2014 MSSA Annual Conference Info

40th Annual MSSA Conference

Sociology and Globalization:Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context

November 5-8, 2014 – Mobile, AL

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Program Chair:  Dr. Anita Bledsoe-Gardner Johnson C. Smith University

Plenary Talk
Creating Social Capital in the Post-Disaster Context:
Some Programmatic Illustrations.

J. Steven Picou

J. Steven Picou, PhD
University of South Alabama

Dr. J. Steven Picou is the Director of the Coastal Resource & Resiliency Center (CRRC) and Professor of Sociology at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Picou has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and research monographs in the areas of environmental sociology, disasters, and applied sociology. Over his career, he has received $8.4 million in extramural funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Office of Education, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the BP Medical Claims Settlement. In 2001, Dr. Picou received the “Distinguished Contribution Award” from the Environment & Technology section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). In 2008 he was the recipient of the “William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award” given by the ASA section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. That same year, Dr. Picou was named the “Olivia Rambo McGlothren Outstanding Scholar” by the USA National Alumni Association. Dr. Picou’s publications have appeared in a wide variety of interdisciplinary and social science journals, such as Social Forces, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Sociological Inquiry, Social Science Quarterly, Ecology and Society, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Human Ecology Review, Natural Hazards, Law and Society, Environment and Behavior, Journal of Applied Social Science, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Sociological Spectrum, among others. His public sociology activities have included the preparation of an Amicus Brief for the U.S. Supreme Court (2008) and he has co-edited and contributed to two books, The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1997) and The Sociology of Katrina (2010). On June 22, 2010, he was named CNN’s Intriguing Person for the day for his work on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr. Picou continues his development of applied sociology interventions for fostering community recovery from both Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill as Director of CRRC. He currently is implementing and monitoring training projects that involve building social capital in areas impacted by these catastrophes. For more information, go to www.stevenpicou.com; www.coastalresourcecenter.org.



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