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Submitted by sandra.grills2 on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:18am

Recent News from the Department

Congratulations to Law and Society and History student Claire Gjertsen, who has won a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award for summer 2015.

Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Ariel Ducey and an interdisciplinary team of researchers have been awarded a two-year Canadian Institute for Health Research grant to examine how devices and procedures are adopted for pelvic floor surgery, and to use their findings to develop a health care ethic that attends to how values impact everyday decisions and practices in medicine.

First year PhD student Kristen Chaisson expands interests to include how international organizations such as the United Nations influence Canadian health care policy, with a focus on obesity as a case study.

Second year MA student Lucy Wang is conducting an exploratory case study on how Canadian police are collaborating with community services in response to domestic violence. 

Researcher Pernille Goodbrand invites renters of 'illegal suites' to share their experiences for a study entitled The Missing Perspective: The Experience of Renters Living in Informal Secondary Suites in Calgary.

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Godley on two great achievements: 1) The University of Calgary's 2014 GREAT Supervisor Award (http://grad.ucalgary.ca/faculty-supervision/greatsupervisor-awards), and 2) the Society of Research Administrators International Rod Rose Award for the best article of 2013 in the Society's flagship journal, the Journal of Research Administration.  

The French-Canadian association of Alberta offered its 2014 Award of excellence on immigration to Dr. Amal Madibbo in recognition of her significant contributions to the understanding of diversity and the impacts of immigration on the Francophone communities of Alberta.

The book, Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Development, is a foundational resource of the most recent scholarship on Indigenous leadership. 

Dr. Dean Curran has an MSc in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and completed his PhD in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada in 2013.

The Department of Sociology is pleased to welcome Dr. Ted McCoy as an instructor in and Coordinator of the Law and Society Program.

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In the Media

In an article titled “Chinese techno-immigrants in Western Canada,” two sociologists describe how U.S. corporations, including Microsoft, have opened high-tech arms in Metro Vancouver to capitalize on Canada’s less-restrictive approach to migration.

“High-tech computer programming and computer systems analysis have been the two most common intended occupations of all skilled immigrants to Canada, most of whom come from Asia,” write SFU’s Karl Froschauer and the University of Calgary’s Lloyd Wong.

The university has conducted two scientific studies in co-ordination with TUCFA on the gender gap in academic salaries, the first in 2004 and the second in 2011. Data on all full-time academic employees (not sessional instructors) was obtained from Human Resources, following the appropriate confidentiality protocols. The first study was conducted by Dr. Jean Wallace and the second by Dr. Jenny Godley, both faculty members in the Department of Sociology.

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