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By DALIA SUSSMAN
Opinions in polls about health care seem to differ. But it’s the polls themselves that differ.
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Ph.D., Linguistics, Harvard University, 1967. She has been especially interested in the comparative syntax of Latin and English; the relation between linguistic form and social and psychological context; language and gender; discourse strategies (e.g. indirectness and politeness); discourse genres (e.g. psychotherapeutic and courtroom discourse). Her current research includes the examination of the connections between the politics of language and the language of politics, e.g. in the media treatment of the Hill/Thomas hearings, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the impeachment.Lakoff also blogs at Huffington Post.
Dr. Hunter, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Williams,
As you may be aware, the Pacific Sociological Association will be holding its annual conference in Oakland from April 8th - 11th (for more information on the PSA and the upcoming conference please see www.pacificsoc.org).
I am the Student Affairs co-chair and the conference volunteer coordinator for the PSA and I am currently looking for some students who would like to volunteer for a three hour shift at the registration table in exchange for their registration fees and the 2010 membership fee. If you know of any students who would benefit from attending the conference, please pass my information on to them with encouragement to contact me very soon, as I am hoping to fill the remaining spots within the next couple of weeks.
Tina Burdsall [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I've spoken to a number of students recently about the growing field of internet studies (and, specifically, the sociology of the internet). Top universities are offering fellowships to study internet culture and both private and public employers are hungry for people who can combine social science with internet and technology topics. Here are a few links to some top flight starting points for finding out more about this exciting new field.The Oxford Internet Institute is a top center for social studies of the internet. Among other things, they offer a doctoral degree (dphil) in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences. It was founded as a department of the University of Oxford in 2001, as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The current home in a building owned by Balliol College was formally opened in July 2003.
Excellence in education can be approached or avoid-ed in a wide variety of systemic contexts. Big, system level solutions tend to keep people busy, divert attention and placate political constituents rather than amounting to real change that improves educational quality. Small, doable solutions that are created, endorsed, and carried out all by the same people are an effective alternative. By avoiding frontal attacks on the system, and concentrating instead on small, potentially very visible areas where noticeable improve-ments can be made with minimal resources, reformers can make real headway rather than merely getting credit for having tried. We suggest that the use of small solutions by individuals throughout our col-leges, from student to college president, is the way to actually achieve excellence in American higher education.We were inspired by an important article by Karl Weick called "Small Wins:Redefining the Scale of Social Problems." Weick is perhaps best known for the important concepts of "loose coupling" and "sense making" (see the must-read article "The Collapse of Sensemaking in Organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster" (Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 628-652) JSTOR oncampus / offcampus].