Paul Almeida was elected to serve as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) for 2015–2016.  
Almeida’s study on mobilization against globalization and economic liberalization processes was published this month. The book, Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest, examines the formation of oppositional groups and alliances at the local level throughout Central America.  
Tanya Golash-Boza was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the journal, Social Problems.  
Maria de Jesus Martinez Mora received one of three Outstanding Graduating Student Awards from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.  
Irenee Beattie has been awarded a research grant from the Center for Research on Teaching Excellence at UC Merced for her collaborative research with Dave Noelle, UCM faculty member in Cognitive Science and Computer Science. The project is titled, “Improving Computing Education for Students from Underrepresented Groups.”  
Sociology graduate student Marcus Shaw received a mini-grant to attend a special workshop on life-course data at Texas A&M University for his research.  
Tanya Golash-Boza’s article, “Latino Immigrant Men and the Deportation Crisis: A Gendered Racial Removal Program,” co-authored with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, was awarded an honorable mention for the Best Article Award from Latino/a Studies Section of the American Sociological Association.  
Professor Dodson has an article that is forthcoming at Social Problems, entitled “Globalization and Protest Expansion.”  
Sociology Graduate Student Wendy Puquirre has received the Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship. Puquirre will work under the guidance of faculty mentor Irenee Beattie to develop her research on social capital and educational attainment.  
Professor Laster published a co-authored paper, “The Use of Psychiatric Medication, Human Capital, and the Amplification of Mistrust ” in Sociological Spectrum (with C. Andre ́ Christie-Mizell, Helena E. Dagadu, and Stacye A. Blount ).    


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