The January/February 2016 edition of the American Society of Criminology's newsletter The Criminologist highlights the following CCJS faculty and graduate students:
Gene Carte Student Paper Award Recipient Megan Eileen Collins
James Lynch is chair of the August Vollmer Award Committee
Denise Gottfredson is chair of the Outstanding Article Award Committee
For the "Policy Corner" section, Laura Dugan, ASC National Policy Committee Chair, wrote a piece entitled "Legislation is Moving and So are We, ASC Members to be More Engaged with Media." Dugan provides an overview of current federal criminal justice legislation that is happening in Washington D.C., referencing many specific bills in the House of Representatives. In the next section, Dugan urges readers to join the Crime & Justice Research Alliance (CJRA), "a group that represents both ASC and ACJS in Washington," and their media relations campaign. Lastly, Dugan reflects on the success of the 2015 ASC Policy panels, and looks forward to organizing panels for 2016.
In the "Doctoral Student Forum" section, Sutherland Doctoral Fellow Whytnee Silva published an article entitled "The Graduate Student's Guide to Overcoming Social Isolation." The article takes a look at workplace social isolation, particularly in graduate school, and offers ten tips to help readers "rise above discomfort and actively confront [their] feelings of isolation." Silva analyzes the problem of workplace isolation by first defining the term, underlining the severity of the problem, and listing a few sources of the perception of isolation among graduate students, citing a few papers as evidence along the way. Silva offers ten tips to overcome social isolation in graduate school, ranging from "don't take it personally" to "you are NOT alone" to "take a chill pill."