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Sociology professor named Distinguished University Professor
The University of South Florida has awarded John Skvoretz the title of Distinguished University Professor.

Sociology professor receives Junior Faculty Research Award
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, assistant professor sociology, has received the 2015 USF Woman in Leadership and Philanthropy system-wide Junior Faculty Research Award.

Sociology graduate director to serve as president of international society
Donileen Loseke, Ph.D., director of the graduate program in the Department of Sociology, has been elected President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).

CAS alumna receives Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Nia Jackson, an alumna of the University of South Florida has been named Rangel Graduate Fellowship recipient. Nia is the first USF recipient of the Rangel Graduate Fellowship and one of only 30 students in the United States to receive the award. The fellowship gives up to $47,500 annually for two years of graduate educational expenses, a paid internship on Capitol Hill and with a U.S. Embassy overseas, mentoring, and a minimum five-year appointment as a foreign service officer.

Students travel to Brazil
University of South Florida students who went to Brazil thissummer had the unique opportunity to observe and be a part of World Cup excitement on top of the usual study abroad experience.

CAS offers unique course for graduate students
Writing grant proposals is an essential part of academic work. Unfortunately, many graduate students enter their field without the know-how of writing successful grant proposals.

Big data and writing studies merge at USF colloquium
According to the Computer Sciences Corporation, by 2020, data production will be 44 times greater than it was in 2009. The interpretation and usage of large sets of data is soon to become an integral part of how we receive and process information. The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is ready to embrace this change. On Jan. 24, 2014, the Big Data and Writing Studies Colloquium took place in the Marshall Student Center at the USF Tampa campus.

National Humanities Medal winner to visit USF
In her long and illustrious career, scholar Jacquelyn Dowd Hall has documented the lives of those whose voices were absent from traditional histories -- from the life stories of laid-off Southern textile workers, to the experiences of white female activists and African American civil rights leaders. Hall will be at USF Feb. 24-28 as the USF Humanities Institute’s first spring Scholar-in-Residence.

CAS professor uses research grant to analyze engineering education
A professor at the University of South Florida is using a research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program to assess high school and community college students.

CAS professor elected president of SSSI
The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has elected Maggie Kusenbach, Ph.D. to be their new president.

CAS student receives Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Lazaro Silva of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in the United Kingdom during the summer 2013 semester. He will be studying international law at the University of Exeter. Silva is one of just 700 students to study abroad during the summer with the Gilman scholarship.

Aranda named top 20 Hispanic professor in Florida
For University of South Florida Associate Professor Elizabeth Aranda, teaching has been her passion. Since her days at the University of Florida where she started teaching as a grad student, Aranda has always wanted to inform people about inequality. That passion has led her to being named one of the top 20 Hispanic Professors in Florida by Online Schools Florida. The list honors professors who were awarded for their excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or the community, which Aranda won an award for “Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching” in 2012.

15 USF faculty named AAAS Fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named 15 faculty at the University of South Florida as AAAS Fellows this year. With expertise that ranges from stem cells, climate change and toxicology to graduate education, computer science and blueberries, USF’s 2012 AAAS Fellows are an outstanding example of the high level of teaching, research and scholarship at USF.

USF professor teaches gender studies in post-Soviet countries
Sara Crawley, associate professor of sociology at USF, has been working on a project to teach feminist and queer theory, subjects not easily accessible, to scholars from post-soviet countries including Russia, Albania and Armenia.

Living below the poverty line
When Robyn Sagal spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Tasmania in Australia, she never imagined that what she learned there would lead to her spending five days putting herself in the shoes of those in extreme poverty.

USF to host prevention expert on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The University of South Florida will host Janet Hankin, Ph.D., from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., as part of the sociology department’s 2012 Colloquium Series. The event, titled “A Pregnant Woman Never Drinks Alone: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012, in room 408A of the Education Building.

NSF awards $1.2 million grant to CAS researchers
The University of South Florida has received a nearly $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study a process that will help result in the creation of a highly trained workforce in engineering technology.

Professors dissect "Occupy Movement"
The images have been broadcast across the country and the globe, from New York to Tokyo to Toronto to Tampa: groups of people settling into public parks to make a statement, to protest perceived inequities in today’s societies.

USF colloquium series addresses BP oil disaster
The University of South Florida’s Department of Sociology colloquium series will be hosting “The BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf: Lessons from Pandora’s Well.”

Arab, Muslim hate crimes examined
In the weeks and months following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, hate crimes against Arab and Muslim-Americans spiked. However, hate crimes against other groups decreased during this time, according to a new study by University of South Florida and the State University of New York at Albany.

Sociology’s Fall 2010 Colloquium Series to kickoff in October
The sociology department has announced its Fall 2010 Colloquium Series. The series will feature current USF professors and graduate students.

CAS researchers examine feelings of immigrants
Immigrants who feel harassed and treated like common criminals by government officials could have a harder time building a psychological attachment to the United States and might feel too alienated to participate in civic life here, according to a study by two University of South Florida professors.

Department of Sociology welcomes new chairman
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has named Robert Benford as the chair of the Department of Sociology.