University of Iowa Hosts 2016 Iowa Sociological Association Annual Meeting
In the end of April, department of Sociology hosted the annual meeting of the Iowa Sociological Association (ISA), where students from University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Central College, Luther College, Cornell College, Loras College, Grinnell College and Kirkwood Community College presented their research spanning from gender, racial inequality, and discrimination, to public health and criminal justice systems.
The keynote speaker at the conference was Professor Lisa Slattery Walker from University of North Carolina, Charlotte, who gave a talk on her current research on controlling and transferring status effects of gender in small group tasks.
The best conference papers received awards in four categories. Mary Alice Ericson award for the best freshman or sophomore paper went to Hayley Mickey (Cornell College, advisor Erin Davis) for paper "LGBTQ Identity, Authenticity and Heteronormativity"; Stephen Wieting award for the best paper integrating theory and research went to Natalie Seger (advisor Kathleen Oberlin) from Grinnell College for her work titled "Mentors Matter: Race and First Generation College Students’ College-Planning Mentors"; Ward Reynoldson award for the best paper on criminal justice went to Jessie Freeman, Conor Moore, Jani Mustafa and Madison Serret from Cornell College (advisor Tori Barnes-Brus) for their work titled "Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: A Bipartisan Report by Mental Health America & the Heritage Foundation"; and Manford Kuhn award for the best junior or senior paper went to Colt Amborn from University of Iowa (advisor Mary Noonan) for "Manufacturing Convergence: Measuring Gender Performance In Industrious Occupations".