Meetings of Interest
Small Cities Conference 2018
Meetings of Interest
Monday, September 18, 2017 01:00 PM

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNEASE surrounding wide differences in regional economic performance has troubled Americans for more than a generation. Job losses due to international trade and automation, coupled with rapid urbanization, have had especially dramatic efects on small cities, towns, and rural communities. While geographic variation in economic growth is not new, it appears more pronounced today than in the recent past.

Recent research suggests that many of these places are at increased risk of job loss, population decline, and associated social problems as these trends accelerate in the coming years. Additionally, political turbulence during the 2016 election cycle has led to increased policy interest in nonmetropolitan communities and small cities where these difficulties are most acute. These challenges call for extended scholarly research with a policy or applied focus. Effectively confronting challenges facing nonmetropolitan communities and small cities requires better understanding the many dimensions of vulnerable communities, and encouraging interaction between academics who study these issues and policy makers who address them.

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Illinois Sociological Association (ISA) Conference
Meetings of Interest
Monday, September 11, 2017 09:08 AM

Illinois Sociological Association (ISA) Conference is almost here!!

Millikin University - November 17, 2017

This annual event is guaranteed to be an experience you and your students will not want to miss.  This year's event is being held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, in our new University Commons Building.

Both faculty and students are invited to submit their scholarly work for presentation at the conference, which is title "SOCIOLOGY IN ACTION",  emphasizing what sociologists are studying, researching and doing in the field.

As planning continues, more information will be forthcoming.  Be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox and help us to advertise this event by posting any information on your school's website and/or bulletin boards, as well as in the classroom and through word-of-mouth!

Feel free to visit the ISA website as some updates have already taken place.  Conference flyers are expected to be sent on or before September 15th.

Lunch will be served (reserved and paid at registration) at the University's cafeteria during the keynote speaker presentation.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact ISA president, Ken Laundra at

Below are some important dates to keep in mind:

Paper/Abstract Submission - September 15th - October 15th

Registration - September 30th - November 3rd.

NAS Sackler Science of Science Communication III Colloquium
Meetings of Interest
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:02 AM

With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication.  Evolving from past colloquia, this Colloquium will focus on the consensus study report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. The Colloquium will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and ensuring its appropriate use.  Additionally, this third Colloquium will tackle the tough and often overlooked organizational and infrastructure changes needed to make research-based communication the norm. We expect 550 researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to join us at the Colloquium.  

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MSA Annual Conference 2017
Meetings of Interest
Monday, August 21, 2017 09:16 AM

Environmental Sociology in the 21st Century:

Where Do We Go From Here?
...with keynote by Dr. Paul Mohai, "Environmental Justice"
October 27-28 at Grand Valley State University the Grand Rapids Pew Campus.