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Dr. Merri Lisa Johnson will present a paper at the Women's and Gender Studies conference at the University of South Carolina. Her paper is titled “Becoming Deleuzianal: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and the Subschizophrenic Dimension of Borderline Personality Disorder.” It will appear on a panel on"Health, Agency, Power."

 Dr. Merri Lisa Johnson, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, has been named to the editorial review board of the journal, Disability Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Clif Flynn, professor of sociology, presented at two conferences, Oct. 19-20, 2012. On Friday, October 19, Flynn spoke at the University of Virginia Law School at a symposium titled “The Current State of Animal Abuse Laws.” The symposium was sponsored by the Virginia Animal Law Society, and Flynn’s presentation was on “Understanding Animal Abuse: Current Laws and Future Recommendations.” On Saturday, October 20, in Louisa, Va., Flynn attended a forum presented by the Central Virginia Link Coalition. His presentation was titled, “Understanding Animal Abuse: A Sociological Analysis,” and was delivered as part of the coalition’s programming to raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month.

In his “Introduction to Sociology” and Advanced Sociology “Media, Culture and Society” courses, University of South Carolina Upstate instructor Rod Scherich has created a multimedia approach to teaching the concepts of this science. Using a multimedia approach that incorporates a Twitter social media platform and micro blog gives students an opportunity to engage in collaborative dialogue with students in the physical and the virtual classroom.

Dr. Lizabeth Zack was awarded a grant from the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. The grant provides ‘seed money’ for innovative research projects that challenge the discipline. She will use the funds to conduct research on environmental protest in Jordan during her sabbatical in the spring semester. Zack is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies.

Dr. Brigitte Neary, professor of sociology, recently had an article published in the ”Teaching Corner” section of the current edition of TheSouthern Sociologist. It is based on her presentation at a recent Southern Sociological Society conference.The article details a teaching exercise, “Cultivating the Sociological Imagination and Standpoint Epistemology Using Feature Films” and can be found on page 26 of The Southern Sociologist, Volume 44, No. 2, Fall 2012.

Dr. Calvin Odhiambo, assistant professor of Sociology, had three articles published recently. "HIV/AIDS and Women in Africa" in International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, "Your Faith Has Made You Well: An Examination of the Relationship between Religion and Medicine" in USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal, and "The Name Game: Using Insults to Illustrate the Social Construction of Gender" in College Teaching

 Dr. Mary Sarver, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, had an article titled Risk and Revocation in Community Corrections: The Role of Gender accepted for publication in Probation Journal

Dr. Mary Sarver, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Robert Sarver, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, have the article “Perceptions of Alcohol Consumption: An Examination of Undergraduate Students' Perception of Harmful Alcohol as a Social Problem and its Relationship to Crime” forthcoming in the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice. 

 Dr. Lisa Johnson, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, is the 2011 recipient of USC Upstate's Annual Award to Faculty for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits. This prestigious award goes to the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women's & Gender Studies for three years in a row! Dr. Brigitte Neary, professor of sociology, received the award in 2010 and Dr. Clif Flynn, professor of sociology and chair of the Department received the award in 2009. Dr. Lisa Johnson also presented “Borderline Is, Borderline Ain’t: Re/Defining Borderline Personality Disorder” at SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Psychiatry for their “Grand Rounds” lecture series in January 2011.  

Dr. Robert Sarver, assistant professor of criminal justice, has published an article on Officer Burnout and Probation Violations in the Law Enforcement Executive Forum. Cite: Kent, A., Gould, L.A., Sarver III, R.A., and Dobbs, R.R. (2011). Examining the Relationship between Officer Burnout and Probation Violations. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 11 (1), 83-99. 

Dr. Clif Flynn, professor of sociology and department chair, has the article “Examining the Links between Animal Abuse and Human Violence” forthcoming in Crime, Law, and Social Change.

Dr. Diane Daane, professor of criminal justice, has the chapter "Prosecuting Women Not Good Enough to be Pregnant" forthcoming in Flawed Criminal Justice Policies: At the Intersection of the Media, Public Fear and Legislative Response, Carolina Academic Press, ISBN: 978-1-59460-936-7.

Dr. Laura Jennings, assistant professor of sociology, presented “Health at Every Size and the Body Image / Eating Relationship: Policy Implications” at the Popular Culture/American Culture Associations National Conference (San Antonio, TX), April 2011.

Dr. Judi Harris, associate professor of criminal justice, presented Are Hate Crime Laws Necessary?” at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Jacksonville, Florida, April 2011.

Dr.Brigitte Neary, professor of sociology, presented “Cultivating the Sociological Imagination and Standpoint Epistemology Using Feature Films” at the Southern Sociological Society’s annual meeting; she also organized a thematic paper session titled Negotiating the Politics of Memoryand is serving as its presider. Dr. Neary, also has a manuscript titled “Black Women Coping With HOPE VI In Spartanburg, South Carolina" accepted for publication in Journal of African American Studies, and her review of Ali Mirsepassi's book,  Democracy in Modern Iran: Islam, Culture, and Political Change will appear in Critical Sociology,  37 (4).  

Dr. Mary Sarver, assistant professor of criminal justice,  and Dr. Robert Sarver, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented Entering Academe: The job search process and what to expect once hired,” at a roundtable discussion at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in March 2011.   

Dr. Calvin Odhiambo, assistant professor of sociology, presented "Drawing Pictures and Conclusions: An Examination of Why Black College Students view White Children, as opposed to Black Children, as Pretty,”  at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Sociological Association, Charleston Southern University, February 2011.  

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Flynn, C. The Link: Exploring the Connections between Animal Abuse and Human Violence,” Presented by the Symposium on Situating Animal Abuse in Crime in the UK, Glamorgan University, Cardiff, Wales, July 5-6, 2010. 

Flynn, C. Review of Special Issue Social Psychological Advances in Human-Animal Studies “New Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions: Theory, Policy, and Research,” Journal of Social Issues (Special issue), S. Knight & H. Herzog (Eds.), Society and Animals, 18,324-327, 2010. 

Jennings, L. “Where the [Fat Women's] Bodies Are Buried: A Sociological Look at Women's Clothing Departments,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, St. Louis, Missouri, 2010. 

Jennings, L. “Hook, Line and Sinker: Using ‘Crash’ and ‘Sicko’ to Teach Introductory Sociology,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April, 2010. 

Johnson, L. “Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality,” Berkeley: Seal Press, 2010. 

Neary, B. “Demands Public Recognition: Atrocities Committed against German Women during the Soviet Conquest of Central Europe,” Invited talk at Duquesne University on September 17, 2010, sponsored by the Institute for German-American Relations (IGAR) and the German World Alliance (GWA).  

Neary, B. “The Privilege of Not Being German: Unpacking the Social Construct,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, April 21-24, 2010.  

Brigitte Neary won the 2010 USC Upstate Annual Award for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits.  

Odhiambo, C. “The Impact of HIV/AIDSon the Natural Environment,” Presented at the 2010 South Carolina Sociological Association Meeting, Claflin University, South Carolina, February 19, 2010. 

Odhiambo, C. “Another Kind of AIDSCrisis: Cardiovascular Disease Implications of HIV Treatment,” Presented at the 25th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Hypertension and Related Risk Factors in Ethnic Populations, Washington, D.C., July 9-11, 2010.  

Odhiambo, C. “Theory-driven HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs: Problems with the Application of Foreign Solutions to Local Problems,” LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010. 

Sarver III, R., Sarver, M., and Dobbs, R. “Choosing Criminal Justice: Factors contributing to the selection of criminal justice as a major,” Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, 2(2), 57-67, 2010. 

Whitehead, M., and Sarver III, R. “Becker, Howard S.: Labeling and Deviant Careers,” The Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, 80-82, 2010. 

Sarver III, R. and Lyons, P. “Representativeness of petit juries,”Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 6(2), 30-42, 2010. 

Toth, R. C. “The Continued Vulnerability of Criminal Justice Higher Education: ‘Insiders v. Outsiders’ Revisited Through Case Study,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Clearwater, Florida, September 29 - October 2, 2010. 

Toth, R. C. “The Orangeburg Massacre: A Case Study of the Influence of Social Phenomena on Historical Recollection,” Journal of African American Studies, DOI 10.1007/s12111-010-9125-2. 

Zack, L., and Dove, A. “Old Social Movements and New Commemorative Forms: The Creation of a Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, Georgia,” Southern Studies: Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, 17(2), Fall/Winter 2010.  

Zack, L. “Waking the Red-Dead,” Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), March 2010. 

Zack, L., “Resurrecting the Dead: Strategies and Implications for Saving the Dead Sea,” Workshop speaker for ‘Running Dry: Water in the Middle East and North Africa’, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, July 27-29, 2010.

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