Department News and Publications, March 2022

Departmental News

Posted: Apr 01, 2022 - 12:00am


Kiwoong Park and his co-author recently published an article entitled “Longitudinal evidence on adolescent social network position and cardiometabolic risk in adulthood” in Social Science & Medicine.  Read here.

Graduate student Korey Tillman had his sociological fiction short story called, Masks, accepted for publication in The Sociological Review. The story follows a Black woman on her existential journey to understand her identity while she wrestles between Americanness and Blackness in the U.S. The story will be released in June. 

Howard Waitzkin (Distinguished Professor Emeritus) and colleagues at UNM, the Allende Program in Social Medicine, and the Global Institute of Public Health in India published an article entitled “Using absolute risk reduction to guide the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines” in the journal BMJ (British Medical Journal) Evidence-Based Medicine. The peer-reviewed study is thought to be the first research to gauge variations in vaccines’ effectiveness in terms of absolute risk reduction linked to social inequalities. The article is available here. A press release gives a summary: here.

Grants, Fellowships, and other Supports

Graduate student Natalie Fullenkamp has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the NSF (Science and Technology Studies section) for her dissertation, "Pain as Knowledge."  

Presentations and Workshops, Public Engagement, Public-facing Scholarship, and News Coverage

Sharon Erickson Nepstad gave the keynote address, entitled "Nonviolent Resistance in Times of Repression," for the annual meeting of the German Federation for Social Defense.  

Rich Wood delivered a keynote address at a conference on “The Common Good in a Divided City: Racism, the Church, and the Challenge of Regional Solidarity” on April 2, 2022 at the University of Dayton (Ohio). Details here.