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July 6, 2006 -- No. 335

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Kalleberg named president-elect
of American Sociological Association

UNC sociologist Dr. Arne L. Kalleberg has been named president-elect of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2006-2007.

He will become president in August 2007 and will serve for one year. Founded in 1905, the nonprofit association is the largest professional association of sociologists. It has nearly 14,000 members and publishes 10 professional journals and magazines.

Election as president is the highest honor association members can bestow on a colleague. As president, Kalleberg will chair the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies. He was ASA secretary from 2001-2004.

At UNC, Kalleberg is Kenan Distinguished Professor of sociology and senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also is a fellow of the Carolina Population Center.

Kalleberg's research and teaching focus on labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics and psychology. For example, he studies flexible staffing arrangements - such as temporary, part-time and contract work - looking at the quality of such jobs, employers' motivations for creating them and workers' reasons for taking them.

Kalleberg's current projects also include analyses of changes in job quality in the United States, the nature of the working poor in America and cross-national attitudes toward work. He also is assessing major ways in which people and jobs are mismatched in industrial societies.

He has published more than 100 articles and chapters and co-authored or co-edited nine books on numerous topics, including quality of work, stratification and inequality and the sociology of occupations and organizations.


Two UNC students head to Israel
to study factors fueling terrorism

Two UNC students will visit Israel this summer and Washington, D.C. next year as 2006-2007 undergraduate fellows with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Marc Sanchez, a rising senior from Orlando, Fla., and Andrew D. Brown, a rising junior from Concord, were among 46 students nationwide chosen by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, which seeks to educate Americans about terrorist threats to democracies worldwide.

Sanchez and Brown will visit Tel Aviv, Israel, from July 29-Aug. 13, where they will hear lectures by academics, diplomats and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States. They also will take field trips throughout Israel.

Next January, they will visit the nation's capital to learn more about America's role in the war on terrorism. They also plan to conduct a 9/11 memorial event on campus this fall. Sanchez is an economics major; Brown a double major in political science and peace, war and defense.

The foundation analyzes terrorist threats and explores historical, cultural and other factors that drive terrorism and threaten individual freedoms guaranteed in democratic societies. For more information, visit


Jonathan Hess appointed
to distinguished professorship

Dr. Jonathan Hess, director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, has been named Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor in Jewish history and culture at UNC.

He is a professor in the Germanic languages department and an adjunct professor in religious studies in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences. (He will be on academic leave from the center from this fall until summer 2007.)

Moses and Hannah Malkin of Sun City, Fla., 1941 UNC graduates, contributed $350,000 toward the professorship. Their gift was supplemented with matching funds from the state's Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create a $500,000 professorship. The Malkins hope their gift will help expand center activities.

The gift creating the professorship was part of the university's Carolina First Campaign, a comprehensive, multi-year, private fund-raising drive to support Carolina's vision of becoming the nation's leading public university.

"The Malkins' generosity will help us develop an even more comprehensive undergraduate program," Hess said. "I'm grateful to them for their vision and commitment to the future development of Jewish studies at Carolina."

More than 1,200 Carolina undergraduates enrolled in Jewish studies courses in 2005-2006.

Hess came to Carolina in 1993 and became center director in 2003. His research and teaching focus on German cultural, intellectual and literary history from the 18th century to the present - especially the history of German Jewry from the Age of Enlightenment to the Holocaust and beyond.

Hess regularly teaches a first-year seminar on the German-Jewish experience and an undergraduate lecture course on Jews in German culture. He also teaches graduate seminars in German-Jewish cultural studies. His current book project explores the legacy of German-Jewish middle-brow literature and popular culture from the 1830s to World War I.


Anderson named Abbey Fellow
for work in academic advising

Dr. Daniel Anderson, associate professor of English in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2006 Abbey Fellow for excellence in academic advising.

The UNC program awards three-year fellowships with stipends of $8,000 each per year to faculty members who advise students in departments with large numbers of undergraduate majors: biology, English, history, political science and psychology.

The program is designed to ensure that students benefit from consistent and readily available advice from their faculty advisers, as well as career workshops, resource materials and small group sessions during freshmen orientation.

UNC alumna Nancy Abbey and her husband, Douglas, of San Francisco, started the program in 2004 with a $1 million gift.

Anderson directs undergraduate studies in the English department and oversees advising for English majors. He chairs the department's undergraduate curriculum committee, teaches first-year seminars and discusses the English major with first-year students.

For the past decade, Anderson has been at the forefront of efforts to integrate information technologies into the teaching of writing and literature.
His early online courses were some of the first sites to incorporate significant student work on the World Wide Web. He has won awards for teaching excellence and Web-based courseware.

The first two Abbey Fellows were Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in psychology; and Dr. Lillie Searles, associate professor of biology.


Arthur E. Champagne chosen
for distinguished professorship

Dr. Arthur E. Champagne, physics and astronomy professor and associate department chair at UNC, has been named Class of 1989/William C. Friday Distinguished Professor.

The professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences honors UNC President Emeritus Friday, who served UNC-Chapel Hill and the 16-campus University of North Carolina in various capacities for 38 years. It also recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching.

The UNC Class of 1989 and numerous private donors endowed in the professorship in 1994. Matching funds from the state's Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund created a $500,000 professorship.

Champagne focuses his research on nuclear astrophysics, stellar evolution and stellar explosions. He has taught courses including general, modern and nuclear physics, as well as descriptive astronomy and electromagnetism and optics.

Champagne is a fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on the university's faculty advisory committee on postdoctoral scholars. He received a UNC Junior Faculty Development Award in 1990.

He works with the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, a Department of Energy-funded endeavor with faculty from UNC and Duke and N.C. State universities.

Champagne earned his doctorate at Yale University in 1982 and has taught at Carolina since 1990.


Historian Melissa Bullard selected
for summer maritime study institute

UNC history professor Dr. Melissa M. Bullard was chosen to attend the Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies, a summer study opportunity supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Bullard is participating in "The American Maritime People," a six-week program at the institute's 19-acre campus in Mystic, Conn. Her research interests include Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe. The Munson program ties in with her interests in European economic history - particularly the business of shipping - as well as the Atlantic world and Renaissance history.

Working on the sea and on inland rivers and lakes, seafarers and citizens of coastal communities transformed the United States through developments in transportation, technology, the national economy, naval forces and international diplomacy.

Bullard teaches in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences. Her courses cover the Italian Renaissance, medieval and early modern European economic history, Mediterranean economies and societies and Western Civilization. She also teaches a seminar on myth and history.

Bullard has written books on political finance and participated in an international project to edit the letters of Lorenzo the Magnificent, a ruler of Florence, Italy, in the 1400s, with extensive historical commentary. She has published numerous articles dealing with patronage, family history, papal finance, diplomacy, psychology and culture.

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