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Current Issue: September 8, 2003
Volume 39, Number 4


The Sociology of Religion section of the American Sociological Association honored Richard L. Wood, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, with the 2003 Best Book Award.

Wood’s book, “Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America,” published by University of Chicago Press, was also one of four finalists for the same award given by the association’s Social Movements/Collective Behavior section.

In “Faith in Action,” Wood compares two models for non-partisan political organizing by Hispanic, African American, and white residents of poor, working class, and middle class urban neighborhoods. One model is based on an appeal to ethnic identity, the other to religious commitment.


Diana E. Northup, Ph.D., professor in the General Library and associate professor of biology, has been selected to participate in the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures (WFML) program. The WFML program provides lecturers for the American Society for Microbiology’s local scientific meetings across the country.

Northup will serve a two-year term, which began in July. She will deliver a series of lectures on various aspects of microbiology, aimed at sparking students’ interest in the subject. She is scheduled to speak this fall at regional meetings in Wisconsin, Michigan and California.