new ipums data and student paper awards
via the minnesota population center:
via the minnesota population center:
george carlin's death has rekindled interest in his old bit about the seven words you can't say on television. slate offers another perspective on obscenity, considering bands that choose unprintably offensive names. this sort of thing probably doesn't qualify as an irrational act, since a putatively shocking name confers notoriety that, in turn, may confer rewards.
i'm expected to give a lot of advice in my various roles as teacher, advisor, editor, and chair. though i try my best to give helpful counsel, my advice is sometimes useless -- and sometimes even worse than useless.
the bureau of justice statistics has released a large-scale study of self-reported sexual victimization in local jails. i made the quick figure above to show the estimated prevalence of such victimization for different inmate groups: about 5% of females and 3% of males reported sexual victimization and rates were disproportionately high for inmates of color, youth, and more educated inmates. prior victimization and (self-identified) sexual orientation are most strongly correlated with victimization, however, with about one in 10 bisexual inmates and almost one in five homosexual inmates reporting sexual victimization.
scott jaschik offers another nice inside higher ed piece today, based on a new american sociological association report on employment opportunities in academic sociology. an excerpt:
victoria's secret recently announced that minnversity-themed t-shirts, hoodies, and underwear will be sold as part of the company's PINK collegiate collection.
brad k. sends word of a colorado state study linking bumper stickers to road rage. territoriality is the hypothesized mechanism. here's the newsweek synopsis, with a link to the authors and article:
i'm not really on facebook, but i set up an account weeks ago so that i could see a friend's picture. i still couldn't see the picture, of course, because i was only an unofficial friend. at that point, i wasn't so interested anymore and i didn't pursue an officially sanctioned friendship with picture-viewing privileges.
we're celebrating a new ph.d. in the department, after heather hlavka's successful defense of her dissertation, the trouble with telling: children's constructions of sexual abuse.
in gideon v. wainright (1963), the u.s. supreme court ruled that state courts are required under the constitution's sixth amendment to provide counsel for criminal defendants who can't afford their own attorneys. the decision greatly expanded public defender offices to provide for such defense.
1. an outgoing minnversity senior
i'd posted before about huffpost's fundrace data and the fine bands that one could put together for the inauguration among supporters of barack obama and john edwards.
june brings sweet berries and thunderstorms to minnesota, calling to mind summer fruit and edwin morgan's fine verse:
james lileks strikes just the right tone in railing against the 967 pounds of unwanted phone books currently being dumped on your doorstep:
when esperanza said her pals were headed to "the fetus" this weekend, it didn't register at first. i couldn't believe it when she elaborated: "you know, the electric fetus. in minneapolis."
the bureau of justice statistics has released mid-year 2007 numbers for prison (1,595,034) and jail (780,581) incarceration. the data continue the trend of recent years: correctional populations continued to grow in 2007, albeit at a slower rate than in the 1980s and 1990s. [click charts for data]
see that handsome crawler badge, settin' over there by the links? i'm sort of chuck yeagering this one for contexts. our fine web editor jon smajda (pronounced schmoyda, as in schmeudian slip or schmoidavagen) worked it up to alert potential readers to the ever-changing wonders of the crawler.
larry oakes of the strib offers a well-researched look at sex offender civil commitment in minnesota. a few bullets:
here's the lead:
In the 14 years since Minnesota's Sexually Dangerous Persons Act cleared the way for the state to detain hundreds of paroled sex offenders in prison-like treatment centers, just 24 men have met what has proved to be the only acceptable standard for release.
"We would say, 'Another one completed treatment,'" said Andrew Babcock, a former guard and counselor in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP).
the lad's mounds view rugby club finished sixth at yesterday's state high school rugby tournament. i only caught a few of this year's matches, but was happy to see yesterday's hard-fought victory over a gritty st. michael-albertville team. tor earned man o' the match honors and a swingin' medallion, but he's moving real slowly today.
rolling stone recently offered a top 100 guitar songs list, tossing some surprisingly creative choices into the mix (e.g., if a queen song had to be included, they could've done a lot worse than keep yourself alive). a fine boomer-era catalog to be sure, but not very useful. here's RS's criteria:
dan rather, bill moyers, arianna huffington, and amy goodman are speaking at the national conference on media reform in minneapolis this weekend. it seems a bit livelier than the standard academic conference and i'd encourage you to stop on by if you're in the neighborhood. my friend eric introduced me to some fascinating folks from in these times, huffington post, and prometheus radio. i came away with some contexts-worthy ideas, i think, and pitched a few myself.
there are strong labeling implications to a new longitudinal study in pediatrics by minnversity epidemiologist dianne neumark-sztainer and colleagues, summarized today in the strib. the punch line is that "parental encouragement to diet predicted poorer weight outcomes 5 years later, particularly for girls."
as about 250,000 minnesotans basked in st. paul's grand old day sunshine (at left), i indulged in a long trail run. i spent a dozen or so blissed-out miles organizing, categorizing, and generally getting my head around work and home projects.