Nominate a Colleague for one of ASA’s Major Awards

From now and until January 29, 2016, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards.

Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.

ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Each award selection committee is appointed by Committee on Committees and approved by ASA Council. The award selection committees are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Remember! The deadline for submission of nominations is January 29, 2016. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition.


Summer 2015 Newsletter is here


The Summer 2015 issue of the Section on Aging and the Life Course Newsletter is now available! In this issue you will find…

  • news from SALC Chair Deborah Carr
  • the SALC 2015 election results and award winners
  • information on SALC sessions at the 2015 ASA meetings in Chicago
  • …and much more.

You can access it on the Newsletter page by clicking here.

SALC Sessions and Events in the ASA Preliminary Program

ASA annual meeting 2015

Mark your calendars for the terrific set of SALC sessions and events in Chicago!

Monday, August 24, 2015

2:30-4:10pm SALC Paper Session: Disability over the Life Course

  • “Adult Children’s Serious Health Conditions and the Flow of Support between the Generations” – Megan Gilligan, Iowa State Univ; J. Jill Suitor, Purdue Univ; Marissa Rurka, Purdue Univ; Gulcin Con, Purdue Univ; Karl Pillemer, Cornell Univ
  • “Children with Disabilities and Trajectories of Mothers’ Consumer Debt across the Life Course” – Jason Houle, Dartmouth; Lawrence Berger, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Disability over the Life Course: The Unique Experiences of Little People and Their Parents” – Anna Neller; Univ of Toledo
  • “Generational Perspectives on the Dialectic between Gerontology and Disability Studies” – Eva Kahana, Case Western Reserve Univ; Jeffrey Steven Kahana; Mount Saint Mary College

4:30-6:10pm SALC Paper Session: Sexuality over the Life Course

  • “Beyond the Cougar Stereotype: Understanding Middle-Aged Women’s Experiences with Age-Hypogamous Sexual Relationships” – Milaine Alarie, McGill Univ
  • “Family Socioeconomic Status, Gender, and Mental Health Trajectories of Sexual Minority Youth Transitioning into Adulthood” – Alexa Martin-Storey, Universite de Sherbrooke; Sarah Kendig, Arkansas State Univ; Robert Crosnoe, Univ of Texas-Austin
  • “Obesity and Sexuality among Older American Adults” – Soyoung Kwon, Texas A&M Univ-Kingsville; Markus Shafer, Univ of Toronto
  • “Sexual Freedom and Autonomy in Assisted Living Facilities” – Christina Barmon, Georgia State Univ; Elisabeth Burgess, Georgia State Univ; James Moorhead Jr., Georgia State Univ; Alexis Bender, U.S. Army Public Health Command

6:30-8:30pm SALC Reception and Mentoring Dinner at the Berghoff Restaurant (17 W. Adams); “Strategies for Developing Research Collaborations”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8:30-10:10am SALC Roundtables

  • Table 1. Caregiving
  • Table 2. Psychosocial Influences on Well-Being
  • Table 3. Lifetime Socioeconomic Influences on Well-Being
  • Table 4. Family Relationships and Social Support
  • Table 5. Illness and Disability Experience
  • Table 6. Work, Retirement, and Economic Security
  • Table 7. Aging in Diverse Contexts

10:30am-12:10pm SALC Paper Session: Cross-National Comparisons of Life Course Transitions

  • “The Evolution of Within- and Cross-Country Differences in the Transition to Adulthood: A New Perspective” – Sander Wagner, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Olivier Thevenon, INED
  • “(Con-)Sequences of Non-Employment: Reintegration Trajectories in the British and German Labor Market” – Thomas Biegert, WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center
  • “Predictors of Anticipated Instrumental Support from Children among Elderly Parents in Urban and Rural China” – Cheng Cheng, Princeton Univ

2:30-3:30pm SALC Invited Session: Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Lecture given by Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue Univ

Congratulations to newly elected section officers!

Our 2015-16 incoming elected officers are:

  • Chair-Elect: Jessica Kelley-Moore (Case Western)
  • Council (three-year terms): Carol Aneshensel (UCLA), Andrew London (Syracuse)
  • Student Representative to Council (two-year term): Adriana Reyes (Penn State)

Jessica, Carol, Andrew, and Adriana will join our current elected council members Chair-elect (and soon-to-be chair) Jeylan Mortimer; Secretary/Treasurer Jill Suitor; council members Kristen Schulz Lee, Jennifer Karas Montez, John Reynolds, and Andrea Willson; and student representative Stacy Torres. A hearty thank you to our elected council members who will be transitioning out of their roles in August: past-chair Ellen Idler and council members Jim Raymo and Y. Claire Yang. Sincere thanks as well to all our candidates who stood for election.

New Harvard Post-Doc Fellowship Available


Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities (Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital) 


The Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities (; Alexandra E. Shields, PhD, Director & Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship position from individuals holding a doctorate in genomics, public health, epidemiology, oncology, or related fields to work with a transdisciplinary research team investigating the role of positive mediators (e.g., social supports or religious coping) in the etiology of disease. All research will be conducted within a transdisciplinary research team of senior faculty from Harvard and collaborating institutions. Research will focus on building capacity within U.S. cohort studies to assess exposures particularly important for understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in health; conducting analyses of methylation data of genes in the stress pathway in relation to various psychosocial exposures/mitigating influences; and participating in a national effort to analyze and prioritize measures of spirituality/religious coping useful for understanding disease risk.

Post-doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to gain experience participating in all aspects of this transdisciplinary initiative, including helping to conduct and summarize epigenetic and health services research analyses; participating in team meetings; and taking advantage of diverse training opportunities available through MGH, Harvard University, and The Broad Institute. Within a supportive environment, the fellow will pursue original research that results in peer-reviewed publications and will receive mentoring and support to build on this experience and develop a future research agenda to pursue through an NIH K-Award or other funding mechanism.

Fellows are afforded extensive access to the rich intellectual and physical resources of Harvard University, The Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Partners HealthCare. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, CV, and letter of recommendation to Anna Schachter, MPH ( Applications will be accepted immediately and will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

Anticipated start date: May/June 2015 (flexible)
Term: 1 year (renewable to 2 years)
Stipend: $50,000 plus generous benefits and travel stipend

Winter 2015 Newsletter Available

The Winter 2015 issue of the Section on Aging and the Life Course Newsletter is now available! In this issue you will find a sneak peek at the 2015 SALC sessions at ASA, candidates for office in the 2015 SALC elections, a call for nominations for SALC awards, and much more.

Many thanks to Kristen Shultz Lee (Univ of Buffalo) for the great job she does on our newsletter.

SALC Newsletter

You can access it on the Newsletter page by clicking here.

Opening at UNC-Charlotte

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to section members:

Job ID: 10914
Institution: Univ of North Carolina-Charlotte
Department: Dept of Sociology
Title: Lecturer of Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Lecturer
Areas/Special Programs: Aging/Social Gerontology , Sex and Gender

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Panel Study of Income Dynamics Data News, December 2014


Call for Proposals: Small Grants for Research Using PSID Data

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition. The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $10,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research using new data on intergenerational transfers, extended family connections, and time use. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a two-day conference to be held June 9-10, 2016. Proposals may request support to analyze either PSID’s 2013 Family Roster and Transfer Module or the 2009 / 2013 Disability and Use of Time (DUST) supplements or both. Applications are due March 2, 2015. For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to Bob Schoeni

Disability and Use of Time (DUST) : 2013

The early release of the 2013 Disability and Use of Time (DUST) research file is now available. The purpose of DUST was to collect information from older adults in PSID families about disability, time use, and wellbeing. PSID heads (and spouses/partners) were each interviewed twice about two randomly selected days — one week day and one weekend day. Information was obtained using time diaries about what respondents did, where they were, who did the activities with them, who else was there, how they felt, and (for household and care-related activities) for whom the activity was carried out. Diaries also include more detailed measures of well-being for 3 randomly selected activities per diary. The first interview also included in-depth questions about the respondent’s health, functioning, well-being, and stylized time use/participation measures.

The data file and documentation can be accessed here: