Join the Section on Altruism, Morality and Solidarity

July 5, 2011

It needs only 6 new members to reach the critical threshold of 300. I think current members of the section are more open to mathematical sociology than most other sections. Furthermore, the topics are interesting and important. See the section mission statement here and a newsletter here.

Speaking of ASA sections, Jeremy posted some interesting data the other day: The percentage of each section which are students. In Mathematical sociology it is one quarter, which is lower than average.

Philip Cohen also had an interesting post a while ago about gender differences among sociologists where he graphs section membership by gender.

Latecomers to discussion of ASA dues increase

April 15, 2011

See Jenn Lena’s summary of recent discussions.

One result of these discussions is a petition opposing the dues increase, in the absence of much more transparency about ASA finances and decision-making.

Find the petition here:

Transparency from the ASA and US Government

April 1, 2011

Intuition suggests that transparency shouldn’t cost that much money, but has the potential to be a powerful force for improving institutional incentives.

Recently, the sociology blogosphere has been discussing the ASA’s proposed dues increase (See here, here, here, and here). Many are skeptical that the dues increase is in the best interest of the members. But even those who might support the increase can get behind the call for more transparency from the ASA.

In a related story, The Sunlight Foundation reports:

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated.,, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. Help save the data and make sure that Congress doesn’t leave the American people in the dark.