Arch Haller passed away on January 24, 2018. He was a long-time faculty member in the both Sociology and Rural Sociology. Haller earned a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954. Bill Sewell served as Haller’s mentor and doctoral adviser during his graduate studies at Wisconsin and they went on to collaborate in several studies related to social stratification, developing what is frequently referred to as “Status Attainment Processes.” Arch also conducted research in Brazil for several decades. Numerous Brazilian students came to Wisconsin to study with Haller. Haller was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past president of the Rural Sociological Society. In 2007, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences from Ohio State University.
Professor Samer Alatout’s project on the “Hydrologies of the Anthropocene: Social Flows and Engineered Watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin” was recently awarded a three-year grant (Jan 2018-Dec 2020) of $138,360 from the Mellon-funded, Humanities Without Walls Consortium. The funding is part of the Consortium’s initiative on “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.”
The project investigates the history and present of three waterways in the Midwest and their infrastructure: the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Wolf Rivers. Hydrologies of the Anthropocene also investigates the effects of climate change on those hydrosocial systems, the different possible infrastructural responses to those effects, and the potential environmental futures that will result.
Alatout, who is the project leader, is the Director of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and serves on the faculty of Community and Environmental Sociology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Professor Rachel Havrelock, English, University of Illinois, Chicago, is Co-PI on this project. Alatout and Havrelock also collaborate with UW-Milwaukee Sociologist, Jennifer Jordan.
Congratulations to Laura Schlachter, recipient of the National Service and Civic Engagement Research award. This award will fund her dissertation research “Reevaluating the Workplace-Civic Engagement Relationship”. She will build on existing research, address gaps in knowledge, and explore innovative ideas and methodological approaches to this developing field. Laura’s research will analyze how participatory forms of workplace organizations can be a strategy to increase civic engagement and will be a resource to practitioners and policymakers who are reorganizing work to create economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities. It will contribute to the broader conversation of redesigning civic infrastructure to reinvigorate American democracy.
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