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William D. Cabin's "In the Realm of Haunting Ghosts: Denying the Existence of Substance Abuse In Medicare Home Health" has been accepted as a Research Spotlight at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, which will be held virtually April 12- April 16, 2021.

William D. Cabin has had his article, Lost in Translation: The Jimmo Case as Policy Implementation Failureaccepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Home Health Care Management and Practice.The Jimmo case involved a 2011 lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) alleging they illegally used an improvement standard instead of a need standard to make coverage decisions for Medicare home health and other Medicare beneficiaries.  In 2013 CMS and the plaintiffs reached a settlement with CMS agreeing to replace the improvement standard with a need standard and conduct an education campaign to ensure its proper implementation. A literature review indicates no studies on the nature, significance, or impacts of the Jimmo case in Medicare home health. The current study is an initial, exploratory study to address the literature gap, based on interviews of a convenience sample of 28 home care nurses between January 2019 and May 2019 in the New York City metropolitan area. Results indicate nurses believe they had little to no knowledge of the Jimmo case; there was limited communication about the case from their agencies; they lacked guidance on the implications of the case on intake and eligibility decisions; they received no  guidance on the impact of the case on documentation; and that their lack of knowledge and guidance had adverse impacts on patients.

Maria D. Duenas, University of California, Merced, recently published the following class activity: "Naming Racisms: Identifying and Responding to Biological and Colorblind Racisms." Class Activity pulished in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.

John Dale has co-published an article, “How Humanitarian Blockchain Can Deliver Fair Labor to Global Supply Chains,” featured at the University of Cambridge, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement’s Transdisciplinary Blog on Movement, Mobility, and Migration.

Ian Carrillo will be joining the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor of Sociology starting in January 2021. Dr. Carrillo has also published an artile titled "The Racial Fix and Environmental State Formation" in Current Sociology.

William D. Cabin's manuscript, entitled "Social Workers Assert Medicare Home Care Ignores Social Determinants of Health", has been accepted into the Home Health Care Management & Practice publication.

Alex Hotere-Barnes is involved with organizing a New Zealand-based free series of anti-racism webinars involving speakers from the US, Canada, Rwanda, and the UK.

William D. Cabin has three oral presentations accepted for SWSD 2020, The International Federation of Social Work Conference, July 15-18, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All three presentations are based on a qualitative exploratory design using semi-structured interviews of  either home care or hospice nurses and social workers. The presentations are:,Monetizing Dying in the United States: The Rise of Profit-Making and Death of Compassion in Medicare Hospice Care.; “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..”, but no addicts: Exclusion of Substance Abuse Care in Medicare Home Health.; and “We Just Need a Little Help”: Medicare Neglect of Personal Care Assistance Needs of Poor Home Health Beneficiaries.

William D. Cabin's paper, "In the Realm of Haunting Ghosts: Denying the Existence of Substance Abuse In Medicare Home Health" has been accepted to to be published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Cory Blad and Jon D. Shefner recently published a book, Why Austerity Persists on Polity PressIn this timely book, Shefner and Blad trace the 45-year history of austerity policies and how they became the go-to policy to resolve a host of economic problems. 

Susan Greenbaum recently published a book, Collaborating for Change: A Participatory Action Research Casebook. Rutgers U Press, 2020. Click here for a discount flyer. 

Mike Tapia Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice, New Mexico State University has a new book out: Gangs of the El Paso-Juarez Borderland (UNM Press 2019). 

Amaka Okechukwu (2019). To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions. New York: Columbia University Press. 

Koji Chavez Adia and Harvey Wingfield recently published an article, "Getting In, Getting Hired, Getting Sideways Looks: Organizational Hierarchy and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination." American Sociological Review 1/21/2020

Adia Harvey Wingfield Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Washington University in St. Louis, published a book in 2019 Flatining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy.

Adia Harvey Wingfield Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Washington University in St. Louis, was named the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jeb Sprague University of California - Riverside, has published a new book titled Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class.

Sarah Ahmed University of Oregon, published a paper in an edited volume Honor Killings in Pakistan: The Case of Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch.

Mira Debs Executive Director of Yale's Education Studies program and a lecturer in the Department of Sociology published her first book Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in the Era of School Choice (Harvard Education Press, 2019).

Stephen J. Morewitz published his 12th  book, Kidnapping and Violence. New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2019), which won a San Jose State University Annual Authors and Artist Award. Stephen also published his 13th book, Clinical and Psychological Perspectives on Foul Play (Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2019), which won  a San Jose State University Annual SJSU Authors and Artist Award.

John G. Dale, George Mason University, was interviewed by Nick Schifren on the PBS NewsHour discussing the genocide charges against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (the segment on Myanmar begins at 30:40).

Jon Shefner, professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award. Anyone who has met Shefner knows he is passionate about and committed to advocacy, social justice, and leadership. He is a Fulbright Scholar whose long and remarkable research record in social justice, social movements, globalization, political economy, and green economic development has made him an internationally recognized and trusted scholar in these areas of sociological inquiry.

Since joining the UT faculty in 1999, Shefner has been promoted through the ranks, served as a member of every departmental committee and as a member of the Faculty Senate. He is the founding director of the Global Studies Interdisciplinary Program and helped the Department of Sociology form a new research and teaching area in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Shefner has nurtured the Knoxville region’s green economy through the UT Green Economy Initiative, a combined service and research endeavor that seeks to increase the number of local green jobs as a way to heighten both the quality of life of working people and reverse the deterioration of the environment. He is also one of the most involved faculty members in the United Campus Workers union and helped coordinate a successful two-year campaign against outsourcing facilities workers’ jobs. Shefner’s record is part of a service and social movement career that began in 1983. He always fights for equitable policies at the college and university level and, as many of us have witnessed, is sometimes the lone voice in the room who reminds us of the stakes at the heart of our decision-making.

Kristen Budd, Miami University, OH, is turning traditional classroom group work on its head with a teaching strategy called team-based learning (TBL).