SMU sociologist weighs in on the gender gap in science prizes

The Conversation Originally Posted: January 22, 2019 Author: Viviane Callier, Munk Fellow in Global Journalism, University of Toronto Although there are more science prizes now than ever, they aren’t distributed fairly. A new study in Nature shows that women win fewer scientific prizes than their male peers, and the prizes they do win are less prestigious and come with lower monetary value. “Women are getting the bottom-of-the-barrel prizes,” said Brian Uzzi, a network scientist at Northwestern University in Chicago, who led the study. That’s important because the general public doesn’t pay attention to metrics such as publication rate, citations or grant dollars: it pays attention to the prizewinners. “So the prizewinners are really the people who can raise awareness of inequities in science,” Uzzi said. [...]

By | 2019-01-23T10:32:53-08:00 January 23rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on SMU sociologist weighs in on the gender gap in science prizes

Sheri Kunovich, Chair of the Department of Sociology, will assume role of Associate Provost for Student Academic Engagement and Success beginning July 2018

SMU News Originally Posted: June 20, 2018 Congratulations to Sheri Kunovich, Chair of the Department of Sociology! She will join the Provost Office’s team on 9 July 2018 in the newly-titled role of Associate Provost for Student Academic Engagement and Success. Read the full letter from Steven C. Currall, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs HERE  

By | 2018-06-20T09:25:29-08:00 June 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Sheri Kunovich, Chair of the Department of Sociology, will assume role of Associate Provost for Student Academic Engagement and Success beginning July 2018

Social Media. Social Justice. Social Activism. An SMU and Dallas Community Panel Event

Event Date: 04/26/2017 Location: Dallas Hall 306 Time: 6:00 p.m. Reception and 6:30 p.m. Panel True or False? Social media advances social justice activism. Come and hear attorneys, activists, and a media executive present their perspectives on the effects of social media on conversations about justice in Dallas. Presented by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

By | 2017-04-17T10:09:08-08:00 April 12th, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Social Media. Social Justice. Social Activism. An SMU and Dallas Community Panel Event

‘Failing Families, Failing Science’

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: December 2, 2016 New book about balancing work and home life as an academic scientist warns that failure to address the challenge will cost institutions and science as a whole. By Colleen Flaherty Much of the literature on balancing faculty and home life centers on women. There’s talk of the “baby penalty” for women who choose to have children, for example. A new book, based on five years of research involving academic scientists, sheds more light on the struggles of both men and women as they try to grow their careers and their families. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science (New York University Press) is based on the idea that work-life balance is not an issue exclusive to women -- and must be [...]

By | 2016-12-02T08:24:52-08:00 December 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on ‘Failing Families, Failing Science’

How work and family life conflict in the modern university Academic science still operates on assumptions that have failed to catch up with the realities of today’s family lives, argue scholars

Times Higher Education Originally Posted: September 29, 2016 A new book explores how to “expand the family-friendliness of academic science”. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science is based on a survey of close to 3,500 biologists and physicists in top American universities, followed up by 184 in-depth interviews. “We started out the project interested in women’s experiences, and thought of men as just a comparison group,” says Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology at Rice University, who co-wrote the book with Anne E. Lincoln, assistant professor of sociology atSouthern Methodist University. “We weren’t that interested in studying men. And we were completely wrong!” Although she points out that “there is much more of a ‘motherhood penalty’ than a ‘fatherhood penalty’” for those forging academic [...]

By | 2016-10-03T07:58:08-08:00 October 3rd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on How work and family life conflict in the modern university Academic science still operates on assumptions that have failed to catch up with the realities of today’s family lives, argue scholars

Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, shares insight on SMU-in-Taos campus life

Taos News Originally Posted: May 31, 2016 Fort Burgwin wasn’t much to look at in 1973 when Southern Methodist University (SMU) took over the independent research facility that was solely focused on archaeology. But four decades later, SMU-in-Taos is a full-fledged campus. With a slew of renovations in the past two years, the campus is starting to cultivate the community feel it has long desired. SMU-in-Taos is a multipurpose educational facility that sees a rush of energy during the summer as Dallas-bound SMU students come to Taos for one of three summer terms. But for years, the campus didn’t have the physical layout befitting a community of learners. The old cafeteria was built in the 1970s and always served as a de facto student center [...]

By | 2016-05-31T19:24:58-08:00 May 31st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, shares insight on SMU-in-Taos campus life

SMU recognizes outstanding achievement at 2015-16 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation

Congratulations to the Dedman College faculty and students who were recognized at the 2016 Awards Extravaganza on Monday, April 18. Recipients of the Outstanding Professor Awards presented by the Rotunda yearbook include: • B. Sunday Eiselt, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Anthropology • Laurence Winnie, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies, William P. Clements Department of History Receiving the Extra Mile Awards, presented by Students for New Learning for graciousness and sensitivity to students with learning differences: • Sheri Kunovich, associate professor, Department of Sociology • Laurie Nuchereno, adjunct lecturer, Department of Economics For the full list of faculty, staff and student award recipients click here.    

By | 2016-04-19T08:34:37-08:00 April 19th, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Events, Faculty News, History, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU recognizes outstanding achievement at 2015-16 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation

Professor Kunovich, Sociology, Recognized at Hilltop Excellence Awards Ceremony

Professor Sheri Kunovich received the Extra Mile Award from the Students for New Learning. Students for New Learning is an SMU-chartered student organization for students with ADHD or learning differences. The group meets monthly to provide support, learn tips and strategies, plan fun events, and works to increase campus understanding on the topic of learning differences. http://blog.smu.edu/forum/2016/04/19/smu-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-at-2015-16-hilltop-excellence-awards-honors-convocation/

By | 2016-04-19T10:03:55-08:00 April 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Professor Kunovich, Sociology, Recognized at Hilltop Excellence Awards Ceremony

Gender Gap in Political Knowledge Persists in Poland, New Research by Sheri L. Kunovich

After controlling for political interest, previous voting behavior, and socio-economic controls, women in Poland are found to be less knowledgeable than men about political leaders. However, religious attendance is found to increase women's political knowledge but not men's. READ MORE about Sheri Kunovich

By | 2016-04-11T11:52:29-08:00 April 11th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Gender Gap in Political Knowledge Persists in Poland, New Research by Sheri L. Kunovich

Decline in Democratic Oversight in City Budgets, New Research by L. Owen Kirkpatrick

While the wave of urban fiscal distress following the Great Recession resembles local fiscal crises of the past, two factors distinguish the current period. First, city budgets are thoroughly financialized—dominated by speculative and volatile debt arrangements—such that local crisis is now intertwined with financial market instability. Second, local fiscal politics are increasingly removed from democratic oversight and control, hindering the capacity of residents to protect and rebuild their communities. READ MORE: http://pas.sagepub.com/content/44/1/45?etoc

By | 2016-02-17T07:49:26-08:00 February 17th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Decline in Democratic Oversight in City Budgets, New Research by L. Owen Kirkpatrick
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