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Alumni News and Announcements:

  • Sociology alum and Emerita Adele Clarke, PhD, is the 2023 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 
  • Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received a California Department of Social Services grant for $300,000 for her project "Developing an Operational Plan for California Adult Protective Services Under the American Research Plan Act of 2021."
  • Jen James, (PhD, 2016), will deliver introductory remarks at the April 12 Grand Rounds organized by the UCSF Bioethics and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. James will be introducing the featured speaker, Michele Goodwin. Grand Rounds will be held in-person at Mission Bay and streamed via Zoom. CME credit available for attendees.
  • Jarmin Yeh, PhD (2020), MPH, MSSW, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, was a featured speaker at a Feb. 15 event as part of the Manchester Urban Research Group’s “Conversation on Urban Ageing” series. The discussion focused on the meaning of place to older people and the need to promote social justice in urban, aging neighborhoods.
  • Sociology alum Jennifer James (PhD, 2016) has been awarded multiple research awards:
    • received a four-year grant from the Greenwall Foundation, including $260,991 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Healthcare Decision-Making in California Women's Prisons: Historical Legacies of Injustice and Modern Regulatory Constraints."
    • named recipient of the 2021-2022 UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows Award. The Hellman Fellows Program is designed to assist promising early career faculty in their research. James will receive a $50,000 award.
    •  is one of three scholars nationwide to be named to the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics’ Class of 2024. The program supports early-stage faculty members conducting innovative bioethics research addressing ethical, policy and practice issues. James will receive 50 percent salary support for three years to advance her bioethics career. Read the full announcement.
  • UCSF Magazine ran an article What’s Wrong (and Right) With Race in Medicine featuring six panelists, one of whom was our own Jennifer JamesRead it here.
  •  Jennifer James was also featured on the UCSF SON Science of Caring news site in Meet the UCSF Nursing Faculty Working to Illuminate COVID’s Impact
  • On March 11, 2021 House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released a statement after President Biden nominated Health Subcommittee Deputy Staff Director and professional tax staffer, Melanie Anne Egorin, Ph.D, to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Egorin earned her PhD at UCSF in Sociology in 2004. Read the announcement, here. UPDATE 7/13/21 : Finance Committee Votes to Approve the Nominations of Melanie Egorin to HHS
  • Alice Wong, (Sociology MS, 2004) was featured in KQED's article piece, "'So Angry, So Scared': California COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Change Leaves Disabled People Behind, Say Advocates" on February 1, 2021


In Memoriam

On September 7, 2022, we are sad to say Lyn Lofland, Sociology PhD 1971, passed away peacefully at home in hospice.  Dr. Lofland was a much-beloved Emerita Professor of Sociology at UC Davis.

We are saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Steven Wallace, class of 1987.  At the time of his passing, Dr. Wallace was the Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  A statement on his passing can be read, here and you can read Remembering Steve Wallace in the Summer 2021 UCLA magazine

The sociology program mourns the loss of alumni Dr. Kathy Charmaz whom passed away July 26, 2020. Kathy was in the very first Sociology program cohort and graduated from the program in 1973. Her obituary, written by Dr. Adele Clarke, can be read here.