Conferences + Awards

BC Summer Colloquium Convenes PhD Students from Across the U.S.

Front row, sitting (l-r) Tressa Diaz, University of Hawaii; Felicia Mitchell, University of Kansas; Andrea Joseph, University of Pittsburgh; Christina Tam, University of California, Los Angeles; Stacy Shipe, University of Maryland. Back row, standing (l-r) David Takeuchi, BC; Adrian Gale, University of Michigan; Cristina Ortiz, University of Chicago; James Melton, Florida International University; Tarek Zadek, Howard University; Ruth McRoy, BC; Victor Figuereo, BCSSW doctoral student.

This summer, BC Social Work convened a colloquium on “Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity” for PhD students across the country. The event, co-directed by professors Ruth McRoy and David Takeuchi, was initiated in order to provide advanced social work graduate students from different institutions with a space to engage in discussions about different forms of inequality, especially race and ethnicity. “Graduate students don’t often have the opportunity to share their work with other students at different institutions,” explains Takeuchi. “This colloquium provided students with a forum to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and, perhaps, forge professional and personal relationships that will endure. The colloquium also established a meaningful setting for encouraging, critiquing, and fortifying the research on inequality for the next generation of social work scholars.” 

Takeuchi Elected Secretary of the American Sociological Association
The already long list of important roles played by BCSSW Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi continues to grow: This spring he was elected secretary of the world’s largest professional association of sociologists, the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Throughout his career, Takeuchi has served in important capacities across the fields of social sciences. He is, or has been, a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, the Integration of Immigrants into American Society Committee for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Program, to name just a few.

Takeuchi will serve as the ASA secretary-elect in 2015-2016, and as secretary from 2016-2019. His responsibilities will include: chairing the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget, and he will be a voting member of both the Publications and Programming Committees.

During its history, ASA has elected giants in sociology to serve in the role of secretary, including: Ernest Burgess, who wrote Introduction to the Science of Sociology, long a respected Bible for the field; Herbert Blumer, the father of symbolic interactionism; renowned population demographer Irene Taeuber; Action Theory creator Talcott Parsons; and prominent homelessness theorist Peter Rossi.

Takeuchi is now the latest pioneering sociologist to fill this prestigious office.
PEARLIN AWARD: The ASA also honored Takeuchi with the 2015 Leonard I. Pearlin prize for his distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health. READ MORE ONLINE > >
NIH PANEL: Takeuchi participated on a plenary panel at the National Institute of Health’s 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. READ MORE ONLINE > >
HRSA GRANT: Takeuchi became principal investigator on the $664,000 Health Resources and Services Administration’s grant to train health professionals, when co-principal investigator Marylou Sudders left BC to head the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Berzin Is Change Leader at 2015 Ashoka U Exchange
Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin, the co-chair of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College, is a designated “Change Leader” by Ashoka, an organization supporting social entrepreneurs around the world.

In February, Berzin presented at the group’s annual Ashoka U Exchange meeting, which this year took place at the University of Maryland. Her talk was entitled “Engaging the Community: The Social Innovation Lab.” She also worked closely with a partner university, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, México (UPAEP), in a mentoring role.

“One of the principal goals of Ashoka is to find and showcase leaders in innovation in higher education,” says Michele Leaman, the director of the organization’s Changemaker Campus Program. “Stephanie is one of these leaders.

Berzin directs the Social Innovation Lab at the School of Social Work, a guided, nine-month learning experience designed to help participating agencies develop innovative solutions to social problems. In 2014 she was the program chair of the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference at Simmons College on “Management in the Age of Innovation.”

Lubben Discusses His Social Network Scale in Singapore
Professor James Lubben gave the keynote address at the Social Isolation Seminar at the National University of Singapore in June. As the author of the Lubben Social Network Scale, which helps to screen for social isolation among older adult populations, he discussed how to use the scale as a measure of social isolation. His remarks also took a broad view of how forging better social connections and creating more supportive communities can improve the psychological and physical health of millions of vulnerable citizens. The seminar was organized by the Next Age Institute, Centre for Social Development Asia, and the Social Service Institute. Lubben is the Founding Director of the Institute of Aging and Director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at Boston College.
SSWR ANNUAL MEETING: Lubben, who served as vice president of SSWR, chaired the group’s largest ever gathering, which was held in New Orleans in January 2015. READ MORE ONLINE > >
AGESW AWARD: Lubben was the 2014 recipient of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work’s Career Achievement Award.

Pitt-Catsouphes Delivers Keynote at SSWR Annual Meeting

Some 1,600 people attended this year’s Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans for discussions on the “Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity.”

The opening keynote address was given by BC Social Work’s Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Nancy Morrow-Howell of Washington University in St. Louis. The two scholars did not disappoint, wowing the audience. “It was truly one of the strongest presentations I’ve ever witnessed at any conference,” said Dean Alberto Godenzi.

Entitled “Taking Advantage of Increased Longevity: Work and Productive Engagement,” their talk explored current trends for productive engagement in the later years of life. Among their points: 1) early-in-life activities affect quality of life in later years; 2) because people are living longer, healthier lives, getting older is having a greater impact on society; and 3) there is a growing structural lag between the needs of contemporary old adults and existing institutional resources. READ MORE ONLINE > >
DOCTORAL PROGRAM: Pitt-Catsouphes assumed the postion of doctoral chair of BC’s PhD in Social Work program.