Letter from the Editors (Robert Reynoso & Megan Wilhelm)

The Fall 2014 semester has been bright with change and growth for the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland. This semester brought the addition of another wonderful cohort of PhD students whose keen insights and curiosity are only overshadowed by their amicable down-to-earth nature. The GSF is now co- led by the awesome Jessica Peña and Moriah Willow, who bring new energy and ideas to the GSF’s efforts to represent the voice and interests of current graduate students.

There have also been exciting changes in our faculty with the arrival of Dr. Andrés Villarreal and Dr. Wei-hsin Yu. We also welcome Milton Costen III as the new Graduate Program Coordinator and Dr. Liana Sayer in her newly minted role as Graduate Director. We celebrate the irreplaceable Karina Havrilla in her new position as Academic and Administrative Coordinator for the department and send well wishes to the always-pleasant and helpful Jessica Lee, as she leaves us to begin her new journey at UMD’s Office of Admissions.

Many thanks go to our contributors, whose stories we are excited to share with you. In this issue, look for a host of insights from our students on their favorite places to spend their working and non-working hours as well as their experiences with a variety of summer opportunities. You can also find tips from Melissa Brown on how to maximize your professional social media presence using Twitter. Don’t miss an interview with Dr. Dana Fisher on her history and dynamic work, as written by Joseph Waggle, PhD candidate and former Imagine editor.

This issue also highlights some of the wonderful work put forth by our own Mollie Greenberg, a second year graduate student. You can discover one of the Sociology Department’s inspiring undergraduates, Marcel Davelouis, and learn about Dr. Philip Cohen’s editorship of the American Sociological Association’s Contexts, another exciting development in the department this semester. Get to know Milton Costen III who has taken up the mantle as the Graduate Program Coordinator, and check out the profiles of the 2014 graduate student cohort and an update from one of our alumni, Dr. Sara Raley.

Warm wishes to all in this New Year,
Robert Reynoso & Megan Wilhelm
rreynoso@umd.edu wilhelmm@umd.edu

Co-Editors: Robert Reynoso  & Megan Wilhelm

Co-Editors: Robert Reynoso & Megan Wilhelm

Note: Newsmag version of Imagine Newsletter in post above.

Letter from the Editors

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Joe, our co-conspirator and fellow grad student Ann Horwitz, and Anya

Once again, we have had a blast producing the newsletter for our department this semester. Our latest cohort has proven to be a bright and intellectually curious bunch. The many research centers housed in our department are producing some excellent research. And, as usual, UMd sociology remains a strong and supportive community. We hope this newsletter provides a snapshot of our department as we finish up another great school year.

Many thanks go to our all of our contributors, without whom we’d have no choice but to publish 20 pages of vegan-friendly comfort foods from feminist cook books like A Second Helping for the Second Sex or The Gluten Mystique.

So, thanks, everyone!

In this issue, contributors give us a review of this year’s William Form guest lecturer Alex Bierman; a profile on incoming faculty Andres Villarreal and Wei-hsin Yu, and; a look into the research and mentorship being done in our own Group Processes Lab. Our contributors also sat down with a fantastic undergrad, a fantastic alum, and the fantastic administrator responsible for making three of our newest and busiest research centers run smoothly. We also asked faculty and staff for their advice on how blogging and social media can improve our lot both professionally and personally. Look for all of that and more in this Spring 2014 issue.

Have a great summer!

Anya & Joe

Letter from the Editors (Anya M. Galli and Joseph Waggle)

Anya, pictured here with our staff of copy editors

Anya, pictured here with our staff of copy editors

The Fall 2013 semester has been an eventful one for the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland. Anya is returning as the editor of your newsletter, and this semester she has welcomed aboard Joe Waggle as her partner in crime. The timing couldn’t be better, because this edition of the newsletter is one of our biggest yet. With the arrival of new students, the development of new research centers, the wealth of events and lectures the semester, and the exciting work of our faculty, students, and alums, there’s a lot to cover. We hope this newsletter provides a snapshot of our department as we move into a new semester.

Joe, in a pre-publication layout meeting.

Many thanks go to our all of our contributors, without whom we’d have no choice but to publish 40 pages of kitten photos. In this issue, look for advice from our faculty on productivity and the creative process, a summary of Annette Lareau’s talk at the annual Rosenberg Forum, and the exciting results of a highly empirical analysis of famous sociologists and their celebrity doppelgangers. This issue also includes profiles of the incoming gradate student cohort, new staff member Gaye Bugenhagen, 2008 alum Wendy Wang, current grad student Dave Paul Strohecker, and current undergrad Victoria Marie Ortiz. Look for information about five of our department’s research centers, as well as a letter from Jeff Lucas, who is filling the new Director of Research Position.

This year, our department lost an exceptional friend, mentor and colleague with the passing of Suzanne Bianchi. The warm response to our request for contributions in her memory is evidence of the lasting impression she has left on our community. She will be greatly missed.

Warmest wishes for the New Year,

Anya Galli & Joseph Waggle