deadline: Friday, May 4th, 2018

The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the fifth annual Ronald Wimberley student paper competition designed to encourage and support graduate and undergraduate student research on rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ronald Wimberley. Emphasis should be placed on the improvement of the quality-of-life in rural communities. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health. How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

Graduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the graduate student paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 20-30 pages and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, complete references, and be written at a professional level.

Undergraduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the undergraduate student paper competition will be similarly held to a high standard appropriate to the level of undergraduate scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 10-20 pages and should include a relevant literature review with complete references that is clearly and legibly written. Papers that include original analyses will be rated higher, but this is not a requirement for submission.

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Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition
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Rural Sociological Society Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition Submission Deadline: Friday, May 4th, 2018

The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the third annual Ralph B. Brown scholar paper competition designed to encourage and support research in rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ralph Brown. Emphasis should be placed on such topics as community satisfaction and attachment, social change and development, family and community, and community leadership. International research is highly encouraged in accordance with his dedication to international development studies. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health. How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

Scholar Paper Competition Guidelines:

Who is eligible: The Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition is open to faculty and nonacademic researchers who have an advanced degree. Undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible but are encouraged to submit a paper to the Ronald Wimberley student paper competitions.

Papers submitted for the scholar paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 25-35 pages and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis or effort to advance community theory, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, and complete references.

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2018 DIVERSITY TRAVEL AWARD
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The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) and the Committee on Diversity are pleased to announce that travel awards are available to support the attendance and participation of minority participants at the annual conference to be held in Portland, Oregon. These awards will be awarded on a competitive basis and are meant to assist participants in defraying costs associated with attending the RSS meeting.

We anticipate granting awards at the minimum amount of $500 per recipient or at a maximum amount of $750; however, the amount of funds and the number of awards may fluctuate depending on the number of applications and the need described therein.

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RURAL SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY 2018 CALL FOR NOMINATION
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NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH JANUARY 19, 2018

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) is currently seeking nominations for leadership positions that will begin in 2018. Positions are open to all RSS members. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The Nominations Committee seeks nominations that represent the diverse interests and background of RSS membership, including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity, geography, gender and sexuality, institutional affiliations (e.g. non-land grant and non-academic), age, physical abilities, education, and nationality as well as representation of the spectrum of research, teaching, extension, public service, and administrative interests of the membership.

Nominations are sought for the positions below. Responsibilities associated with the position will begin at the 2018 annual meeting.

  1. President-elect: serves for three years as President-elect, President and Past President (voting member of Council each year)
  2. Vice President: serves for one year (voting member of Council for that year)
  3. Council Member (3 positions): serves for two years (voting member of Council each year, appointed as chair-elect of one RSS standing committee in the first year, serves as chair in the second year). Council members represent land-grant institutions of higher education, non-land grant institutions of higher education, and non-academic institutions.
  4. Student Representative to Council: serves for two years (voting member of Council each year)
  5. Chair-elect of the Nominations Committee: serves for two years, as Chair-elect and Chair (not a voting member of Council)
  6. Nominations Committee Member: serves for one year (not a voting member of Council).
  7. Ethics Committee Member: serves for three years (not a voting member of Council).

Nominations may be submitted through the following link: RSS Nominations Form

For questions or further information, please contact Shannon Monnat, Nominations Committee Chair, directly at smmonnat@maxwell.syr.edu

 
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